Boxers You'll Meet at GHC

This week, we're super excited to gather in Houston along with 12,000 of our closest friends for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. At the conference, a number of Box rockstars will be speaking on topics that draw on our broad areas of expertise -- from preparing for a technical interview to building mobile enterprise features.

Our Box Women In Tech (WIT) group showcases an awesome variety of engineering backgrounds and diverse skill sets. We strongly believe that this is a huge part of our success at Box, and we're proud to bring so many of our WIT members to Grace Hopper. We thought we'd ask them a few questions: why they love what they do, the most important skill that an engineer needs to have, and most importantly, who they'd put on the $10 bill.

Julia Edwards, Software Engineer
Favorite part of being an engineer?
My favorite part of being an engineer is the constant variation in my day-to-day work. No two days are the same, and every day is extremely engaging (and fun!) I also love how my knowledge base grows every day; what I learned yesterday always makes me a better engineer today.

My favorite part about being an engineer at Box is definitely the people I get to work with. From my fellow engineers and managers, to my colleagues in sales and our executives, I always have a great time working (and socializing!) with my fellow Boxers.

Most important skill for someone who is an engineer?
Being excited to learn new things. As a software engineer, I'm constantly learning about new technologies and best coding practices, and I imagine that would be quite a drag if I didn't love the learning process :)

Who do you think should be on the $10 bill?
Grace Hopper, of course! (Second answer: Stevie Nicks, because she is amazing.)

Ketki Warudkar, Product Manager
Favorite part of being a product manager?
I love being a product manager because I get to shape the way we solve our customer's needs today and tomorrow! We are responsible for figuring out which challenges are plaguing our customers the most and pinpointing the most effective solutions for those problems. I get to work with smart people of many different backgrounds—including engineers, marketers, salespeople and customer support team member.

Most important skill for someone who is a product manager?
Ruthless prioritizing! It took me some time to realize that we would never be able to solve every single problem that our customers ask us about, so it's really important to prioritize the critical ones first so that we can solve the most pain first.

Who do you think should be on the $10 bill?
Once Hilary Clinton becomes President in 2016, she should be on the $10 bill because we've never had a woman on a bill before and she's one who's making a lot of positive impact on the country!

Heidi Williams, Senior Director, Platform Engineering
Favorite part of being an engineer?
I love solving problems and learning new things. As an engineer, especially as technology evolves and changes, I am surrounded by new and interesting challenges all the time. It's invigorating and fun!

Most important skill for someone who is an engineer?
Ability to communicate clearly and collaborate with others. I work with a wide variety of people from engineers to product to design to sales to customers. I have to be able to express myself clearly and articulate my thoughts while also being able to see and understand the other person's point of view.

Who do you think should be on the $10 bill?
Grace Hopper!

Alice Fuller, Software Engineer
Favorite part of being an engineer?
One of my favorite aspects of engineering is that there is no one correct answer. This gives me, as the engineer, the freedom to think creatively, truly problem solve, and engage in thoughtful discussions with my teammates.

Most important skill for someone who is an engineer?
It is super important to be able to think big picture and long term. One must be able to think quickly and solve problems, but the one thing that makes engineering in the real world different from in school is that other people will need to use you code, and it will be used for longer than a one time submission. This means you need to fully think through how your code fits into the codebase as whole, how it will be used and read by others, and even does it fit into the company's goals.

Sandy Sun, Software Engineer
Favorite part of being an engineer?
Software engineering is demanding, complex, and multi-disciplinary. As someone who loves solving problems-- one of my favorite parts of being a part of this industry is there's always something new to learn.

Most important skill for someone who is an engineer?
Simplify things. Break things down into smaller pieces to have a clearer understanding of how each component works, and how they should interact.

Who do you think should be on the $10 bill?
Eleanor Roosevelt :)

If you're at Grace Hopper, feel free to swing by the Box booth (#1000) to meet some of these awesome women. Go Cloud, Go Women in Tech!