Congratulations to the winner of our Connection Award, Irana Wasti.
We'll be honoring Irana at our Make Your Mark Awards, Nov. 1, at the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame. Please join us!
As Senior Vice President and General Manager for GoDaddy’s Productivity business, Irana leads teams that provide small businesses with tools and services that help them improve communication and run their businesses.
Irana founded GoDaddy Women in Technology, a networking group with a mission to foster professional growth among women at GoDaddy as well as attract more diversity to the technology industry.
Before joining GoDaddy, Irana led product teams at Intuit, where she oversaw the launch of Quickbooks POS and mobile payments, enabling more than 100,000 merchants to “go mobile.” She began her career at IBM, where she served in engineering and product leadership roles focused on technology solutions for enterprise customers worldwide.
Most Valuable Lesson Learned
"Speak up, ask questions and state your point of view! Throughout my career, I’ve found myself filtering ideas and holding back from speaking up unless I was 200% confident and correct. What I’ve learned is that if you don’t speak up, no one will know what you’re thinking, planning or hypothesizing. I’ve found that more often than not I am a subject-matter expert in the room, and bringing my ideas to the table, even if I’m 75% confident in them, opens up the discussion and is infinitely better than not speaking up at all. Speaking up requires confidence and stepping out of your comfort zone, and it also introduces diverse opinions and ultimately expands opportunities."
Her Personal Heroes
"My parents. They’ve consistently set an example of how to pursue both professional and personal aspirations without making unnecessary trade-offs. They immigrated to the USA, earned PhDs in science and achieved their career goals while raising two daughters. Learning from their example helped me establish my guiding principles of what I want to accomplish in all facets in life."
Well done, and congratulations, Irana!