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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.

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Featuring women leaders from AppNexus, Bluecore, Stash Invest and Thrive Global

PowerToFly recently partnered with four amazing New York companies, AppNexus, Bluecore, Stash Invest and Thrive Global to present an evening of networking and panel discussions at Rise NYC. Guests had an opportunity to network with women tech leaders and the other executives from our four featured companies as well as their fellow women in tech.

An energetic, insightful panel, moderated by PowerToFly CoFounder & CEO Milena Berry, featured four passionate women leaders, including:

  • Doa Jafri, Director of Engineering at Thrive Global
  • Bahar Shah, Software Engineer at Bluecore
  • Bavitha Sokhi, Lead Software Engineer at Stash Invest
  • Theresa "Tvu" Vu, Senior Vice President of Engineering, AppNexus
Our four featured companies are hiring! Visit AppNexus, Bluecore, Stash Invest an Thrive Global on PowerToFly and click "follow" to learn more about their open opportunities.


Big thanks to Rise NYC for hosting us!

AMC Networks

An Invite-Only Evening with Women Tech Leaders of AMC Networks

This is an invite-only event. Please review the highlighted roles below to see if this event would be a good fit for you and then email hi@powertofly.com to request an invitation.

On May 17th in NYC, PowerToFly will present an invite-only evening with AMC Networks' women leaders, executives and hiring managers. The event will include a candid panel discussion with AMC's women tech leaders, an audience Q&A; and a chance to network with other top women in tech as well as AMC executives.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking Over Light Food & Drinks
  • 6:20pm - Event Kickoff from PowerToFly
  • 6:25pm - Keynote Address
  • 6:40pm - Product Demos by AMC Engineers
  • 7:05pm - Fireside Chat 7:20pm - Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A;
  • 8:00pm - Networking Over Light Food & Drinks

AMC Networks has delivered quality programming for more than 30 years. They own and operate several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television including AMC, IFC, Sundance, WE tv, BBC America as well as IFC Films.

Also, AMC Networks is hiring! Their benefits include comprehensive health & well-being offerings, and a matching 401(k) plan. For more information about AMC Networks and their open opportunities visit their page at PowerToFly.

This event will be a great fit for a wide array of roles including Director of Engineering, VP Product Design and Growth, VP Subscriber Growth, Director of Consumer, Social Content Producer, Manager of Social Marketing, Social Marketing Designer, Manager CRM.

About our 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.

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