International Women's Day profiles



There’s an amazingly talented and diverse group of here at , throughout every area of the company. I’ve been in this industry long enough to know that this diversity didn’t happen by accident, but rather is the result of intent – an intent that comes both from acknowledgement of what’s fair and right and from the understanding that inclusive companies make better products and are more successful.

In honor of International Women’s Day, I sent some questions out to the amazing women here at SOASTA. Here’s what they said.

Michelle Carrizosa, Data Scientist
@MichiCarrizosa

What project are you excited about these days?

Working with a team at SOASTA and a team at a large retailer. I have been a customer of this retailer for a few years and it is exciting helping them improve their website. I was given the opportunity to design projects, I spoke there on-site and held office hours where we taught them how to use our product. It is very rewarding seeing their team full of excitement and ready to learn everything our product has to offer.

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

When I was a young girl I wanted to be an architect. I even put together this entire portfolio of houses and buildings I had designed. I was an architecture major at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo. My first quarter, I realized I was not cut out for architecture. Instead I decided to follow my strengths and pursue a degree in mathematics.

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

My grandmothers have both been a huge inspiration. One of my grandmothers lived in Mexico with my grandfather after they got married. She brought all five of her children to the United States because she wanted them to receive an education and to have a bright future. My other grandmother has always fought for education, is always compassionate about others, and has worked in low-income communities her whole life, going above and beyond for any family that she felt needed it.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

If you have the need and desire to keep learning, then you will accomplish much more than you ever thought possible.

What are your big tech predictions?

Internet access is something people all around the world would benefit from. This would make information more accessible and open communication for approximately four billion people currently without internet access. Whether this is accomplished by drones or satellites, a collaborative effort amongst various companies may one day provide global internet access.

Jenny Coupe, VP Customer Acquisition
@jennycoupe

What project are you excited about these days?

Implementing Marketo’s realtime personalization.

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

Fantasy: Lead singer in a rock band

Practical: Lawyer

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

Sheryl Sandberg, Ellen DeGeneres.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

Collaboration and interpersonal skills go a long way.

What are your big tech predictions?

Massive convergence in the marketing technology/tech stack.

Jen Finney, Marketing Program Manager

What project are you excited about these days?

Website personalization – the shift to making the most of our web visits by personalizing the experience for both our known and unknown visitors. I am really excited to start this project as it will help foster relationships with outside organizations, making it easy for them to find the content and information they are looking for, as well as offer up some assets that are relevant to their job, their company, their industry, etc. The options are really limitless. 😃

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

I definitely didn’t think I would be involved in the tech world at all. When I was younger, I was encouraged to be ambitious and pursue my dreams. At the time I was very athletic and grew up playing basketball, tennis and hockey. Tennis stuck with me and I played competitively all throughout middle school, high school and most of college. Tennis taught me drive, determination and that goals are achievable. After graduating college with a BS in marketing, my ambition to succeed in my career brought me to where I am today, at SOASTA.

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

Women who have brought down barriers and made it a little bit easier for the rest of us. Women who work every day to inspire others to live life fully and never let anyone stand in their way.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

I think it is important for girls and women to know they can be successful and have an impact in any career they choose. It is very easy to be intimidated by people in this industry who seem to know more than you do, but don’t let fear hold you down. You can learn a lot from these folks and you should never be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

What are your big tech predictions?

Acquisitions will be the new IPOs. Tech is unpredictable and anything is possible!

Tana Jackson, VP Advanced Research
@tanajackson

What project are you excited about these days?

I’m writing an app just for fun and to stay current with web and mobile technologies. It’s an iOS app that runs on all iOS devices, including the watch. I also have a domain and built a website for marketing. It’s been fun to build something from the ground up and make decisions about every aspect of the project.

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

I’m not sure how young I was, but I thought that I would be a civil engineer. Before I knew what a civil engineer was, I was interested in math and science but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. I knew that I didn’t want to be a teacher.

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

I’ve had several women mentors over the years including my first job as a co-op employee at IBM. I’ve learned something from all of them. Most have been very successful women with families and hobbies and a great work-life balance that I also strive to achieve.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

If you’re interested in technology, it’s a great career to have. There’s no reason to think that because you’re a woman you should do something else. If you’re like me and have a hard time seeing yourself doing the same thing for the rest of your life, you don’t have to worry about that with tech! Technology is always changing, allowing opportunities to do new and interesting things all the time.

What are your big tech predictions?

I predict that we will all be driving self-driving cars in the next ten years and that most grade-schoolers today will never learn to drive.

Iris Lieuw, Data Science Project Manager
@irislieuw

What project are you excited about these days?

Model-based alerting and smart testing!

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

When I was young, I thought I was going to pursue a job in fashion, marine biology, or medicine. I was all over the place about what I wanted to do up until my third year in college.

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

My mom, who has a Masters in Computer Science and worked as a Software Engineer way before it was cool. 🙂

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

Seek out those that respect you and treat you as an equal. They’re out there!

What are your big tech predictions?

We’re going to see advanced technology applied in so many different areas to help people in all industries and walks of life. What I’m particularly excited about is improvements in brain computer interfaces, to enable people with physical disabilities to become more independent.

Shilpi Nayak, Software Engineer
@shilpinayak

What project are you excited about these days?

I recently worked on backfill project to migrate our data from postgres to snowflake. It was really exciting to work on this challenging project as it helped to enhance my technical knowledge on how to scale and distribute work across multiple systems and utilize each of them to their maximum capacity.

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

I enjoyed solving difficult mathematics problems that were outside the scope of textbook. I wanted to grow up to be a computer scientist. I think I ended up close enough 🙂

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

Women who overcame obstacles, ignored nay-sayers and kept on advancing in their field.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

Be bold, confident and persistent in seeking what you want. Seek out mentors and challenge yourself with projects outside of your comfort zone.

What are your big tech predictions?

Internet of Things. Everyone is going to be heavily dependent on connected devices. Every electronic device will communicate with each other and with us. Cleaning/organizing home when you are at work. Self driving cars driving themselves to car wash. We will have electronic devices/robots cooking in kitchen that can be programmed to cook your way.

Ashley Sehatti, Software Engineer, DSWB Platform Team Lead

What project are you excited about these days?

We’re working on integrating two products together, and everyone on my team is learning new technologies and new parts of the products. It’s new and challenging and exciting!

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

A Broadway star. I’m still heartbroken that it didn’t work out.

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

Tana Jackson. When she’s not doing revolutionary things at SOASTA, she’s winning Ironmans. I don’t think she sleeps. And Paige Rogalski. She dreams big and works hard, and she’s so dedicated to promoting women in engineering. I feel so lucky to have these women in my life.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

Be yourself! Don’t be scared that you won’t be able to fit in because you don’t fit the stereotype of people in tech, whatever it may be. There are plenty of people with diverse interests and personalities, and we could use more of that!

What are your big tech predictions?

I think phones will become a secondary device as wearables get more powerful. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for!

Manjiri Tapaswi, Software Engineer
@ManjiriTapaswi

What project are you excited about these days?

UI for Apache JMeter integration with CloudTest to onboard users with a walk-through wizard and editors for JMeter tests. This was a complex, multi-layered project in terms of scope and the time involved, and I thoroughly enjoyed being involved in all phases of the development cycle, interacting with different teams, and handling changing requirements.

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

I discovered the joy of programming in high school and wrote my first program in LOGO! I was hooked on programming as a means of modeling and solving problems. That was when I knew I wanted to do this forever!

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

Every person who puts in the work, time and energy to achieve their dreams, in spite of adversity, is inspiring.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

If you enjoy solving problems, then definitely consider this career. There will be times when you feel discouraged and think this is not for you. Don’t give up, seek resources and help (StackOverflow might become your new best friend), and keep at it. Consider joining meetups near you, participating in hackathons, even starting a side project in your spare time. That idea you have been thinking about might be the next big startup idea!

What are your big tech predictions?

Every order of business will move to the cloud!

Amy Vosters, Corporate Marketing Manager
@AmyatSOASTA

What project are you excited about these days?

The customer reference program – working with our customers to come together to tell a story of joint success. This makes me particularly excited because it promotes camaraderie and fosters a mutually beneficial relationship between organizations – a win-win!

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

When I was young, I struggled with appeasing my left and right brain fueled tendencies. Part of me wanted to be an artist, while another part wanted to be a data analyst. I thought I had to choose, struggling to define myself by fitting into one category. Fortunately I grew out of that state of mind, and was able to see that one does not need to classify themselves so specifically, and that there are plenty of jobs out there (especially now in tech!) that marry the two beautifully.

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

Anyone who has marched to the beat of their own drum, and let their uninhibited nature drown out any obstacles or criticism.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

Don’t sell yourself short, ever. Your limitations are only reflective of what you believe you cannot do – stay positive!

What are your big tech predictions?

The movement towards a more harmonious balance between technology, innovation, efficiency, and the human element.

Julia Yang, Software Engineer
@Jules_Yang

What project are you excited about these days?

Analyzing webpage performance. More specifically, analyzing how all the pictures, videos, links, and requests are performing.

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

When I was young a girl, I wanted to be a political comic artist for newspapers.

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

Katherine Johnson, Ada Lovelace, Chien-Shiung Wu, and many more women who overcame social and cultural limitations.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

There are a lot of different jobs in technology. You can be creative, build and create new tools, and affect the lives and communities around you in ways that fits your vision and your interests. Don’t feel you have to be constrained by the traditional ideas of what a technology job entails. If you feel there’s a need you know about that technology can alleviate, go out and build that solution!

What are your big tech predictions?

As the barrier to entry with technology lowers, we’ll probably start to see a different form of innovation begin. I believe there will be a new flood and increase in diversity joining the tech ecosystem. There will remain the traditional type of technological advances, but with women and minority groups joining in, their contributions will shape and sway the next phase of technological advances.

Lauren Younger Nagel, Director of Product Management (mPulse, DataScience and DOC)
@llyounger

What project are you excited about these days?

So many! The latest release of mPulse has great features to help narrow in on performance issues, including App Errors and Compare To, so companies can quickly do a root cause analysis as well as easily look at longer term trends.

I’m also really excited about using advanced analytics to help prioritize optimization work by letting companies know which pages impact their business more and what exactly on that page they need to change. Hopefully this helps move DevOps out of firefighting and into more of a strategic, revenue-generating department.

We can also use advanced analytics and real user data to create smart alerting models and load tests, so it’s even easier for companies to ensure their websites and marketing campaigns are performing well, get ahead of any spikes and be confident they can handle any traffic because they know exactly what to test. Basically we get to make sure the Internet works fast! 😉

When you were a young girl, what did you think you’d do when you grew up?

A Navy fighter pilot. Top Gun was my favorite movie and my room was wallpapered with pictures of fighter jets. I still love a good aeronautics museum!

Who are the women who’ve inspired you?

The head of my CS program in college was a woman, which was really inspiring because there were only a couple of women in the program, but we immediately had this example that you didn’t have to be a male to be successful in computer science and engineering. And some of my colleagues over the year have been my greatest inspirations as I’ve seen their accomplishments. One of my good friends from my very first job started a company with her husband and they now have a very successful video messaging app and a growing company, all from their living room and with two kids. Talk about inspiring!

What advice would you give to girls and women who are considering a career in tech?

Do what you love and what is fun to do and you’ll be successful and find your place! I fell into computer science because I liked computers and the thrill of writing a program and watching it work. I ended up as a tester at first because it was fun to try to break things and get paid for it, then I moved into Product Management because I loved talking to people, then designing products and thinking of how we could make life easier for people with software.

Also, don’t worry about any news you read of it being hard to be a female in tech. Almost every place I’ve worked has been like family. I’ve been respected and able to work on cool, challenging projects. You don’t have to be Joan of Arc to be a female engineer!

What are your big tech predictions?

I think mobile and desktop will continue to merge into seamless experiences. It won’t matter where, when or what device you’re accessing a company’s online presence from, your experience will be continuous and performant.


Tammy Everts

About the Author

Tammy Everts


Tammy has spent the past two decades obsessed with the many factors that go into creating the best possible user experience. As senior researcher and evangelist at SOASTA, she explores the intersection between web performance, UX, and business metrics. Tammy is a frequent speaker at events including IRCE, Shop.org Summit, Velocity, and Smashing Conference. She is the author of ‘Time Is Money: The Business Value of Web Performance’ (O’Reilly, 2016).


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