Ashley Tuccero on Success, Regrets, and Being a Woman in Computer Science

by Adeleke McMillan, Co-Founder


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Hello all! This week’s Spotlight of the Week is Ashley Tuccero! Get to know her by reading the Q&A below and if you like what you read, stay tuned to hear more from her in the coming weeks!

So, tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Ashley Tuccero, and I am a Product Manager at Vimeo. I studied Computer Science at Brown University. Because Brown has no common core requirements, I also studied a bunch of other stuff: religious studies, medieval witchcraft, comic books, folklore.

What's the coolest/craziest thing you've ever done?

[Moved] to New York! I had only been to Brooklyn once before I accepted a job offer and signed a lease on an apartment there. I had no idea what to expect, and growing up, everyone told me New York was this big, scary city. But I’ve survived four years here!

Is being a Product Manager at Vimeo where you thought you would end up?

Yes and no. I knew I wanted to end up in product management. I never thought I would end up in New York, or working for a smaller company.

Looking back on your career thus far, do you have any regrets?

Oh, tons of them! For one thing, I love product management, but I think I shied away from software engineering because I wasn’t confident in my programming skills. In retrospect, that was probably due to Imposter Syndrome: a condition that many people, particularly women and minorities, suffer from where we feel as though we are not good enough and assume that any external validation we receive is a mistake. But also, being a straight-A student in high school, I put a lot of pressure on myself after I graduated. I wasn’t comfortable with rejection, which happens a lot in life, whether you are applying to college or to jobs or dating! It was hard to learn that everyone, even and especially successful professionals, gets rejected sometimes.

Lastly, as a woman in computer science, would you say being a woman has affected your career? How so?

As a woman in a male-dominated field, you need to work twice as hard to be considered half as good. By default, a lot of the people you work with will assume you’re wrong, even when you’re right (and often, even when they don’t know what they’re talking about and you’re an expert in the field). I won’t lie: there are a lot of challenges to being a professional woman, and you do need to find a way to cope with them.

Did you like what you read? Well stay tuned for the next article in Ashley's series. Coming soon...Ashley gives advice to girls (yes, you) and talks more about her career at Vimeo!