Tech enthusiast, wellness advocate, red teamer, veteran, human

Washington D.C., U.S.A

“”Aut inveniam viam aut faciam” – I shall either find a way or make one

Nice to e-meet you! I’m Roxanna, and I am passionate about self-development and owning our diverse paths in life. I do not believe in sugar coating or masking the reality behind what it takes to achieve our goals. I take an unorthodox approach to big tech and take pride in highlighting the good and the not-so-great moments. We all know social media is a highlight reel, and I aim to shed light on what really happens in our journeys through tech – especially “big tech.” This doesn’t mean the journey isn’t worth it- (it absolutely is – if that is what you want) but it helps to have your resources handy for when life throws you curve balls. As someone with a non-traditional journey into tech, I know firsthand there is more than one way to achieve your goals. I share what has worked for me and those in my network. A variety of successful men and women within STEM have non-traditional journeys. I aim to share what I have learned through them and my own experiences. If neither of those work, I hope to connect you with someone in the field who can help you achieve your goals.

I currently work as a security software engineer for Microsoft and hope to grow my own career in the tech field as well as yours. I have many interests outside of tech, including weight lifting, photography, travel, health wellness, and hanging out with my loved ones. I hope you find this site useful, and please, even if you’ve heard it many times before – do not hesitate to reach out. I update any conferences or events I’m speaking at on my social media 🙂

Present & Past Experiences

Software Engineer
(2020 – 2021)
Responsible for a large diversity of technologies and challenges, including software defined networking, software load balancing, physical fiberoptic cables, software managing how to route packets across a global network as fast as possible, DNS, protection against DDoS, and many other challenging problems

Signals Intelligence Analyst
(2015 – 2020)
I spent five years working as a SIGINT analyst and TDNA analyst at the NSA. I spent my time working on military intelligence projects and fell in love with my job. “The Target Digital Network Analyst conducts advanced analysis of collection and open-source data to ensure target continuity, profile targets and their activities, and develop techniques to gain more target information. There is an understanding of the principles and methods of exploiting foreign communications and communication systems to identify, collect, analyze process and disseminate information in accordance with established requirements and priorities; analyzes DNI data for reportable intelligence information and building target profiles..” – Job description via https://clearedjobs.net