Breanna Hughes

Breanna Hughes

Breanna currently works as a Product Manager at Universe. I met her when I started working at Wattpad last year, and she stood out to me as a smart, independent, no-nonsense woman who was not afraid to speak her mind. Her candor is seen as refreshing to some, and intimidating to others – or even both in some cases. Either way, she’s a force to be reckoned with – striving to challenge stereotypes both in tech and beyond. She was one of the first people who came to mind when I started this blog, and I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to chat with her a few weeks ago. We talked about her background and journey into Product, the experiences that have shaped and molded who she is today, and her various contributions to the fight for equality – a movement very close to her heart. Continue reading “Breanna Hughes”

Kaitlin Smith

Kaitlin Smith

Kaitlin currently works as a Producer at Uken Games. I was introduced to her by our mutual friend, Kelly, who thought she would be a perfect fit for the blog! Within less than 10 minutes of meeting her, I felt a connection to her as we shared laughs throughout her photo shoot. I was super excited to learn more about what exactly a Producer does, her journey from engineering to her current role, and her thoughts on how we can continue to push for gender parity in STEM.  Continue reading “Kaitlin Smith”

Jennifer Daly

Jennifer Daly

Jennifer currently works as the Growth Manager for Sales Channels at Shopify. I worked with her at Wave Accounting, where her insatiable thirst for learning and, in turn, sharing her knowledge within and outside the company was evident and admirable. She’s had quite the journey into tech, and continues to push boundaries and encourage others to do the same. I had the pleasure of chatting with her to learn more about her intriguing career path, her experiences and learnings throughout this journey, and what the feminism and diversity movements means to her.

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Emily Nguyen

Emily Nguyen

Emily currently works as an Associate Product Manager at Wattpad. I’ve worked with her over the past few months and I’m continually impressed by her passion for constant learning and discovery, and her innate drive to solve meaningful problems. She is a strong advocate for diversity in tech, and has been one of the driving forces behind this movement at Wattpad – be it through sharing her research, gathering internal sentiment insights, or pushing for important conversations around diversity. I’m excited to share my chat with her, where I learned more about how she landed in product, her learnings throughout this journey, and her views on diversity and equality.

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Seema Lakhani

Seema Lakhani

Seema currently works as the Head of Core Products at Wattpad. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a number of discussions with her on product, diversity, and our mutual love for Salsa (mainly, who our Salsa instructor likes best), and have always come out of them enlightened or entertained! She continually inspires me, be it through stories of her unconventional journey into product, her inquisitive and analytical approach to problem solving, or her contagious passion and excitement for the things she holds dear. I was excited to connect with her to hear more about her experiences and learnings over the years, and her thoughts on some of the gender and diversity problems we face today.

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Jing Jing Tan

Jing Jing Tan

Jing Jing currently works as the Engagement Team Lead at Wattpad. I knew of her even before I started working at Wattpad – a friend had met her during a startup open house event, and spoke highly of her openness and friendly demeanor. She met and exceeded all expectations I had of her – she is smart yet humble, hard working, thoughtful, and one of the most helpful and welcoming individuals I’ve ever met. I was very excited to hear more about her non-linear journey into the tech world, her experiences and learnings so far, and her thoughts on the importance of diversity and equality.

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Huda Idrees

Huda Idrees

Huda is currently on an exciting journey, finally starting her own company after having been part of the Toronto startup community – most recently as the Head of Product and Design at Wealthsimple. Our paths briefly crossed at Wave where she worked on the Product Design team, and I was inspired to have met a woman working in a field I had just become obsessed with. By virtue of her existing and thriving in a field I had once thought of as unreachable, she unknowingly pushed me to start exploring the world of product. I was extremely honored to learn more about her journey into Product Design, her learnings as a female minority in leadership, and her hopes to positively impact the tech community as she follows her entrepreneurial calling.

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