Meet Jennifer Galvin: Cloud Expert of the Month –June 2021
Cloud Girls is honored to have amazingly accomplished, professional women in tech as our members. We take every opportunity to showcase their expertise and accomplishments – promotions, speaking engagements, publications and more. Now, we are excited to shine a spotlight on one of our members each month.
Jennifer Galvin, Lead Solution Architect for Low-Code Applications, has returned to her Application Development and Security roots by joining Outsystems, a leading platform for low-code development. Jennifer joined Outsytems from Okta, where she was a CIAM Specialist for Partner Enablement for and 5 year veteran of Okta and a proud member of the CloudGirls. Before joining Okta Jennifer led a team of administrators with her deep expertise in datacenter management, and continued that transformation by joining visionary startups such as Ostrato, VMware, Cassatt and Opsware. Jennifer was a vital contributor to many successful cloud transformations and services, including those for Bank of America, DISA, Verizon Compute-As-A-Service and SHI’s Managed Private Cloud. She serves as an expert in the field of Presales Strategy, DevOps and Application Deployment and holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer Galvin is local to Washington, DC.
When did you join Cloud Girls and why?
I have been a member of CloudGirls since 2015, and I joined because I was both impressed by the experience and competence level of its leading members and warmly embraced and challenged by the girls who belong. Finding your place in technology is still not an easy thing for women, but I feel at home and welcome.
What do you value about being a Cloud Girl?
I share the same values of leadership, of giving back, of welcoming new women who are challenged to work in a field that is filled with firsts.
What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken?
Taking 6 months off during a pandemic seemed pretty crazy at the time, but it actually gave me space to re-examine what I liked to do and figure out how to keep doing it.
What impresses you the most when you are considering hiring someone?
Experience is key, but I look for the raw talent under all of their accomplishments to date. Working in technology means you are an explorer at heart, since everything you do has never been done before, and what you are looking for is the moxie to take on new challenges, and the talent to accomplish what needs to be done.
What one piece of advice would you share with young women to encourage them to take a seat at the table?
The best table to sit at is one that you’ve built yourself. Find the people who want to help you build it, and who will become part of *your* team if they take a seat.