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Ivy League-educated Shelley Clif-
ford Brophy met her husband Joel
on online dating site eHarmony
ive years ago.
She had never signed up on an
online dating site before and he
was actually the irst match she
Clifford Brophy, who lives in he
United States, decided to set up
the eHarmony account following
one of her annual visits to T&T to
spend time with her parents.
"I had gone home for Christmas
actually and then decided that I
needed to make better life choices
and said maybe a computer pro-
gramme can pick better than I can
pick," Clifford Brophy laughingly
said as she told of how she met
Although the dating site's al-
gorithm calculated that Joel was
the perfect match for her, Clifford
Brophy had her doubts.
"I ignored him for month be-
cause I said he was not my type,"
Eventually one of Clifford Bro-
phy's friends convinced her to
give Joel a chance.
So Clifford Brophy and Joel ar-
ranged to meet at 6 pm for dinner
at a restaurant.
"He was not early, he was
30 minutes late, I remember
it well," she said.
"The irst conversation
we had I just felt like I had
known him forever, so
we met for sixish and the
restaurant closed and we
walked around the mall
that we were in so
the date went on
"It was just so easy and so for
me it was pretty clear that this
person is pretty special," she said.
The couple dated for two years
before they eventually married in
Austin Texas where they
were both living at the
They have been
In 2014 while they were en-
gaged Clifford Brophy decided to
abruptly quit her job as a direc-
tor in the admissions of ice at the
University of Texas.
"I was engaged when I quit
my job at the university of Texas
on an impulse so
tell my future
'ha, ha I quit
my job today'
and he was
but was tremendously support-
ive," Clifford Brophy said.
Clifford Brophy said it was re-
ally helpful to have somebody
who was supportive in her corner.
Charting a course for herself
Clifford Brophy has charted a
course for herself professionally.
After attending St Joseph Con-
vent in Port-of-Spain, Clifford Bro-
phy went to Yale University to do
her irst degree.
She then attended the Colum-
bia University Law School where
she got her law degree.
Clifford Brophy became a cor-
porate lawyer in New York City.
After two years working as a
corporate lawyer, Clifford Brophy
went to Yale University's School
of Management and got her mas-
ter's degree in business adminis-
She then started to do school
admissions irst at Yale Universi-
ty's School of management and
then at the University of Texas.
Brophy felt like
was she was
not living up
to her full po-
tential at the
like I was
life on re-
peat so that
was not tre-
ful illing and
I always felt
like I could do
So Clifford Bro-
phy decided to
quit her job.
applied for a job
In January 2015
she started work-
ing at Google as
their staf ing-services lead and
ran a training team at the com-
After two years she eventually
transferred to Google's Austin
of ice and took on a role as the
company's software engineering
She manages a team that hires
software engineers for Google.
Clifford Brophy is driving the
movement to attract and hire
more diverse job applicants in
Google's Austin of ice.
It is a job that she loves.
Clifford Brophy said although
you may not know what you want
to do in life, if you focus on what
you do not want to do it can help
you decide your next step.
Spending the majority of her
adult life in the United States,
Clifford Brophy said Trinbagoni-
ans need to understand what an
amazing culture we have.
"Be grateful for where you are
from, it is so easy to compare
yourself to somebody else and say
I don't have this or I don't have
that," Clifford Brophy said.
Born in Queens, New York,
Clifford Brophy and her family
moved to T&T when she was four
T&T is the her parents' home-
Clifford Brophy said she was
happy that she spent her forma-
tive years here.
"To be from a place like Trini-
dad and Tobago is such a tremen-
dous gift it may not seem like it
every single day," she said.
"Having that foundation from
Trinidad and Tobago no matter
what your circumstances are is
such a tremendous gift, appreci-
ate it, your Trinbagonianness is
something super special and is to
be treasured," she said.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Google exec with local ties:
Treasure your Trinbagonianness
Shelley Clifford Brophy
Trinidad and Tobago
no matter what your
circumstances are is
such a tremendous
gift, appreciate it, your
special and is to be
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