Hi, Could you introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Candice Quadros. I am the Director of Program Management, Enterprise Engineering at Roku Inc. My team works on the digital enterprise transformation charter at Roku and we strive to enable the business to scale through engineering methodologies, automation and tools. I have spent 15 years in the technology industry in the Technical Program Management space working on emerging technologies across Silicon Valley, including long stints at Google and Microsoft. I am an advocate for women in the tech industry and I am passionate about mentoring people, especially women on their career journey.
What are you working on?
My team works on the digital enterprise transformation charter at Roku and we strive to enable the business to scale through engineering methodologies, automation and tools.
What are the challenges and successes you’ve faced at Roku?
Coming into the Enterprise Engineering space at Roku has been an incredible learning experience for me as I pivoted from working on core engineering product teams to the enterprise applications space. In the few months here I have learned about the needs & requirements of the different business units and how they operate together.
What are your goals?
As a Program Manager I think strategically about my goals and ensure alignment across all dimensions of my life. I try to set sensible goals while prioritizing my family and myself. My own career goals include making my team and organization the best place to work - empowering my team and contributing to the success of my company. I am also very passionate about encouraging and enabling more women to choose a career in STEM and tech.
Do you have a mentor?
Yes I have had many mentors over the years. Currently, I have a couple of mentors that have helped me immensely with seeing problems from different perspectives. I am also grateful that many of my managers over the years have also taken the time to mentor me. A recent discussion I had with my mentor was to think big so that you don't lose sight of the forest for the trees. As Program Managers, it is easy to get so involved in the little details that we lose sight of the big picture and we forget what the overall goals are. When I get too engrossed in one little detail, one little project, or one little policy, it is a good time to step back, take a breath and try to remember what the bigger goals are.
Do you mentor anyone?
Yes, I currently mentor a couple of people. I wholeheartedly believe in paying it forward and the power of mentorship for young professionals. Having a trusted mentor to brainstorm with, get guidance and support from is very essential, especially for women in tech. One of my mentees was discussing strategies for resolving cross-team conflict and my advice was in order to be successful as a Program Manager, it is imperative to bring the conflict out into the forefront and not let it simmer and come to a head during the later stage of a project.
What could the tech industry do to better foster female talent?
I think the tech industry as a whole has made great strides with hiring and retaining women in tech which includes women-specific workplace improvements. In my personal experience, when I started out in tech 15 years ago, I would very often be the only female in the room which has definitely shifted for the better. To get more women in tech, we need to take a holistic look at the talent pipeline. Start engaging girls early right from elementary school all the way through middle and high school. We need strong women role models in the STEM fields that can demonstrate to girls that a career in STEM is rewarding and enriching. I strongly believe this and have volunteered with organizations that support this mission.
The best advice I have received is to be fearless.
What advice would you give to people getting into your field?
There are three Cs that worked for me and could be a good starting point to young women starting out in tech
1. Competency: Be the best at what you do
2. Credibility: Build the reputation of being the best
3. Communication: Speak up and share your learning with others, this will make people sit up and take notice
What’s the best and worst advice you have received?
The best advice I have received is to be fearless. Many times in my career, I have held back due to many different fears such as not knowing it all, public speaking, imposter syndrome and so forth. I have intentionally and diligently worked to overcome these fears and it is a work in progress always. The thing with advice is that typically the person who is giving you the advice doesn't have to deal with the results or the outcomes. So with everything in life, it is up to you to listen to the advice but make your own decisions. I always take a measured approach with next steps. In that sense there isn't specific advice that has had a bad outcome for me.
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
I don't follow specific people but I do follow topics on Medium that are relevant to my work. I follow many different visionaries on LinkedIn such as Satya Nadella, Jeff Weiner, Indra Nooyi, etc
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?
My LinkedIn is where I share my thoughts and general happenings: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candice-quadros-72480a12/