My name is Stav Levy. I am 32 years old and I am the Product Lead at monday.com, a work operating system allowing anyone to run anything they need for their business using the low-code/no-code building blocks.

I started my career as a developer at Intel corporation where I was the only female developer in a group of 40 men.

Since I started working at monday.com, I have been at the heart of a multitude of projects and innovations. I now manage a business unit that includes marketing and product managers, designers, customer success and sales teams. With this unit, we’ve developed a whole ecosystem of new products which creates multiple growth opportunities for the whole company. I also initiated and launched monday.com’s first ever separate product called Workforms. It takes forms for work, such as requests or feedback forms, to the next level and makes insights actionable, allowing users to collect, track and analyse data, while automatically syncing with their monday.com boards and workflows.

Additionally, I have supported establishing the Data School, an internal academy that gives employees the necessary tools to create the initiatives they need to promote their business.

Outside of my day-to-day role, I run a community of women in  high-tech in collaboration with Google called Women Techmaker. We initiated, among other things, a programme called Vementor that aims to connect women with peer mentoring. As part of this initiative,  more than 150 women mentored each other and received tools for smashing glass ceilings and opening doors. I also take part in an organisation that aims to build the future generation of Palestinians and Israelis by connecting children and giving them the tools they need to build their careers and be leaders.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I set short and long term career goals. Currently, my short term goal is to continue growing monday.com and scaling workforms.com to fit market needs. My long term goal is to continue learning as much as possible so that in approximately 5 years time, I can be an entrepreneur and start my own company.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

I have noticed how hierarchy within a company can have a lot of limitations on someone’s ability to move fast within a business, greatly impacting what you may want to achieve.

Having experienced this myself previously, I try to make my teams’ structure as flat as possible so that everyone can feel that they have the power to influence and change whatever they want.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

Empowering every person in our company with data by creating our own BI internal tool BigBrain. This tool, which we built from scratch, allows everyone in the company to track every single KPI and measure success in the most transparent manner. This allows us to continue to be innovative and build data-driven  strategies.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

My drive and my passion. I am always hungry to further my learning in any subject. I want to do more, learn more, and push the boundaries of whatever I do.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

My top tips for this would be to:

  • Keep your curiosity and don’t be afraid to act on it
  • Keep learning and evolving your toolbox even if it means getting out of your comfort zone and making mistakes at the beginning.

There is no one path to excel.

Success can take many different forms so you have to find your own way, even if it doesn’t match up to what you originally pictured.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

Yes, I believe there are some barriers to overcome. Working my way through the industry, I do believe that men and women don’t have equal opportunities but I am seeing progress since I first started. I try to surround myself with strong women that inspire me overcome any challenges. We created a sisterhood to see each other’s strengths and empower each other every day.

What do you think companies can do to support the progress of careers of women working in technology?

I think the most important thing is to ensure equal opportunities are provided for all. For example, organisations can look at the gender split for the managerial, technical, or leadership roles. Then you can make sure you actively recruit with a diverse mindset in place, considering having a gender balance in teams and ensuring all backgrounds are equally represented.

There are currently only 21 percent of women working in tech, if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry

I would start with educating children and young people by helping them to find their strengths, their special power and their unique path. I am sure that this will inspire the next generation of innovators like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech, eg: Podcasts, networking events, books, conferences, websites etc?

monday.com has a great podcast that I love. It’s called startup for startup and each episode dedicated to a different role within the company. Another extremely recommended resource is reforge, an amazing online program for product management, marketing, engineering, and other tech professionals, to support solving meaningful problems.

In terms of networking, I think it’s important to find a community in your field. For me, joining a community of women in tech was the best way to accelerate my career and learn new things. In Israel we have a community called doubleyou that connects amazing women that are going through a similar journey and they walk it together. Another great program is Women techmaker by Google. It offers a supportive community and resources for women in technology.