Katharina Probst, C’00, engineering leader at Google, will speak on "Sewanee to Silicon Valley: Lessons in Leadership and Change" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. In her talk, she will share insights about how her liberal arts education provided the foundation to chart a successful career leading transformational engineering teams at Netflix and Google. Probst is the Babson Center's Graham Executive-in-Residence this semester.
Probst spent almost seven years as an engineering manager at Google, primarily in the cloud computing team, before becoming director of engineering at Netflix, where she led the API team and helped bring Netflix streaming to people around the world. Probst returned to Google last fall as engineering leader, working on Kubernetes and Google Kubernetes Engine. Her interests include scalable, distributed systems, APIs, cloud computing, and building effective and successful teams. In addition to her degree from Sewanee, Probst holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
The Graham Executive Residencies bring distinguished business leaders to Sewanee where they offer insight into business leadership issues, and have one-on-one career meetings with students. Many of these business leaders also offer students access to potential job and internship opportunities. During their multi-day visits, Graham Executives in Residence teach classes, advise students on career paths, and give a public lecture.