Diversity Reboot Summit

Where Mentorship Meets Returnships

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Where Mentorship Meets Returnships

How can mentorship improve your chances of returning to the workforce? PowerToFly's Director of Mentorship, Limor Bergman, is joined by Marie Bird Struckman, VP of Operations, Source Marketing Group; Pamela Wakeman, Customer Success Operations, Trimble; Lisa Stephens, Software Engineering Manager, Validity Inc.; and Laura Harrison, Senior Marketing Manager to discuss finding a mentor or mentee.

Meet The Speakers

Marie Bird Struckman
Marie Bird Struckman
VP of Operations, Source Marketing Group

Marie Struckman is currently the VP of Operations at the Source Marketing Group - a go-to source of all marketing and event needs. She is a passionate, dedicated professional with over 20 years of technology experience in engineering, project management, agile methodologies, partner management, business development, process development and product development in cross-functional settings. She has demonstrated proven success in program delivery with partners such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Google. She has strong interpersonal skills that include team building, collaborating, and mentoring. In her spare time, Marie volunteers as one of the organizers for the Mile High Agile Conference and is the president of her HOA board. She consults for the Brewers Association as the Competition Results Team manager for the Great American Beer Festival Competition and the World Beer Competition. Free time activities include walking, hiking, reading, trying new beers with friends and hanging out with family and friends.

Pamela Wakeman
Pamela Wakeman
Customer Success Operations, Trimble

I am a relentless problem solver and I like to make work as easy as possible. After graduating from Denison University and intrigued by emerging video technologies, I worked as a producer for Good Morning America in NY and as a freelance videographer and designer while raising my three children. After a career break, I completed the Galvanize software engineering bootcamp in Boulder. Inspired by learning to build apps, I was accepted into a “Returnee” program with a software company as a User Experience Designer. I became driven to solve business problems with technology and went on to specialize in marketing automation by building tech touch customer success onboarding campaigns. Today, I’m a business analyst with Trimble Sketchup where I implement software solutions and automate complex business processes with the Salesforce CRM Platform. I also provide data insights reporting for the Sales, Marketing and Support teams. I am known by my colleagues for providing better ways of managing their workflows and a valuable resource for GTD. When away from my laptop I love to cook, garden, golf and ride gravel up steep hills.

Lisa Stephens
Lisa Stephens
Software Engineering Manager, Validity

After earning a degree in electrical engineering, Lisa Stephens spent nine years in software at IBM before taking an extended break from her career to raise her family. Finding returning to professional work to be more challenging than she had anticipated, she spent a couple of years working on a Master’s degree and then intensive independent study to learn modern software development. Lisa then found and was accepted into a mid-career internship at Return Path as a software engineer via the precursor to Path Forward. Six years later she has moved into engineering leadership and continues to grow as a leader as well as an advocate for women and other underrepresented people in technology.

Laura Harrison
Laura Harrison
Senior Marketing Manager

Laura Harrison Returned to Work in 2015 after a 5 year career break for child and elder care. She started with a "Returnship" at Return Path as a Product Marketing Manager. She was one of six candidates selected for this pilot program. She was subsequently hired as the Program Manager to run the next cohort of over 40 global returnees. Laura continued her career in other roles with increased responsibilities with other startups and most recently with Twitter.

Limor Bergman Gross
Limor Bergman Gross
Director of Mentorship, PowerToFly

Limor recently became the Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly. Previously, she served as Director, Cloud Compute and Engineering Manager at DigitalOcean. Limor also volunteers with Plato where she mentors managers and leaders. For more than ten years, Limor has been leading teams and organizations of different sizes while building a great culture, innovating, and shipping products. She enjoys helping engineers grow both their technical abilities as well as their communication and collaboration skills.