Years in Technology: 9
Current Title: Co-Chair Executive Women’s Initiative
Current Organization: Women in Wireless
1. Why did you join the technology industry?
I call myself a curious seeker and lifelong learner. I spent the first half of my career in radio ad sales. As a national sales director at ABC Radio Networks I had the opportunity to develop the digital practice as it was evolving in the 00’s. We positioned the digital inventory as a value-add companion to the nationally syndicated shows. Think ESPN Radio plus espnradio.com. Inspired by the innovation and creative possibilities, I had the passion to dive deeper with a digital first company and moved to AOL.
2. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally?
My first role model was my mother who believed in breaking barriers before women were encouraged to do so. She had no patience for gender stereotypes. She was a community organizer, an independent mayoral candidate and a news radio broadcaster with her own show. She was never intimidated to speak out and shed light on local government corruption, media bias and international injustice. She taught me that independence and resilience were the engine of achievement and most of all, to find your voice. It’s the most powerful tool you have.
3. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13-year-old self what would it be?
Striving must co-exist with thriving. That means that achievement can never come at the cost of self-care.
4. How do you think we can encourage more women in tech?
Studies show that the number one reason women leave tech at a higher rate than men is due to a gender biased work place. I believe companies should commit to hiring, mentoring and promoting female leadership plus ensure an unwavering commitment to gender friendly work environments.
5. What is the best part of your job?
I meet amazing women in my role as the host of The MADWomen Podcast. We create this content to connect, inspire and empower women in mobile, digital and tech fields. They share their wisdom and lessons learned but also their bumps in the road. None of us, no matter how accomplished, are immune to self-doubt and failure. Their willingness to be vulnerable and open, to share life experiences allows us to create a powerful sisterhood. I love being a part of that mission.