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WOW Women in Technology: Meet Radha

Whereoware is proud to have a majority woman workforce, particularly in the male-dominated tech industry. We’re recognizing our WOW women and their achievements in both tech and leadership, and sharing their thoughtful insight for the next generation of women in the workplace.

In this edition of WOW Women in Technology, we’re chatting with Radha Jujjavarapu, Whereoware’s Development Manager, Post-Production.

Tell us about your leadership style and philosophy.

I am a big believer in “teamwork.” Everyone on the team should have equal opportunity. Opportunity creates team belonging and accountability.

I respect my team, listen to their ideas, and lend them a helping hand when needed. In our fast-changing, complex business environment, it is very important to retrospect and correct mistakes, while giving team members support and empowerment.

What inspires you most about being a leader?

For me, it all starts with helping others. I have a passion for helping people and solving problems. The ability to make a difference – be it big or small – in anything we do for our team members and clients motivates me every day.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

Many women settle back into a socially evolved role around mid-career for various personal and family reasons. This restricts their movement in demanding leadership positions.

However, with the advent of technology, many constraints and barriers of the past may cease to exist in a not-too-distant future. Therefore, the only limitation that may remain is mindset.

Women often have a natural instinct to be caring, which helps earn people’s trust. Women seeking leadership positions frequently must work harder to earn attention and trust of their male counterparts and teams.

I am very proud to mention that at Whereoware, our Web operations is an almost all-woman team.

Our ability to juggle multiple things (homes, families, careers, friends) helps us work with multiple clients patiently in a timely manner. For many, late night feeds and diaper changes now translate to addressing the critical tickets during non-business hours.

It speaks volumes that Whereoware leadership empowers an all-woman team to head the one of the most important operations of the company.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your career as a female leader in the competitive tech industry?

Your voice is valuable — and not just because you’re one of the only women in the room.

I’ve often found it difficult to speak my mind at work, especially when I was just beginning my career. I was surrounded by men who had been trained to believe their voices were powerful and that their opinions were worth something. Though my work ethic and skills speak for themselves, I’ve also learned that voicing your opinion, even when it may be uncomfortable, is critical to advance your role as a female leader in tech. This is advice I’d give to every woman in technology, regardless of your skills or experience.

How has your background prepared you for success in the industry?

I have my bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications. The idea of building web applications fascinated me and led me to pursue my master’s in Information Systems.

I started as a developer and worked on any and everything that came my way to build expertise in all the areas. It really helped me identify my core strengths and areas of interest. Working with different kinds of companies, work cultures, and people along the way has helped build my interpersonal skills.

What do you wish you had known before embarking on your career in tech?

Finding a career that we truly enjoy can be difficult, as most of us will experience a job that we don’t like, or that isn’t suitable for us. However, keep trying – the right workplace is out there! We spend most of our lives at work. If we aren’t happy in our role, this will undoubtedly have an adverse effect on our personal life.

I wish when our teachers taught us to solve puzzles in childhood, they’d have mentioned that life is like an infinite piece puzzle. We just need to find the right piece for that point in time, and keep solving it till the end.

Behind the Glasses: Allie Chilcoat

Behind the Glasses

Each month, we interview one of our out-of-sight employees here at Whereoware. For November, we get to know Allie Chilcoat, our Business Development Representative, a little better.

Allie Chilcoat

WHO:

What’s your name? Allie Chilcoat

Job title: Business Development Representative

FUN FACTS:

Favorite food: Hot wings. The hotter the better.

Hidden talents: Never being able to finish a TV show series. In the age of Netflix, believe me, it’s a talent.

A song you know by heart: “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. Also a hidden talent?

One item you would bring with you to a desert island and why: Sunscreen. When life gives you an unexpected break from reality, just take it and embrace it.

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Behind the Glasses: Sara Mallick

Behind the Glasses

Each month, we interview one of our out-of-sight employees here at Whereoware. For October, we get to know Sara Mallick, our Internal Marketing Associate, a little better.

WHO:

Sara Mallick

What’s your name? Sara Mallick

Job title: Internal Marketing Associate

FUN FACTS:

Hidden talents: I embroider, cross-stitch, and crochet! I haven’t found a form of needlework that I don’t enjoy.

In a zombie apocalypse, my weapon of choice would be: A car for mowing down zombies, obviously. But don’t forget rule #4: Buckle up.

Words to live by: “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” Booker T. Washington

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Behind the Glasses: Devon Attends the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Each month, we go beyond the glasses to get a glimpse of the personal experiences, interests, and accomplishments of our fab employees here at Whereoware. For August, we get to know Devon Martin, our Product Designer, a little better.

WHO:

What’s your name? Devon Martin

Job Title: Product Designer

KICK IT WITH DEVON:

Whereoware’s resident soccer fanatic, Devon, headed to France to watch team USA take the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Catch a glimpse of her experience in Europe!

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Behind the Glasses: Meet Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee

At Whereoware, we like to think bigger. Beyond our wow-worthy work environment, Whereoware is committed to giving back and fostering community spirit through service. Our fab employees are dedicated to working together in small but mighty ways to better serve our community – and have fun doing it!

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee spearheads service projects, charity events, and other initiatives to reflect our culture of compassion and achieve our goal of making a difference that resonates.

The committee’s mission is to actively engage our team through hands-on outreach activities to help those in need, cultivate lasting relationships with local organizations, and create meaningful impact.

Check out some of the passionate and devoted CSR leaders that help make it all possible!

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Behind the Glasses: Meet Randi Mohr

Each month, we go beyond the glasses to get a glimpse of the personal experiences, interests, and accomplishments of our fab employees here at Whereoware.

For June, we get to know Randi Mohr, our newest addition to the executive team and Vice President of Customer Success and Marketing, a little better.

Learn more about Randi’s background, expertise, talents, and role at Whereoware, and let’s give her a big WOW welcome!

THE RANDI RUN-DOWN:

What are you looking forward to in your new leadership role at Whereoware?

So many things! Getting to know our incredible team. I’m already so impressed with how knowledgeable, friendly and collaborative everyone is.

Also, I can’t wait to dive in a bit more with our customers to discover how we can continue to evolve to help them take their businesses to the next level.

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Behind the Glasses: Jacob’s Hack-A-Thon

Each month, we’ll be going beyond the glasses to get a glimpse of the personal experiences of our fab employees here at Whereoware. For May, we get to know Jacob McCollum, our Lead Front End Developer, a little better outside of the office.

WHO:

What’s your name? Jacob McCollum
Job title: Lead Front End Developer

THE HACK-A-THON:

What is Cypher V?

Cypher V is the 5th installment of the College of William & Mary’s annual computer science hack-a-thon. Over the course of 37 sleep-free hours, teams of students collaborate to create projects that solve real world problems, improve quality of life, entertain, and more. (All skill levels are welcome!)

At the end of the weekend, the teams present their projects to a panel of judges, who award prizes in multiple categories like Innovation and Complexity.

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Behind the Glasses: Grant’s Voice Acting

Each month, we go beyond the glasses to get to know our fab Whereoware employees even better. For April, meet Grant Kenny, an Account Executive and aspiring voice actor.

WHO:

What’s your name? Grant Kenny
Job title: Account Executive

THE SIDE HUSTLE: VOICE ACTOR

How’d you get started in voice acting? What’s the journey been like?

I’m still at the beginning stages! I started with coaching and online training through a Studio in New York. My coach was the voice of a popular Saturday cartoon called Yu-Gi-OH.

Since then, I’ve trained with multiple coaches and made a lot of connections. I now have a website and an agent based in Atlanta.

I’ve worked on a few commercials for car and RV dealerships, a YouTube Web trailer series, and some professional narrations.

I also help run a conference every other year – the Mid-Atlantic Voiceover Conference, or MAVO for short. It’s based in Herndon, Virginia and brings voice actors from all over to meet and work with the pros. It’s a huge success, and I love being a part of it.

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Behind the Glasses: Meet the Customer Insights Team

The future that data experts and science fiction authors have long predicted is here: digital data runs our world.

Domopalooza 2018

When effectively interpreted and harnessed, data helps us make strategic decisions, improve inefficiencies, better engage our audience, and provide deeper value to customers. Data automation at scale is the competitive future, and Whereoware has an entire Customer Insights (CI) team obsessed with all-things-data.

Meet our gang of data experts and learn how the Customer Insights team helps our clients maximize data to make strategic business decisions and increase sales.

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