"I am an agile believer and proud Woman in Technology. I absolutely love exploring new places and meeting new people. I am passionate about identifying ways to simplify things with the use of technology."
– Virali Jhaveri, Class of 2016

Seidenberg's self-appointed "selfie queen" can often be found hanging out in the lounge taking pictures with anyone and anything. Virali is one of our top master's students who has made the most of her time at Pace. Before moving to New York, Virali did her BS in Information Technology at Mumbai University and got a diploma in computer technology. When she applied to Seidenberg, she was accepted immediately and offered a Graduate Assistantship with Jonathan Hill, DPS, a position she maintained for the duration of her studies. 

When Virali was selecting a university for her master's degree, she did her research and found Pace to be a good fit. Small classes meant a lot of student-faculty interaction; the NYC location was ideal; and Seidenberg offered a lot of cool stuff. Two things that caught Virali's eye were our research and work in gerontechnology, such as mobile app development with a focus on making mobile technology better for older adults. The other was a Google Glass event we were holding on campus, with students taking selfies using this exciting new piece of tech. For someone whose dream was to work at Google, this was an obvious plus. 

Virali has been non-stop since coming to Pace in fall 2014. She has been to a multitude of conferences and traveled within and outside of the United States through the Seidenberg School. As one of our top champions of Women in Tech, Virali opened the NYC chapter of the Women in Tech Lean In Circle and is part of Lower Manhattan Headquarters' (LMHQ) Women's Breakfast, a regular event where women come together to network and have discussions about the industry. She gained a sponsorship through TerraData and was able to attend the Grace Hopper conference in 2015 with several other amazing Seidenberg women. She also attended the Women in Tech Entrepreneurship Summit in NYC in April 2016, and several ChickTech events. 

As well as traveling to Texas for the Grace Hopper conference, Virali also took a trip to Finland for the Product Development Project (PDP), on which Seidenberg collaborates annually with Aalto University. Students work together to design innovative products during a week-long intensive workshop—though this time Virali and other PDP attendees got to spend a day in Estonia!

Virali is most passionate about getting STEM education out into the community, particularly amongst women. In spring '15, she visited an NY middle school with Time Warner Cable to spread STEM-related tech to middle school students. They set up a program that captured the kids' movements as they danced on camera and discussed how to relate STEM to your passions and why it is important. She has also been an ambassador for international students getting to know their way around Pace. 

Having interned at Oppenheimer Funds and visited the United Nations during her Issues in Information Systems class, Virali is clearly going places—and we can't wait to see where!

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