This September, I was delighted to accompany Team FreeWheel as we joined forces with Comcast and NBCUniversal at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest meeting of women technologists. This year’s gathering attracted more than 22,000 attendees from over 90 countries to Houston, TX for three days of inspiring content and connection with women at all stages of their careers.
It’s a well-established fact across the tech industry that women co-founders are rare, even though studies show that companies with women in leadership positions perform better. Since Diane Yu co-founded FreeWheel in 2007, she has driven our technology and product division as CTO—taking our company from startup to industry leader. In the process, Diane was able to fulfill her dream of building and evolving a research and development hub in her native Beijing.
We’ve heard the stories—tech can be a tough destination for women, and perhaps even more so for mothers. The industry’s reputation is rooted in a culture where ping-pong tables outnumber lactation rooms, and late nights and sacrificing one’s personal life are synonymous with tech success. While this might appeal to some, the FreeWheel story has a very different narrative, where moms aren’t an anomaly at any level of the organization and our culture is built on putting family first.
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I had the unique opportunity to interview two dozen of my female peers in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London, and Beijing. From senior leaders to women who are newer to our business, this talented cast of engineers, product experts, sales leaders, services pros and marketers are united in their passion for our company and the innovative role we play in powering the New TV Ecosystem.
Our company has a long-standing commitment to supporting women in technology, as evidenced by the 34% of dynamic women engineers, product experts, sales leaders, services pros and marketers that comprise our global organization. In celebration of Women’s History Month and today, International Day of the Woman, we honor this talented cast who are bound by their passion for our tech industry and the collective impact we have on powering the technology that drives growth and innovation across The New TV Ecosystem.
On International Women’s Day, I highlighted meaningful conversations with several fabulous women from FreeWheel. The heartwarming response to the candor and wisdom these ladies shared was amazing! Building on that momentum we continue celebrating Women’s History Month by expanding the conversation to include five amazing leaders across other functions within Comcast’s advanced advertising business. Below, we showcase their responses behind the sources of inspiration in their career journey, their definitions of success and the importance of women supporting each other across our expanding global organization.
In the days leading up to International Women’s Day, I had the good fortune of interviewing several fabulous women on FreeWheel’s leadership team. These dynamic engineers, product experts, sales leaders, services pros, and marketers are part of a global community of strong, smart women that empower our clients with the technology at the center of the New TV Ecosystem. In our first installment, several colleagues candidly share their story of origins – the inspirations behind their chosen career path, what drew them to FreeWheel, and their unique perspectives on what it means to be a woman in the technology industry. Read on to hear how they’re encouraging all of us to be stronger, together.