"A Day in the Life of" Program
Welcome to Polish Professional Women of Silicon Valley's newest program
“A Day in the Life of...”.
“A Day in the Life of...” is a series of virtual events featuring PPWSV members of diverse backgrounds working at reputable companies in Silicon Valley. Each event showcases a new keynote speaker who will share a unique story and professional growth experience in her field. It will provide an invaluable insight on what it’s like to spend a day in the presenter’s professional role.
This series is dedicated to professionals who are interested in developing a successful career in Silicon Valley. The goal is to share knowledge and experiences gained at the Valley’s most influential companies and build a professional network that provides opportunities to connect, share and support each other in further professional growth.
In Silicon Valley we are surrounded by many fortune 500 companies and well known brands. However, the unique challenges and successes of Polish women are rarely shared. This series will fill that void and shed light on interesting professions in various fields, skill development and career growth perspectives for women in Silicon Valley.
A Day in the Life of
CYBER SECURITY RESEARCHER
Joanna Negrete, McAfee
6:30 PM PST
Joanna Negrete is a Cyber Security Researcher at McAfee. She has over 10 years of experience in the security industry. Joanna worked on designing and implementing one of McAfee’s first technologies for malware detection with the use of artificial intelligence. She designed multiple models that detect malware and keep McAfee customers safe. She implemented explainable AI into McAfee's machine learning workflows. She is a co-author of two patents in predictive modeling. Last year she presented the research behind the patents at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) conference.
Joanna is a member of the McAfee Wise group and McAfee Online Safety Program which promote security and STEM among girls and women. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Data Analytics with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence at Colorado State University.
Join our event to meet Joanna and find out what it’s like to work in cyber security
in Silicon Valley.
Previous events in the series
A Day in the Life of COMMERCIAL BUSINESS BANKING RELATIONSHIP MANAGER, VP
with Paula Sieron, Bank of America
Our December interview with Paula Sieron helped us understand the core skills required for being successful as a relationship manager in the commercial banking industry. We learned about the differences in the three tiers of banking offered at Bank of America. Paula also elaborated on the team of specialists she works with in order to understand each client’s unique needs and deliver strategic financial guidance and solutions. She’s remade herself more than once, starting out as a graphic designer and now is a Vice President and Relationship Manager at Bank of America. To be successful in this role, her advice is to “Build your own tribe! Network, network, and network! Always follow up and respond to everybody!”
A Day in the Life of EVENT MARKETING MANAGER
with Patrycja (Pat) Ratajewska, Wrike
At this second event in our series, we sat with Patrycja Ratajewska, a Senior Event Marketing Manager at Wrike in San Jose. She shared an overview of managing an event, but also explained how her corporate event marketer role differs from the partnering vendor-side role. Given that in COVID times physical events were canceled, she explained how companies have pivoted to virtual events and now focus on digital marketing, yet told us why she’s convinced physical events will make a return again. Unsurprisingly, she uses the work management platform Wrike as her main tech stack tool along with Slack, Zoom, and Google Drive. She also shared her advice for returning to the workforce after a bigger break.
A Day in the Life of SCRUM MASTER
with Joanna Lorincz, Workday
Launching our first event in the “A Day in the Life of...” series, we interviewed certified Scrum Master and the Co-Founder of PPWSV Joanna Lorincz! Joanna works as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Workday in Pleasanton, CA. We learned about what triggered Joanna to pursue working with the scrum framework, the skills she applies to do well in her role, what she values about the Workday environment, the structure of her day, software and tools to do the job, terms specific to the role, lessons learned, and a couple of best practices.
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