Q&A with Erin Molgaard, VP – Mainstreet Technology, Card Tech @ Capital One

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Firstly, please introduce yourself

My name is Erin Molgaard, I have over 20+ years of experience in the technology industry primarily spent in the financial services area. I started my career as a developer and have played many different roles over the course of my career – tech lead/team lead, project/program manager, product owner/manager, and various senior leadership roles. I currently work for Capital One based out of their Boston office and I am really enjoying the culture, technology and business problems we are trying to solve. I am married and I am obsessed with traveling to far off places and immersing myself in unique cultures.

What are you looking forward to at Women in Tech Boston?

I am most looking forward to attending a conference in person finally and being able to connect and network with other women in technology. I get my energy from interacting with people and learning from their unique points of view and experiences.

What advice would you give to a woman looking to step up their career in tech?

The biggest piece of advice I give women I work with and those I mentor is to really think about and define what your core values are and what is important to you as a person so that you can use that to help determine what industries, companies and roles are a good fit for you.

What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing women in technology?

One of the biggest challenges I see is that while we have increased gender diversity at lower levels of our workforce – we see a significant drop-off as you get to senior leadership levels and intersectionality is an even bigger concern across all levels of the workforce.

The theme of the event is Resilience, what does resilience mean to you?

Resilience means knowing who you are, what is important to you and what your core strengths and opportunities are, so that you are then able to embrace failure and disappointment head on and are able to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and learn from it. Then finally it means being able to not let any one problem, failure or disappointment define you.

Join Erin Molgaard for her session “Achieving Success Through Resiliency and Perseverance: My Career Journey” at Women in Tech Boston on October 20 – 21st. 

About Laura Richardson
Laura is part of the Content Team for the Women in Tech World Series. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces for everyone.

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