Aishwarya Yadavally has learned how to thrive in the fintech industry. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Arizona State University, along with certifications as a Certified Scrum Master® (CSM®) and Project Management Professional (PMP)®, and is a professional scrum product owner (PSPO). Her journey from architect to financial product manager has taught her valuable lessons about overcoming the challenges of being a woman in the financial sector. Navigating complex spaces and succeeding is Yadavally’s specialty, and she wants to teach others how to achieve the same results.
Yadavally started her career as an architect before being introduced to the tech world. Working in the two industries simultaneously, she learned how technology permeates every industry and can be vital to innovative new products. When she moved into the finance sector, Yadavally took that tech knowledge with her. She is now a product manager in the fintech space, working with unique new products.
As a woman in a leadership role in finance and tech, Yadavally faces a broad scope of challenges. She describes her greatest challenge as understanding her target audience and how to pitch to them directly. Digital finance products are not the easiest for the general public to understand. Finance and tech come with a whole new language that those outside the industries struggle to follow. Yadavally prides herself on having the skills to effectively communicate her products’ uses to any audience, customers, or powerful stakeholders.
Other challenges Yadavally faces in her everyday work include market volatility, ethical dilemmas, regulatory compliance, and data security. The financial sector has very strict compliance regulations that Yadavally emphasizes the importance of understanding. Complying with government regulations keeps you in business and your customers satisfied. She also emphasizes that there is no such thing as too much data security. Anyone in finance knows that you are not only keeping your data safe; you are keeping your client’s data safe as well. Yadavally takes data security and regulatory compliance seriously, ensuring she stays within her ethical boundaries. Market volatility is a common challenge faced by product managers. Customer demand can change based on world events, marketing trends, and more. Keeping an eye on market trends is key to managing products well.
In the future, Yadavally wants to take her expertise to the next level. She hopes to lead innovative projects and launch groundbreaking financial products. Yadavally aspires to make a global impact by developing innovative products and services that address financial inclusion, sustainability, and other critical societal issues. Yadavally also sees herself mentoring the next generation of digital product managers in the financial industry as part of her mission to make the world a better place. She hopes to be a guide for women who want to make a difference by taking leadership positions in finance and tech.
Yadavally’s journey is inspiring for many young women hoping to become successful digital product managers. Her innovative spirit and refusal to back down from challenges make her a wonderful mentor. Yadavally’s success has given her a platform to give back to the community, and she is excited to start improving the world through digital products.
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