Vanessa Lam

Candidate for Masters of Computer and Information Technology

University of Pennsylvania


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Vanessa is a current Master's student studying Computer and Information Technology at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was a Manager of Business Operations on the Business Insights and Productivity Team at Mastercard. There, she works with people across the organization to produce insights and analytics to make their organizations run more efficiently. Previously she worked at Optoro, a growth-stage software company, where she was the Manager of Business Intelligence. She was in charge of creating educational tools for the organization, fostering a strong data culture, and ensuring that people were using data responsibly. Vanessa graduated in 2015 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.




  • University of Pennsylvania & Duke University Virtual Presentation
    November 2020

  • University of Hawai'i Virtual Presentation
    October 2020

  • Predictive Analytics World
    June 2019

  • International Institute of Business Analysis
    April 2019

  • Tableau User Group
    March 2019

  • Enterprise Data World
    March 2019

  • Building Business Capability
    November 2018


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A proud member of the 2020-2021 Tableau Student Ambassador class! We create student-focussed content and events to promote data literacy and the Tableau Software

As an Engineering Graduate representative in Penn's Graduate School Government, I am a member of the Professional Council, where I evaluate grants and create professaional programming for Graduate Students as well as the Equity and Access Committee, where I help to elevate all graduate student voices.

Incoming President of CIT59x and member of the organizing committee of the 2nd annual Hackathon. Our organization supports MCIT students through their two year program, when they are often switching careers and learning software development for the first time.