Seyla Azoz

Tell us your story.

As long as I can remember, I've been captivated by math, science, and technology. Once I realized their potential to impact the world in meaningful ways – from the indisputable benefits of solar energy and nanotechnology to the opportunities to cure diseases and develop systems that provide clean water – my mind was set: pursue a degree in chemical engineering and a meaningful career with wide-reaching positive impact will follow.

I came to the U.S in order to pursue an advanced degree as well as immerse myself in American culture and focus on entrepreneurship. After graduating from Yale in 2015 with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, I was sold on Keystone Strategy after my first phone interview.

I am passionate about using technology to solve problems and apply my skill set to some of Keystone’s most well-recognized clients. Case in point, on the recent Oracle-Google intellectual property trial, I analyzed and contributed to expert reports using volumes of economic and technology data. I’ve also worked with an East Coast-based Fortune 500 company analyzing data sets aimed at linking on and offline information. Additionally, I’ve worked to benchmark industry best practices for several leading consumer technology companies. Developing KPIs, analyzing online communities and recommending how best to improve client engagement levels are all in a day’s work.

What advice to you have to share with other women and young girls?

The road ahead will be hard, and any woman would feel discriminated against because they are pursuing a career in a male-dominated field. But, with hard work, you CAN do it and you CAN make it happen. In time, by following your passion and working hard, you will earn the respect of those around you.

The Women in Tech campaign exists to help redefine what women in technology means in the 21st century. Started independently by a group of professional women who, after many impassioned discussions about women in tech knew we wanted to expand this definition beyond 'traditional' technology skills. To us, it includes most every current, emerging or evolving role within an organization. By featuring leaders and emerging leaders across industries who embody this we hope to collectively 'stand up', be proud of our place in the digital world and inspire young women or those new to the 'tech space' to get involved.