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WOMEN IN TECH

Jessica Vamvas

Chief Product Officer

Jessica Vamvas

Why do you think it’s important for more women to join the tech industry?

Tech is solving every day problems for every day people in all different industries and specialties. Women cover half of those people, represent half of those specialties, they come with their own unique set of problems and perspectives. It's important that the tech we build is being built by folks that understand the uniqueness and essence of the user/stakeholder. You miss a women's perspective in the tech you use day to day if women are behind building it.

 

What advice would you give yourself just starting out?

SCALE YOURSELF. There is no bit of information or type of knowledge too good or too important to keep to yourself. The key to success is to learn something, teach it, and move on to the next thing to learn.


What first sparked your interest in working in the tech industry?

I'm not actually a tech person; I use very little tech in my personal day to day. I fell into it by chance...mixed with a little bit of hard work and luck...and I haven't looked back. The tech industry kept my interest because it provides you an opportunity to fix or improve broken or clunky things...


What is the best professional advice you've ever received? 

Tell the leaders and influencers around you what you need. It's not up to our managers, leaders, mentors to map out our paths for us. It is up to us. We each are accountable for thinking through and advocating for our own career trajectory. Push the limits and set your own path.


What is a quote you live by? 

"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made" - the notorious RBG (thank you RBG)


What is your favorite book, podcast or tv show and why? 

Favorite Book - "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts; if you've read it - you know why. It's a story about the odds, accountability, love, survival, loss, celebration; things we can all relate to on so many levels.

Favorite podcast(s) (are endless) - The Daily, Pod Save the World, You're Wrong About, and This American Life are my tops. All of them change week to week and talk about real people, real situations and events, and perspective before and after these "things"....

Favorite TV Show - Game of Thrones; favorite b/c I LOVED the books and I love the characters and the fact that the author holds nothing back.