Below you can apply for a mentor. Please note that you can send a maximum of 5 applications. Application deadline is September 6th, 2022.
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Priya Abraham
Enterprise Architect - Strategy and M&A

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Short Bio:
I currently work as an Enterprise Architect with Strategy and M&A focus. I have a Masters in Computer Science and have solid technical and management experience
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Java
Mentor Role: Industry Expert
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Product, Design, Business
My ideal mentee:
Someone who is willing to learn, share and accept
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Ayesha Afzal
Researcher

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Ayesha Afzal is a researcher at Erlangen National High Performance Computing Center (NHR@FAU) at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. To catch up, checkout her website: https://sites.google.com/view/ayesha-afzal/
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
2-4 years
Primary Skills:
C/C++, Data Science (Hadoop, R), HPC, Linux, MATLAB, Octave, Product Management, Social Media Management
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Management Leader, Community Leader, Public Sector Leader, Aspriring Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Personal Growth, Public Speaking
My ideal mentee:
A quick, proactive and an open minded learner with a passion to grow and succeed.
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Shikha Agarwal
Solutions Architect (Presales)

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I empower Organizations identify gaps in their IT Architecture in order to meet their Business Goals and Objectives.

An accomplished Solutions Architect focused on Integration and Middleware with over 15+ years of comprehensive experience in multi-million-dollar solutions delivery for large and varied Corporations. Experienced in managing and conducting on a global scale with medium and large team sizes across the continents in pre-sales/post-sales environment in varied business domains. Expert in many market leading Middleware and Integration solutions including and not limited to Integration, Messaging, IoT, B2B, API Management, Event Processing, Analytics, Master Data Management.

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Exceptional Interpersonal and Presentation Skills leading to long-term Client Relationships
• Confident, Articulate and Professional
• Excellent Product Knowledge in the Integration space.
• Experienced Complex Application Design and Architecture
• Fluent in Software Development Methodologies and Best Practices
• Application Performance Tuning/Scaling, etc.
• Easy Adaptability to new Technology, Products and Concepts.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
REST API, SOAP API
Mentor Role: Aspriring Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Sales and Business Development, Personal Growth, Public Speaking
My ideal mentee:
1) Somebody who is in IT services, looking and trying to get into Architecture, IT product Presales or Sales
2) Somebody who is looking to gain confidence and enhance their personality, looking to get away from their own biases
3) Somebody looking to enhance their presentation skills, soft skills, over-all public persona.
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Sera Akinci
Venture Builder and Board Member to Enclave Networks

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Being a young Entrepreneur, building a company and a team and successfully selling my own Jewellery and Textile start-up has allowed me to understand the nature of how businesses run, the ability to foresee every aspect, the difficulties, and challenges of acquiring new businesses, managing marketing and sales activities, understanding buying behavior but most importantly, allowed me to thrive in people management by focusing on psychology and understanding the motivational aspects
of each individual.
I have also given advisory to various start-ups on a project basis and have created measurable impact for the team as well as to the financial health of the organisation.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
4-5 years
Primary Skills:
Wordpress
Mentor Role: Management Leader, Founder, Coach, Aspriring Leader, Investor
I can help mentees to grow in:
Product, Business, Sales and Business Development, Personal Growth, Public Speaking, Marketing and Branding, Social Impact, Startup Growth, Fundraising and Investment
My ideal mentee:
Anyone who is open minded, eager to learn, ready to take on the self power and empowering people around, having a positive mindset, passionate and result driven.
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Zaher Al-Sai
Assistant Professor of Big Data and the Founder of Big Data Minds MENA

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Dr.Zaher Ali Al- Sai received the B.S. degree in computer science from the Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan and the MBA (Hons.) in e-government Technology from Florida University and BAU. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science in the field of study of Big Data Software Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She is currently an assistant professor at Al- Zaytoonah University of Jordan. Her current research interests include Big Data, Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Business Information Technology, Software process improvement, Big Data Engineering, Big Data development, Big Data Readiness, Maturity Assessment, and Evidence-based Software Engineering. She is an Ambassador of Women in Data Science (WiDS) at Stanford University and a global ambassador of the WomenTech network. Also, she is the founder of many non-profit communities’ initiatives related to Big Data, Data Science, and AI.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
7-10 years
Primary Skills:
.NET, Agile, Azure, C#, C++, Canva, CSS, Data Science (Hadoop, R), Docker, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PowerBI, Python, R Programming, Ruby on Rails, Social Analytics, Social Media Management, Spark
Mentor Role: Community Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Business, Sales and Business Development, Marketing and Branding, Social Impact, Startup Growth
My ideal mentee:
Have passion to learn and share knowledge.
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Maryleen Amaizu
Data Lead

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Maryleen is the Data Lead at Purple Beard UK where she heads the Data Team and oversees the delivery of the Data Analytics Bootcamps and Technician Apprenticeships. She is the Co-Chief Professional Development Officer at Neuromatch Academy US, an academy for computational neuroscience and deep learning. She co-facilitated the team of data scientists that solved the AI for energy systems challenge at the Alan Turing Institute. She has been lecturing at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Derby UK, particularly delivering courses on the MSc Big Data Analytics programme. Maryleen is undertaking a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Leicester with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. She takes a keen interest in driving digital transformation in the industry 4.0 and Future of Work era through AI, IoT, and other frontier technologies.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
4-5 years
Primary Skills:
Data Science (Hadoop, R), Python
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Coach
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Personal Growth, Social Impact
My ideal mentee:
 Takes responsibility for keeping in regular contact with mentor and actively participates in the relationship
 Assesses academic/professional strengths, learning and developmental needs, values and short and long-term career goals
 Develops a plan with mentor for achieving these goals
 Follows through on commitments and goals
 Respects the mentor’s time
 Maintains confidentiality at all times
 Openly shares successes and failures
 Is receptive to feedback and coaching
 Takes advantage of opportunities presented by the mentor
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Oyoenisai Andrew-Essien
Senior Marketing Manager

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A Marketing Executive with over 10 years’ experience in telling brand stories through unique marketing strategies and automation to develop business opportunities. I specialize in brand development, product marketing, B2B marketing, digital and content marketing. I have worked on integrated campaigns and projects for companies across sectors such as Telecommunications, Satellites, Information Technology, Security, and Infrastructure.

I am a Gold facilitator for #IamRemarkable - a Google initiative empowering women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
10-15 years
Primary Skills:
Agile, Apollo, Canva, Other, PowerBI, Product Management, Social Media Management
Mentor Role: Coach, Community Leader, Aspriring Leader, Industry Expert
I can help mentees to grow in:
Sales and Business Development, Personal Growth, Marketing and Branding, Social Impact
My ideal mentee:
A can-do spirit with the willingness to explore the potential they have. One who believes that anything can be achieved if they set their mind to it. A hard-worker who believes in growth, development and success.
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Rebekka Arbara
Technical Specialist (Sales Solution Engineer)

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Rebekka joined Microsoft two years ago as a Technical Specialist for the Business Applications Platform. Before joining Microsoft, she was working with Microsoft Customers delivering technical solutions as a Business Applications Consultant. Now, in her role she has a strong focus on discovering customers articulated and unarticulated needs and is helping organizations to design the right system architecture based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.

Rebekka is a tech enthusiast, and her mission is to empower other women in digital and tech careers. Recently, she was nominated for the Woman In Sales Awards and is a finalist in the Category of Best Sales Engineer among other eight successful women.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
4-5 years
Primary Skills:
Azure
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Aspriring Leader, Industry Expert
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Product, Sales and Business Development, Personal Growth, Relocation
My ideal mentee:
I would like to motivate my mentees and especially young women in their early career steps to believe in their own power. Everything is possible if you are not afraid to leave your comfort zone. Most of the time, the best things come through challenges.
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Fatiha ASSEL
COO

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My name is Fatiha ASSEL , I’m currently the Chief Operations Officer of itemis France and its two subsidiaries itemis Tunisia and Fotahub, Inc.

I have more than 24 years of experience in IT, after a first experience as a software engineer at S2M, Moroccan leader in the field of electronic banking, I joined the Atos Euronext group to participate in projects of migration to the Euro for the benefit of major French banks (BNP, Crédit Lyonnais).

4 years later, I joined the world leader in the pharmaceutical industry Merck and its German subsidiary in Munich as a project manager where I was in charge of the implementation of the Datawarehouse, Oracle development, Web Content, intranet...

Back in France, I worked for itesoft software editor in the field of EDM where I was in charge of managing the global workflow of order processing based on OCR ...

Since the end of 2008, I created with my husband the French subsidiary of itemis AG, a German company created in 2003 and specialized in model driven engineering that creates complex tool chains for large groups in the automotive, aeronautics...


Itemis continues its development by creating its Moroccan subsidiary in the city of innovation in Marrakech to build the center of excellence in AI, ML, TinyML and IoT.


I hold a computer Science Master degree from the EMI (1998) , PMP certified from the Project Management Institute (2011), Scrum Master certified from Scrum.org (2015), DPO certified from PECB (2018) and in 2020 I obtained my Professional Coach certification.

Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Agile, Product Management
Mentor Role: Coach
I can help mentees to grow in:
Personal Growth
My ideal mentee:
Enthusiastic, hardworking, and dynamic person
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sadaf shaheen awan
CEO

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I am a strong advocate of women’s economic empowerment and has led successful initiatives to increase the financial and digital inclusion of women, in the entrepreneurial space. I have worked with different software houses and NGOs as a Web Developer and Graphic Designer. A creative web developer who is passionate about creating and optimizing the performance of user-centric, high-impact websites for nationwide and global companies. Innovative Creative Designer turned Tech Entrepreneur who aims to resolve issues for disadvantaged women and girls.
Website: https://womentechhouse.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/womentechouse
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
7-10 years
Primary Skills:
Agile, Bootstrap, Canva, HTML/CSS, Illustrator, InDesign, jQuery, Photoshop, UI/UX, Vue.js, Wordpress
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Founder, Community Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Product, Design, Marketing and Branding
My ideal mentee:
My ideal mentee should be loyal, dedicated, passionate about learning, and wants to become Technopreneur.
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Hani Azam
Data Scientist

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I am a Data Scientist working at Facebook with five years of industry experience. I'm particularly interested in Natural Language Processing and Recommendation Systems and spend my time thinking about how technology can redefine and advance human relationships and networks.

Outside of work, I have been a volunteer at organizations like Code for SF, Girls Who Code, and Delta Analytics to leverage my knowledge of data to advance the mission of non-profits and underprivileged communities.

In my spare time, I love spending my time brainstorming startup ideas, reading, sailing, and rock climbing.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
4-5 years
Primary Skills:
Data Science (Hadoop, R), HTML/CSS, iOS (Objective C, Swift), JavaScript, JIRA, Product Management, Python, R Programming, Selenium, SEO, SQL, Tableau
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Community Leader, Industry Expert
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Product, Personal Growth, Social Impact, Startup Growth
My ideal mentee:
My ideal mentee is anyone who is extremely passionate, eager, and earnest. I believe in building long term relationships rather than short term quick fixes. If you are curious, hard-working, and willing to learn I would love to meet you!
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Ronke Babajide
Lead Solution Engineer Security

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I was born in Vienna, Austria, and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where my family moved when I was 8. I returned to Europe when I was 19 and studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna where I acquired a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry.
While working on my thesis I worked with Unix systems and the first Linux Systems. I learned a lot about how computers work and about programming. This was just around the time when the Internet became available, and I was fascinated by the possibilities of this new technology. I soon decided that this was the career I wanted to pursue. In the following years, I worked in different roles in the field. In the early days as a Web developer, then as a Unix specialist in a software company, then as a systems engineer at an IBM partner company. By chance I got the opportunity to move into the vendor space where I worked as a Systems Engineer and Channel Systems Engineer at Riverbed, then as a Solution Architect for Radware and currently I am employed as a Senior Solution Engineer for Networking and Security at VMware.
In all these roles I have had the opportunity to work with great technology and great people. Now besides my day job, I also work on making more women consider a career in tech by creating more visibility for "Women in IT" and spotlighting them on my "Women in Technology" YouTube channel.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Other
Mentor Role: Industry Expert
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Personal Growth
My ideal mentee:
I have no ideal mentee but I do expect someone who is really interested in moving forward with their career and personal life, is active in between touchpoints and reliable when it comes to appointments
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Aarti Balana
Data Scientist

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I graduated from tier-1 college in India. I have around 4 years of experience in Data Science field. I have interest in science specifically in physics and technology. I value critical thinking and ideas.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
2-4 years
Primary Skills:
Bash, Data Science (Hadoop, R), Docker, Python
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Aspriring Leader, Industry Expert
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Personal Growth
My ideal mentee:
1 . Anyone who wants to know about what is going in Data Science/ Computer Vision/ Artificial Intelligence/MLE field.
2. Those who want to know how to approach and prepare for jobs in Data Science field.
3. Those want to be familiar with programming language/s.
4. Those who wants to be motivated, are stuck in some personal issue which is becoming a hurdle for their growth.
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Monika Bercu
Chief Technology and Product Officer

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Entrepreneur and startup mentor, CTO, Product cracker, DataTeller. Blogger, Community manager, Ultra trail runner.
Founded a start-up in Agro-tech, and these days another one in Impact - domestic violence, a mentor and a part of the advisory board in other start-ups. Known for her technological and product cracking abilities.
I have been a CTO and senior product, managed global teams to success.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Product Management
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Management Leader, Founder, Community Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Product, Business, Personal Growth, Startup Growth
My ideal mentee:
One who wants to learn and grow.
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Shallu Bhagat
Director, Software Development

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Professional with experience in data analytics solutions, software design solutions, data warehouse design, data migration, support and team leadership.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Agile, AWS, JIRA, SQL
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Management Leader, Coach
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech
My ideal mentee:
Mentees that can be benefitted to discuss any or all of the following:
1. imposter syndrome
2. confidence building
3. brainstorm system design
4. career growth
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ROJA BOINA
Software Engineering, Senior Advisor

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Roja Boina is an Engineering Advisor for a health care domain. She has been working in the field of data analytics for 6+ years. She possesses a skill-set to provide data-driven solutions to business users and takes pride in her get-it-done with a high-quality product spirit. She is very passionate about being a Women in Tech Advocate and being a part of WIT communities.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
5-7 years
Primary Skills:
Spark, SQL
Mentor Role: Tech Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech
My ideal mentee:
COMMITTED
PUNCTUAL
DRIVEN
ORGANISED
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Basuti Bolo
Endowed Chair Educational Technologies

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Basuti Gerty Bolo is a Space applications scientist, an Endowed Chair Educational Technologies, Space Science, technology and STEM promoter, ambassador, mentor, advisor, a Peer Reviewer for Higher Education and Research.
Bolo's initiative aims at to get more women and girls to study the STEM program and to enter the space sector in order to drive the SDGs and solve global challenges, to empower women and reduce gender inequality
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Data Science (Hadoop, R)
Mentor Role: Tech Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech
My ideal mentee:
She'll must have the passion and be brave to share her experiences
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Ridima Borkar
Senior Software Engineer

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Hello, I am Ridima Borkar, a Software Engineer by profession, who loves the fast-paced technology world. I have been in this industry for 8 years now. I am an ex-Amazonian. Along with being an engineer, writing code and architecting systems, I love to cook, do gardening, read books and dance!
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
7-10 years
Primary Skills:
Agile, AWS, Java, JavaScript, REST API, SQL, TCP/IP
Mentor Role: Tech Leader, Coach
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Personal Growth, Public Speaking, Marketing and Branding
My ideal mentee:
My ideal mentee would be someone who is starting off their career or 1-2 years in their career, looking for guidance on how to navigate the initial years in the industry. Having crossed that bridge myself, would love to guide my mentee based on my experiences.
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Shelli Brunswick
Chief Operating Office and Executive Leader

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Shelli Brunswick, COO of Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the global space ecosystem — from a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and congressional liaison for the U.S. Air Force to her current role overseeing Space Foundation's three primary divisions: Center for Innovation and Education, Symposium 365, and Global Alliance.

Advocating for space technology innovation and entrepreneurship, Shelli collaborates with government, commercial and educational sectors on initiatives for space commerce, young professionals, teacher development, and space-inspired curriculum.

Brunswick’s work to champion the inclusion of underserved groups stems from staying true to the values instilled while she was in the military: a passion to share her journey, give back to the space community, and contribute to the development of the next-generation workforce. As a leading role model for women in space, Brunswick was selected as the 2021 Global Technology Leadership Award and 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year Award by WomenTech Network, a Woman of Influence by the Colorado Springs Business Journal, a Top Women In Aerospace and Aviation to Follow on LinkedIn and INTERSTELLARS International Award - Space Champion.

Brunswick speaks at organizations and events around the globe to advance space technology innovation partnerships and collaboration, Co-chairs Space Entrepreneurship at Tod’Aers, Chairs Space Tourism Society Africa, Chairs G100 Space Technology Wing, co-chairs Global Policy Insight Quad Forum and hosts the Women’s Global Gathering annually at Space Symposium. In addition, she is one of only 54 women worldwide to be selected by the United Nations as a mentor for its Space4Women program and is a World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Senator for the United States of America and serves as a board member for their Global Women Leaders Committee. She is a founding advisory board member for WomenTech Network and an advisory board member for the Lifeboat Foundation. She serves on the America’s Future Series Space Advisory Board and sits on the board of directors for Manufacturer's Edge and the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Other
Mentor Role: Management Leader, Coach, Industry Expert
I can help mentees to grow in:
Business, Personal Growth, Public Speaking, Marketing and Branding
My ideal mentee:
Here are some attributes of a good mentee:

Motivation to Succeed
A good mentee is motivated to succeed. This helps ensure that mentoring isn’t wasted on someone who won’t act on the knowledge he or she has received.

Time Management Skills
A good mentee must be sufficiently talented at time management to commit enough time to make mentoring worthwhile.

Positive Attitude
This should be self-evident. It is much more fun to mentor positive people than negative ones. Positive people usually produce better and more sustainable results, too.

Respect
A good mentee will respect you and appreciate the time you spend in mentoring. They will also respect the value you are providing.

Willingness to Learn
A student who is willing to learn will invariably accomplish more than one who isn’t.

Honesty
Your mentee should be honest. Anything else is a waste of time.

Clear Communication
A good mentee will be able to communicate whether or not they understand what you are teaching them. This makes the entire process much more effective.

Confidence
Confidence and self-belief are essential for maximising performance at any stop on the corporate ladder.

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Susi Burke
Chief Impact Officer, Strategic Advisor for Startups

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After 30+ years in the tech industry, name a tech job and Susi has probably done it - from Software Engineer to Director of Product. She has a passion for advancing diversity in tech believing that more diversity in thought will lead to better products, more opportunity for underserved populations and in short, a better world. She contributes to that cause by mentoring, advising startups, participating in middle school STEM outreach, volunteering at all-female hackathons, as well as speaking and writing about leadership and life skills for STEM organizations that help underrepresented groups.

Susi is Chief Impact Officer and Strategic Advisor at Phin. Phin is a B Corp whose vision is to be a force for good and compassion. Our purpose is to help companies understand their purpose beyond profit and multiply their impact, every day. Creating a values-based culture isn't just aspirational, it's good business. In my additional role as Chief Impact Officer, I am tasked with advocating for Phin's social causes and helping that community create the maximum impact. I am also working closely with Kikori, an ed-tech company that puts the heart and fun into education through experiential ed as tech advisor, operational consultant and product strategist.
Professional Experience (IT/Tech):
15+ years
Primary Skills:
Agile, Canva, Confluence, JIRA, Product Management, SQL, UI/UX
Mentor Role: Tech Leader
I can help mentees to grow in:
Tech, Product, Personal Growth, Social Impact, Startup Growth
My ideal mentee:
I like mentees that are inquisitive, open, ready for self discovery, and thoughtful!
I've actually written an article on this if you are interested:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mentors-golden-ticket-success-susi-burke/