Meet Yoana Boyanova, a Senior Member of Technical Staff at VMware Bulgaria, VMware’s largest R&D office in Bulgaria.
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With almost six years of experience as a Front-End Developer, Yoana is currently moving into a managerial role. Prior to joining VMware, Yoana worked in EPMA Systems. She completed her bachelor’s degree from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and her master’s degree from the New Bulgarian University. Yoana is also a part of a non-profit group named ‘Women who code”, which focuses completely on supporting women in technology.
Currently, Yoana works on a leading Cloud-Service Delivery Platform which is part of VMware’s Multi-Cloud Program. The organization has a variety of clients who are mainly service providers, and its product is critical to their business. For Yoana’s team, clients’ needs are always with high priority.
The Journey towards Leadership
While at school, Yoana was very good at maths, and the most perspective career then was to be a software developer. That’s how she moved to Sofia from her hometown to study Information technologies. It was hard at first and Yoana studied a lot, but only a year and a half later she got my first job as a junior UI developer. Meanwhile, she was studying Project Management at the university and soon realized that management is what she wanted to do. Later Yoana started working for VMware, joined Women Who Code, spoke at several conferences, and she served as a mentor in an academy and mentor to a girl intern. Yoana was performing well as a technical team lead for a small team, which helped her to get recognized, and now she is moving to a manager position. She hopes this will eventually help her try something new, which can help her gain a lot of experience.
Yoana feels the need to align her team goals to the company’s objective and, key results. She says, “We live in a very dynamic time, and I need to be very agile and at the same time to step in very fast in my new role.”
Creating a Balanced Industry
Yoana suggests that it is important to show that everything is possible and the only thing matters are who you are as a person and what are your skills. She believes, companies can make more events for diversity inclusion, take part in various initiatives, organize internal programs, and more.
She strongly believes, VMware can win the Multi-Cloud world as the company has the right portfolio and right people to do that. She is quite excited that she is a part of a one really big initiative which can bring a lot of changes to the world right now and she can do a lot with her work to support it.
Suggestions for Upcoming Entrepreneurs
When we asked Yoana to give some advice to upcoming leaders/entrepreneurs, which will help them, she says, “Don’t be afraid that you can fail and that it seems it’s a “men’s world”. We live in a modern world and anyone can achieve anything.” She also adds, “If you need some inspiration or source of strength, you can contact an already successful woman which can help you to grow. And yes, there are a lot of successful great women out there!”
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