National Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating Diversity at Evisort
For National Women’s Equality Day, we spoke to four outstanding women in technology at Evisort to celebrate and learn from their experience within the industry. Read on as we ask them about their experiences, how Evisort celebrates their hard work, and their advice for women in tech!
Can you describe your role at Evisort?
I joined Evisort almost a year ago. As the general counsel, I am responsible for all contracting with vendors, handling corporate matters, data privacy and protection, employment, workplace policies, and various other issues that come up daily. I’m jokingly referred to as the “chief champagne tester” of our platform: I use the platform every day, and I am continually asking questions about new use cases.
I have worked in engineering for more than 10 years in different roles involving both development and testing. I joined Evisort in July as a senior software engineer in testing. I build automated, end-to-end tests that are part of our continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines. My work helps ensure that our product optimally serves the needs of our customers and meets the highest quality standards. The tests our team builds verify every code change that goes into our system. We improve the speed and productivity of our engineering teams by giving them quick feedback on any changes.
I’ve been at Evisort for a year and three months. Through two promotions, my title is now Manager, Technical Solutions.
My team is tasked with providing technical solutions for our customers’ needs. We sit between Evisort’s customer-facing teams and data science, engineering, and product development teams. Our team has a healthy mix of both legal and technical skills, so we are often brought in when clients have a request or a need that is beyond the current functionality of the platform, but does not require platform change or development in a way that would warrant the intervention of our other engineering and data science teams.
I’ve been in sales for almost 10 years now and joined Evisort three months ago as a business development representative. I am essentially tasked with finding new business opportunities. In order to do this, I have to research companies, find individuals in positions that deal with the process of contracting, and engage them in a conversation so I can learn more about their needs and they can see the Evisort platform live.
What first sparked your interest in working in the tech industry?
I’ve been interested in and somewhat frustrated with uses of tech in the legal profession. Law firms and lawyers are not known to be adopters of new technology. We have so much data available to us — contracts, intellectual property, billing information, and so much more. Yet law firms have not traditionally tapped into those data sources to see the pain points in each of these documents we create for clients. When I saw a demo for Evisort, I was excited because it was years down the road compared to what most legal practices use, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
I didn’t always want to be in sales. I spent one year in law school and ultimately decided to take a break. I used to be super-introverted, but I forced myself to get out of my shell so I could work in other places. I had been in sales within multiple different industries, so after taking a break from law school, I naturally gravitated toward sales. I had just broken into tech sales when I caught wind of Evisort. I read up on the product and just immediately fell in love with it. I never practiced law, but I still have an understanding of the pains that lawyers face when having to read through numerous contracts to extract information. I find the product to be genius, and the fact that everyone who works here is super open and welcoming, also helped.
How has Evisort supported your journey as a woman in tech?
On a daily basis, I talk to clients, engineers, data scientists, product managers, and our customer support teams. Our teams are highly collaborative, often meeting and working cross-functionally to deliver the most thorough and efficient solutions not just for customers, but also for the future of Evisort. There’s potential for imposter syndrome and doubt, but my colleagues at Evisort help alleviate those fears. There are often many different opinions and perspectives in the room, and although there are times when those opinions and perspectives may clash, there always remains an underlying current of mutual respect and a shared understanding that the healthy (albeit sometimes heated) discourse we engage in has the common goal of delivering the best product for not just current customers, but future customers as well. It makes me feel more confident that there is power in my opinion and I can drive impact.
I’ve been the only woman on my team in many roles previously and made to feel like I wasn’t a part of the “club.” Everyone at Evisort is very intelligent but also humble and approachable. This helps me feel included and valued. The values of the company, especially the No-Jerks policy, are taken to a whole new level — everyone lives and breathes and follows these written values.
Why do you think it’s important for more women to join the tech industry?
There aren’t enough of us yet. There is power in numbers. As women infiltrate the industry, there will be more opportunities for building your network and moving up the ladder.
Most jobs in the future will involve technology to a large extent, so careers in tech will only grow in demand. We need more women in technology and it can only happen if we are more confident and able to do our best in spite of there not being enough of us out there today!
What makes Evisort stand out from other places to work?
Evisort has an exciting energy to it. I had the pleasure of going to the company Summit in June. The feeling of being there made everyone more motivated and inspired to get back to work. I think that excitement transcends into our work. For the sales and customer success teams, that speaks volumes when engaging with our future and current partners.
The Evisort product is truly one of a kind and changing the landscape of how to manage and organize contracts. If you’ve looked at the company website or heard from a recruiter and you have some belief in the product, definitely apply.
It also makes me feel good knowing that the people at Evisort are all from different walks of life and have different personalities and opinions in the mix. It makes for a better product and a better team to have differing views but one ultimate goal.
Evisort is cutting-edge in so many ways — not just the platform. We are culturally a front-of-the-line company. We are constantly asking whether there are better ways to do day-to-day work. It’s a challenge and that makes it more interesting because we are not stuck in one way of doing things.
Working in this space requires you to think on your feet. It’s very fun because there’s a lot of interaction with other people in the company! The team is also highly supportive.
If you enjoy working in a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating environment, Evisort is for you. If you’re invigorated and motivated by working with brilliant, passionate people, Evisort is for you. This company allows for all opinions to be heard and we are truly collaborative. Everyone works in their own silos, but we all work together cross-functionally for what will ultimately be the best for Evisort.
What would you say to other women pursuing a career in tech?
Do it! It is such a fun, creative, new industry with so much opportunity. It is by its nature very diverse because technology is at everyone’s fingertips. It is new and emerging and attracts people from all over the world, every age, every industry. It’s a great industry to be a part of.
I would say that if you truly want this, then stick with it. If offers aren’t immediately revealing themselves, they will. I had my own doubts as a woman and a minority. I thought it would take me so much longer to get to this point or that it may be impossible. If I had truly lost hope because of that, I wouldn’t be here now. So I would like to say it’s okay to feel all the emotions of trying to pursue a career in tech, but every woman that I know in tech had a long path to get to where they are now. It can be a bit difficult, but you’ll make it. You’re paving the way so that others don’t have to feel as intimidated.
A career in tech can feel isolating at times since there are still fewer women in tech than we would like. My advice to you would be to trust in your abilities and to confidently pursue what you are interested in. Find a mentor to help guide you and then pay it forward.
Believe in yourself and know your worth. As someone who suffers greatly from imposter syndrome even now, I know how difficult it can be; clearly, it’s easier said than done. This industry is not the most friendly to women and I’ve also experienced the urge to take that first lackluster offer, but I’m so thankful that I didn’t, and that I found a place (and a manager!) that I feel values my contributions and has given me the option to explore my interests.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love hiking! I also love traveling and learning about new cultures. I’m going with my mother to Alaska! She’s 88 and wants to climb some glaciers.
When I am not at work, I enjoy going to the gym to run a few miles. I also enjoy reading and trying to challenge and educate myself.
When I’m not working, I love traveling and spending time with family. I also love to read. You will always find me reading a few books concurrently at any given time.
Prior to the pandemic, I loved to travel. These days, I’m a little busy with work and a baby, but once Alex is a bit older, I’d love to take her to our favorite places across Europe and Asia and form new memories with her. Until then, I will continue to prime her for future adventures by fostering an international appetite. She had her first taste of uni at nine months…and she didn’t hate it!
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