MetaView Mentors offers consulting for improving professional climate in the tech industry. Founders Audrey St. John and Becky Wai-Ling Packard bring complementary backgrounds in computer science and organizational psychology as well as a shared commitment to education. Their partnership is rooted in an excitement to work with tech companies to build and launch programs for individual and interpersonal professional development through a structured problem-solving lens that spans personal and collaborative spaces.
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Audrey St. John, PhD
Audrey St. John holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wellesley College as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UMass Amherst. She is a Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College with research in theoretical computer science, robotics, computational biology, computer aided design and computer science education. Her work has been supported by government and industry funding sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and NSF CAREER award), Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, SolidWorks Corporation and Google.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. Packard is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College, where she served as the founding director of teaching and learning and the director of leadership. Her research, supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on inclusive mentoring and persistence in STEM fields. She was recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the US government. A translator of research into practice, Packard has supported dozens of institutions interested in working on mentoring, equity and organizational climate.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard, PhD
I never intended to be a computer scientist. It was "too nerdy" for my college-aged self, yet Math and Physics were not. Looking back, my experience with those topics in high school meant I knew what they were about, and I knew I liked them. I'd never taken computer science, so my misconceptions equating it with an isolating life as a hacker were deterrents. Taking one course on building web sites piqued my interest, and I took another... and another... and another... Each subsequent class revealed glimpses into a deep and challenging field with beautiful analytical problems. A course on complexity theory changed me from a Math & CS major to a CS & Math major and ultimately to earn a Ph.D. in theoretical Computer Science.
After almost 20 years of a conventional pathway as a computer science learner, researcher and professor, I am now finding my eyes opened to a different field. Collaborating with Becky has opened my eyes to the body of work that studies how everyday (seemingly small) decisions can impact my trajectory at large. The more I pause to reflect on, analyze and view a situation from different angles, the more I find myself being able to strategically navigate challenges.
- Audrey St. John, Co-Founder
I grew up in a biracial, working class family. As a first-generation college student, I never saw myself becoming an expert in learning. When I started my college journey, I faced a lot of stumbling blocks, and I didn’t feel comfortable in academic spaces. At some level, I still feel a little ambivalent, a little bit like I don’t quite fit. That’s probably why I have been on quest for over two decades to figure out how to make spaces, especially STEM fields, more inclusive. And why I’m often trying to make sense of what’s going on — who is/is not participating, the subtext of what’s being said/silence, or why something isn’t working as well as it could. I like to make things work better.
My entire life trajectory changed when I participated in an undergraduate research experience with an awesome mentor. In the project, our research team studied what makes science come alive for young people-- while we simultaneously served as peer mentors in their learning process. This experience launched me into my PhD and beyond. By working with Audrey, I get the chance to collaborate with tech folks and gain insight into learning from their perspective. I see myself as a partner in that learning, which is really powerful. On a personal level, I love coaching individuals, teams, and organizations, as they discover their own potential, and along the way, I also continue to grow.
- Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Co-Founder