Adobe & University Students

Meet Adobe at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration

October 8, 2014

Adobe is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which takes place from October 8-10, in Phoenix, AZ

We have an impressive team of Adobe women who are eager to get to know you and learn more about your career aspirations. Stop by booth no. 730 to meet our team.

Grace Hopper Panel

Get a head start. Get to know our Adobe representatives from a few questions we asked them below about their careers.

Devika Y.
Security Researcher, Product Security and Privacy
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Earlier this year, I got to attend a talk by Karen Catlin on Women in Tech. After the session, I went up to her and expressed interest in her career path and what helped her achieve her numerous and varied goals. How did she figure out where she wanted to go, and what to focus on to get there? Did she have someone she talked to, a sounding-board she used through her career? She introduced me to the idea of micro–mentoring. She encouraged me to identify the kind of work that excited me, seek out people doing that and ask them specific questions tailored to my goal, helping me receive advice and tips from various people who traveled different roads to get to where they were. This is a great way to take away lessons from successful people and expand your professional network, and I am looking forward to not only receiving but also giving advice while practicing the art of micro-mentoring.

Ellie P.
Computer Scientist, Architecture Design Labs
What is your favorite part of your job?
I specialize in user experience development: programming the user interface and other parts of how a person interacts with a software product. My favorite part of my job is focusing on the tiny details that make the user experience more usable, beautiful, and effective–and collaborating with colleagues in different roles to make it better together. To me, the most interesting aspect of computing is its impact on humanity, but not many people see that side. I want to change that, and encourage people (especially women) to think about how they can use computer science to help and inspire other people.

Laura W. A.
Director QE, Adobe Digital Media Business Unit
Why do you have the coolest job?
As director of QE for the Professional Audio and Video products, I get to work with cutting edge video technology, meet filmmakers and video creators who are doing really interesting work with our products and help them solve new problems as they find new ways to communicate. Our products are the best in the industry and we continually get to make innovative features that change the way people see the world. To top it all off, my colleagues are some of the smartest, funniest, most creative and kindest people I have ever met. If that doesn’t qualify this as the coolest job, I have no idea what would.

Michelle S.
Software Engineer, Adobe Digital Marketing Business Unit
What is the most surprising discovery you’ve made at Adobe?
Before I started working at Adobe, I didn’t realize that Adobe had such a large presence in the analytics market. Most Adobe fans hear about the Creative Cloud, but don’t usually hear about the Marketing Cloud or Adobe Analytics, but it is a super awesome, cutting edge, large-scale web application that is an essential part of many businesses.

Sarah K.
Sr. Engineering Manager, Photoshop Team
What keeps you at Adobe?
There are so many reasons that keep me at Adobe. As a manger on Photoshop Tech Transfer team, I get to work on exciting leading-edge technologies that are behind so many magical features in Photoshop and I get to work with very smart, creative and friendly people. I love Adobe for its innovation, high quality products it builds and its culture and values. People stay here at Adobe not only because of what we build but also how we build them–we care about customers and we also care about our employees, their career development and their work-life balance. I believe that happy people are more creative and Adobe nurtures a supportive and happy environment for people to excel.

Sara P.
Senior Group Program Manager, Imagination Lab
What is your favorite part about working at Adobe?
I created a role that uniquely fits ME, allowing me to use both my analytical and my creative abilities. As a member of a technology research organization, I generate ideas for accelerating the development of new technologies, and I develop and execute plans to make those ideas come to life. In my role, I get to build and execute on strategies, plans and budgets, and I also get to be a video producer and storyteller as well. My Adobe work allows me to use both my creative and analytical skills.

Wendy P.
Product Security Group Program Manager, Product Security and Privacy
Why did you choose Adobe?
I had the fortunate opportunity to have Adobe choose me. My team’s leader, our Chief Security Officer, Brad Arkin, and I worked together earlier in our careers at a security consulting company. When he asked me to join his team here at Adobe over five years ago, I didn’t think twice. In looking back, I’m so glad I made the decision to join Adobe and Adobe’s Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET), because as I implement and reinforce the security product lifecycle (SPLC) across Adobe teams, I’ve met the most amazing people who develop and create the most amazing products and in turn, we work together to keep our customers secure. Long story short, Adobe equals awesome!

Members of Adobe’s Talent team (Kelly O. and Nora K.) will also be at the conference to discuss career opportunities.

Kelly O.
Talent Partner, University Talent
A little something about me:
As a University Recruiter, I help interns and new graduates find their dream job at Adobe! I travel to some of the coolest college campuses across the USA to recruit talented engineers who will help shape the future of Adobe. Because of Adobe’s great culture, I also have time to pursue some of my passions outside of work. I love to be active so on the weekends you can find me exploring great hiking trails, eating at some of the best restaurants in the country or enjoying the few months of sun we have in San Francisco at the beach.

Nora K.
Talent Partner, University Talent
A little something about me:
I am a huge proponent of living abroad. Up until 2 months ago, I lived in Japan for 6 years, 2 of which were spent working for Adobe Japan. Living in a foreign country for an extended period of time exposes you to the perspectives of people not only from that country, but also the perspectives of other foreigners you meet solely based on the commonality of being not from those parts. UK, Syria, Mongolia, Japan, America–I had a hodgepodge of personal and professional friends from around the world. But through the differences that simultaneously drew us together as well as set us apart, came a better understanding of who I am as well as what I needed to rethink. It hardened certain beliefs while leaving others to be a work in progress and open to influence.

Working in a company like Adobe with its international environment, supportive of vertical and global mobility is just one of the reasons why I love it here.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!