Ep. 7: Heidi Williams, Former VP of Platform Engineering at Box

Heidi spent 17 years at Adobe working her way up from Engineer to Engineering Manager.  In addition, she led product management and strategic engagements where she worked with NBC Sports and Adobe Primetime delivering an Emmy-nominated mobile video experience for the 2012 Olympics.

Heidi was also the VP of Platform Engineering at Box. Last year, Heidi left Box and launched WEST, a mentorship program for mid-career women in tech.

In this episode we cover:

  • How Heidi went from being an Engineering IC to a Manager

  • How to advocate for a promotion & structure your own 360 process

  • Being an authentic leader

  • Setting yourself up for success before going out on maternity leave


What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Ask for what you want

Can you share what has been one of your secrets for success? 

Ruthlessly prioritize - focus on the critical few.  

Finding time for yourself to renew is very important - you can't stay in a high / positive energy mode indefinitely.  You need to renew (exercise, sleep, time with friends) in order to be a great co-worker, wife, and mom.