This Sunday, March 8, marks International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual celebration of the achievements of women, which has taken place since 1911. In honor of IWD, we’re dedicating today’s blog post to some of the women of Triblio. They’re inspiring, hardworking, and they represent all facets of our business including finance, customer success, marketing, sales, and development. Triblio could not function without them! Thank you for everything that you do. Happy International Women’s Day!
Acacia Waller, Vice President of Customer Success
Question: What would be your advice to younger women entering the workforce?
“Don’t shy away from any opportunity that is put in front of you, even if you don’t think you can do it or it will mean more work on your plate. Growth, personal and career-oriented, comes from challenging yourself and stretching beyond your limits. No one progresses without biting off more than they can chew from time to time. Always come from a place of empathy when dealing with customers, co-workers, other departments and even your boss. The most impressive women I’ve worked with aren’t just respected for their contributions but because of the positivity and passion they exude in the workplace. And perhaps most importantly, be kind to yourself.”
Rania Farage, Software Engineer
Question: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“I would say the most rewarding part of my job is waking up everyday knowing that I created something that several people are going to use, and as a result benefit from.”
Ashley Taylor, Senior Customer Success Manager
Question: What was the most challenging part about getting to where you are today?
“The most challenging part about getting to where I am today was being honest with myself about what it was that I wanted professionally and personally and challenging what was expected of me as a daughter, sister, friend, and even coworker. It is important to listen to your inner voice and to trust in what will make you happy. We are often bombarded with people’s opinions of what we should do in life and it can be easy to be influenced or swayed by relationships or self-doubt. Therefore, it’s important to speak up about your ambitions and stay committed to those goals you see for yourself.”
Kirsten Yee, Director of Marketing
Question: What characteristics do you most admire in other women in your field?
“I admire the many women in tech who are passionate, tenacious, but also kind. One of the greatest gifts women in leadership can give is mentoring and empowering young women with that same passion for tech. This blend of characteristics is so powerful when inspiring the next generation of women. Through my work, I hope to encourage and empower the many talented and passionate women around me.”
Michelle Hussain, ABM Advisor
Question: What does success mean to you?
“Success to me means being able to set attainable goals both professionally and personally, and being able to meet and exceed them. Success is being passionate about what you do and being determined and motivated by the journey it will take you on. I always try to visualize a strong outcome and give it my best effort.”
Siobhan Tabatabai, Senior Product Manager
Question: In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
“I remind myself that there is infinite knowledge in the universe, so I cannot possibly perceive the things I don’t know yet as shortcomings of my own. Instead, I have to embrace them as opportunities to grow. It’s a balance of showing myself understanding and forgiveness while encouraging myself to lean into the discomfort and seek out learning opportunities that ultimately build up my confidence.”
We also wanted to devote a special section to our Chief Operations Officer, Dawn Orr. As a female executive and mother, she’s served as a resource and mentor to many of us at Triblio HQ. Dawn has implemented a quarterly Woman of Triblio meeting in order to help foster and maintain a strong female in tech influence that is often lacking in technology startups. She’s committed to empowering the voices of women not just on International Women’s Day, but every day of the year.
Dawn Orr, Chief Operations Officer
Question: What would your advice be to women looking to move into leadership roles?
“Be courageous and pursue areas in leadership that are exciting to you! Over the years, I’ve found many women (including my younger self) shy away from certain leadership roles because they are worried about what they don’t know. You will never know everything, but you must give yourself credit for all that you know and believe the contribution you make in a leadership capacity will positively impact the organization you’re serving.
We need more women in leadership roles, especially those areas where we are currently under-represented like CTO, CEO, and Board of Director positions.”
Question: What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made in your career/line of work?
“This is a difficult question because with every career sacrifice I’ve made there has certainly been a personal benefit, generally one that was positive for my entire family. I look back on some of the decisions I made relatively early in my career and recognize my life and my family may be very different today if I did not choose the path I took. Having said all of this, I’ve made career sacrifices to be closer to my husband and young children and wish I wouldn’t have felt the absolute necessity to do that. We shouldn’t have to choose between the two, but generally, women are more inclined to believe they have to. Having gone through those times in my life makes me more focused on embracing a culture that promotes a healthy balance between work and family. This is difficult, especially in tech. Every one of us, men and women alike, should be able to feel great about the contributions we make in our workplaces and at home with our families!”