Join the WEST community for a panel about 'Keeping up with your Goals' hosted by Twitch. Hear from a panel of professional women in technical roles talk about how they set their goals and how they reached them.
March marks International Women's Day, and it is a time to celebrate all of our progress and achievements. This year's theme is #PressforProgress, and this panel will strive to help you keep up with your goals and celebrate new achievements.
Ester Bogod (Mix, Senior Software Engineer)
Ester is a senior Software Engineer at Mix, previously knowns as StumbleUpon. She is a Full Stack Engineer across the backend, web and iOS. Previously she worked at Zynga on FarmVille as a Full Stack Engineer to add many new features, as well as deprecated large systems. She is passionate about constantly learning and improving her skills through goals. She will be moderating the panel.
Emily Luk (Stripe, Growth Finance & Strategy)
Emily is currently at Stripe on the Finance & Strategy team. As a founding member of the team, she has held a variety of positions both in Product and Go To Market strategy. Prior to Stripe, she was a VC at Canada's largest venture fund, with a focus on direct investments in early stage enterprise software companies. She is currently an active angel investor and works with a handful of companies on go to market and financing strategy.
Lida Tohidi (23 Design, Managing Director)
Initiatives and teams that Lida has led have done amazing things, ranging from: launching a national incubator to running a 2-month startup roadshow in Asia to winning (inter)national competitions, such as the Google Startup Battle award out of 1000+ teams. Lida is the Managing Director at 23 Design, a leading strategic marketing and design consultancy; she is also part of the WEST working group. Lida is very passionate about inclusion in tech and beyond, and she honored this by speaking. Last year alone, she spoke at conferences and events, organized by Latinos in Tech, Women in STEM, Expat Woman, Diversability, and Tencent, to name a few.
Manasa Battula (Twilio, Product Operations Manager)
Manasa helps teams operationalize their processes to deliver the best customer experience. At Twilio, she is a Product Operations Manager leading two teams, Fraud and Messaging Operations. Manasa moved to the US in 2007 and worked as User Operations Manager for a bootstrapped startup in the payments space. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of Operations roles at TATA and HSBC in India. She is an avid learner who has taught herself technical skills, such as Python and SQL, and constantly advocates for learning something new. She is passionate about easy to use API’s, scaling business needs with technology and mentorship. She is an ex Co-chair for Women@ Twilio ERG and advocates, volunteers and partners with WEST, a mentorship initiative that aims at encouraging and retaining women in tech. She holds an MBA from International Institute of Information Technology, India.
Natalia Archibald (Goodreads, Director of Analytics)
Natalia leads Analytics team for Goodreads and is responsible for providing deep analytical insights into Goodreads customers and business by providing access to data and creating KPI’s, reports and models to enable business decisions. Prior to her role at Goodreads Natalia led Analytics team supporting Product Operations and Supply Chain at Gap Inc.
Sharmeen Browarek (Twitch, Product Management)
Sharmeen is a product leader at Twitch and is currently working on the Creator Experience team, helping creators grow and succeed on the platform. She joined Twitch from Leeo, where she helped to guide product development from design through beta testing, QA, and launch. Prior to joining Leeo, she was an engineer at Raytheon focusing on radar algorithm optimization and system integration. She began her career at Hewlett Packard designing circuit boards for industrial printers. She earned both a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and the Media Lab. In her free time, Sharmeen enjoys rock climbing, Bollywood dancing, and wants to start a blog with her husband.