Namita Dhallan

Inspirational Woman: Namita Dhallan | Chief Product Officer, Brightcove

Meet Namita Dhallan, Chief Product Officer, Brightcove

Namita Dhallan

Namita leads the product management, engineering, and operations functions at Brightcove. Namita is responsible for driving Brightcove's product innovation and delivering world-class video solutions to organizations around the world.In this piece, we talk about her career, her advice to her younger self and why she believes there are still barriers for success for women working in tech.

Namita Dhallan leads the product management, engineering, and operations functions at Brightcove.

Bringing deep engineering experience and market insight, Namita is responsible for driving Brightcove’s product innovation and delivering world-class video solutions to organizations around the world.

Namita is a proven leader in the high tech world. Prior to her work with Brightcove, Namita was Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Ellucian where she led engineering, product management, and cloud ops/dev ops. She was previously Executive Vice President Product Strategy and Engineering at Deltek. Prior to that, Namita held several positions in product management and product development at Blue Yonder. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Maryland College Park.

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, and your current role

I’m currently the Chief Product Officer at Brightcove, meaning I run product engineering, product management, cloud operations, and our global services team. Working with the product, engineering, and services teams is a great combination, as I love being able to solve problems for our customers holistically.

I started as a software developer, moving through various leadership roles in software organisations. I was always curious about what problems we were solving and why we were solving them. I think ‘The Why” is what the best developers always want to know to design and implement the best solutions.

During the mid-2000s, I moved into the product management role, helping to define the roadmaps for the internet boom. Here, I was helping to work on technologies that people today take for granted. Around 2010 I became Chief Product Officer for the first time, which is a role I’ve held at my last three companies.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I certainly didn’t plan to be a Chief Product Officer, but I also didn’t plan to be a software developer. My degree was in Computer Science, which was not a degree that all colleges offered back then. Typically, you’d get a Math or Engineering degree and work in hardware or system software. Desktops and laptops were just coming into the mainstream, and application software development took off. Working for IBM, I saw first-hand the IBM vs. Microsoft rivalry unfold before my eyes – which was very exciting!

I always thought I’d be in technical engineering, as I never knew there was such a thing as product management. I think it’s a role that you fall into based on your passion or expertise, rather than studying and training for. So no, I did not plan my career – but now I love the role!

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

One of the main challenges was the constantly changing nature of technology – and the speed of change. It was a challenge not only to keep up with my learning but also to bring along either a team, a product, or customers to embrace that change. The program that I learned when I first started in school doesn’t even really exist anymore – that’s why I love the Computer Science background because you truly understand the science of how computer systems work.

The other major challenge was balancing family. I’m married with two daughters, so wanting to make sure I was always present for them and not wanting to sacrifice my career or family was hard.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

I think my first most significant career achievement was when I was moving up the ranks of software development and, at the time, was a director at the company I was working for, meaning I owned a suite of products. Another parallel director owned another suite, and we all had to release our products simultaneously. That meant that if anyone was late, the whole company was late.

I had a challenging product. My team was considered the one that was going to be late. Despite this, we hit the deadline for the first time in many releases. That was a huge achievement, to bring a team together and give them confidence that we wouldn’t delay the company.

Another of my biggest achievements was when I’d just moved into the product management role. Another company had just acquired us – and then we acquired another company. Our CEO tasked me with developing an integrated product roadmap for all three companies. It was tough but also a lot of fun, as it really brought all three companies together.

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

A solid support system has been a major factor in my success. Even growing up, my parents were a huge support to me. My father especially encouraged my sister and me to aim for the top of the class, and he was even the one to suggest I study Computer Science. So from the get-go, I’ve had strong support for a career that is not considered traditionally female.

My husband is also incredibly supportive of me. For the first ten years of our children’s school years, he could be at home at a decent time, as he was a teacher. I was never made to feel guilty for working late hours or traveling for work, despite sometimes feeling guilty myself. Technology also helped me stay in touch with my family while traveling.

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

One is always to be curious. You need to be excited that technology is constantly changing, always look at what’s going on in the world of tech, and stay up to date in your field.

Also, take advantage of opportunities that are presented to you. For example, I had no idea what product management was, but there was an opportunity, and I took on the challenge. Have faith in yourself that you’ll be able to learn what needs to be done.

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

I do. I do think it’s better now, which is excellent. There’s more focus now on getting more women into technology, but you only have to look around to realize that we’re still not there yet.

While I don’t have all the answers, I have some ideas. We should have more inclusive support structures, offering tutoring and mentoring programs that not only teach you how to do your job but how to deal with gender and diversity in the workforce. I also think showcasing women in STEM careers is great – seeing someone in a role and thinking, “I could do that too!”

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

I think that companies should continue to provide female role models at all levels and in all disciplines. It can be difficult if women in the industry don’t have someone else they can relate to. I also think that companies can provide training resources that directly address some of the issues that consistently appear in surveys: how to ask questions when you feel intimidated; how to speak up when your voice is not heard; how to ask for help when you think you are the only one that doesn’t know the answer, etc. Many of these can be addressed through mentoring, coaching, role-playing, and classes – providing the confidence to thrive in that company. And I think we need to involve men in this training so that they can be aware and learn how they can help create a more inclusive culture.

At the same time, I don’t think we should make it such a big deal that a woman is going into a tech role. Women have been technologists for centuries. We were instrumental in solving world health problems and cracking codes that led to victory in WWII. Women rock!

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?

Our vision of what ‘Women in Technology’ looks like needs to change. Even if the workplace is entirely fair and equal, the majority of childcare and housework falls to women. Our support systems need to be enhanced so that if women choose to have families, they can continue their careers without taking an eight-year break and having to catch up when they return to work.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

I didn’t network enough, so I recommend taking advantage of meet-ups and groups that keep you relevant in your field.

There are also a lot of great tech resources like the Emerging Tech Brew newsletter, the Wired and TechCrunch websites; and the ‘How Things Work,’ “WSJ Tech News Briefing; podcasts, or others more relevant to your field. I’d also suggest resources that help you stay up to date and relevant, such as TED Talks or the Guardian Masterclass.

It’s also important to hone your presentation skills. Take presentation training, ask for feedback, and present as much as you can – whether it’s presenting to a group at school, college, or your department at work.


Elizabeth Spears

Inspirational Woman: Elizabeth Spears | Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Plainsight

Elizabeth SpearsMy career so far mirrors the evolution of the tech industry as a whole. I started at a company working on early machine learning and natural language processing.

This was before the industry realized that data could be its most valuable asset. By the time this realization became commonplace,  businesses had already accumulated more data than they could effectively manage on their own. That shift drew me to Big Data processing and analytics for several years. Smart machines began creating more Big Data than ever, and the Internet of Things (IoT) industry started to rapidly expand.

While I was working in IoT, both hardware and AI framework technologies experienced huge advancements. More customers wanted AI solutions to analyze and interpret their loads of noisy IoT data to make smart data even smarter. Always thinking  about product-market fit, like a true product person, I anticipated shifts in customer needs as technology evolved. This background and experience has come together to today. Now, I’m leading the product and marketing of vision AI solutions enabling customers to put their visual data to work in new ways that transform their businesses.

As the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Plainsight, I support the creation of vision AI solutions that make every step of the computer vision life cycle faster, easier, and more inclusive. Our goal is to deliver solutions that help forward-thinking businesses realize the untapped potential of their visual data, while lowering the barrier to entry for creating and deploying production-ready vision AI models. The combination of our platform and services delivers the breadth of integrated features and valuable insights as well as the quick  value generation that customers need today.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

My career choices have typically been about creating flexibility and options for myself rather than planning for a very specific path or goal. I’ve always been very team oriented and my sights have usually been set on surrounding myself with like-minded, goal-oriented people. I enjoy fostering this team dynamic while striving to work in specific areas or projects where I can bring value.

As I’ve moved from position to position, I have tended to work with people that I have worked with before. Building up trust and a common working language takes time, but once you’re working from a common decision-making framework, everything becomes that much more effortless.

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

Of course; we work in startups, and even when they do well, there are always hurdles. That’s especially true when building a business from scratch. You’re always keenly aware of your runway and how critical any single deal could be to the future of the company.

I don’t really have a magic formula for overcoming challenges. I just prioritize the work that needs to be done, stay focused on the next task or solution I can create, and try to identify places where the team can iterate on processes so things work a little better the next time around.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

The parts of my career that I personally consider my biggest achievements are usually tied to the challenges I’ve worked hardest to overcome. Building a new company, for instance, can be daunting but there are specific elements of that journey that I personally find very exciting. When I’m really able to push myself over a new hurdle where I’ve maybe not been tested before, the victory is sweeter, so to speak, than racking up traditional “on-paper” accolades.

One area where I’ve really had to jump out of my comfort zone has been taking on an outward-facing, spokesperson role for my company. I first played this role when I worked at a startup incubator early in my career. I had to go from a heads-down mindset when helping execute on strategy to building a community and thought leadership platform for others to follow. Being in the spotlight isn’t something that I’m naturally comfortable with, but successfully bringing that expertise to a public platform is an experience I’ve been very proud to tackle and improve on.

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

Being more concerned about the larger business goal, our team, and how we can achieve things together has always been a key factor in my success.

In that same vein, I recognize that valuable input and advice can come from almost anyone. In my experience, I’ve always had the most unlikely mentors. Knowing that you can learn from almost anybody and seeing what you can accomplish as a team will always broaden your team’s possibilities. You never want to operate with blinders on or assume you know better in every situation.

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

Just jump in. AI is like any other industry. It takes a little time to learn the lingo and specific subject matter, but there’s nothing magical about the technology itself. Computer vision in particular is filled with neuroscience analogies and the methods for teaching a machine learning model are often very similar to how children are taught new concepts. So the AI industry is not as inaccessible or as technically esoteric as it may seem.

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

What I’ve seen make a difference is a culture where it’s foundational that everyone is treated with respect and the focus of the team is to accomplish goals together. When that’s the focus, I find that talented people have to be valued because we’re all depending on each other, as opposed to operating with individual success in mind.

Individuals have to be able to express unique thoughts and ideas in their own unique ways. People communicate differently and everyone needs to have the patience and tolerance to hear the content of ideas regardless of how they might be delivered. Create a culture of high professional standards where any activities that don’t meet the mark are actively discouraged by everyone on the team. In tech, we are working with so many different types of people and communication styles—neurotypical and not—and the key is to treat everyone as individuals and find out how they work best to help them thrive.

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

Getting more women in AI is a similar challenge to getting women in technical roles more generally. I think we need to create and foster interest early in education and then ease the way into tech companies themselves. Everyone in a position to recognize and encourage interest and talent should make a concerted effort to do so.

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?

If I had a magic wand, I would use it for something a bit different, because we need to look at inequality on a macro level, not just within a single industry. To start, I’d increase pay for critical roles that are grossly underpaid for the value they bring to society.

For example, teachers: It is inexcusable that we don’t adequately pay the people educating our population. The next generation is going to be faced with major world-changing problems that we need to equip them to solve. It only makes sense that we’d invest in the teachers who empower  students with this critical information and prepare them to address individual and societal challenges.

I also think this will help to solve the “women in tech” ratio. When you have intelligent, high achieving teachers that are properly incentivized and resourced, you will keep the female role models in STEM education that can more effectively start to curb the early female STEM dropout effect.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

I personally try to stay plugged into the voices within the AI space, male or female. It’s helpful to stay in lockstep with your industry and I’m fortunate to work in one where the voices are loud and plentiful. There is no lack of great podcasts out there—the AI in Action podcast, for instance, is one that’s featured Plainsight in the past, along with ClickAI where I’ve guested twice to discuss AI Ethics. But staying well informed around how your peers—and even prospects—speak about your tech is one good source of input to make sure your priorities are where they need to be.


Tenni Theurer

Inspirational Woman: Tenni Theurer | Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Spring Free EV

Tenni Theurer

Tenni Theurer leads product expansion efforts as Chief Product Officer of Spring Free EV, a financial technology company built to accelerate the adoption of EVs opening the doors to hassle-free financing for all.

Theurer has 20+ years of leadership experience in tech, media, telecom and fintech, and previously served as GM and VP of Product at Yahoo, where she managed 130+ person teams and $1.6B/year businesses with over 300+ MAUs. Tenni also served as Sr Business Leader at Visa and launched their first digital wallet solution from conception to market with 50+ participating issuers and 35+ merchant partners.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I am an outdoor lover with a deep passion for creating climate solutions. During the pandemic, my family and I visited nine national parks in a travel trailer. On one of our journeys, we were forced to reroute to escape wildfires and smoke. For the first time in my life, I witnessed some of the devastating results of climate change. I knew I wanted to do everything in my power to protect our beautiful planet, which was a part of the catalyst behind my joining Spring Free EV.

As Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Spring Free EV, I lead product expansion efforts. Spring Free EV is a financial technology company built to make EVs accessible for everyone through flexible financing. We are accelerating adoption of EVs with a goal of reducing one gigaton of carbon emissions by 2030.

Coming into my role, I bring 20+ years of leadership experience in tech, media, telecom and fintech. I previously served as GM and VP of Product at Yahoo, where I managed 130+ person teams and $1.6B/year businesses with over 300+ MAUs. I also served as Senior Business Leader at Visa and launched their first digital wallet solution from conception to market with 50+ participating issuers and 35+ merchant partners. 

One of my goals now is to make EVs accessible beyond the top 1% of earners. To make that happen, most recently at Spring Free EV, we launched a new product called the “Free EV” that brings the upfront costs of EVs down to $0. This is an industry-first product aimed at helping high-mileage drivers — think ride-hailing and last-mile delivery drivers — who are the backbone of the American economy make the switch to electric.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Life has gifted me many surprises, and my career path has certainly been full of them. When I was studying computer science at UC San Diego, I never thought I would one day be leading a fintech startup. While I was focused on computer science in school, I always remained curious, and curiosity eventually led me to manage teams at Yahoo and drive innovation at Visa. One thing I promised myself was that with any twist and turn in my career, I would always remain humble and try to help those around me.

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

Absolutely. Fresh out of college, I got a painful, though essential, lesson in failure. After graduation, I was lucky enough to be fielding a few different job offers. I ultimately chose the riskiest option, and after only a few months in the role, a large group of employees and myself were called into a room and laid off. Getting fired from my first job stung, and it was scary. How am I going to pay rent? What do I tell my family? However, being laid-off taught me a crucial skill: resilience. Getting knocked down did not mean I couldn’t get back up.

I got up, brushed myself off, and explored my options.

Challenges often help you find a few important things: the strength within yourself to lead to new opportunities and the network of support you have around you who is willing to help.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

Helping to co-found the Spring Free EV team has been among the most rewarding, important achievements of my career to date. According to the EPA, road transportation is one of the largest contributors to global CO2 emissions. Despite widespread interest in EVs to curb climate change, cost remains a critical barrier to sales – particularly the higher upfront cost of driving an EV, which is a deterrent for most people. We aim to break down those barriers and make EVs widely accessible. I am so happy to be a part of something that is so much bigger than myself and critical to the survival of our natural earth.

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

The main trait I would highlight is soliciting frequent feedback.

Do not wait for a quarterly or yearly review to talk about expectations for your role.

Asking for continuous feedback helps you quickly improve and empowers you to set new goals. I have had over a dozen managers, mentors and coaches throughout my career, and I learned invaluable lessons from each of them. They taught me valuable lessons like slowing down to avoid mistakes and how to lead and manage high performers. I also learned to play to my strengths to be more effective and successful and to identify the pitfalls of being too collaborative. Over the years, I have found ways to keep in touch with many of them and know that they are only a few keystrokes away when I need them. Take the time to cultivate and develop the relationship, and it will pay dividends down the road.

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

The technology world is full of flashy successes, and I think it is important to remain humble and stay focused in the midst of that. Avoid being swept up in the daily grind by simply focusing on how each day impacts your overall career. I have spent over 20 years in Silicon Valley working on technology products, and every day I still jot down notes, ideas, and learnings in my notebook. On a day-to-day basis, my notebook helps me stay organized and focused in the present moment. Longer-term, my notebooks help me reflect, learn and draw upon my experiences. At the end of each day, write out a few things you accomplished that you were proud of, or things you need to work on, to connect your experiences.

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

A former colleague of mine at Yahoo turned out to be one of my biggest supporters. She was direct, honest, and extremely passionate about women in tech. At the time, I wasn’t aware of all her efforts to advocate for me in the background. One day when I was promoted to Vice President, I found out how much she had worked to champion my success. When I went to thank her, she told me that the way to repay her is to make sure I used my new position to pay it forward for other women. That simple request has stuck with me ever since.

To this day, I continue to look for opportunities to “pay it forward” and make the same request to others.

As women in the tech space, we should take every opportunity to lift each other up and celebrate each other’s wins. When we empower other women around us, we create more opportunities for other women to join us in the tech community.

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

It is crucially important to the success of any company to hire great women. Developing any new technology requires a diverse network of people who care about a common goal and are dedicated to the work being done. Once you have those women around you, do everything you can to value, honor, and respect their work and contributions. At Spring Free EV, we do everything in our power to find and hire great women and support them once they are on our team. If you are interested in applying, we would love to hear from you here.

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 have dedicated a lot of time to developing mentor/mentee business relationships throughout my career.

I think the more women that take the time to mentor and build up others in the tech industry, the more interest and success we will see in the next generation joining us in creating the great innovations that will power the future.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech, e.g. Podcasts, networking events, books, conferences, websites etc?

My top three podcasts to listen to for inspiration and education are: 


Katie Madding

Inspirational Woman: Katie Madding | Chief Product Officer, Adjust

Katie MaddingI’m the Chief Product Officer at Adjust, an analytics platform that helps marketers grow their mobile apps with solutions for measuring and optimizing campaigns, and protecting user data.

In this role, I oversee the overall product strategy at Adjust, including the company’s rapidly expanding development and infrastructure teams.

I studied commerce at the University of Virginia and also recently got my MBA in Business Administration from The Wharton School.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not at all, and it’s a good thing that I didn’t because I never envisioned myself going into product or engineering. It might sound hard to believe given my current role, but when I started out I wasn’t technical at all – not in the slightest. However, when I joined Adjust (as the only Account Manager in the U.S) in order to support clients I had to learn to become technical very quickly.

I taught myself all sorts of languages to survive and learnt the building blocks of how Adjust’s technology works on the job. This was perfect for me, though – I love learning new things, taking on a new challenge and pushing myself. My mantra was to say yes to anything that seemed exciting, and I’m so glad I went down that path.

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

I would say that the biggest challenge is staying true to who you are. A lot of female leaders go through this phase of ‘If I want to be respected then I need to be harsh, no BS, stop  showing any emotion and effectively bring a different personality to work’. I strongly believe that this should never be the case.

I worked incredibly hard not to change any aspect of me. Staying 100% true to yourself is really hard, as certain aspects of my personality might make people initially doubt my ability or credibility. For example, I’m a very emotive and empathetic person, which I never want to change. I like bringing emotion into the technical space, and I refuse to change the fact that I have a sunny personality and don’t just think but also feel. The challenge is not feeling like you need to assimilate the typical boss archetype you’ve seen, but rather choose how you can be an authentic leader.

This can be hard, as in general, I don’t think technical roles are largely occupied by a diversity of personality types – there are not enough people with empathy in these roles. I’ve seen a huge improvement in terms of where things are going, but it’s still a super non-diverse group of people. There’s a huge advantage of having someone who can empathise and bring together what all voices are saying to get one holistic solution – women are very good at that.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

I’m proud of bringing together the Product, Data Science, User Experience, Development, and Infrastructure teams to become one brain, with one mission. As with many startups, these departments and their respective teams had become isolated and had their own blueprints.

This merger was my biggest accomplishment. It began by balancing my Executive MBA from Wharton, while traveling back and forth to Berlin every other weekend — all with a 9 hour time zone difference. Rather than focusing on the many reasons it wouldn’t work, I got excited about my potential impact. I worked that much harder to get the team in the structure needed to be successful. From there I redefined what “team” meant at Adjust, and found ways to drive a much larger impact by re-envisioning R&D as a whole.

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

People – from those who guided me to those I’ve been able to train and mentor.I find that having people around who let you tap into their knowledge is a huge asset when starting out at a company. This is why we offer such an in-depth onboarding process, where all employees start from square one in getting to know the product and really understanding what the business does.

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

My golden rule is that 70% of your time should be spent on teaching others what you already know, and 30% should be spent learning something new. The 30% is so key, because if you don’t delegate you aren’t learning something new. And in tech, that means you will be outdated quickly. You constantly have to keep a pulse on not only the latest languages, industry trends and new software, but you have to try it out and learn by doing.

You can’t rely solely on past experiences, which lead you to make assumptions that may not align with client needs. It’s vital to be open to absorbing new approaches, seeing what is happening in the industry and learning from other people’s successes and failures, as well as your own.

What advice would you share for finding the right culture fit?

It’s so important to find a boss that believes in you and challenges you to new heights. It’s ultimately up to your boss to find ways to help you grow, and if you don’t have that then you will be limited.

When you’re in a job interview, assess how willing they will be to help you grow and learn new skills. Ask them what processes they have in place for learning and development, and examples of people already in the business whom they have helped. You’ll be able to easily pick up on the vibe when you put these questions to them.

Adjust has  a culture where people are excited about learning and supporting others to grow. Without this, I could never have grown into the role I have now.

What overall lessons are you sharing with direct reports and/or people on your team?

My absolute number one –  being true to yourself.  My next nugget of advice is the need to give what I call “clear future feedback” as often as possible.

Many managers have a difficult time giving feedback as they feel it has a negative connotation. However, feedback is really a learning opportunity, and every time you notice something and don’t say anything, you are keeping that person from learning something new. Feedback has to be clear. You have to have real examples to help the person understand. It also needs to be future focused, in the sense that you can’t give feedback without any idea of what you feel would improve in the future. Making feedback clear and future focused is where you really strike gold with employees — they learn something new they can put into practice and are happy to be growing with your help.

What have you learned from working with other women?

One of my coolest experiences was attending business school.  I found so many other females who were faced with similar problems and challenges but were also busy kicking ass in their respective fields.

It was the first time I had been exposed to a cohort like that, and I found it so inspiring to be able to share and exchange ideas with them. I now have a great network of women across different industries; the issues we experience transcend any sector or industry we work in.

The best part is how much we built each other up; we were each other’s champions. Finding female groups is one of the best things you can do. Having true relationships and that bond offers you a third party out of work, where you can vent, build each other up and share challenges.

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

Obviously, there is a gender balance in tech that needs to be addressed. However, it’s not simply about how to bring more women into the industry – it’s also about how the company supports them when they’re there. For example, if the team is male-dominated then is there enough of a support system to retain female talent and help them thrive once onboard? Companies need to create groups of leaders who create safe and supportive environments.

Organisations also need to actively give females within the company a voice – and early on! There are many ways to achieve this; find exciting conferences for them to not just attend but present and share learnings, or bring them into C-suite meetings to give them an opportunity for growth.

What resources do you recommend for people working in tech?

The Women in Tech Show is a podcast I love, mainly because it doesn’t focus on what it’s like to be a woman in tech but rather the awesome things we are accomplishing. I also really like AWIP – Advancing Women in Product (now known as Advancing Women in Tech). This is a group that I’m a part of and find invaluable. The group’s mission is to empower women and other underrepresented groups to advance their technology insight and careers to become product and tech leaders – whether that’s through skills workshops or mentor schemes. Finally one of my all time favorite books is Multipliers that has really helped me develop my leadership skills.