Director, IT Quality Assurance
Tell me a little bit about where you attended school and your work history.
I grew up in Mumbai, India, and received a Bachelor’s in engineering and computer science at the University of Mumbai. I have 14+ years of experience as a technologist in the financial services industry. In the United States, I worked as quality assurance lead at Fidelity Investments. I then continued to pursue other opportunities at companies like Upromise Investments, CGI, and Merrill Lynch.
How did you start your career at Ascensus, and how long have you worked here?
I worked at Upromise Investments for 3 years, between 2006 and 2009. I rejoined the company in 2014 after it had been acquired by Ascensus.
What makes working on the IT team at Ascensus different or unique?
Cultural diversity is what makes the IT team at Ascensus unique and exciting to be a part of. It’s amazing to work with highly-skilled individuals on cutting-edge technologies. Such diverse cultural perspective inspires creativity and drives innovation.
Looking back five or ten years, what career advice would you give your younger self?
Never stop learning. Especially in technology, there’s always something new to explore. It’s important to stay on top of the newest technologies available. Self-growth is the key to living a fulfilling life and to having a successful career. My second piece of advice is to remember that the only constant in life is change. Never get too comfortable. Whether it’s organizational, technological, or even meteorological, any change can impact your life and career.
In your opinion, what’s the biggest challenge women face in the technology industry?
Women require much more confidence and courage to play the same leadership role as men. A higher standard is expected of women. We have come a long way, but it still remains a male-dominated industry. Women tend to bring more communication, collaboration, expert coaching, and passion to the workplace, in addition to technical and problem- solving skills.
Are there any current technology trends that emerging technologists need to know about?
Blockchain, internet of things, quantum computing, and immersive technology should be on technologists’ radar. In the financial industry, blockchain will have a significant impact on security. Quantum computing will heavily influence the way statistics are generated and data is analyzed. Lastly, immersive technology will transform the customer experience across various industries.
Who is your biggest role model and how did they inspire you?
My aunt is my biggest role model. She’s a physician at Beth Israel Medical Center and is a part of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her leadership, confidence, and humility have touched me in many ways. I am impressed by her dedication to her career and ability to maintain work-life balance. Another role model of mine is Peg Creonte, our senior vice president of business development here in the Ascensus government savings division. Her passion, leadership, and commitment to the organization is an inspiration for many of us. I look up to Peg’s winning attitude and her humble personality, both of which have helped her make strides at Ascensus.
Why do you like working for a company that helps people save for life’s most important events?
Saving money is incredibly important for financial well-being. It gives me the immense satisfaction that I am able to help people improve their financial health by supporting the technology behind college, retirement, and health savings accounts.