Meet a Real Woman in Tech: Rashmi Rao

Rashmi Rao

Rashmi Rao has over 15 years of experience in tech. As Sr. Director, Advanced Engineering, CoC User Experience at HARMAN, she drives breakthrough technologies. Get to know Rashmi’s story and share your own with our #NewFaceofTech Challenge!

Why do you love working in tech?

I have always been interested in solving problems for things and for people. Becoming an engineer was a natural way to come up with elegant solutions to complex problems. I feel fortunate to have found a way to follow my passion for problem solving and impacting people’s lives positively through technology.

Why are young women the new face of tech?

Young women today are standing on shoulders of giants — decades of women who came before them have paved the way for them to be able to confidently and openly pursue their dreams to study, work, and influence technology and science fields. We still have a long way to go to make it easier for young women to enter and more importantly stay in STEM fields. The young women of today owe it to the future generations to keep pushing those boundaries and keep seizing those opportunities as they blaze new paths and pay it forward.

Why is tech such an amazing career field for a young woman right now?

The tech industry is growing exponentially, faster than we can fill jobs for! For qualified young women, there’s no dearth of opportunities to pursue. We have become a technology dependent society. Because it’s such an important area that affects all of us, we should have people working in it representing all of us — young women have a great opening to directly impact the future of our society by designing systems and inventing technologies that work for all of us. Finally, tech jobs consistently top the lists of the fastest-growing, highest-paying and most in-demand jobs available today. It’s an opportunity for young women to develop financial independence while working on things they love and things that impact the world as a whole.

What advice do you have for young women interested in pursuing tech?

It’s never a bad day to have a good idea. Own your thoughts and believe in the value that you bring to the organization and the team. Be persistent and be bold. Be ready to work extra hard, be ready to go that extra mile. Accept that your priorities and interests change over the span of your career, and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions and make those disruptive choices. If nothing else, they make for an interesting life story!