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Veronica Miller's Journey from Eritrean Refugee to NVIDIA Technical Program Manager

Darius Baruo Jun 15, 2024 06:39

Veronica Miller, an Eritrean refugee, now thrives as a Technical Program Manager at NVIDIA.

Veronica Miller's Journey from Eritrean Refugee to NVIDIA Technical Program Manager

Veronica Miller, an Eritrean refugee who fled her homeland with her family to escape an ongoing war, has found a new life and career success in the United States. According to the NVIDIA Blog, Miller now serves as a Technical Program Manager in product security at NVIDIA, where she feels her family's journey has come full circle.

Early Life and Challenges

At the age of five, Miller (née Teklai) and her family left Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa, to escape the conflict with Ethiopia. They settled in East Orange, New Jersey, where they faced numerous challenges. Miller recalls watching her parents struggle to find jobs despite their qualifications due to their appearance, accented English, and unfamiliar names.

Her father, after two decades in the shipping industry, became a New York City cab driver, a job fraught with dangers in the 1980s. Her mother, who earned a computer science degree in the U.S., found work as a home health aide, a field with more job opportunities.

“My parents’ resilience and courage made my life possible,” Miller said.

Career Path and Achievements

Miller graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in international business and began her career in client support, production support, and project management at large automotive companies. Her career took a significant turn when she joined NVIDIA, where she now works as a Technical Program Manager in product security.

Describing her role, Miller likens herself to a conductor in an orchestra, working with engineers to bridge gaps, understand challenges, and define solutions. She strives to turn obstacles into opportunities through collaboration.

“It’s the honor of my life being here at NVIDIA: I’m the proudest refugee,” she said.

Embracing Authenticity and Giving Back

At NVIDIA, Miller has found an environment that encourages her to be her authentic self, allowing her creativity to flourish. She shared that in previous roles, she felt pressured to conform, even altering her appearance to fit in. “NVIDIA is the first employer that encouraged me to bring my full self to work,” she said.

Outside of her professional life, Miller and her husband, Nathan, are dedicated to community service. They established The Miller Family Foundation to support local youth in Trenton, New Jersey. The foundation has donated $20,000 in scholarships to low-income high school students for college tuition and career mentorship.

“I truly believe anyone could get here. There wasn’t anyone that showed me the path. It was belief in myself, a ton of research, and endless hard work,” Miller said. “We’re in a special place where my husband and I can give the next generation some of the financial support and career guidance we didn’t have.”

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