What do you do?
I am an expert technologist and the Vice President of Engineering Services for Xfinity Mobile, Retail, and Convergence at Comcast NBC Universal, where I serve as an integral member of the Technology team and regularly act as a conduit between the business and engineering domains. I have a huge mission owning the Technology delivery and Agile processes contributing to building and maintaining Xfinity Mobile, Retail and Convergence strategies and the delivery of initiatives from ideation to launch. I have over 25 years of experience in the technology & leadership realms. As a positive change agent and distinguished technologist, I have successfully helped organizations transformed to meet their business goals. I believe that innovation, collaboration, and clarity have the power to propel any organization further and maximize their revenue streams.
Why did you choose this field?
I am originally from Ivory Coast, one of the poorest country in the globe. Growing up, I had an option to learn math or find my way to the streets into prostitution. I choose to stay in school and learn the best I could under some difficult conditions. It was the beginning of my journey into tech. I didn't plan it, it was something I choose to try and now it is my life passion to use Technology to solve our most pressing issues.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Today - I have over 25 years in the Tech field. I wished I knew the importance of negotiations earlier in my career. Despite our tech background, negotiation is part of everything we do, you have to negotiate everything. Today, I am an expert in negotiation because I put the work into it and went to Harvard Law a few years to solidify my expertise.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because I am always learning, it is continually evolving with new technologies to learn like AI and Machine learning. I am usually the only female in room, so my passion is to share my experience with all people, specially with young women and men - I want to show that it's possible to look and sound like me and still be a great technologist. Being an authentic role model is part of my role as a female leader in a male-dominated industry. I believe in sharing my experience and be a trustworthy role model for young women who are doubting that there is success in Technology. By continually being vulnerable, honest, and pushing through the difficulties, I have learned to stand strong when the going gets tough. By asking to be present at Technology conferences and events as a speaker or part of the committee, I am showing to others what is possible. I am a firm advocate of showing what is possible. Only then, the next generation of women leaders will look up to successful female leaders like me for hope. What I want most in the tech world is the opportunity for more women to be able to reach more leadership roles in this industry. The lack of women in leadership roles in tech creates fewer role models, so, in turn, fully qualified women don't see tech as a career option for them. We need to change that perception, one female leader at the time (smile).
Best advice for next generation?
" You have everything you need to be amazing and succeed in STEM. No matter your background, you can start where you are" -- anyone can enter the field at any stage of their life, they will succeed if they are willing to roll up their sleeves and learn. I am a firm advocate of showing what is possible. Only then, the next generation of women leaders will look up to successful female leaders like me for hope. What I want most in the tech world is the opportunity for more women to be able to reach more leadership roles in this industry. The lack of women in leadership roles in tech creates fewer role models, so, in turn, fully qualified women don't see tech as a career option for them. We need to change that perception, one female leader at the time (smile).
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
― Maya Angelou