Building Your Career in Spite of Bias: Advice for Advocating for Your Own Growth

Taraka  Satti
Holly Stotelmyer
Taraka Satti, Holly Stotelmyer
Building Your Career in Spite of Bias: Advice for Advocating for Your Own Growth

The two of us had very different career paths, traditional & non-traditional. But what’s common is we both had a strategy in mind on where we want to see ourselves, figured ways to thrive in a male dominated industry & succeeded to be able to mentor other women who are on a similar journey....

The two of us had very different career paths, traditional & non-traditional. But what’s common is we both had a strategy in mind on where we want to see ourselves, figured ways to thrive in a male dominated industry & succeeded to be able to mentor other women who are on a similar journey. We want to share what we have learnt in making long term career plans and advance in your careers.

Meet The Speakers

Taraka  Satti
Taraka Satti
Taraka Satti is a Director of Engineering at PayPal enabling merchants accept payments from anywhere in the world. She has 18+ years of industry experience in building large scale systems and high-performing teams. She holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from University of South Carolina. She started her career with multiple startups and joined PayPal in 2006. She grew from an engineer to architect to Director of Engineering and worked in various product domains and technology stacks within PayPal. She is highly passionate about women in technology and leads programs such as coding circles and women who build events at PayPal San Jose Campus. Taraka is also formally trained in dance and outside work, she loves teaching dance for kids and adults to perform at local community events . She lives in bay area with her husband, two kids and a dog.
Holly Stotelmyer
Holly Stotelmyer
Holly Stotelmyer is a Software Engineer for Braintree's SDK Team at PayPal. Her career is the textbook definition of "non-traditional": she started as an actress in NYC, transitioned to retail tech sector working for Apple's flagship stores for 4 years, followed by 9+ years in FinTech working for Wall Street and now at PayPal in Chicago. She has an Associates' in Occupational Studies from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a graduate of DevBootcamp. In her free time, she enjoys playing Fall Guys with her sister every Saturday morning and reading all the things for her podcast.
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