Tell us about yourself
I’ve always been fascinated with engineering and how it can solve problems, and that led me to earn my degree in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. I started my career at General Motors and then went on to General Electric, then Genworth before joining Capital One about seven years ago.
In addition to my work leading Enterprise Tech for Capital One, I’m deeply involved in our Women in Tech (WIT) initiative. I’m on the advisory board for Women Who Code, lead our external partnerships for WIT, collaborate on our Women in Tech Allies program led by my fellow Capital One executive Mike Wisler, and am so excited to bring the WIT Experience to Virginia in November. (Fun fact: WIT Experience registration is FREE and open now, so register and join women in tech from all over for a day of skill-building, networking and fun!)
Women Who Code is important for so many reasons, but the most vital for me is because it helps women see opportunities for themselves in fields that they may never have considered before. WWCode provides women the support and resources to get or enhance the skills they need in the 21st century and thrive in a rapidly growing workforce.
True confession: I hate talking about myself. I continue to be encouraged by my team to share my successes, so here goes. These are some fun things I’ve done in the last year that I never would have expected just a few years ago, but am so proud of:
- I’ve spoken at conferences like Women Who Code CONNECT and Vmworld (click here and watch the Monday, August 28 General Session around the 19-minute mark), and events like the Slack Enterprise Grid launch.
- I’m featured in an Apple video because of my work with their products at Capital One.
- I’ve been published in Tech Crunch talking about the importance of men to be allies of women in tech.
What are the most important skills to have for someone in your position?
I like to say that I have the best job at Capital One because I get to make sure that our more than 40,000 associates have the technology they need to succeed. If my team is doing their job well, then our associates can communicate and collaborate seamlessly. We ‘remove the goo’ so that there is nothing in their way as they create breakthrough products for our customers.
In my role, there are many skills that are helpful. Some that I use most often are problem solving, data analysis, flexibility, and empathy. While the first three might be expected, that last one is a surprise for most. But really, when you get right down to it, I have to be empathetic to every associate—from developer to analyst to communications—and their needs.
They don’t need to care about how we integrated Slack for Enterprise across the company or how Vmware enables them to connect more easily, because my team and I care deeply about every detail for all points of view. We think about it constantly so our associates can focus on their expertise to best serve our customers.
How did you go about transitioning to more and more higher level positions?
I’m grateful to have been recognized for my work throughout my career. I’ve learned from mentors and colleagues all along the way, but here’s my best piece of advice for anyone at any level to succeed: never get comfortable.
That is especially true in tech where the landscape changes daily and you have to constantly evolve your strategy and educate yourself to stay relevant.'Never get comfortable. You have to constantly evolve your strategy and educate yourself to stay… Click To Tweet
What are some difficulties you faced in your career? How did you overcome them?
Ever since I was young, I have always seen difficulty or adversity as just another challenge to conquer. Even in the most challenging of circumstance, I just plant my feet knowing that I have taken on hard times before, and I can take on any that come my way.
I love a good challenge and a hard problem to solve, and I derive a ton of personal satisfaction from navigating my way through them.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to take the next step in their career to a more leadership role?
If you want to do anything in your career from getting a new job or getting promoted to switching careers, you have to keep learning and expanding your network. I invite all of the Code with Veni readers to do just that at the WIT Experience. Register, join us, and make sure to say hi to me that day! I’d love to meet you. See you on November 15!
Never let the fear of failing, or the fear of the unknown, be what prevents you from taking a step. I have found I have grown the most when I took a big step into something unfamiliar.'Never let the fear of failing, or the fear of the unknown, be what prevents you from taking a step.' Click To Tweet
Disclaimer: I partnered with Capital One on the WIT Experience to highlight and support women in tech. Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post! To learn more about Capital One, visit www.capitalonecareers.com.