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Could you tell me a bit about your background?

Started with a very humbling customer support role at a 20 person start-up, then moved to SFDC in Professional Services. Decided to make the jump and follow my dreams to Europe, so now working out of the London office. Soon starting a new role, managing EMEA partner enablement at SFDC.

How did you get into tech? What made you choose it?

Wanted to do something at the intersection of technology and benevolence.

What personal or professional milestones would you highlight?

Every GIT event that I led in SF. Being one of the few people that SFDC supported with relocation.

What advice would you give your 10-year-old self?

Listen more than you talk.

Do you regret not having done something today for not finding time?

Prioritizing the wrong things/people.

What books and podcasts do you recommend reading and listening to and why?

Books: The Kite Runner and The Alchemist. Not big on podcasts.

Who is your role model?

Each person who enables and empowers others.

How did you get into Girls in Tech and what made you do that? 

I had just moved to SF with no friends – started volunteering with GIT, and was asked to join the board a few months later. Didn’t think that 10 bold, opinionated women at the same table would get along – boy was I wrong! It completely shattered this immature mindset I had that women couldn’t be friends – but how are we supposed to smash the patriarchy if we can’t support each other first?

After so many years of being in STEM field, what do you think about diversity and inclusion in sector?

The progress is slow, and we have a long way to go. Women need to unlearn behaviors such as being too apologetic and using weak language, and stop thinking that they can’t be leaders or good at certain things – and ultimately be better at advocating for themselves. We also need to help those who currently have a seat at the decision-making table (white men) understand why diversity and inclusion isn’t just “the right thing to do”, but also crucial to innovation and progress in the world.

What advice would you give to a person who wants to get into tech? 

You’re not the first person going through whatever it is that you’re going through – why not reach out for help, and learn from the experience of others? Every person you meet knows something and someone you don’t – show up and listen. Bottom line: network.