Women at Dev: Mahnaz Mazak

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re featuring some amazing women who work here at Dev Technology. They were each asked a few questions and provided answers in their own words. Today we’re featuring Mahnaz Mazak, a Project Manager.

How did you get into Technical Project Management?

Technology has always been intertwined in my education and career path. My first experience with technology was right out of high school, where I got to set up the profit-sharing initiative for a textile factory on IBM System 3 using RPGII programming language. A couple of years later, while studying commercial design at the University of Tulsa, I took several computer programing language courses, including DOS and BASIC.

After college, my career path began with working on Genigraphics computer graphics systems. I designed visual communication materials, which subsequently led me to litigation support and producing effective exhibits for jury trials at the U.S. Department of Justice and Washington, D.C. law firms. Later, I served in an executive staff role for the CTO at MCI Telecommunications. At MCI, I assisted with developing the organization’s intranet site using HTML and learned about numerous telecom/network/internet products to handle the CTO’s customer briefings and organizational reporting.

While at MCI, I obtained my MBA in Technology Management with a focus on globalization. The Project Management courses taken as a part of my MBA classwork intrigued me to continue training to obtain Project Management Certification (PMP). My exposure to technology at MCI (later Verizon Business) for 11 years, managing a project at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for First Responder Capability/Life Saving program, and supporting data migration and launch of services in a new technology platform at Bloomberg BNA, lead into my current role at Dev Technology. Given my education, exposure to technology, and career path; I am not surprised to see myself ending up where I am.

How does Dev Technology support you as a woman?

Dev Technology’s culture makes me feel that I have a seat at the table, and that I am being heard. The leadership at Dev is always available for communication. I have been able to bring up with them any ideas or issues, with the confidence of knowing that they “have my back.”

What does Dev Technology’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) initiative mean to you?

The DE&I initiative at Dev Technology means that we are a place where everyone is welcomed and included. Diverse perspectives and input are valued, accepted, and embraced as contributing factors to the company’s success. As Kendall pointed out when she introduced this initiative, it takes a diverse set of voices who feel included as part of the company to make a great place to work. Dev has truly demonstrated an interest in improving this initiative by listening to everyone’s feedback and ideas.

How do you feel your work at Dev Technology makes an impact?

Dev Technology has allowed me to become the kind of people manager that I always dreamed of becoming. At Dev, I have been encouraged and received proper training to be a motivational leader to bring out the best in my team. I believe in managing the workload and not people. Workload management is achieved by team members that feel motivated, supported, and appreciated. I feel this management method is very much supported at Dev and has been successful in enabling my team to deliver working software and meeting the highest level of client satisfaction.

What inspired you to join Dev Technology?

I was introduced to Dev Technology by a subcontractor’s executive. In my first encounter, I was impressed with the “down to earth” attitude of Dev’s leadership, and in subsequent interactions, I was amazed with the organizational culture, values and practices, collaborative environment, opportunity for growth, and quick decision making in a job offer! I am so happy to have made the decision to join Dev Technology.