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What do the career path and the day-in-the-life look like for a Principal Data Engineer at Recorded Future?

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Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

I graduated with a B.S. in mathematics-statistics and economics at the University of Connecticut, then earned a Master's in statistics from North Carolina State University.

Throughout school, I worked on a number of statistical consulting projects. I enjoyed learning about my clients' research projects and picking up new statistical software. My first job outside college was at a startup as part of a small, lean team building fast-paced projects. I loved the startup environment! 

Lilian Cheung Recorded Future

What has contributed to your success and propelled you to the position you have now?

I followed a nonlinear path to reach where I am today. At one point, I wanted to be a teacher. At another, I considered pursuing a career in research and academia. I took time after college to section hike the Appalachian Trail. Hiking the AT, where I embraced the challenge of testing my limits, was a pivotal moment for me. 

90% of what I do involves skills I learned on the job. When I joined Recorded Future, my motivations were to (1) build something that matters, and (2) keep learning. I started as a data engineer, then became a tech lead and senior data scientist. My technical interests and job responsibilities span across data science and data engineering. Every role and every project presents a set of challenges and an opportunity to learn new skills. Each day, I build tools that keep people safe from cyberattacks. Given the world we live in today, cybersecurity is important now more than ever.

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a Principal Data Engineer at Recorded Future?

I am an individual contributor and one of the leads on the Data Curation and Quality team. As an individual contributor, my role involves building data pipelines, assessing data quality, and shipping production code. As a lead, my responsibilities include weighing in on technical questions/processes, unblocking team members, and driving technical discussions to ensure each member of the team is well-prepared to access various parts of our internal systems.

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

Launching Identity Intelligence: I was one of a handful of engineers on the Data Science team working to launch the Identity module.  As a team, we wrote pipelines to detect leaked credentials and warn clients about data stolen by malware. We needed to move quickly and accurately to prioritize the features most important to clients. The project challenged me to communicate designs, pull together with my teammates, and deliver a new product line under tight deadlines.

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

Keep learning. Don't be afraid to find your own way: Hike your own hike. These principles have served me well:

  • Do your best every day. 
  • Be willing to disagree and commit. Voicing opinions is critical to getting the perspectives needed to reach an optimal solution. Once the team agrees on the solution, execute it to the best of your ability.
  • Learn from your teammates. Every one of my coworkers offers unique strengths and approaches to solving a problem. My team pushes me to be a better engineer.
  • Have a plan for how to tackle challenges. Driving consensus is much easier with a plan.

Lilian Cheung Recorded Future


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing? 

One cup of instant black coffee per day.

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

This is my schedule on a fairly typical Tuesday: 

Between 8:30 am - 9:00 am: Log in. Check Slack messages, emails, tickets, and/or alerts. Set goals for the day. 

9:15 am - 9:30 am: Daily status update in the team standup.

9:30 am - 9:45 am: Status update in a cross-team project standup. There are a couple new requests for mock data from our team. We've already completed the data pipelines; the mock data is one of the last requirements to enable UI tests.

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Team refinement session. The team has 1-2 weekly refinement sessions to discuss ticket requirements and estimate how much time tickets will take to complete. 

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Meeting with a couple coworkers on a project we're working on. We discuss the remaining work and start reviewing related code from earlier in the pipeline.

12:00 pm - 4:15 pm: Time to code! I tackle the creation/uploading of data discussed earlier to unblock other teams working on the same project.

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm: Data Science team Fika (informal coffee/study break): One of my coworkers introduces an internal tool.

Between 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Wrap up tasks and log off for the day.

Any productivity hacks?

Reminders: I use Google Calendar reminders to plan tasks and keep myself on track.

Documentation: Documenting solutions saves so much time when similar problems pop up again.

Building a personal knowledge base: I use Notion and Obsidian to organize useful snippets of information. I regularly refer to these notes when solving technical problems.

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Recorded Future delivers advanced security intelligence to disrupt adversaries, empower defenders, and protect organizations. Recorded Future intelligence is ready for integration across the security ecosystem.

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Where did you grow up?  What did your parents do for work?  

I grew up in Northern Illinois, about 90 minutes from Chicago. My mom was a nurse and then moved into management roles within the healthcare industry. She initially got her nursing degree, which was typical at the time, and then she went back to school 30 years later to complete her Bachelor of Science degree. I have always been so proud of my mom - she is an excellent role model of professionalism, determination, and resilience.

Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

I went to a small liberal arts college in the suburbs of Chicago - Lewis University. I double majored in Human Resources Management and Psychology. I began my freshman year knowing I wanted to work in the Human Resources (HR) field. I have enjoyed my career so far, which has been entirely in HR. Not many people can say they experienced their entire career within the same field they also studied at college. Human Resources has evolved so much over the years. My initial jobs were all in the manufacturing industry. I was a true HR generalist and did everything from recruiting to employee relations, and from benefits to the safety committees. I still remember many of my early learning lessons of do’s and don’ts in HR after all of these years.

What advice can you share that has contributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?

I once heard this quote, and it has always stuck with me: “there are no elevators to the top; you have to take the stairs every time.” Throughout my career, I have found this to be entirely true. It is so critical to take every step so you can learn as you go, and there are no fast passes for life experiences and wisdom. I can be very impatient, and I have had to learn this lesson repeatedly. It is important to have patience and appreciation for where you are in your career journey -success will not always be linear. Every role throughout my career has had key learnings and takeaways that have helped me get to where I am today.

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as Global Director, DE&I, Engagement, and Culture at Duck Creek Technologies?

I am responsible for developing, leading, and executing the DE&I (diversity, equity and inclusion), engagement, and culture strategy. I create enriching and engaging programs for all employees across the global organization. I strive to help drive the employee experience, shape the workplace culture, and build the corporate strategy of fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture that instills a sense of belonging.

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

Some of the greatest success I have had in my career is never being afraid to reinvent myself and jumping into situations feet first. Be open to learning from different experiences, people, and places. Get wrapped up in learning from a podcast or a book, or even go back to school and take a class or get a certificate or degree. At work, raise your hand for projects and propose new ideas or roles within your team. Lean into putting yourself out there, being vulnerable, and feeling uncomfortable. Dream big. The payoff will be well worth it.  


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing? 

Coffee. I start my day by working out and then grabbing a coffee from Starbucks. I either take some time to reflect on my day or week ahead, or I take the coffee with me on a walk while listening to a podcast.

What time do you start working? 

I typically start anywhere between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. or earlier; it will just depend on the day and my meetings. We are a global company and I need to be flexible in meeting and collaborating with our teams in different time zones.  Morning hours are ideal for meetings, planning, and collaboration with our colleagues in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

What are three things that motivate you in your role? 

So many things motivate me! I genuinely love what I do and I love working at Duck Creek. If I had to narrow it down to just three things that motivate me, I would say:  I am given the independence to make decisions and build the DE&I, Engagement and Culture strategy and department, I have a leader who trusts me and I trust her, and I get to dream big and try new ideas.  Courtney Townsend, Duck Creek’s Chief People Officer, has been incredibly supportive of me yet challenges me in positive ways. She is the perfect leader for me.

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

A typical day involves a lot of planning and collaborative meetings on new initiatives and DE&I programming. Another portion of my day consists of listening, observing, and keeping my ear to the ground. I need to have a good handle on what employees are feeling and experiencing. I have a no-door policy - I want to gather feedback and make myself accessible and learn as much as possible the organization and people.

What time do you typically wrap up the workday? 

I struggle with the “wrap-up” part of the workday. Over this past year, I have spent so much time building this department and creating programs and employee councils, etc. Everything we now have in place has been created by our dedicated team. The work I get to experience and undertake is so fulfilling and I enjoy investing my time in it because, in the long run, I know my efforts will all pay off.  

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?  

Typically, my husband and I cook dinner together and we eat as a family. Then, I usually go back and either finish some work for a couple of hours to set myself up for success for the next day, or I have schoolwork to do. I am also currently pursuing a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

Any productivity hacks?

Understanding your energy levels and knowing when to accomplish specific tasks is very helpful. My energy is the highest in the morning and I typically schedule the most complex or most detailed task then. I also think it is important to understand what tasks are draining to you or not energizing. Of course, there are some parts of our jobs we cannot completely avoid. The key is to be mindful of those draining tasks and figure out how to work best to accomplish them. Sage Milton, Duck Creek’s Social Impact lead, and I schedule a live Teams call to work on some of our more detailed duties. We work independently on the call, which helps us stay motivated and accountable for finishing the tasks we have been avoiding. 

What are the three apps that you can’t live without?

I do not think I can narrow it down to three, so I listed four apps that I can’t live without: the Mindbody app (since I am a planner I love to schedule my exercise classes), the Calendar app (yes, I love to plan and prepare), the Amazon Kindle app (I am a confessed book nerd), and lastly the Spotify app (so I can listen to more podcasts).  

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

I am most proud that I have been able to return to the workforce 3½ years ago after taking a break to be a full-time parent for ten years. I felt like I had started all over and lacked confidence in myself.  I had wrapped up my identity in my kids and husband. As my kids grew older and needed me less, I did not know who I was anymore, what I was passionate about, and what gave me joy. Coming back to the workforce was an incredibly humbling experience. I have stretched myself over the last year, achieved some of my career goals, and returned to school.

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?

I have a couple of colleagues that I have worked with professionally in the last few years who I admire and call upon for professional advice: Katelyn David and Martine Williams to name a couple. I admire both for so many reasons. I have learned from them, and they have inspired me to do better. They have given me excellent advice and gentle nudging when I needed it most. They have always been encouraging and supportive. Everyone needs a Katelyn or Martine in their life.

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Duck Creek Technologies gives P&C insurers a genuine path to the future.

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Tell us about the different roles you’ve held at Toast. What makes you want to keep growing your career at the company?  

I joined Toast in 2017 as a Business Intelligence Analyst. I programmed in Python, working with a variety of stakeholders solving their complex data challenges. 

After a year and half, I realized I was a good programmer but I was a better “people person.” There was an opening on the engineering side to join the fintech team as a program manager. I jumped on it, as it gave me the opportunity to extend my technical knowledge while growing my project and organizational skills. Over four years, I worked on some really cool projects. 

Currently, I lead a product team focusing on social impact. This means looking for opportunities using the Toast platform to reduce food insecurity, enhance food sustainability, and increase the economic prosperity of restaurant employees. The challenges and the dynamic nature of my roles is what makes me want to continue growing my career at Toast.  

Ani Boyo Toast

What has contributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?  

This is a really good question. I think for me what has helped me be successful is knowing how to collaborate with people. Everyone here at Toast is incredibly talented, smart, and kind. It’s important to understand how to partner with each person to achieve an ultimate goal. We have a one team mentality here at Toast, and I try to embody that in every single conversation I have with internal and external stakeholders.

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position at Toast? 

I’m responsible for identifying opportunities to use products to support the toast.org mission of “enriching the food experience for all.” I’m often conducting hundreds of interviews, researching, and writing proposals that explain a problem area and provide solutions on how we can approach it. I lead a small but mighty engineering team. I’m responsible for setting the vision and roadmap as well as removing any blockers that my team may encounter. 

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

There are many ways to make a difference and “do good” within your work surroundings. I would suggest starting somewhere. Anything is better than nothing. Even if that means getting your hands dirty doing volunteer work at a local non-profit. It’s important to remember that the change you want in the world can start with you…so get out there and “do some good.”


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing?

Coffee

What time do you typically log on to start work? 

8am Pacific

What are three things that motivate you in your role?

  • Impact to help others
  • Bringing other Toasters on the social impact journey
  • Speaking to restaurants, guests and experts

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

  • Wake up at around 7am
  • Try to go for a run or a surf session if I don’t have an early meeting
  • Daily stand up with my engineering team
  • Meetings with customers or Toasters
  • Conduct secondary research on food insecurity, food sustainability or economic prosperity for employees
  • Plan out our roadmap for the coming weeks
  • Prep for the next day

What time do you close out your work day?

Around 5pm Pacific

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?  

Completely shut down. It’s important to do this given most of us are working remotely. It’s even more necessary in this social impact space;, it’s generally a good idea to take breaks because we’re in it for a marathon, not a sprint. 

Any productivity hacks?

Taking 10-15 minute walks at least once during the day

What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?

  • Slack
  • Strava
  • Google Chrome

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

Launched a charitable donation feature that allows Toast restaurants to fundraise for causes they care about. It’s been heartwarming to see how our restaurant community uses this feature to fundraise for events like the Ukrainian war, earthquakes, and local non-profits.

Ani Boyo Toast

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?

I admire our Chief People Officer, Annie Drapeau. Not just because we share the same name, it’s mostly because I admire her ability to articulate very complex and nuanced challenges to a large audience. She’s also really good at considering every option and bringing diverse perspectives to inform her ultimate decision. 

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We empower the restaurant community to delight guests, do what they love, and thrive.

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Where did you grow up?  What did your parents do for work?  

I grew up in Vancouver, WA, a suburb outside of Portland which is now home to ZoomInfo.  My mom retired this year after a successful career in Customer Service at our local utility company (30+ years with the same company, go Mom!).  My dad is still hard at work as a VP of Wealth Management at an investment firm in Portland.  Persuading him to retire is a full-time job.

Carolyn Murray ZoomInfo

Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

I graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Business Administration and Spanish (Go Zags!).  One year of that was spent abroad at Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona – not a lot of school was happening there – but I’d like to think that’s where I gained more of my “real life” experience and of course, my student loans.

After graduation, I spent 3 months riding a bike across the United States with my [now] husband before jumping into the job market.

Aside from a college degree, I had hardly any experience at the time: a job at a bakery, a sub shop, and a closed captioning gig. I spent over 6 months applying for roles I wasn’t qualified for and hitting dead end roads before discovering ZoomInfo (previously DiscoverOrg) who gave me a shot.

Carolyn Murray ZoomInfo

What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?

Surrounding myself with smart, supportive, and ambitious people.  Having something to prove, always.  Maintaining a healthy balance of hard work and play.  I try my hardest to be the person that other people want to work with and can rely on – I want my peers to know that I’ll do a good job and have their backs; respect and loyalty are important to me in my work.

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a Team Lead & Account Executive at Zoominfo?

I’m currently managing a small team of experienced sales reps while also carrying a quota.  Main responsibilities are driving new business sales in the Enterprise category, call coaching and deal guidance, forecasting, and reporting for management.

Any comments for someone considering a career in your field?

You’ll be better for it – I promise!

Sales has a reputation for being unforgiving but believe me when I say – it’s truly not as scary as it looks;  the reward far outweighs the effort.

Rejection is a natural part of the job but less frequent than you think.  Good companies invest in great technology to support their sales team and it allows for more of “the fun part” (actually talking to interested customers) and less of the “not fun part” (getting shut down).

New Business Sales is an especially great place to start your sales career because – to quote How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – “You can’t lose something you never had.” 


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing?

Drip in the morning, double espresso in the afternoon.  Every once in a while, a Guava Matcha from Tea Bar in Portland - the best!

Carolyn Murray ZoomInfo

What time do you start working? 

The second I roll out of bed...  I’m working on it.

What are three things that motivate you in your role?

  1. The leaderboard
  2. My team’s happiness - I want them to genuinely enjoy their work and it pushes me to be a better mentor
  3. Financial freedom and R&R:  let’s be real, I’d be traveling and drinking wine with my friends 24/7 if I had it my way.  Exceeding expectations at work means more flexibility in my personal life and a level head (i.e. not panicking at end of quarter).

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

3-4 New customer meetings for my own pipeline, 1-2 customer meetings that I join as a manager for my team, and the rest spent across pipeline management, admin work, internal meetings, coaching,etc..

What time do you typically wrap up the work day? 

I try to take a hard stop around 5:30 - 6 and if need be, I’ll jump back online to wrap up final to-do’s around 10 pm.  

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?  

Speaking for most of my colleagues, we’re never truly checked out – that is one downside to sales – but I’m getting better at prioritizing what genuinely warrants a response after working hours vs. what can wait.  That said, I’m a big believer that talking to customers in the off-hours or in a non-traditional setting (like a call while on the road) makes for a much more natural and fun conversation.

Any productivity hacks?

  • Write it down.  ON PAPER.  Everyone likes crossing things off a list.
  • Change scenery.  Move your body.  Listen to a podcast in the morning.  Get your mind right!
  • Pick up the phone instead of writing an email.  The more you do it at work, the more you’ll find yourself doing it in your personal life.  I’m horrible with texting but live on the phone!

Carolyn Murray ZoomInfo

What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?

  1. Apple Podcasts:  I literally live there.  If I could, I’d be listening to psychology or health and wellness podcasts all day every day.
  2. ZoomInfo:  I don’t think I’d have a job if I didn’t say that.
  3. Instagram:  cooking reels, design inspo, dogs, my next vacation.

What professional accomplishments are you proudest of?

  • Witnessing the success of my team as a manager
  • Being a part of an unprecedented IPO
  • Starting from zero experience to where I am today – all with one company

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?

My family.  My sister, my parents, my husband – they remind me of the big picture and what I’m working toward.

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ZoomInfo has the precise information you need to reach your next customer, convert your next lead, and close your next deal.

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Where did you grow up?  What did your parents do for work?  

I grew up in Millbury, MA which is outside of Worcester, but graduated from Framingham High School. My parents still live in Framingham. My father has worked as a project manager in a number of different industries, and my mother is a school teacher.

Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

I went to Brown University and studied Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship. I focused on technology management and digital media studies. 

My first job out of school was working on a startup that quickly burned out, then as a real estate agent while looking for my next role, and then I finally joined Gupta Media as a digital media coordinator. 

The first couple of gigs weren’t what you dream of, but there are a number of important lessons that I learned in retrospect as a result of those experiences. 

What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?

I have a mix of skills that help me take on complex problems from different angles. I am very interested in finding and developing ways to help people perform at a higher level by saving time, making better decisions and finding the right answers to problems. I’ll have a few bigger ideas for how to improve something technologically and/or strategically each year, and there are a lot of very smart people that I’ve worked with over my career that help push ideas further and make them better. 

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a Director of Strategy & Analytics at Gupta Media?

I manage a team of data analysts with a range of experience and backgrounds - from ex-media buyers to data scientists. As a team, we handle how our agency processes data, customizes reporting for clients, measures effectiveness of campaigns and tests, creates projections for future performance, bidding automation, optimization recommendations, and a lot of BigQuery, SQL and Python. I work closely with our media teams as well as clients to understand what their problems are, what tools will assist them and then analyze results to help all parties to make well-informed decisions. 

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

Go learn as much as you can by building things yourself. Work on problems that you’re passionate about if you can. Always be skeptical of data. Look at data and form an opinion, don’t form an opinion and support it with data. 


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing?

Lots of coffee

What time do you start working? 

9 AM

What are three things that motivate you in your role?

  1. If someone asks me a question, I really feel compelled to give the best answer that I can. 
  2. I really enjoy seeing people on my team and at my company develop. 
  3. I like adding structure to a process - Taking something very complicated, tedious and/or time-consuming, and making it easier/automated is a great feeling.

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

Work out and/or walk the dog, hop on the train, coffee, emails, training team members / checking in on projects, individual work, lunch, meetings / checking in on projects, leaving by 5-6 PM most days. Some meetings will be internal discussions on how to build something, reviewing some code for a script or query, as well as external meetings with clients directly reviewing performance and media strategy. 

What time do you typically wrap up the work day? 

5-6 PM most days. 

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?  

Occasionally, I will do a light check-in on emails after dinner to make sure everything’s going smoothly if there’s a crunch time project. There are also times when I simply need to work late on something that’s urgent or where I've got a lot of momentum going. 

I’m passionate about my work, and often-times I spend my evenings reading and learning about the macro and micro that impacts media and advertising. From HBR to YouTube to Twitter there is a wealth of information out there from a lot of interesting people. 

Any productivity hacks?

Work out in the morning. 

What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?

Not obsessed with apps. Take any one of them, there’s typically a replacement. I use Evernote a lot. When I am learning something new, I’ll use a memory app called Neuracache that helps with spaced repetition. I do stream a lot of TV/Movies with Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and Apple TV! 

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

Creating the Strategy & Analytics team here at Gupta Media.

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?

My wife is going to be one of the first people I ask! I also have a number of very close friends that I’ve known for a long time and that know me very well. I’ve worked with Gogi Gupta for over 10+ years now, and I would consult him on anything.

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Gupta Media is a performance marketing agency, founded on the idea that advertising creates huge leverage for our clients.

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Where did you grow up?  What did your parents do for work?  

I grew up in Manhasset, NY, a small town on the north shore of Long Island. My Dad worked in Finance on Wall Street when I was growing up and now works as a Real Estate Broker. My Stepmom is a Divorce Coach and helps her clients navigate life changes successfully and my mom works in the healthcare industry. 

Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

I majored in computer science at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. 

I interned at Credit Suisse as a software engineer the summers following my sophomore and junior years. This provided me with an excellent opportunity to gain experience solving real world problems. Originally, I thought I would begin my career after graduation at Credit Suisse following my internships. However, during my second internship in New York for the bank I realized that software engineering in the Financial industry wasn't the right fit for me at the time and that I wanted to work on solving different types of problems beyond Finance. 

With this goal in mind, I began to look into software engineering roles at large sized technology companies because I knew I wanted a start-up feel paired with an established culture where I could learn and have great mentors. My family friend ended up referring me to TripAdvisor and I interviewed in October of my senior year where I was offered the job. I knew it was a good fit because the people I interviewed with were friendly and it seemed like a very collaborative environment. In addition to the culture and change in industry, I also wanted to work on consumer-facing software that would impact real people which was an added bonus in taking on this role. 

I worked for three and a half years as a Software Engineer (2016-2018) and Software Engineer II at TripAdvisor (2018 - 2020). During this time I learned more than I could ever imagine and my technical skills grew exponentially. After about three years, I still loved coding and solving complex problems so I knew that software was the right path for me. While I enjoyed my role, after a few years I wasn't feeling as challenged as I wanted to be so I started to look for a new job to continue to grow. It was at this point that one of my old colleagues from TripAdvisor messaged me and asked if I was ready for a change and referred me to EverQuote, a insurance tech company in Boston. I ended up interviewing at EverQuote and a few other places but what made me choose EverQuote was that the people seemed awesome and there seemed to be a lot of opportunity to grow from both a technical and a leadership perspective. I’ve now been working at EverQuote on the distribution platform team for two years and it’s been a great experience. I have learned so much and have had the opportunity to solve really difficult problems while working on a replatforming effort, learning about infrastructure in AWS and designing several new systems. 

Regan McCooey Everquote

My team at TripAdvisor: March 2020

What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?

One thing that has always helped me throughout my career is to constantly learn and improve my technical skills. Growing in the software industry is all about learning new technologies and having different experiences. The software industry is an ever evolving place, where solutions that may be the best way to approach the problem today, might not be the case tomorrow. Whether you’re working on scaling and designing new systems or fighting fires, these experiences will give you more skills and depth in order to enhance and grow your career. 

The more you can remain hungry for knowledge and to constantly learn the more you will succeed. I felt that if I was ever bored it was time for a change or to advocate for myself to get a more difficult or complicated project. You should also never be afraid to try new things and take on a challenge, even if you have never touched that language, technology or design pattern before. New challenges will only help you grow technically in the long run and continue to add to your skillset. 

Also no one is going to advocate for you, you must advocate for yourself. I have channeled this over the past few years by constantly asking for harder and more complicated projects and what I can continue doing or do more of to get me to the next level in my career. If you never ask these questions or have career conversations with leadership you might not accelerate or grow at a pace that you are hoping to. 

Regan McCooey Everquote

My last day at TripAdvisor March 2020

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a Senior Software Engineer at EverQuote?

As a Senior Software Engineer II and Tech Lead at EverQuote, I focus on writing code, pairing with other teammates, designing new services for my team and establishing patterns throughout our platform. The distribution platform is the beating heart of EverQuote. Our team runs the main revenue streams of the business and is crucial to the success of the company. In the past year, I have mostly focused on replatforming and designing our new distribution pipeline as well as enabling the business to achieve its goals by designing, planning and implementing new features and enhancements. 

Regan McCooey Everquote

The Distribution Platform Team in our Cambridge, MA office

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

A career in software engineering can be very rewarding personally and professionally. The biggest tip I can give to someone starting in the field is to be open to exploring different industries, roles and types of teams to find what you’re interested in. Starting out I had no idea if I wanted to be a front end engineer or a backend engineer. Luckily, I was a full stack engineer that was mostly exposed to backend development, which is the type of software I now prefer. Software is very broad so take the opportunity to be exposed to different technologies, patterns and practices because there are many directions your career can and will go in. 

I’ve also learned that no one knows everything and it’s impossible to be an expert in everything in the world of software. Don’t be intimidated by things you know nothing about. Be curious and add them to your repertoire in order to solve the problem in front of you. 


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing?

Coffee - always iced or cold brew even if it’s freezing outside 

What time do you start working? 

I start my work day with a 9 am daily standup meeting

What are three things that motivate you in your role?

  • Solving difficult problems
  • Learning new technologies 
  • Writing code that can be easily built on and changed overtime

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

  • Morning Standup 
  • Pairing with other teammates or meetings related to projects or tech topics 
  • Lunch 
  • Team office hours 1-2 
  • Heads down development time 2-6 

What time do you typically wrap up the work day? 

I try to wrap up around 5:30-6pm each day

Occasionally I will leave a bit earlier if I have plans that night or work a bit later if I am on a roll and haven’t reached a stopping point yet

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?  

I try to shut down completely. I do go back online if there is an outage of any kind and if I’m on call I work as needed to bring the issue to resolution.

Regan McCooey Everquote

DPLAT’s Trip to Belfast Dec 2021 in our Belfast office 

Any productivity hacks?

I try to block off time each afternoon for heads down time when I can actually code. Having only 30 minutes between meetings is not enough focus time because I need deep focus uninterrupted. I am lucky we work with teams in Northern Ireland so many of our team meetings can be focused in the morning hours and my afternoons are more available to work on code. 

What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?

  • Google Maps (I have the world's worst sense of direction)
  • Uber 
  • Amazon 

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

I have been working with my team on replatforming for the last two years. Seeing that project evolve, take on traffic and start to be the go forward solution for my team’s future has been very rewarding. I’m excited to see our legacy systems retire one by one and be replaced with our new platform which will be easier to maintain, more configurable and flexible than the older systems.  

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice? 

Several mentors have helped me launch my career. I have had mentors from a combination of sources including managers, senior leaders, and even family friends with related experience. For example, a family friend helped me land my first internship at Credit Suisse and provided guidance that first summer as a software engineer. At TripAdvisor, my family friend referred me and was also on my team for several years. I also had several mentors at TripAdvisor, one being my manager who pushed me to keep challenging myself and trying new things. My colleagues at TripAdvisor are still a great network to lean on, especially as we grew in our careers in different places.

I also lean on my colleagues and leadership at EverQuote to talk about my career path, my goals and what I am looking to work towards as I progress in my career. My manager and many members of the senior leadership team have been instrumental in helping me achieve my goals and continuously develop my skills at EverQuote. 

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We are the largest online Auto Insurance marketplace in the U.S. We're helping end distracted driving with our safe driving app, EverDrive.

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Where did you grow up?  What did your parents do for work?  

I grew up in a small town in central Massachusetts, Westborough.  I was lucky enough to grow up with a stay at home mom until I was in about 3rd grade when she went back and was the Director of Admissions at Tufts Veterinary Medical school and then worked at Becker College before moving to NH.  She worked as a store manager for a boutique until she recently retired.  My dad was in sales for lawn equipment and then for Kodak and recently moved on to focus on his passion, small contracting work. 

Katharine Libby Paperless Parts

Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

I went to Keene State College and played field hockey there.  I studied Occupational Safety and Health Management with a minor in psychology.  I wanted to work in lost prevention for insurance but ended up taking a job with Unum insurance as an Individual Disability Benefit Specialist, managing claims.  It taught me so much about customer communication and dealing with difficult situations. 

What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?

Great personal pride in my career and wanting to be independently successful as a female leader.  Now that I am a mother, I want to provide a great life for my daughter and also be a great example for her. 

I was lucky to have leaders that gave me the opportunity to take on projects that extended outside of my experience and that led through influence and teaching.  I was always a hard worker but when I transitioned into the technology world, I had great leadership that helped coach me and gave me opportunities to work on projects that helped grow my responsibilities.  I also attribute my success to strong relationships, not just within my department/group but across the organization. 

Katharine Libby Paperless Parts

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a VP of Customer Success at Paperless Parts?

I am responsible for customer success post implementation/onboarding.  That means that when our implementation team finishes onboarding them, the customer success managers take over to ensure we are driving adoption, utilization, and maintain a high retention rate.   I also oversee the support group.

I am responsible for customer retention, setting strategy and building processes for our Customer Success and Support teams, hiring and developing great talent, and partnering with the other leaders to deliver on our company objectives. 

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

Always be balanced in your evaluation of customer needs, but never lose sight of the customer.  Customers truly don’t want a “yes” person.


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing?

Coffee, always. 

What time do you start working? 

It varies, but I am usually fully online by 8:30am after we get the little one out the door.

Katharine Libby Paperless Parts

What are three things that motivate you in your role?

Delivering amazing experiences for our customers, the people on my team - help them be successful, opportunity to innovate and make a material difference.

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

Combination of working on process, documentation, and collaboration with other leaders to move my team and company objectives forward, meeting with customers, meeting with my team members, reviewing our system data to understand customer status and team deliverables. 

What time do you typically wrap up the work day? 

It varies day to day.  If I am on daycare pick up, it’s 5pm and then I wrap up anything that needs to be done for the day after Vivi goes to bed.  Between 5:30 and 6pm on the days I am not on pick up.  

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?  

See above :)  I shut it down completely from dinner to bedtime.  Dinner is family time and I love to cook for my family!

Katharine Libby Paperless Parts

Any productivity hacks?

I put my 1:1 and team meetings on the same day - I bubble up themes that are relevant to the team.   

Block your calendar with the actual tasks you want to accomplish in that time and stick to it! (silence email during that time) 

What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?

Evernote, My Bright Day (need those updates on the little one), Asana 

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

I will put two here:

  1. There is no greater accomplishment than seeing the people you hire into an organization get promoted.  I see the previous leadership team that worked for me at Acquia and I am so proud of the impact they have made for the company and the very well deserved promotions they have received.
  2. Being promoted to VP of Customer Success at Acquia and navigating that promotion as a new mom! 

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?

I have a personal “board of directors” - it consists of someone who tells me what I want to hear, someone who will tell me what I need to hear, and someone that is in the middle that I brainstorm with.  I am extremely lucky to have many people I have worked with that I admire and respect that I can call on for advice at any time. These individuals are previous Account Management / Customer Success leaders I have worked for and senior leaders from other departments like finance, services, support and operations. 

I am also very lucky to have a husband that works in technology and understands the challenges I face.  He is a great sounding board!

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Paperless Parts was founded with a mission to drive innovation by making manufacturing more accessible.

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Where did you grow up?  What did your parents do for work?  

I grew up in Topsfield Massachusetts. My dad worked as a Global Commodity Manager and my mom worked part time doing outside sales for a Machine Tooling and Abrasives company.

Michael Gallagher Vestmark

Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

I graduated from Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, I took a lot of Computer Science classes in addition to the standard business curriculum. I was lucky enough to intern at Vestmark all four years of my college career and was hired full-time to the Production Support team right after I graduated. 

What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?

My role as an intern on the support team was key in propelling me into the position I have now. Working as an intern I feel I was able to grow with the company, which gave me a good foundation and understanding of how Vestmark operates. By doing the groundwork during college, I was able to build relationships with people in various departments throughout Vestmark. This allowed me to gain experience in the Vestmark software and gain knowledge of the soft skills needed to thrive in the real world. My education, experience and training has given me the opportunity to be trusted with large tasks early in my career. This type of exposure has helped me build the foundation that allowed me to flourish once I became a full-time employee. 

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a Sr. Customer Engineer at Vestmark?

I work on an Agile Scrum team that onboards new clients and tailors the Vestmark software to meet their business needs. I work with our internal team as well as client representatives to efficiently deliver these solutions.

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

Establish good working relationships with your peers, I wouldn’t be where I am today if I wasn’t surrounded by great people who want to do things the “Right Way” and are willing to share their knowledge and experience. It's priceless to be able to have a group of people you can trust to bounce questions off of and who will challenge you to be better. Having this type of group of people helps build confidence and increases the quality of the work and product that you deliver. Once you’ve been built up to be a real contributor, it's equally as important to return the favor to the next new hire. This allows for a solid network to be built, and you really find out how much you know about a topic once you try to teach it to someone new. I believe that having these relationships will help you succeed and make the work you do more enjoyable. 

Michael Gallagher Vestmark


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing?

One coffee in the morning and another after lunch. 

What time do you start working? 

When I’m working from home, I start my day around 8 AM, but when I head into the office it may be closer to 9 AM. 

What are three things that motivate you in your role?

Customer satisfaction, being a great teammate, and continuing to grow my own knowledge and learn new skills.

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

First, I log in and check messages and review my assigned tasks for the sprint. Then I meet with my team for our stand up at 9 AM. From there, I work on my assigned stories for the rest of the morning or until the next meeting with our scrum team in the afternoon. The customer engineers usually have daily touch point to review where we each are with the work assigned and plan out the best next steps. 

What time do you typically wrap up the work day? 

My typical workday usually ends between 5:30 and 6 PM depending on when I can find a good stopping point for the day.

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?  

I try to shut it down completely on a normal day. Of course, there are some nights and weekends where I need to stay engaged. Notice this work ahead of time helps manage the work life balance. 

Any productivity hacks?

I try to keep my mind fresh with different types of puzzles and problem-solving games. Something simple like a daily Wordle or Sudoku or even a 1000+ piece puzzle at night with my fiancé. I find it helpful to challenge myself in different ways as it leads me to approach problems in my day-to-day with a new train of thought. 

Michael Gallagher Vestmark

What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?

Zoom, Slack, and BitBucket

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

Being able to transition from my role in Production Support to being a Customer Engineer is my proudest accomplishment to date. I had to step out of my comfort zone, away from the team I had worked with for so long, and away from my manager whom I still have a great relationship with. There were a lot of unknowns to this career change, but I evaluated my options and after a few days of going back and forth and restless nights I decided to take the leap and try to establish myself in a new department. I still have a way to go to get myself to where I want to be but so far, I have been able to make the most of my opportunity. It is the willingness to step out of my comfort zone and trust in my own ability that I am most proud of.

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?

As I stated above, I have a great group of people I work with every day and many of whom I admire but the first person I always ask for advice is my dad. Although he works in a different industry, he’s always able to understand the issue I’m facing and can relate stories from his work experience. He can’t solve the issue at hand but sometimes him asking “Well did you talk to a subject matter expert?” or just giving me a story that will make me laugh and provides the reassurance that I have good judgment and I can trust in my knowledge and experience.  I truly appreciate and admire my dad and without his help and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

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Vestmark is a leading provider of wealth management solutions and services which enables financial advisors and institutions to efficiently manage and trade their clients'​ portfolios using an innovative SaaS ecosystem.

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Harsha Pokkalla, Machine Learning Manager

I am Harsha, one of the Machine Learning Managers in the ML team at PathAI. My team works on developing ML Products for Histopathology (the diagnosis and study of diseases of the tissues).

I joined PathAI in February 2017 when it was an early stage start-up. My first introduction to PathAI was through Aditya Khosla’s, PathAI co-founder, personal website. When there was an opening at PathAI, I realized it would be an amazing opportunity in the ML for Healthcare space and applied for the role. After spending a day with the founding team, learning about the space and the work they were doing, it became an easy choice for me to join the team as a Machine Learning Engineer.

My journey at PathAI in the last 5 years has been a tremendous learning experience. Being in the ML for healthcare space, I had the opportunity to learn from leading industry experts from multiple domains including machine learning, pathology, science, product and quality. Contributing to the overarching PathAI mission of “Improving Patient Outcomes with AI-powered pathology” has been a joyful & humbling experience. Since day one, there has been an emphasis on good culture and values at PathAI. The leadership team cares deeply about our people, emphasizing on providing growth opportunities, maintaining transparency, and providing easy access to the leadership team for any employee. At PathAI, there are opportunities and support for lateral and longitudinal growth for each employee irrespective of their background.

PathAI is a rapidly growing organization with many zero-to-one opportunities and on a mission to impact the patient outcomes with AI-powered pathology.


Mallory Wollerman, Engineering Manager

I am an Engineering Manager of one of our Product Engineering squads focused on incorporating machine learning and digital pathology into a medical device. 

I was attracted to PathAI by the prospects of being able to make a difference in the world through software. When I interviewed with PathAI, I found myself enjoying the conversations with each individual I met and I could already imagine myself as a member of the team. Backed by a powerful mission, PathAI has brought together an amazing group of people who strive to bring out the best in one another and help each other to grow. As each new member has joined PathAI, I see our company culture evolving while continuing to be true to our core values making PathAI the type of work environment that is fun to come to day in and day out.  

Many individuals have someone in their lives who has been impacted by cancer or some other serious disease. I am included in that group having a mother who has survived breast cancer. Living through the uncertainty and guess work of identifying a disease and finding a treatment plan for a loved one is not something that anyone wishes to go through, not to mention actually carrying out that treatment plan and hoping it works. I like to imagine a world where that guesswork is gone and the challenge of accurately diagnosing a patient or finding their ideal treatment plan is gone.  A world where physicians and pathologists can focus more on their patients and improving their outcomes. Working at PathAI helps me feel this world is closer to becoming a reality and I get to be a part of it.


Mariel Bartolome, Engineering Manager

I came across PathAI in my search for a company applying cutting edge technology in a way that could positively impact lives - and not just any company with a good idea, but one that I thought had a real chance of success. I visited the website, read the bios of our two founders (a board-certified pathologist and a computer vision expert), talked to team members throughout the interview process, and it was clear to me that this company was the real deal.

As an engineer, I was particularly intrigued by the challenge of building a generalizable platform for collecting digitized tissue slides and annotations, and then training and applying computer vision models. We've had the flexibility to really innovate, and I've gotten the opportunity to work with other talented engineers and machine learning scientists to build a lot of exciting tooling and infrastructure.

Having been here for 4 years now, I'm privileged to say that people I've worked with here have been among the smartest and (more notably) kindest people I've met. We've also come a long way in that amount of time, from our humble beginnings in a small garden-level (read: basement) office to a Series C company in the heart of Fenway, expanding our research such that we've now worked with dozens of immuno-oncology pharma companies and academic partners, and expanding our diagnostic capabilities in acquiring a pathology lab and in building an AI platform which is being used in several ongoing clinical trials. We still have a long way to go in terms of achieving our mission, but it's been a wild ride so far!


Abdo Mahmoud, Product Lead - Machine Learning Platform

I joined the Product team at PathAI to lead the development of the Machine Learning Infrastructure used in developing, evaluating, and serving algorithms in PathAI products. 

My journey with PathAI started when I came across a talk Andy gave at MIT about AI-based digital pathology. It was super exciting to hear about how AI can help improve patients' lives. A compelling use-case for AI was a factor in my decision to apply to PathAI. The second factor was the company culture. The team in PathAI is super passionate about the company's mission and its work. PathAI fosters a culture of collaboration and transparency. I'm privileged to collaborate with the world's brightest and kindest people.


Ken Leidal, Sr. Machine Learning Engineer

I’m a machine learning engineer. I came to PathAI for many reasons. For one, the mission—to improve the lives of patients and their families—really resonated with me. I also was interested in the technical challenges associated with running deep learning computer vision models on 10 gigapixel images (100,000 by 100,000 pixels). It’s like training models to detect and count the number of yellow taxis on the streets of New York City from satellite imagery.

Another reason to come to PathAI is the people. There is a wealth of diverse experience at PathAI with experts in biology, software engineering, pathology, regulatory/quality, and machine learning, among other fields, and we have a great culture of mentorship and cross-collaboration. 

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PathAI is the world’s leading provider of AI-powered technology for the pathology laboratory.

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Where did you grow up?  What did your parents do for work?  

I grew up in the suburbs just outside of Atlanta. My mother stayed at home and my father worked in the tech industry. 

Where did you go to college?  What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?

Being an Atlanta native, I went to Georgia Tech. I studied Industrial Engineering for undergrad and Computer Science for my masters. While I was in school I was lucky enough to work for companies such as Uber and Coke. 

What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?

I often think of the quote: “Do your duty, and a bit more, and the future will take care of itself”; taking life a day at a time while gradually aiming for a higher set goal. 

Do you like where you are living currently? Where is your dream home?

I live in Boston now, but the dream is to probably be somewhere warmer–ideally on a beach: San Diego and Miami are some of my favorite cities in the US. Outside of the country, probably somewhere in Spain. 

Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a AI Researcher at Dianthus?

I’d say mainly making sure that the gap between what ideally needs to be done and what can be done is adequately bridged. In parallel, helping to think creatively and pushing the boundaries of possible solutions. 

Can you share your greatest professional accomplishment so far?

I was pretty proud of my work out of Coke. I was tasked to do predictive analysis on error detection in freestyle machines and helped save the company one-million cumulatively through their whole fleet. I got to see first hand how the field of Machine Learning was able to impact a real world problem the company was facing. 

Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?

Be able to cut through the noise and buzzwords surrounding it, knowing concepts in terms of first principles, being able to learn and adapt quickly. Understanding the limitations of all technical solutions and not falling into the trap of finding panaceas. The space of problems will always be greater than the space your solutions are able to cover–be wary of anyone who claims otherwise. 


Day in the Life

Coffee, tea, or nothing?

Coffee 

Breakfast in the morning?

If I have time, yes

How is the commute?

It’s a 30 minute walk to the office, so very pleasant

What time do you start working?

I usually get into the office a bit before 9 

What are three things that motivate you in your role?

Good culture, short term project successes, long term company goals 

Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?

Walk to work, walk back, try to unwind by reading or working on other projects I’ve been thinking about

What time do you typically wrap up the work day?

Around 5-6

Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely when you go home? 

It depends on if I have any work lingering, but if not I usually try to relax and unwind

Any productivity hacks?

Lots of walks, coffee 

What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?

Can I list twitter three times? 

What is your favorite tool for work?

Sublime Text is my go-to text editor, use it all the time

Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?

I have a college advisor from high school who was a great mentor and I still keep in touch with him

Is there any advice you’d impart to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Know your personal competencies and your interests and build from there. Do not get trapped in the prevailing dogma of industry or others opinions. Be curious and open to new things and experiences–all learning comes from that. 

Can you give me a brief summary of how you started as a Dianthus Intern?

  • How did you get that internship?

  • What was your role then?

  • What did you learn during this internship, and how did that translate into your full time at Dianthus?
  • Did you expect to be invited to work with Dianthus?

  • What was the transition like?

Like most people early on in the company, I had known Rob, and after I heard he was starting a company, I applied for an internship. The company was in a fledgling state so my role was commensurate with that; AI Researcher was the title and I helped lay some groundwork and imagine what an AI-first Ecommerce company would look like. I was able to learn a lot by virtue of seeing how a company goes from 0 to 1 so to speak, there was really a lot going on in the ramping up process. I was invited to work part time as I finished out school, so the transition to full time work was fairly natural–just involved more hours a week. 

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Dianthus is a tech meets ecommerce company with a suite of custom AI powered tools. We acquire Shopify and WooCommerce brands and rapidly grow them with AI and Machine Learning. 

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