Lisanne de Groot

Technology began as something I avoided; I never expected technology to inspire me so much.

I had no interest in technology when I entered university as a chemistry major, having avidly avoided computer science in high school as I felt it was too difficult and math-oriented. I was disappointed to discover that taking a Computer Science class was a graduation requirement, but I was quickly captivated. This class sparked my desire to pursue a Computer Science minor and made me fall in love with the world of technology.

This class sparked my passion for giving students with a non-technical background the safety to explore computer science, and led me to apply to be a Teaching Assistant for the introductory class. As a teaching assistant I taught weekly classes, guest lectures, and individually tutored students. Three years into teaching I had the opportunity to be a guest professor at my university to teach the introductory class over the summer.

Following graduation, I knew I wanted to launch my career in software, and was ecstatic to join Bloomberg in 2020. I joined a typescript team working on buy-side decision support products for portfolio managers. I specifically work to build out the ability to send trades directly from a position analysis application. This has involved building a compliance action with popup screens that automatically advance and close given on the state of the compliance check. I have also taken on the process of supporting multiple asset types in our application as it rolls out to new clients, as well as worked with a team to create and maintain our UI regression tests in an effort to get 100% of our client-facing workflows tested.

I also contribute significantly in the Diversity and Inclusion spaces in Bloomberg. I run a program in my area of engineering called AIMclusion that focuses on having conversations in small facilitated groups about topics in D&I. In addition, I am also on the committee of the LGBTQ+ network, and have worked on events like the first trans allyship training, as well as being involved with the Bloomberg Women in Technology Allyship committee, which creates educational initiatives for allies to learn more about the experiences of women in technology.

Entering a software engineering role with little-to-no professional software experience left me with many challenges (not the least of which started with “what in the world is Jira”), but has also been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’ve grown more in this role than I could have ever imagined, both in technical knowledge as well as as a person and woman in technology.