Tricia Avila Moss
Senior IT Lead Innovation & TaCIT; Projects & Technology
Q: Why did you choose a career in IT?
A: I fell into IT accidentally while I was studying art and political science at the University of Houston. I signed up for a programming course after a conversation with a friend, and never looked back. The field leverages my artistic and logical/left brain side, and both skills have allowed me to see the bigger picture when it’s all too easy to hone in on the details and lose sight of the overall objective.
Q: Who do you admire?
A: I take a lot of inspiration from my father, who escaped from Cuba in 1961 after the Bay of Pigs Invasion and had to create an entirely new life and career for himself in the U.S. Because of him, I feel I can aspire to do anything and become anything. My father definitely showed me that success is how you define it – and for me it’s not about making a certain salary or having material possessions. It’s about making a difference and a positive impact.
Q: Why did you decide to join Shell nearly 18 years ago?
A: The company’s commitment to inclusion combined with the opportunities for women to thrive played a key role in my decision. Shell weaves diversity and inclusion into its fabric. It’s part of the culture here, and I feel like I’m in an environment where I can make mistakes, take strategic risks and grow as both a professional and as a person.
Through my various roles at Shell, I have a new appreciation for what it means to act inclusively. I constantly ask myself now, ‘Are we leaving someone out just because we don’t understand?’ I challenge myself to look at all angles and not ignore differing viewpoints simply because they’re not mine. Recognizing that everyone has something of value to bring to the table is what diversity and inclusion is all about.
Q: How do you measure success?
A: I’m referred to as ‘Superwoman’ by close friends and co-workers since I have four children – including a set of 9-year-old triplets – a demanding job, and numerous hobbies that I’m passionate about. That said, nothing ever lines up perfectly – and that’s OK.
I tell my kids that the secret to success is to always stay true to themselves, and I try to model that myself. No one else can define success for you, and you have to be happy with what you see in the mirror each morning – literally and figuratively. Above all, I truly believe that one person can make a difference. Trust your gut and follow your heart, and you can’t go wrong.