Meredith Zolnowski – Google
Go Girl Topic: Innovation, culture & collaboration @ Google (Co-presenting with Scott Thomson)
Meredith is the head of data partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region for Google. She has spent the past 8 years working across the United States and Australia in various digital roles. She advises some of Google’s largest advertisers and publisher partners in transforming their data-driven marketing practices. She has previously run commercialisation & strategy for the DoubleClick AdExchange across Asia-Pacific and supported Google’s large customer sales teams as a product specialist on the Google Display Network.
Meredith is a Fulbright scholar, coaches on presentation skills, and enjoys flexible, fast-paced roles with the opportunity to build new teams and technology. Recently, Meredith participated in a weeklong Google volunteer program in Bhutan, coaching in presentation skills at a local high school and providing business strategy consulting for an IT services company. When not behind a computer screen, Meredith is an avid traveler, yoga enthusiast and enjoys running.
What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
Constant learning, knowing my job will be completely different and/or not exist in a few years
As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
No, I went from wanting to be an astronaut to the president of the United States, biologist to then an Italian university professor. Needless to say, not a career I planned for.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?
Personally: A 100 mile, 7-day trek in Scotland called the West Highland Way. Professionally: A Google volunteer program in Bhutan, where I doubled as both a teacher in a high school and a business consultant for an IT services company
Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
Diversity brings differing perspectives and ways of interacting & communicating styles. The latter is vital so those different perspectives & opinions are expressed and heard.
What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
A few things. There’s no limit to what you can learn, do and experience. Followed by every time you think you can’t do something, remember you’re the only person who says so.