Connector Spotlight: Tina Goyal
March 24, 2020
Q: Tell us a bit about the projects you’re working on.
I’m really excited to be working on Diversity and Inclusion at Connected as the Chair of the newly formed D&I committee. This new responsibility dovetails perfectly with my existing mandate of increasing gender diversity in Engineering by working on our recruiting/hiring processes.
I’m also passionate about leadership, coaching, work culture, and growing other people in the company.
Q. What’s the most interesting challenge about the project?
In the competitive landscape of tech talent, scaling and growing at a pace and quality required while increasing diversity is a huge challenge, but it’s one everyone at Connected and in the wider community should prioritize.
Q. Where did you work prior to Connected?
I worked at a startup called Terapeak where we built a SaaS analytics product for e-commerce sellers. We were later acquired by eBay and I worked there as part of the Terapeak team before I joined Connected.
Q. What achievement are you most proud of in your career to date?
Building great teams that build great products.
I’m an Engineer by education and profession, but a coach by heart. In the coaching mindset, I see opportunities instead of problems and people’s strengths instead of weaknesses. I love bringing this mindset with me everyday when I hire, lead, and mentor people and teams.
Q: Do you have a mantra you live by?
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”Maya Angelou
Q: What do you love to do outside of work?
Other than playing with my kids, I love to do yoga, workout, and read.
Q: On that note, what was the last book you read worth recommending?
The last book I read that I highly recommend is Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute.
Although, I’m currently reading Dare to Lead by Brene Brown, so I’ll have to keep you posted.
Q: Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, learner, compassionate.
Q: And finally, what’s your favourite product and why?
My current favourite product is Rotimatic—my robot roti maker. I get to feed my kids rotis made fresh and healthy, just like my mom did for me when I was growing up.
Fri Jun 2
Thoughtworker Spotlight: Priscila Araújo
Priscila Araújo has worn many hats across multiple countries, and we’re lucky to have her at Thoughtworks Canada. With over 10 years of experience from Brazil to Canada, she has engineering, delivery and product experience, just to name a few. Currently, as a Lead Product Manager, she works collaboratively with Thoughtworkers to build great software, driving impact by helping clients scale and grow. Priscila also shares her thought leadership by speaking at conferences and providing mentorship at Thoughtworks. As a strong believer in taking risks and trusting the process, find out in her Thoughtworker Spotlight how visiting Toronto on a scholarship and doing a Thoughtworks internship ten years ago influenced her trajectory from software engineering into the realm of product. When she’s not helping clients scale and grow or sharing tasty Brazilian treats with the office (the bolo de rolo she brought back from her recent Brazil trip was devoured in minutes), you can find her playing basketball, taking her dog out to play in the sun, biking by the lake and doing stand up paddleboarding in Toronto. If the weather calls for the indoors, she is a passionate plant parent and a coffee aficionado. With all of these interests, can you guess what her favourite product is? Hint: It definitely works as a great pair with any of these hobbies! Find out more in this week’s Thoughtworker Spotlight.
Fri May 26
Thoughtworker Spotlight: Jagbir Lehl Singh
Some may know him as Canada’s Head of Delivery, but Jagbir Lehl Singh is also a writer (check out some of his articles!), a foodie and a runner. His team would add aspiring rapper to the many hats he wears – you’ll have to join the team to see why! As a builder of high performance teams, he is laser-focused on driving his teams to deliver impact to clients by achieving their business goals. When it comes to scaling agility in organizations and creating structures where teams thrive, Jagbir uses his 18+ years of experience to support the growth of Thoughtworkers, developing them into leaders through his mentorship. If he’s not exploring Toronto’s latest gems for unique cuisine and beverages, you can find him outdoors, taking long weekend walks with his family. As a continuous learner who enjoys staying on his toes, can you guess what his favourite product is? Hint: It has been a constant companion of his for the last five years.