Meet Dasani Madipalli, Program Manager at Microsoft
I’m Dasani Madipalli (she/her). I’m currently a Program Manager at Microsoft and I’ve previously interned at Google and Khan Academy as a software engineer. I’m also a career coach, artist, blogger and as professional of a day dreamer as someone can be. But if I had to sum it all up in one word I’m a **creative problem solver**! I love building, creating and learning.
At any given time you’ll find me scheming with ideas, bouncing about, trying and learning new things and doodling along the way. I also have the sweetest little doggo Ziggy who just brings so much joy into my world and hopefully yours too!
You are a community builder, career coach, have a full-time job and pursue a bunch of passions — how do you do it all?
When it comes to things I spent time that aren’t mandatory in my life (everything apart from work) my mantra is “it has to be fun”. Essentially, I need to be getting more energy from it than I’m putting in. The most time consuming part is actually starting something new — setting up the frameworks and tech in place. After that it isn’t too challenging to do the rest. Something else I’d like to call out is I don’t do everything all the time. Sometimes I don’t blog or do anything on social media for months, sometimes I don’t take coaching calls. It’s all about keeping balance and more importantly making sure it doesn’t feel like a chore.
Talk to us about Dasani Decoded — how did you get started on this initiative?
I used to mentor a lot of my friends in college and help them break into the tech industry. In my senior year, I came to a point where I was getting so many of the same questions, so I decided to start blogging and creating content to share what I had learnt. That eventually resulted in more people asking me for personalized coaching sessions, and I pretty much organically decided to build a coaching program based off of that!
What advice would you have for a young girls and women who wants to pursue a career in STEM?
- Build your community, the internet makes it easy to find women in stem groups and mentors.
- Unapologetically claim space. One of the hardest things for me to accept is that if I didn’t claim space in this field no one would give it to me. I really had to unlearn my tendency to look for permission — whether it’s asking questions in class, or sharing your ideas at work -you belong in this space and no one needs to give you permission to speak up.
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