Let’s get transparent about representation and amplify the voices of our women leaders in fintech and beyond.
What do you love about your work?
“My role at Orum allows me to build and nurture an inclusive, forward-thinking approach to engineering. We’re creating next-generation payments infrastructure and solving some of the hardest problems in money movement, and our platform-first strategy ensures we have solid frameworks and tools in place that are an afterthought for most other companies.”
Madhuri Sarma, Head of Product Engineering
How can tech companies better support and encourage their emerging women leaders?
“Two words come to mind: intention and transparency.
With a female founder and CEO and an executive team that’s over half women, representation at Orum is robust. That’s not just the result of having Stephany as our leader, but of our company intentionally prioritizing and investing in diversity, equity, and inclusion from day one. Seeing more women in leadership roles is powerful, and it’s core to ensuring that a supportive culture continues to persist and flourish.
More and more, there’s cultural awareness and dialogue around inequity when it comes to compensation, the substantial burden parents have had to shoulder during the pandemic, and so on. The more leaders are vocal about the challenges unique to women in the workplace, the more confident other women can be in advocating for themselves throughout their careers, helping to build a culture that’s more attuned and empathetic.”
Larisa Daberko, Head of Partnerships
“From a talent perspective, it starts with having a recruiting strategy that drives representation at all levels and ensures there are women mentors in various disciplines and at different stages of their careers. This creates natural allyship and unlocks opportunities to support women across an organization. Companies also need to invest in development programs that weave encouragement, recognition, and inclusion into their culture early on.”
Candice Taylor, Head of Talent Acquisition
Who most inspires you?
“My grandmother was the director of emergency medicine at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut and a single mother of five. I keep a photograph of her at my desk and think often about the obstacles she had to overcome and the grit she displayed to achieve that level of success at that point in time. She was the hardest working person I’ve ever known, and I’m so grateful my son got to meet her before she passed away last year.”
Sarah Flaherty, VP of People
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