March 8, 2018 Bailey Underwood5 mins

In honour of International Women’s day, Tic:Toc are celebrating our women in tech that inspire us. Get to know just some of the strong and fearless women from inside Tic:Toc. They’re a group of experienced entrepreneurs, developers, designers and financiers with a successful track record in building innovative technology for the financially savvy customer. Learn about their stories and get a unique perspective from women in fintech. 

Diem Tran.

 

TT: What is your role at Tic:Toc?

DT: I’m a social scientist/marketing data scientist. Essentially, I monitor and observe customer behaviours across our digital assets and provide insight back to the business so that we can create valuable content for the customer. I work with our other data scientists to understand how and where our customers find us in the digital environment and in turn, ensure that we can be found when a customer is searching for a product like ours.

More recently, I’ve been learning about chatbots, and the changing world of search and voice assistants. I’m excited about seeing how we can integrate artificial intelligence solutions across our offering.

 

TT: Tell us about one of your favourite career highlights.

DT: Getting Tic:Toc to launch day is a huge career highlight – in terms of observing human behaviour and website interactions, it was a data nerd’s dream!

 

TT: What advice would you tell your younger self?

DT: Be kind to yourself and don’t stress so much about not having it all figured out (especially work-wise). Whilst I don’t ‘go with the flow’ (‘cos only dead fish go with the flow) I have learned to keep my options open and hone in on finding a happy balance between something that aligns with my strengths but also keeps me challenged.

 

TT: Favourite female icon?

DT: Any and all humans who are out there chasing dreams and kicking goals. It takes guts and a lot of hard work to pursue a career you’re passionate about, raise a family, be a partner, juggle personal and professional projects and passions, and manage to maintain some kind of identity for yourself. Anyone out there who is doing the best they can, and is a kind human is my kind of human.

 

Lisa Virgo.

 

TT: What is your role at Tic:Toc?

LV: I work in People and Culture. My role is to help our leaders attract, retain and develop our Tictockers. Personally I want to help to make Tic:Toc a great place to work. Simple.

 

TT: Tell us about one of your favourite career highlights.

LV: Being here at Tic:Toc is definitely a career highlight. I have been blessed with an opportunity to work with our people to grow Tic:Toc. This means that we do not have legacy issues like gender pay gaps and we can focus on building our diversity, leveraging our people and creating an inclusive place to work that challenges, develops and provides support to all. True to our customer values, we have a real opportunity to make time for our people and help them to focus on the important stuff.

 

TT: What do you think is the biggest issue facing women in your profession?

LV: People and Culture is predominately a career that women are drawn to. As with all professions, I think value is maximised when you have diverse opinions and voices all working towards the same aim. So, my wish would be for more men working in People and Culture roles. More broadly, if I put on a Tic:Toc and technology hat, the lack of women in STEM is really an issue and a wasted opportunity.

 

TT: What advice would you tell your younger self?

LV: Find your voice (I am still working on that).

 

TT: Favourite female icon?

LV: So many, but one who ticks many boxes for me is Emma Watson. Of course, to us she is Hermione Granger who presents as a wonderful strong female role model to young and old. Thanks to J.K Rowling on that one too. Emma herself has chosen to be a UN Goodwill Ambassador and speaks out on issues affecting young women, is willing to put herself out there to the critics and fans alike to share her views and speak for women. She is also attending Brown University. I strongly believe all women should seek education and have a backup plan.

 

Rajneet Hora.

 

TT: What is your role at Tic:Toc?

RH: My role at Tic:Toc is an a Integration Developer (bit of a fancy title). We have multiple systems which need to talk to each other so integration tools become the glue that allow them to connect, irrespective of their differences in language, platforms etc. So in simple words, my job is to make systems talk to each other.

 

TT: Tell us about one of your favourite career highlights.

RH: When I moved to Australia and started working with the Department of Human Services. It was a steep learning curve, and although it wasn't related to technology, it taught me about work culture and Australian lingo and communication methods. I was able to adapt to this wonderful country of Australia, using the lessons learned from my experience with the Department of Human Services. I was able to comfortably settle into a new working culture and managed to be the development lead for the Online Claims stream within a year, which for me is my biggest career highlight.

 

TT: What do you think is the biggest issue facing women in your profession?

RH: Well, the one thing I find challenging at work is to make people believe that women can work in tech, maybe it’s because of the fact that not many females opt into STEM streams at University, but I believe this has slowly started to change now.

 

TT: What advice would you tell your younger self?

RH: Don’t be afraid to choose a career just because you don’t see any women to follow their footsteps. Be brave and believe in yourself.

 

TT: Favourite female icon?

RH: Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.

 

 

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