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Empowering Women in Tech: An Inspiring Conversation with Mariam Aquino, People Manager at Wovenware

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Summary – Mariam Aquino, People Manager at Wovenware, emerges as a beacon of empowerment and inspiration for women in tech. In a deeply insightful Q&A session, Mariam shares her remarkable journey, challenges, and victories, highlighting the transformative power of determination and inclusivity in tech.

The world of technology has long been hailed as a beacon of innovation, a realm where possibilities are boundless, and where the future is constantly being shaped. Yet, despite its limitless potential, women have not held as many leadership roles in tech as men.

Mariam Aquino, the People Manager at Wovenware, embodies the spirit of determination and resilience that defines women in tech. Her story is a testament to the heights that women can achieve when given the opportunity to thrive.

In this insightful Q&A session, Mariam opens up about her experiences, challenges, and triumphs as a woman in a leadership role within the tech industry. Her words serve as both a beacon of hope and a call to action. Through her narrative, we hope to inspire and empower more women to explore, excel, and lead in this ever-evolving world of technology.

Q: Tell us about your university studies?

Mariam Aquino: In 2008, I embarked on a journey into the world of Statistics at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. It was a path guided by my unwavering love for numbers. But fate, it seems, had other plans. On my birthday in March 2009, I found myself in the office of a counselor. Little did I know that this seemingly ordinary visit would set the course for my extraordinary journey into Human Resources.  

Q: What was your first job(s) in the field?

Mariam Aquino: My first job in Human Resources was with a retail company. It was here that I began to witness the profound impact that effective HR management could have on an organization.

Q: Was there someone who most inspired you along your career path?

Mariam Aquino: Among the people who inspired me along the way were several professors who ignited a spark within me. Their unwavering support and encouragement fueled my passion and propelled me forward.

Q: How and when did you join Wovenware?

Mariam Aquino: In 2014 I joined Wovenware as an Intern, a role that would soon lead me to realize my career path with a vibrant and up and coming tech company.

Q: What about Wovenware appealed to you?

Mariam Aquino: It was the culture of innovation and inclusivity that drew me to Wovenware like a moth to a flame. I saw not only the potential for the company to flourish but also the boundless opportunities for my own growth.

Q: Can you tell us about your position as a People Manager?

Mariam Aquino: As a People Manager, I am responsible for shaping our workforce. I lead the recruitment process, where I seek out individuals who resonate with the “Wovenmates’” value proposition and culture. In my role, I am committed to enhancing the employee experience through various means, including refining career paths, championing continuing education, revising total rewards, perfecting onboarding processes, and fostering a vibrant culture through engaging activities.

Q: What do you find to be the most exciting part of your role?

Mariam Aquino: The most exhilarating aspect of my role is witnessing the remarkable growth of Wovenmates, both professionally and personally. It’s like watching a garden flourish, each member of our team blooming in their own unique way.

Q: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of your role?

Mariam Aquino: Our industry’s relentless need for expertise in various programming languages presents a recurring challenge, as there continues to be a tech talent shortage. In response, at Wovenware we’ve devised a strategy that not only meets this challenge head-on but also provides our dedicated Wovenmates the opportunity to evolve and thrive within.

Q: How have you seen the tech industry change in terms of diversity and inclusion over the course of your career?

Mariam Aquino: The winds of change have swept through the tech industry, slowly but surely. The recruitment process is becoming more flexible, designed to attract a more diverse pool of talent. Companies are embracing salary equity and transparency policies. At Wovenware, we’ve set our sights on diversity targets for executive, managerial, and professional positions.

Q: Can you discuss any strategies you use to attract and retain top female talent in the tech industry?

Mariam Aquino: Wovenware is committed to ensuring that equal pay is not just a slogan but a reality, with salaries that reflect experience and performance equitably, regardless of race, religion or sex. We’re dedicated to providing growth opportunities for everyone and we actively support student organizations that aim to inspire and attract more women to the world of tech.

Q: Can you discuss any particular skills or qualities that you think are especially important for women in tech to develop?

Mariam Aquino: The tech industry, like many others, demands curiosity, drive, people skills, initiative, and resilience from all professionals, regardless of gender.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do in your spare time?

Mariam Aquino: In my personal life, I’ve embraced a new role: that of mother. My spare time is dedicated to my family and the pursuit of work-life balance. I want to emphasize that being a mother, a professional, and a team leader in the technology industry is an achievement worth celebrating. Professionally, my goal is to continue to cultivate the Wovenware culture and make it a prime destination for talented tech professionals and a technology center of excellence in Puerto Rico.
Empowering Women in Tech: Mariam Aquino's Inspiring Journey

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