Sumati Pandya - Senior Partner Manager, Sales

Today we celebrate the influence of a world-renowned mathematician who is credited with being the world’s first computer programmer. Working with another early computer pioneer, Ada Lovelace created the first known algorithm and, as a result, made a significant contribution to the world of technology. ARM is a proud sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day and as part of the celebration, we're featuring a few of the many women that help drive the engineering community at ARM.

Q: What’s your full name?

Sumati Pandya

Q: What’s your job title?

Senior Partner Manager

Q: What have you been up to today?

Closing quarter-end deals & creating new deals for 2017.

Q: How and when did you first get interested in a career in technology? Have you always worked in tech?

I became interested in technology when I saw my father immersed in the tech industry. I've worked in tech since finishing my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

Q: What were your favourite subjects at school and why?

Math (because it's universal) and Physics (because it is fascinating).

Q: Who was your favourite teacher and why?

My High School Chemistry teacher, Mr. Sokul. He was tough but cared about being a great educator and helping students learn.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy staying current with technology, seeing how it is shaping the world, and having a direct hand in moving impact of moving things forward.

Q: ARM sponsors HackLab, who follows what they call the 'Hacker Code'. Which one is the most important to you and why?

"Stretch Your Brain" - If something seems difficult, have a go at it before you admit defeat. When you stretch yourself, you realize you are capable of not just what you were afraid of but even more than that. It helps you grow and contribute more. Both of these things are very satisfying and motivating.

Q: Women face many challenges in the technology industry but also bring many strengths. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in tech?

Putting aside the many challenges for a bit, the best part of being a woman in technology is that because we are still a minority in this field, we stand out in the sea of men. We should use that to our benefit and ensure we take the opportunity to highlight our accomplishments.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?

It is imperative that young women seek experienced mentors EARLY in their career. It is also experienced women should participate in leadership courses and seek our respected sponsors within their organizations.

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