Disruptive Hiring Strategies Unlock New Levels Of Technical Team Performance

Published March 10, 2023

Workplace Revolution discussion will educate attendees on alternative education pathways, how to reskill existing teams and create more flexibility and autonomy in team cultures

Austin, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - March 10, 2023) - At SXSW 2023, leaders from a software giant, IBM, and a trailblazing mobility startup, Dealerware, will share the unique experiences that shaped their careers as women leading technical teams, and how that's influenced the approaches to talent management. A cutthroat labor market and uncertainty in the economy have made finding, nurturing and keeping technical employees a bigger factor than ever in overall business success.

Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: JW Marriott Salon 2-4

  • Denise Iglesias, Executive Vice President of Engineering for Dealerware
  • Mirella Batista, Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM

"Our teams count on us to look to the future and proactively adapt to change. We want to give SXSW attendees better ways to find talent outside traditional pipelines, then nurture team members to build new skill sets and advance in their careers to become tomorrow's leaders," said Denise Iglesias, EVP of Engineering at Dealerware.

"Diversity of thought creates better software outcomes, but creating diverse teams is still a challenge for a lot of leaders who only have experience with one model - a school-to-work pipeline - for finding talent. We want to show hiring managers other models that work so that their hiring search includes talented, driven individuals with non-traditional educations and experiences," said Mirella Batista, Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM.

In addition to new strategies for finding talent, attendees will learn multiple strategies for developing new skills in their existing teams, a topic Batista has written about on her blog and spoken about at events like Women Who Code Austin's diversity hackathon.

Iglesias will also share how, since joining Dealerware in 2021, she has helped the team adapt to the changing realities of work to maintain flexibility, autonomy and transparency. Those efforts earned Dealerware a Best Place to Work award from Built In Austin in 2022, and helped Iglesias grow her team more than 70% over the last three years.

A Q&A session will follow Iglesias and Batista's talk. Members of the press in attendance are encouraged to visit the speakers at the conclusion of the talk or may reach out to Dealerware's media contact to arrange interviews.

About Dealerware
Dealerware transforms the automotive retailers of today into the mobility networks of tomorrow. The Dealerware connected car platform elevates the service experience for dealerships, dealer groups and OEMs. By automating cost recovery, improving efficiencies, and elevating the customer experience, Dealerware allows automotive retailers to lower the cost and complexity associated with the management of courtesy vehicles, retail rental, and subscription programs. Launched in 2016, Dealerware today manages over 50,000 vehicles across 3,000 automotive dealerships in North America, including the top 10 public dealer groups, across 28 OEM brands. For more information, please visit www.dealerware.com.

About Denise Iglesias
Denise Iglesias is a strategic engineering leader with a proven track record of delivering high growth hardware and software architectures and products. Iglesias has worked in tech for over 20 years, starting at National Instruments. She later led product development at Icontrol Networks, helping the company to its eventual acquisition by Comcast, where Iglesias spent another 4 years in development and software engineering leadership roles. Now at Dealerware, Iglesias is focused on building and leading a diverse team to solving new challenges in the automotive industry. Iglesias is also passionate about diversity and inclusion. She founded Comcast's TechWomenATX, is an active supporter of organizations like GirlStart, and helps others develop their own leadership skills with Ceresa.

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Denise Iglesias - Executive Vice President Engineering - Dealerware

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About Mirella Batista
Mirella is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in CIO Software & Developer Experience at IBM, leading Mobile Applications DevSecOps. She is an innovative software engineer with over 20 years hands-on experience with multiple web and mobile technologies. As an engineering manager, she has led teams, large and small, with a shift-left mentality, to deliver value incrementally and continuously, while successfully achieving business objectives.

In addition to approaching work with a customer-centric mindset, Mirella is a firm believer that diversity of thought and creating the space for innovation lead to better and more successful products. She subscribes to the mindset that to have a successful career in tech, one must possess growth mentality and be willing to embrace learning and change.

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Mirella Batista - Senior Technical Staff Member - IBM

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Media Contact
Matthew Isaacs,
Senior Brand Communications Manager, Dealerware

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