This is a post about gratitude…
… and doing hard stuff.
Last week I left my position as Software Engineer at Emma, Inc.
I joined Emma at the beginning of 2016 as a member of their support team. Now, if you know me as a developer, you might wonder: does she mean dev support? Nope. Support — answering the phone and pulling emails out of the queue.
When I interviewed with Emma’s visionary VP of Engineering, I asked to start in Support. He shared how he’d been on the front line in a past life, and how it was a meaningful part of his journey. We connected, because we both care about creating opportunities to feel connected, learn something useful, and provide value.
I also shared how, after six months, I’d want to move to engineering. My goal would be to take what I learned–the extensive product knowledge paired with a crystal clear sense of user experience–and use it to enhance and drive my work as a developer. Having developed close relationships with colleagues across sales, services, and operations, I’d work transparently to strengthen our connection and sense of shared destiny.
I am endlessly thankful that that’s exactly what I got to do.
Good people made my journey possible, and to them I offer thanks:
- Jason, VP of Engineering, who creates and guards Emma’s inimitable engineering culture
- Clint, CEO, who I could listen to all day
- Sarah M., who believed in me as a self-taught “woman in tech”
- Kyle, my fearless and peerless Director of Support
- Scott, the Yoda of Client Experience
- Jean, my compassionate first engineering manager
- Seth, my model of servant leadership
- Jason Myers, for welcoming me as a first-time conference speaker at PyTennessee 2015, and for introducing me to the good and special people of Emmarica
I was lucky to get to work on an astonishingly high-performing and close-knit engineering team. We solved interesting problems, delivered real value, and liked each other enough that we played D&D/went on hikes/shared meals after work. Thank you Sarah S., Jackson, Parker, Megan, Kris, Lance, Evan, Adam, Josh C., Josh M., Scot, and Courey. And to all others — thank you. You made a difference.
This was a post about gratitude, and about doing hard stuff — because as much as anything, I want my life to be defined by both.
And on that note… very exciting news about what’s next, coming tomorrow!