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Join us for Real Talk - the Pros, Cons, & In Between: Navigating a Career as a Woman in Tech being presented by Gwen Iarussi. It’s time to get real about what it’s really like being a woman in tech. We’re going to look at the facts, have some honest conversation around the unique challenges and struggles we face in this industry and also speak to the lasting rewards that can come from sticking it out. We'll also be sharing some of the ways we’ve found success despite the odds, all while keeping relatively sane.
Gwen Iarussi, Director of Quality at USANA has 25+ years of experience in the technology industry, Gwen's career focus has been in collaboratively creating elegant technology solutions to real world business problems. She has had the honor of leading small start ups and large global corporations in building high performing solution delivery and testing teams from the ground up and providing high quality enterprise solutions for the retail, financial, edtech domains and most recently, the direct sales industry. She obtained her BS in IT Management from Western Governors University and her MS in Information Systems from the University of Utah and is currently serving as the Director of IT Quality for USANA Health Sciences here in Salt Lake City.
Gwen’s core belief is that the best solutions come from highly competent and innovative teams with an unwavering commitment to excellence. Her life long passion for technology began at the early age of five in the boiler room of her elementary school in Boulder, CO where she learned to program in Logo on an early model Macintosh. She's been tinkering with tech ever since.
Sofia Palamarchuk is a Director and Board Member of software testing services company, Abstracta, and the co-founder and CEO of Apptim and will be presenting. In 2015, after having worked as a performance engineer for a few years, she led Abstracta’s expansion to the United States, heading up business development and working with companies like Shutterfly, CA Technologies, and Singularity University to help them create reliable and robust technologies. After seeing the challenges that mobile development teams face, in 2019, she embarked on a mission to transform the way global mobile teams create quality apps. When she’s not busy leading a startup, you can find her kitesurfing or supporting projects that promote more women in technology.
For many working women, the pandemic is upending their work/life balance and affecting their current and long-term career prospects. Due to an increase in caregiving responsibilities for women around the globe, the crisis has deepened the gender gap and inequalities that already existed. According to UN Women, women were the most affected in the labor market, regressing 10 years in terms of participation in the workforce. What can we do to get women back to the workplace? For me, one answer lies in software testing. In this talk, I’m going to share our experience launching a social program in Uruguay to help create more opportunities for women in remote and rural areas, called ReconverTIte. Through it, we offer free training in software testing and complementary skills as well as mentoring and support in the search for remote work. The aim of the program is to help these women successfully launch a career in testing in such a way that they can work from home, don’t have to uproot themselves, and can be present in all other important areas of their lives. I’ll be sharing our journey and what we learned from the project’s inception to today, with the hope that you can take away some inspiration for your organization as well.