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Skillz VP of Engineering Miriam Aguirre Speaks at Hopper x 1 Seattle

Skillz VP of Engineering speaks on panel about defining path to success

On stage, from left to right: Katie Stone Perez of Xbox, Poulomi Damany of Credit Karma, Miriam Aguirre of Skillz, and Belinda Runkle of New Relic

Last week, our VP of Engineering, Miriam Aguirre, was back on the road to continue advocating for marginalized groups in gaming and tech. Fresh off at her panels at Tech Inclusion and The Alumni Society’s Leadership Summit, Miriam headed north to the Microsoft Conference Center in Washington to speak at “Hopper x 1 Seattle,” an annual conference held by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

An immersive event that brings female technologists of all levels together, Hopper x 1 aims to provide women with networking opportunities, career advancement resources, and productive discussions on how to best promote diversity and inclusion in the tech world.

Miriam took the stage alongside fellow female leaders from Xbox, Credit Karma and New Relic for a panel entitled “Breaking Down Barriers and Defining Your Path to Success.” During this session, these successful women shared their personal experiences in defying stereotypes throughout their careers by becoming leaders in traditionally male-dominated industries.

Skillz VP of Engineering speaks on panel about defining path to success

Miriam enjoying the event with Poulomi Damany, VP of Product Management & Data at Credit Karma

“I loved that the event was useful and beneficial for women at all stages in their careers, from entry-level engineers to senior executives,” recalls Miriam. “Everyone was really approachable, and happy to provide guidance and camaraderie.”

Hopper x 1 is the fourth conference at which Miriam has spoken in the past four months, and she’s still exploring additional opportunities to help open doors for underrepresented groups in tech and gaming.

To learn more about Miriam and her efforts, check out her Skillz Employee Spotlight blog post!