I am a Senior Engineering Program Manager within Microsoft's Digital Security and Risk Engineering, currently working in the Identity Management field. My background is in security and consulting. Aside from my obsession with working in the technology industry, I have a tremendous passion for storytelling and distilling complex, ambiguous IT problems into easy to understand concepts. I love bridging the gap between engineering and business. I am obsessed with UX design and architecture. I serve on the ISACA Pudget Sound Chapter Board of Directors. I am a runner and I love all things outdoors.
I am originally from Bulgaria. I haven't always been into technology. In fact, I'd probably laugh if 10 years ago someone told me that I'd end up with a career in tech (that I love!). Growing up in Bulgaria, tech subjects weren't part of the school curriculum, nor did I have any mentors or female examples in technology I could emulate. I had to stumble upon my love for tech merely on accident, while pursuing a Marketing degree. I believe that we can do a better job as a society to address the elephant in the room by driving closure of the gender gap in the technology fields. This is why I recently co-founded Bulgarian Women in Tech
, an organization that aims to support and grow women seeking to pursue a career in tech.
My journey is far from perfect and I hope to inspire other women that you don't necessarily follow a cookie-cutter life path to achieve your goals. Being different is not only ok, it's the way to go.
We need more technology women leaders and the best way to inspire and get inspired is to connect with other like-minded women, learn, share and celebrate our achievements.
I am not selling anything. I don't want to promote myself or realize any personal gains. I am just giving back to the tech community by helping other women grow and accelerate their careers.
To help you learn more about Bulgarian Women in Tech, I created this video.
If you are interested to learn more about my journey or you are just starting out and need a career advice, feel free to contact me.