Amie Tornincasa

Amie Tornincasa

Senior Technical Program Manager


Netflix

Los Gatos, CA USA


A lot of the things I consider ‘accomplishments’ aren’t my credentials or my degrees; they’re those little moments when I felt really insecure and I made it through.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Says that when she tells people she works in computer science, they assume she’s a coder working late at night and living off of Mountain Dew.
On the contrary, she works in a very social role at Netflix, managing teams of coders and acting as a liaison between them and the business managers.
When she first got out of college and was working as a coder, she felt like her bosses and her teams didn’t know where to put her.
Because she’s a stubborn person, she refused to be classified as the “dumb girl,” and always worked hard to prove herself.
Says that her stubbornness sometimes meant she’d spend three times longer on a project or studying for a test, but she was always willing to put in that extra time.
Wishes that there were more women in her field so that she didn’t feel the need to prove herself every time she starts a new job or new project.
Says she gets competitive about mental exercises; if she sees someone doing something she wants to be able to do, she makes herself learn how to do it.
She’s passionate about tech because she believes its capabilities are growing exponentially right now—we’re living in a time where it can make big changes in people’s lives.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
University of California-Santa Cruz
Career

Career

Senior Technical Program Manager

I help deliver technical solutions for business needs.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Technology
Technology
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I manage the programs and initiatives that we're building, whatever it may be. I'm responsible for developing and deploying emerging technologies (custom, third-party and hybrid software and hardware solutions) for productions in order to achieve the creation of Netflix’s “Studio in the Cloud" and truly modernizing production operations.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Be competitive about mental exercises; if you see someone doing something that interests you and might be something you would like to be able to do, learn how to do it. Find a creative outlet, either at work or not, that will fulfill you and give you a sense of accomplishment.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Find mentors and people like you with similar goals who can help guide you and support you. Show our worth and continue to prove yourself as you go forward.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You work in tech? You must code a lot and work really late nights."

There is this huge misconception about what "working in tech" looks like. Even though I do know how to code, what I do now is far removed from it. There are so many different ways to work in tech and succeed. I had to figure out where my niche was. I realized I was good at interfacing with businesses and helping explain the companies business needs to tech teams and vice versa. I wanted to prove that stereotypes about women in tech were untrue and that there are so many opportunities.

Challenges I Overcame

Lack Of Diversity
Lack Of Diversity

There are very few females in the tech field, which sometimes made navigating opportunities and being taken seriously a challenge.