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Better Companies

Inside Amazon, As Told By Top Women Developers

When PowerToFly's Seattle community spent the evening at Amazon's Seattle campus.


Most of us spend time on Amazon.com each week, ordering household goods or watching streaming shows (I highly recommend Catastrophe btw). We all know the experience is seamless, especially if you have an Echo. I mean, you don't even need to lift your hands to to make orders. Yeah, it's all pretty magical and futuristic - a future that is happening now thanks to a few of the brilliant female and male engineers who talked to the PowerToFly community at an event we held with Amazon on June 28th on their Seattle campus.

With the goal of introducing women in tech to the female and male developers in the room who are running engineering teams for Amazon Restaurants, Machine Learning for Ads, and the Amazon Tickets platform, the PowerToFly community in Seattle was able to ask about what it's like to work at Amazon as they got an inside look into what the company is building.

In that spirit, Rachel Valdez, PowerToFly's Chief Dream Maverick and the MC for the event, started us off with a behind the scenes demo from Uma Boddeti, the Software Development Manager for Amazon Restaurants. Uma explained the challenges of building applications for on-demand food delivery - from coordinating the in-restaurant ordering process to ensuring that the drivers who make the deliveries go to the right house. After Uma's presentation, the audience asked her questions about the product, but they also took the opportunity to understand how Uma balances being a tech leader while raising two children. Her answer: I ask for flexibility when I need it and I get my work done. She used an example from that day to illustrate her experiences. Uma said she was planned on leaving the office early to take her son to the dentist. It wasn't a problem because her team knew she was would make up for any lost time and productivity. Uma made it clear that family matters came first on her team, as long as goals are being met.


Uma Boddeti, the Software Development Manager for Amazon Restaurants answers questions about work-life integration and the products she's building.

To cap off the event we held a similar discussion with Alice Zheng, who is a Senior Software Development Manager for Advertising platforms at Amazon. Alice is also the author of "Mastering Feature Engineering" and "Evaluating Machine Learning Models". The PowerToFly members in the audience particularly wanted to know how Alice manages her time, especially if she's feeling overwhelmed. Alice advised the women in the room to sit down with their managers and go over their task lists to prioritize when things are due. She reiterated advice she received early on from a woman executive at Amazon: focus on "running a marathon" and not a sprint. At PowerToFly we give that same advice to our team members - it's all about training and preparing for a long steady pace. Too many sprints knock people out of the game and are unsustainable, especially at high-growth companies like Amazon.

After discussing how we can better manage ourselves and talk to our managers, Alice briefly discussed what she found different and useful about the hiring process at Amazon. She touched on the set of values Amazon asks candidates to match their experiences to in the interview process. In Alice's opinion, these core values allow candidates to measure themselves against a universal company framework. If you do end up joining Amazon then you know exactly what the company expects from you and your colleagues on day one.


Alice Zheng and Katharine Zaleski, PowerToFly's Co-Founder and President take questions from the audience.

Want to come to events like these? Sign up for PowerToFly.com and we'll send you exclusive invitations for events where we connect you to executives and hiring managers at companies that care about creating gender diverse and inclusive environments. And if you're interested in working at Amazon, check out their page on PowerToFly.com.

LendingClub

LendingClub's Director Of Design On The Traits We Should All Own

Someone who knows their stuff front and back. Someone with strong opinions that are loosely held. Someone who will fight to eliminate problems, work, and barriers for the user.

Sure they've received multiple awards including Fast Company's 'Most Innovative Companies' of 2014, 'Best Places to Work in the Bay Area', and CNBC's 'Disruptor 50', but what do LendingClub's employees really think about the working for the company that's bringing borrowers and investors together?!

Cue our chat with Samantha Berg - she's spent the last 10+ years building tight knit teams and just this past year, growing one at LendingClub. See what she has to say about her latest role and find out what she's looking for in her next teammate below!

Did we mention LendingClub is hiring through PowerToFly?! Check out their open roles on PowerToFly here, and don't forget to 'Follow' LendingClub to receive exclusive job matches, event invites, and more!

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Audible

A Look at Audible's Game Night at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration

PowerToFly was proud to collaborate with Audible for a truly unique event during this year's always amazing Grace Hopper Celebration, held this year in sunny Houston.

After a long day at the conference, which this year received over 18,000 attendees, Audible's invite-only guests were taken by private shuttle to Audible's secret location - an event space transformed into the ultimate game night!

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In Person Events

A Conversation With Women In Tech At Three Fast-Growing Startups

If you are a San Francisco-based woman and tech and you are interested in attending this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invitation.

PowerToFly is back in San Francisco for another exciting and transparent evening of cocktails and conversations featuring women tech leaders from Cloudflare, Forward and Philo.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 6pm to 8pm at ConnectionsSF, located at 424 Clay Street, San Francisco.

Cloudflare's goal is to build a better Internet. Today, Cloudflare runs one of the world's largest distributed networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests worldwide. Their customers range from Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits to small businesses and budding entrepreneurs.

Forward is redesigning the way we deliver healthcare using all the technologies healthcare has neglected: sensors, mobile, and AI. Named by Time Magazine as "a best invention of 2017", Forward's technology allows patients to monitor their health in real time with their doctors through blood testing, take-home wearables, and a digital health chart.

Philo is a small, ambitious startup building the future of television. Their product lets you watch your favorite shows on all the devices you care about, with intelligent search, insightful discovery, and effortless sharing — in short, they are building the TV watching experience that we've always wanted for ourselves.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Drinks and Light Food
  • 6:30pm - Event Kickoff with ConnectionsSF
  • 6:35pm - Introductory Remarks by PowerToFly
  • 6:40pm - Panel Discussion featuring women tech leaders from Cloudflare, Forward, Philo and more companies TBA
  • 6:55pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:10pm - Networking over Drinks and Light Food

About the Venue: ConnectionsSF is a modern, full-service flex work space for mobile professionals, start-ups, small businesses and independent consultants. Offerings include permanent and shared desks, private offices, and meeting and event spaces, all including fantastic amenities, free coffee and free snacks.

About PowerToFly Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to that particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Remote

Remote Work Round-Up

11 New Work From Home Jobs Just For You!

Just because a company is remote or hiring for a remote role, doesn't mean they're any less committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion. Take it from Stephanie Garza, the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at GitLab (and PowerToFly alum!):

"Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to GitLab's success. We aim to make a significant impact in fostering an environment where everyone can thrive."

The companies listed below have all made commitments to fostering cultures of diversity and inclusion – we think they're pretty great – and we think they're all pretty great! If you don't see a role that matches your skills, make sure to 'Follow' the company so we can send you custom job matches in the future.

Check out the featured work-from-home jobs below or visit our remote jobs page for even more opportunities!

Avaaz - Technical Project Manager / Online Campaigner (Remote)

Dell EMC - Networking Sales Specialist - (Los Angeles, San Diego, Remote)

Duck Duck Go - Senior Site Reliability Engineer (Remote)

GitLab - Digital Marketing Specialist (Remote)

Karat, Inc. - Freelance Expert Interviewer (Remote)

Paylocity - Software Maintenance Engineer (Remote)

Spreedly - Senior Software Engineer (Remote)

StreamLined - Junior Creative, General Designer (Remote)

Squadrun - Real Estate Independent Sales Agents (Remote)

Zapier, Inc. - Application Security Engineer (Remote)

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