Session: Your Reputation Precedes You
Ariel will describe her journey from finance to technology, where she harnessed the power of outcomes-driven work, professional storytelling, networking, and relationship building to advance in her career and ultimately find success in tech.
- Give it your all everyday, because someone important is always watching.
- Share your work challenges and outcomes with others regularly - this can equally be the key to solving a complex problem or unlocking your next amazing opportunity.
- Feedback, both good and bad, is your best friend. Learn to crave it, internalize it, and action it so that others are willing to invest in your development.
Working in the heart of Silicon Valley, Ariel Solomon has had many careers before she found herself in technology. She started out as a financial analyst at JP Morgan, partnering with financial leaders to evaluate and report on the performance and efficacy of various financial products. She then transitioned to a leadership role at the largest hedge fund in the world, Bridgewater Associates, where she worked with engineers and investment associates to systemize investment-related decision making. As a manager of research teams, Ariel led some of the highest performing groups that executed on cutting edge investment ideas. It was during her time at Bridgewater that she realized her love and appreciation for technology. She transitioned into the tech field shortly thereafter- first as a leader at a Tech Social Enterprise focused on providing access to tech roles for underrepresented minorities, and then as a leader at Tesla where she has and continues to lead teams focused on optimizing the use of technology and human capital.
At Tesla, Ariel has transitioned through several business-transforming roles, from scaling and saving millions of dollars in supply chain/logistics costs for the Mobile Service business, to nearly doubling Inside Energy Sales in 2019, and now leading the Energy Business Transformation and Analytics org. She is the inaugural winner of Tesla’s “Multiplier of the Quarter” award, awarded to those who see, use, and enhance the intelligence of others.