What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?
Both my parents were engineers.
How did you come to be in this position?
My professional journey started as a engineer in both hardware and software development. I changed jobs frequently early on in my career because I wanted to learn about different products and different technologies. Fortunately, I was in a very large organization that allowed me to have different jobs without resigning / leaving the company. Soon I recognized that I wanted more big picture involvement and visibility. I worked as an engineering product architect for a couple of years, and this gave me the breadth I was looking for - for a while. My next step was to lead through people and leverage both my technical and non-technical skills concurrently. I had the opportunity to build up an engineering team nearly from scratch on more than one occasion, and to grow and lead organizations of various sizes throughout my career. Most recently, I am leading a team responsible for R&D infrastructure and global program management. What I find most rewarding in this role is the opportunity to interact with people having diverse perspectives, engineering disciplines, approaches, and cultures.
What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?
Stay connected with professionals in your industry. Seek advice but trust your own judgment. Seek growth opportunities.