Today we are chatting with Yael Rosenberg who recently joined Hydrix as Software Group Manager.
Hello Yael and welcome to Hydrix – can you start by sharing some of the journey that brought you here?
Thanks – I’m excited to have joined the company. After 18 years working in many interesting roles within the vibrant technology industry in Israel, my family took up an opportunity to journey to a new country, and so we landed in Melbourne, Australia. I then discovered Hydrix and truly believed that this was an opportunity to broaden my horizons and was an organization that aligned with my personal beliefs and professional growth goals.
What are you most looking forward to at Hydrix
The company runs many different projects from different domains that require different technologies, all in parallel. What I’ve learned in my time is that successful projects require more than just deep technical excellence. My challenge is to continue to build a diverse team working with common methodologies and achieving consistent results. Part of my approach means tailoring the work to the specific interests and skills of the individual. This approach contributes to empowering individuals and brings out the best in the development team, in turn helping them align with our client’s goals and expectations.
Tell us little about some of your previous roles and experience
As mentioned, I’ve been lucky to have experienced such a diverse range of organisations and project environments. One experience that remains special to me occurred when I was a Vice President of R&D at the medical device company, Mobile ODT. We were developing a diagnostic technology for the early detection of cervical cancer in the developing countries. It was a telemedicine device for use in remote environments.
The project enabled me to travel to countries like Ethiopia, where I was able to hear first-hand Voice of Customer and gather real-world insights about using the device. I think this is when I really appreciated just how important it is for engineers to step out of the “ivory tower” and spend time with the customer, and learn from their product usage experiences.
Your experiences in software development and new product development have also provided you with insights and motivation around women and the technology industry.
Yes, I’m really passionate about empowering girls to be positive to pursuing technology-focused career options. Throughout my career, I would wonder why there weren’t more women in roles like mine. I’d wonder why I was the only women in the room? And this observation really motivated me to become involved in promoting technology as a viable career option for girls. I want to empower girls to enable them to understand that they can pursue a career like mine.
I’ve worked with high school girls on Android development programs, but also provide career advice and mentorship from the perspective of a mother of four who has built and maintained a career.
I’ve also worked with girls from lower socio-economic groups on a development program “Cracking the Glass Ceiling”. It involved them selecting a female role model and building a website around that person and their achievements. This event was a country wide competition and being able to help these girls successfully participate was hugely satisfying. And I guess I get very similar satisfaction enabling individuals and teams to similarly succeed in their professional lives.