Sara Gil

Sara Gil

Sara currently works as an International Operations Specialist at Achievers. She’s the second Achiever’s woman I’ll be interviewing this year as part of the Achievers Women’s Network (AWN) efforts to highlight female leaders in different stages of their career throughout the organization. Sara has this amazingly strong, positive, and open spirit so I immediately felt connected to her when we started chatting. Her journey overcoming the challenges of immigration and coming out triumphant really resonated with me – given it’s similarity to mine. I’m so honoured to be sharing her journey from the world of journalism in Spain, to the world of tech in Canada – and everything in between!

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Debbie Lillitos

Debbie Lillitos

Debbie currently works as the Vice President of Professional Services at Achievers. She’s the first of Achiever’s women I’ll be interviewing this year as part of the Achievers Women’s Network (AWN) efforts to highlight female leaders in different stages of their career throughout the organization. From the moment I met her, Debbie’s energy, warmth, and her openness to sharing her experiences really stood out to me. I was intrigued to learn more about her journey from a management consultant to a VP of a software company, some of the challenges and learnings she’s gone through, and her ideas around inclusiveness and equality at work.

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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”

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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I-Yana Tucker

I-Yana Tucker

I-Yana currently works as a Talent Specialist at Wattpad. I first met her during her internship at Wattpad, and was immediately drawn by the positive energy and excitement she brought to her role. (I was also very happy to see someone like me join the team!) To me, she serves as a great example of what you can accomplish with hard work and a lot of determination. It was inspiring hearing about her unconventional path into the startup world, the impact it has had on her life, and her hopes for the future of women and diversity.

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