International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, and we’d like to celebrate and recognize all the women at Aerohive who contribute to the success of the company. #IWD2019

Ingrid Ringheden Rabe, Logistics Manager, Milpitas, CA

What are the small things that always make your day better at the HIVE?

By Far the people, they put a smile on my face. The small pets in the office and the snacks/drinks provided to the employees is a nice “perk.”

What do you think is the biggest problem facing women in tech today?

Balancing work/life, I think it is reallytough and I respect the women who can do it all. Lastly, women in Technology have come a long way. Sometimes we have to speak a little louder or be a bit more assertive to be ”heard.” However all in all, I think it is a lot better than in previous years.

Why and how did you decide to do the work you are doing now?

I think it chose me- I have always worked in some sort of capacity within the supply chain. I always found warehousing/Logistics to be the most rewarding. Although my masters degree is in Organizational Development (OD), I can utilize my education/experience to help drive individual/team improvement and collaboration of efforts in any environment.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

I would work out more and spend more time with family/friends (including my furry friends).

What superpower do you wish you had and why? 

I would like the power to read minds. It would save time, and I could be more effective when dealing with people. For my furry friends, I think that would be extremely good thing to read their minds.

Wen (Wing) Wu, Principal HR Generalist, Hangzhou, China

What are the small things that always make your day better at the HIVE? Our open communication environment with trust and support is something that always brightens my day. At the HIVE, your initiatives are respected, and you have every chance to prove whether it works or not. It’s all about a “trust, experience, learn and improve” practice which HIVE encourages and supports. It’s great for individual’s growth and development.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing women in tech today?

Women are sometimes treated as frail, sensitive, and emotional beings even though they have been proven to be tough, independent, rational and accomplished. It’s not always easy for women to find a work-life balance. Women staff deserve support, respect and recognition.

Why and how did you decide to do the work you are doing now?

I started my HR career by completing an internship. When the internship was over, I found that this was something I was interested in and good at and I decided to focus on HR as a long-term career plan.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

If I didn’t have to sleep, I would travel and discover vistas I have only dreamed of such as skydiving from 15,000 feet to get a good view of the snow on the mountains and a beautiful lake; diving under the sea to see colorful clownfish and shaking hands with starfish; hugging a kangaroo; feeding a giraffe; playing with a panda; or be surrounded by adorable animals. I would also like to take a cooking course with a local chef to learn how to make authentic local cuisine.

What superpower do you wish you had and why? 

I would like to have the ability to access another dimension like in the cartoon movie Doraemon. That way I would be able to transit wherever I’d like to go and save people out of poverty and diseases by walking them through another dimension.

Soleymi Manuela, Manager, Accounting, Amstelveen, NL

What is most important to you as a professional woman in the workforce?

To have a good balance between work and my personal life and also gender equality in the workplace.

What skill would you like to master?

The professional skill I would like to master is people management.  I was promoted to a people manager last year and I didn’t have experience managing people before.  I’m learning new things every day and luckily have a great team that supports me.  The personal skill I would like to master is my booking (LOL). I read that it can take up to 10 years to master a skill. So if I start now, I could become a master chef in 2029!

What job do you think you would be most terrible at?

I have two left hands when it comes to handy work.

How do you relax after a stressful day? 

I relax on my comfortable sofa with my significant other watching a good film or our favorite series with my mobile phone on silent.

What do you consider to be the most important thing you have learned in life? 

Everything happens for a reason.  2. Stop stressing about the things you can’t control.  And if you can control the things that are stressing you, why stress?  Both sayings are easier said than done as we are all emotional human beings.  But I try to remember those two sayings every time I’m facing a difficult situation.

Judith Aponte-Randall, NAM Distribution Manager, Southern CA

What is most important to you as a professional woman in the workforce?

To me, it’s to be accepted and respected for my expertise in my area of focus:  two-tier distribution.

What skill would you like to master?

I would love to be better at presenting in front of an audience.

What job do you think you would be most terrible at?

I would not want to be in technical support or systems engineering.

How do you relax after a stressful day? 

I turn off work in my mind and cook and spend time with my loved ones and friends over a great meal.

What do you consider to be the most important thing you have learned in life? 

That no one is perfect.  When I’ve given my best, used my resources and it still doesn’t work out it’s OK.  I can review and learn from it.  “Life is like a camera – Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, take another shot!”  I really like this and have reflected on this several times in 2019.

Yu (Lilian) Zhou, ODM Supply Manager, Hangzhou, China

What part of your job at the HIVE is most fun for you?

The most fun for me is to work with different people.  I work with ODMs, vendors and also my internal peers and customers.  I communicate with all kinds of people and learn new things from them.  Every day I see new challenges, problems, issues and I am very proud of my work.

Who is your ideal woman icon and why?

Mrs. Chen Xiaohongwho was my first grade teacher.  She taught me English and had a big impact on my life.  She is very beautiful and fluent in English.  When most people only speak Chinese and English is not a compulsory course, it is really innovative to have such a teacher.

If you could give your “20-year-old self” professional advice, what would you say?

To try everything I like and dream big when I was young.  It doesn’t matter if you fail or if you succeed.  All the things you experience in life inspire and help you grow.

In your view, what is the biggest obstacle we still face today to achieve gender equality? 

From my point of view, it is people’s assumptions and stereotypes.  Even as we are changing these, we are still holding onto old concepts and preconceived notions which impact the next generation.  A lot of people think that women are not as good as men and as a society we still want to have boys because they have more power and we place higher value on them.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? 

This is a fun question and lots of questions come to mind but the most important ones for me would be: What year is it and where is my family?

Ruchi Sharma, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer, Milpitas, CA

What are the small things that always make your day better at the HIVE?

The people I work with.  I love to meet everyone and discuss the world.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing women in tech today? 

Networking – I think women need a way to network more and help raise awareness of opportunities for each other to grow. Most women finish work and go home to their families at the end of the day.  We need to be able to grow our network with more emphasis on our work-life balance.  Maybe schedule networking events around lunch instead of after work?

Why and how did you decide to do the work you are doing now?

Growing up I was a huge fan of Sci-Fi so I always dreamt of being an engineer in a super futuristic hi-tech world.  Then the “internet” was invented and Wi-Fi was the future – I had to get involved.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

I would spend time star gazing and learning about space.

What superpower do you wish you had and why? 

I wish I could have Dr. Strange’stime stone and use it for time travel. I would wish to go see the future of space exploration.  Do we ever meet aliens?

Wendy Kastner, Principal Design Engineer, Lake Oswego, OR

What is most important to you as a professional woman in the workforce?

For me, earning the respect of my colleagues and peers in the industry is definitely the most important factor. I’ve been fortunate to have had women and men as mentors in my professional life.  The one thing they all shared in common was that they had earned a tremendous amount of respect from their staff, colleagues, peers and customers.  I strive to earn respect from my colleagues each and every day.

What skill would you like to master?

I am very fond of a style of Japanese painting called “nihonga” where dozens of layers of thin, translucent paint are built up to create the final result. Everything from preparing the paper surface, to grinding and mixing the mineral paints is done by hand. If I could sum it up in one word, it’s patience.

What job do you think you would be most terrible at? 

I’d be an awful professional chef. My family owned a restaurant when I was growing up, so you’d think a little bit of cooking skill would have rubbed off on me… nope!  And while I love to entertain, I’m seriously challenged when it comes to boiling water! 😊

How do you relax after a stressful day? 

I love to paint, mainly gestural abstracts.  It’s so different from what I do in UX and I think it’s a good balance. It’s fun to let go and make a mess!

What do you consider to be the most important thing you have learned in life? 

If I could go back and give advice to my younger self, I’d tell her to be patient!  Someone can teach you the notes on a piano, but you have to work hard and practice every day in order to be able to play a concerto.  I realize that I’ll never be able to do everything well. However, I can definitely excel at some things, and that’s where I try to focus my energy.

For me, earning the respect of my colleagues and peers in the industry is definitely the most important factor. I’ve been fortunate to have had women and men as mentors in my professional life.  The one thing they all shared in common was that they had earned a tremendous amount of respect from their staff, colleagues, peers and customers.  I strive to earn respect from my colleagues each and every day.

What skill would you like to master?

I am very fond of a style of Japanese painting called “nihonga” where dozens of layers of thin, translucent paint are built up to create the final result. Everything from preparing the paper surface, to grinding and mixing the mineral paints is done by hand. If I could sum it up in one word, it’s patience.

What job do you think you would be most terrible at? I’d be an awful professional chef. My family owned a restaurant when I was growing up, so you’d think a little bit of cooking skill would have rubbed off on me… nope!  And while I love to entertain, I’m seriously challenged when it comes to boiling water! 😊

How do you relax after a stressful day?

I love to paint, mainly gestural abstracts.  It’s so different from what I do in UX and I think it’s a good balance. It’s fun to let go and make a mess!

What do you consider to be the most important thing you have learned in life? 

If I could go back and give advice to my younger self, I’d tell her to be patient!  Someone can teach you the notes on a piano, but you have to work hard and practice every day in order to be able to play a concerto.  I realize that I’ll never be able to do everything well. However, I can definitely excel at some things, and that’s where I try to focus my energy.

Xiaolan Wei, Staff Engineer, Hangzhou, China

What is most important to you as a professional woman in the workforce?

Life never stands still, if you don’t advance you recede, so it’s very important for me to have more chances to improve my professional skills.

What skill would you like to master?

I’d like to be a science teacher, I like children, and it is meaningful to me to share my knowledge with children.

What job do you think you would be most terrible at?

I’m lucky that I never had a terrible job. I think we need to love what we do and try our best to become an expert.

How do you relax after a stressful day? 

As a working mother, the happiest time is staying with my kid. We can play games at home, or tell stories.  If the weather is fine, we will go out on weekends. I also like watching movies and listening to songs when I’m alone.

What do you consider to be the most important thing you have learned in life? 

To learn to give thanks and always be grateful.  I want to thank my colleagues at Aerohive, they give me great help during the past six years. I also want to say thanks to my parents in law who take care of my kid when I’m working, thank my husband for his support and understanding of my work.

Trevia Clark, Director Demand Generation, Milpitas, CA

What part of your job at the HIVE is most fun for you?

I have the opportunity to work across the organization globally with an amazing marketing team who is incredibly supportive both professionally and personally.

Who is your ideal woman icon (other than your mother or other female relative) and why?

I’m a huge fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  She is a force to reckoned with.  She is intelligent, charming and understands how to effect change.  She has been a real change agent for women on the US Supreme Court.

If you could give your “20-year-old self” professional advice, what would you say?

Keep your eye on the prize and do more listening than talking.

In your view, what is the biggest obstacle we still face today to achieve gender equality? 

I think the gender pay gap still exists. It’s getting closer as companies look to restructure jobs to offer linearity of pay with respect to hours and lower penalties for temporary flexibility and time out of the office.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? 

Is this planet Earth?

Qiaoying Fang, Principal QA Engineer, Hangzhou, China

What are the small things that always make your day better at the HIVE?

Until now, I feel pretty good so far at the HIVE.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing women in tech today? 

I think it is difficult to balance family and work.  Women have to work harder.

Why and how did you decide to do the work you are doing now?

The company’s flexible hours help me solve many problems.  I like it very much.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

I would read.

What superpower do you wish you had and why? 

I wish I had more time.  It could help me arrange my work and family lives better.

Stefanie van der Linden, Sr. Accountant, Amstelveen, NL

What part of your job at the HIVE is most fun for you?

We never have a dull moment. Everything is changing all the time so each time you will find a new challenge.  I also like the fact that we have a really close team.  It’s great since we spend more hours in the office than at home.

Who is your ideal woman icon (other than your mother or other female relative) and why?

When I was little it was definitely Princess Diana. I really liked her warm appearance and the fact that she worked hard for a lot of good charities.

If you could give your “20-year-old self” professional advice, what would you say? 

Probably to take life day by day and enjoy the little things.

In your view, what is the biggest obstacle we still face today to achieve gender equality? 

I still don’t believe that men and women get the same opportunities and the same salary.  I think it’s getting better but we still have a long way to go.  A while ago, I had a discussion with my husband to explore if it was possible for him to work 4 days a week instead of 5, so I could focus more on my career.  This was unfortunately not possible.  I think we don’t say it out loud but it is still the woman who is expected to care for the children an the men who work full-time.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

Can I get a cup of coffee, please?

Paige Slautterback, Benefits Manager, Milpitas, CA

What part of your job at the HIVE is most fun for you?

I enjoy seeing employees around the office and catching up with them on a personal level.  This often leads to “hey, while I have you, I need help with…” and I’m able to assist with whatever random need they have.  If I don’t have the answer, I will find it.  Sometimes it may take me an hour to get to the copier and back depending upon whom I run into and where the conversation winds its way to… but I love those interactions.

Who is your ideal woman icon? 

I was very fortunate to grow up with strong women in my immediate and extended family. My mother and aunts were all successful in their own right as VP of Marketing and Advertising, a Production Executive with Brown-Forman, Sears Executive, and a Pharmacist.  My grandmother went back to school at age 60 to get her Bachelor of Art degree.  The current generation of women includes a Physician’s Assistant, Reverend, 401(k) Trainer, Traveling Nurse, prestigious private elementary admissions officer and Vice President, Banking.

If you could give your “20-year-old-self” professional advice, what would you say?

First, I would have said to join a company that provides a pension… that would have been AMAZING to continue receiving paychecks and health care after retirement!  Second, I would have said to have a career in an area you love regardless of how much it pays because if you love doing it, you will be happy. I never regretted choosing HR.  I love what I do.

In your view, what is the highest obstacle we still face today to achieve gender equality? 

I was raised with a strong “get it done” work ethic regardless of gender. Both my parents worked when I was a child. My parents started their own company when I graduated high school so during college and summer breaks, I would do whatever was needed (Accounts Payable, Cashier, Secretary, Window Washer, Events Coordinator), we took a company from 2 to 300 people so I think I surround myself with those who achieve and are successful regardless of their gender!

Alicia Heddon, Regional Sales Manager, Beaverton, OR

What are the small things that always make your day better at the HIVE?

My internal resources.   More specifically, my ITAM, JP Medina, makes it possible to get my job done. The alignment between teams allows true collaboration of skill set and partnership. I could do my job as effectively without this.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing women in tech today? 

This is a hot topic for me and one I could talk about for hours! Being a woman in general in a male dominated industry is simply a raw challenge. Women are also simply not given enough chances to solve problems, to rise to the top with our own organic solutions or lead teams at the same rate men are. For the first 10 years of my career, while sitting at the same table with 10 men, I was not given the same opportunities because of my gender. I have since learned to raise my voice and be so good that I can’t be ignored.

Why and how did you decide to do the work you are doing now? 

First, Wi-Fi speaks to my brain. Secondly, it is about relationships for me and community advocacy. Relationships are everything! Whether personal, professional or with the secretary at your child’s school, they are all as equally important. While the evolution of technology has provided great convenience, it has taken away the personal touch of human communication.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

I would spend more time giving back to my community and speak to women about career development in a male dominated industry. I am an active Board member to a prominent non-profit that provides services to the highest risk youth of Portland. If I was blessed with more time, it would allow me to have greater impact on those in need.

What superpower do you wish you had and why? 

If I could have a superpower it would be to fly. Being able to fly would provide an ability for the soul to soar without boundaries, to heal the wounds of societal constraints and the expectations life puts on us. We all talk about “seeing the big picture” but honestly, how many of us have the bandwidth to be able to see that big picture? What better way than on top of the clouds!

Shweta Mehta, Credit and Collections Manager, Milpitas, CA

What are the small things that always make your day better at the HIVE?

Aerohive is a happy place to work. Smiling faces and wagging tails makes HQ my second home. The company has a soul and the vibe that makes you feel welcome and loved. If you day is super stressed, there is always a happy dog around to make you feel special and lick the stress away.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing women in tech today?

Gender discrimination is one of the biggest problems that is faced by women today in the technology sector. Women can overcome the obstacles they face while working in IT by letting their performance speak for them. Although the strategy doesn’t eradicate gender-based prejudice and discrimination, it allows women to achieve upward mobility.

Why and how did you decide to do the work you are doing now?

I am a people person and I love numbers. My profile as a credit and collection manager is a perfect fit to challenge my mind. There is never a dull moment in my day. New issues and new resolutions every day keeps me on my toes. It’s a job focused on the bottom line and collection targets. Every time I beat the target I feel like I am in Vegas and have hit a jack pot. I can virtually hear money dropping in our bank and it’s the best feeling ever.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

I would just binge watch TV and read books.

What superpower do you wish you had and why? 

I would like the power to give everyone equal access to education. Let the minds be nurtured to make progressive and informed choices so that we can all make the world a better place

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