Using Technology For Good: La Vesha Parker of Etsy


May 23rd, 2019

21 mins 18 secs

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Tune in to today's episode of On the Spot where we sit down with La Vesha Parker, a Sr. Software Designer with Etsy and advocate for women in STEM.

As a career La Vesha leads a team of engineers at Etsy, the online marketplace for all things handcrafted, vintage, custom, or unique. She also spends her time coding for social good projects and volunteering with local schools to advocate for young girls entering the tech space.
By motivating middle and high schoolers with a real view of the financial stability a career in STEM can bring, we can change the conversation around money as well. Everyone wins when women make money!

She also recently spoke at at the Women in Engineering Leadership conference, which you can listen to listen to here:

La Vesha is a delight and an example for females to follow in a typically male-dominated space.
From dealing with Imposter Syndrome, to balancing life as a leader in tech, take a listen to our inspiring conversation.

La Vesha on working as a women in STEM:

7:30 "The largest challenge for me is Imposter Syndrome. I think 'Maybe I shouldn't be here' or I'll wake up one day and everyone will say I don't know as much as I think I know, or I'm not worthy. Those feelings come and go in waves and I keep trying to prove my Imposter Syndrome wrong."

Why she loves Code Corps and volunteering her skills for social good:

12:12 "I am using tech for good and that's increasingly hard to do today, to use tech for the benefit of the humans around us and not just for financial gain. It makes me feel good to be able to do that."

Her advice for females today:
20:06 "Spend your time doing what is most important and the rest will follow."

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