Maryam is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Achievers. She’s the third Achievers woman I’ve interviewed 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. Given the fact that engineering is still largely male-dominated, I was excited to speak to Maryam about her journey into the field and how we can push for more diversity in engineering. Maryam shared her inspiring story of perseverance, resilience, and triumph from her beginnings growing up in Iran and falling in love with tech, to her move to Canada and her continued pursuit for personal and career growth.
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.
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 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”
Jessica currently works as a Platform Engineer at Wattpad. When I met her almost 2 months ago, I was instantly drawn by her open and friendly demeanor. Over time, I have come to know her as a smart and multi-talented individual, with an impressive drive to learn and seek challenges. I was excited to connect with her to learn more about her journey into software engineering, her experiences and learnings as a female engineer, and her thoughts on the ongoing fight for equality. Continue reading “Jessica Leung”
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.
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.
Kiki currently works as the Director of Marketing at Meal Garden. I met her once last year when our former Entrepreneurship professor asked us back to her class to speak about our experiences in the startup world. We instantly bonded over both our achievements and the similar challenges we had faced, so I was excited to connect with her to hear about her difficult decision to pivot in her career and the resulting positive impact this change has had on her life. I truly admire her drive and believe she will continue to achieve great things in the years to come!
Wendy currently works as the Data Science Manager at Wattpad. For me, she has always been a force to be reckoned with, known for her candor, determination, and hard work. She is a strong advocate of feminism and diversity, and has in many ways pushed me to explore beyond my scope of expertise for which I am eternally grateful! I was excited to hear more about her unconventional journey into the world of Data Science, the various challenges she continues to overcome, and her thoughts on the ongoing fight for equality.
Continue reading “Wendy Foster”