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Meet the Women Behind Bill.com

Meet the Women Behind Bill.com

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re featuring the women behind Bill.com sharing their best advice for building a career in tech, who they look for inspiration and why they love working at Bill.com. 

Jacqueline Hendy, SVP of Human Resources

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Twitter: @JacquelinaHendy

What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in tech?

Look for formal learning and coaching opportunities, and seek out a trusted community of mentors to help you navigate professional and personal growth.

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

In my first post-college job, I worked as a receptionist in a personnel office. One of my colleagues took me under her wing and helped me understand how the company operated, showing me what real mentorship looked like. Another woman at the office helped me navigate a predominantly white and male working environment as an African-American woman.

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

I am excited by the idea of creating an environment that influences and supports positive experiences for people at work.

Yael Zheng, Chief Marketing Officer

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Twitter: @yaelzheng

What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in tech?

Know your stuff and have a voice at the proverbial table.  

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

In our industry, my former boss Diane Greene who founded and ran VMware and later Google Cloud, for her bold and original thinking, and her ability to attract the best talent. 

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

Figuring out some new ways to grow the business, team, and myself.

Bora Chung, SVP of Product Management

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What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

I get excited to come to work every day because of my 360 surroundings. I have a team who is fired up about improving back office efficiency for our customers using cutting-edge AI and great UX. My peers are the best-in-class thought leaders in their respective functions. My manager is the founder and CEO of the business who inspires me every day by living and breathing our cultural values and company mission.

Zara Reader, Vice President of Legal 

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in tech?

Be resilient. Embrace failures and learn from them. 

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

My first manager at Lehman Brothers. She was co-head of the Equities Legal team. She brought style, finesse and grace to the trading floor and effortlessly managed complex legal issues and challenging clients.

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

Working with smart, dedicated people who care about what they're doing and can have a laugh while doing it.

Divya Subramaniam, Staff QA Engineer

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Twitter: @DivyaJan041986

What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in tech?

If the intention behind the work is for the highest good of the company, then no matter what challenge or obstacle stands in the way, the success is ours. Trust in your own instincts with patience. If the right seed is sown, the right result will follow—sooner or later. You’re the fuel of your own fire.

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

My sister in law, Sowmya Saikumaar. She’s a self-made woman who has two small children and an outstanding career, because she always trusted her own strengths.

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

I am grateful for friends from Bill.com who are an example of staying humble and fierce when it comes to any project. They motivate me every day to look forward to what comes next.

Jenna Cheng, Senior Manager, Digital Marketing

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Instagram: @jennacheng

What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in tech?

As a woman in tech with over 12 years of driving innovation in the ecosystem, my career advice is to: 

  1. Develop expertise in your industry segment, e.g. payments, lending, wealth management.
  2. Actively participate in the tech community, e.g. conferences, meetups, webinars.
  3. Connect with global female tech influencers on social media.

Jeannie Ruesch, Director of Marketing

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Twitter: @jeannieruesch | Instagram: @jeannieruesch

What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in tech?

Build your community of women. The connections I’ve made with other women in this industry have lasted as I’ve moved from role to role, company to company, and now I can reach out to any number of incredible, smart, and successful women who are also working across tech in all walks and roles.  Be yourself, be friendly, and before you know it, you’ll have yourself a network. We really do rise together.   

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

My mentors have been my bosses, my friends, my coworkers, and women in the community I am fortunate to know.  They are women entrepreneurs, women loving their craft, women in leadership roles and they’ve all taught me by example what a leader looks like (not just a woman leader) and that success is different for everyone. One mentor and boss taught me the balance of home and work when I worked out of her home, another has taught me to be confident, another has helped me figure out how to move my career forward while being true to myself. And every day my colleagues and friends teach me that our network is stronger together. There is so much to learn from the women around us, you just have to watch, listen, and take in everything you can. 

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

It’s not my commute. :)  But it is working for a company that I believe in, with a mission that makes a difference in the lives of our customers. And I get to continue being part of a community that I truly love. I love how small changes can have a big impact and how every day, we find new ways to make things easier, better, brighter… pick your favorite adjective. Tech is never where I thought I’d end up, but it’s become a place I love to be.

Savannah DeVarney, Software Engineer II 

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Twitter: @SavDeVarney | Instagram: @savdevarney

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

I've always looked up to women (and men) who have found strength in, and lead with, more typically feminine qualities: softness, kindness, empathy, patience and compassion. Leaders who do more listening than talking and who build trust by being vulnerable have always inspired me the most. I've been lucky to have many female mentors in my life that have taught me how power and success are not synonymous with masculinity. They've shown me that I can be both powerful and a great leader just as I am: not in spite of my femininity but because of it. I've also been thrilled to see more leaders like this on prominent stages—New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern absolutely embodies this. I'm grateful that our world is finally ready to choose individuals like her as our leaders and role models.

Lindsay Wheeler, Strategic Accounts Manager

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Twitter@Linds_Wheeler | Instagram@lindswheeler 

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?   

Throughout my career I have had many mentors, both male and female. Lately, I have been blessed to have strong successful women leaders that prioritized family, while growing in their careers. It allowed me to understand that as a Salesperson I had the flexibility to accomplish both my goals of being successful in the office and at home. As cliche as it sounds, I realized that working smarter, not harder allowed me to plan, schedule, and organize my time in a way that made me available to my clients as well as my family. Bill.com affords me the opportunity to show my children that I can have both a successful career and still be a present Mama. 

Manasa Murthy, Vice President of Engineering

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech?

First, focus on efforts that are high impact and secondly silence your inner critic!

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

These days I am highly motivated by Melinda Gates for her ability to take a vast problem space and make tremendous progress.

What gets you excited to come to work every day?

After I joined Bill.com, I realize my work day is filled with more smiles than before. We spend a lot of time at work, nothing is better than getting to an environment that is filled with laughter!

Natalie Berestovsky, Director of Data Science

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Twitter@nbersky | Instagram@nbersky

What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech?

You made it to where you are because you know your stuff – don’t be afraid to embrace the unknown and keep learning every step of the way.

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

I proactively seek participation in women’s tech meetups around town. It’s amazing how many great women you can meet, great conversations you can have and invaluable network you will inevitably build.

What gets you excited to come to work every day?

I am grateful to be a part of the amazing team at Bill.com that works tirelessly to implement AI vision for our product. I love seeing how our current models turn into cool features for our end users and excited to see how our new ideas will enhance our customers' experience!

Aruna Srikumaran, Director of Engineering

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech?

Believe in yourself. Be confident and assertive. Don’t fear failure.

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

I started my career in the US in a women-led technology organization. The CEO and CMO exemplified how women leaders can play a key role in the growth of a company and continue to serve as inspiring role models to me. I am also fortunate to be surrounded by many women leaders in Bill.com who inspire me in different ways

What gets you excited to come to work every day?

What excites me to come to work everyday is the empowered work environment and the amazing group of people that I work with. My colleagues are motivated, dedicated, passionate  and fun-loving people who are excited to take on challenges. We have a great culture that encourages and provides opportunities for women in technology and leadership. 

Weili Wang, Senior Staff Engineer

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech? 

Believe in yourself and work harder than men :)

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor? 

I observe all the people, men or women, learn good things from them and try to avoid any mistakes they made.

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

The passion for my work.

Venus So, Senior Director of Engineering, Payments and Risk

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech?

The first time I applied for a managerial position in a large company, I had successful projects but only 5 years of work experience when other applicants had 15+ years. I felt unqualified to apply but was encouraged by friends to 'aim high'. I didn't get the job, but by applying, I sent a signal that I was ready for more. My director took notice and when another managerial position opened up, I was promoted and started my leadership journey. Overcoming self-defeating thoughts and taking that first step is the reason why I'm in a fulfilling role today. So what's the take-away:

  1. Kick self-limiting thoughts to the curb. Many women feel confident only when they are perfect. Learn to understand and embrace your own success.
  2. Negotiate for yourself. Women are less likely than men to request a promotion. Don't expect a change if you don't make one yourself. 
  3. Surround yourself with a positive support network. 'No woman is an island'

Lisa Chang, Engineering Director, Platform

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech? 

Be fearless! Keep things fun as a tiny effort can go a long way.

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor? 

My teammate, Nicola while working on Wall Street. She was dedicated, had nerves of steel and was very personable at the same time. 

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

I have the opportunity to solve complex and challenging problems with my awesome team ( >50% women engineers). I love how we all work hard because we want to.

Netsai Massetti, Director, Governance, Regulatory & Compliance

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech?

Develop your skill set, learn something new every day, be purposeful about your goals and grow from your mistakes.

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

My mother, who immigrated to the US with my father and balanced earning 3 degrees, raising 6 children and building a successful career.  She was a lifetime learner and took every opportunity to take a class or research a new interest. Additionally, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a company where both the 1st woman to woman CEO transition occurred and the 1st black woman CEO of a fortune 500 was named. Being a witness to the transition and the support and collaboration between these 2 successful women leaders was truly inspirational. 

What gets you excited to come to work every day?

Being part of an ambitious and hard-working team.  And working with smart people who really care about the work that they do for the company and it's customers.

Hardeep Kaur, Staff Engineer

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What is your advice to women trying to grow their career in fintech?

I believe "persistence is the key to success". Be persistent in learning new things everyday. The more you know, the more confident you will become. Also, take help when needed. It's not a bad thing to learn from other people's experiences.

Who were the women you looked up to as a career mentor?

Lisa Chang, Engineering Director at Bill.com, is my career mentor. She provides me with valuable feedback and guidance to grow professionally and personally. 

What gets you excited to come to work every day?

Challenging work. It always gets me excited when I get something new to do. It can be hard at times but keeps you motivated to move forward.

Viennelyn Copero, Senior Marketing Manager, Social Media

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Twitter@viennelyn | Instagram@viennelyn

What gets you excited to come to work every day? 

I’ve had the opportunity to work at some of the best enterprise companies in the world. However, I couldn’t be any happier here at Bill.com because I love what I do and I love working with my colleagues. The one thing that truly sets Bill.com apart from other companies in Silicon Valley is the culture. I’m incredibly grateful to work alongside intelligent and fun colleagues who are supportive, challenge me to become a better marketer, and want to see me succeed. 

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March 1, 2020
Viennelyn Copero
Senior Marketing Manager, Social Media, Bill.com
Viennelyn leads our social media marketing strategy and blog initiatives at Bill.com. She’s an experienced B2B marketer with a passion for all things social. She enjoys travel, adventure, and yoga.