I founded DevelopHer and The DevelopHer Show to peel back the curtain and show tech women what it really takes to forge a path in the tech world, and to be the CEO of their own career. The road to a successful career is not a straight one. This is something I have learned firsthand over the last 17 years as I have worked toward becoming a leading tech woman myself. Be warned, I don’t sugar coat anything because I’m committed to telling you the full story to help you succeed.
Two of my biggest messages for fellow tech women are the importance of owning your career and outcome, while making your impact known. But I don’t just preach this, I’ve taken my own advice to heart. I’ve worked hard to develop my career through years of trial, error, coaching, and self-directed learning. I’m living proof that time, dedication, and passion pay off – my work has been featured in Apple keynotes and I received an invitation to attend the UK G8 Innovation and Decide Now Act Summits with the United Nations . I’ve also won multiple, high-profile hackathons – these knowledge-sharing challenges provide me the opportunity to contribute to innovation and further perfect my craft. Today, I’m a highly-recruited software engineer living the flexible, work-from-home lifestyle of my dreams in a top-paying role and I’m the Founder of DevelopHer, a career development platform to help tech women develop and advance their careers.
I’ve always been committed to learning and have sought out challenges. I completed a triple major in electrical engineering, computer science, and economics with top honors at Duke University in just four years. After graduating, I began my career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the heart of Silicon Valley, followed by HBK Investments (one of the world’s largest hedge funds) as part of their investment team. I then founded and grew a successful career development company (The Résumé Girl ), went on to flex my engineering skills at a top mobile app development agency and, most recently, led two nationally-distributed software engineering departments at icitizen where we built a best-in-class civic engagement platform. Currently, I’m building the iOS SDK for a prominent Bay Area fintech company.
I understand tech women from all angles: I’ve experienced the highs and lows that come with career advancement. I got into software development at an early age (as a freshman in high school!), I have been an attrition number myself (I took a 7-year hiatus from tech), and then I had to reintroduce myself to the industry, which forced me to start all over again at entry level. While I managed to rise in the rankings to become a top engineer in a matter of three short years, it didn’t come with any shortcuts. How did I manage to accelerate my career track in such a short period of time?
Now, I mentor professionals on how to network and promote themselves, and educate them on the soft-skills needed to advance their tech careers; key elements in what has enabled me to land my dream job and lifestyle, and what helped me quickly rise through the rankings. I am now living out how I would define success: working full-time as a tech woman who writes code by day, while paving the path forward for others by night – someone that I needed when I began my career.
I founded DevelopHer to help tech women develop and advance their careers. My podcast, The DevelopHer Show , and my online courses, mentorship, articles, and speaking engagements offer a wealth of well-researched information and lessons learned through first-hand experience, sure to help tech women get their foot in the door, quickly advance and break glass ceilings!
I am a CHAMPION of TECH Women
Through hard work, consistency and more trial and error than I can even begin to explain, I have crossed mountains in this very competitive industry. Imposter syndrome is a real thing. I’ve felt the fear, I have doubted myself, and I’ve struggled to make my own impact known. But I took the reins on my career so that I could breakthrough that fear and become a leading tech woman. With DevelopHer , you don’t need to dive in blind. Instead, use my knowledge as a vehicle to earn more, gain more influence, lead, and develop your own best career.