Tech Leader Journeys: Liz Miller, Capital One

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Our community has many amazing tech leaders who serve as role models to others. Liz Miller, Sr. Director of Engineering in Risk Technology at Capitol One, is one of those leaders. Learn more about her in the interview below.
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What is your role at Capital One?

I recently joined Capital One as Sr. Director of Engineering in Risk Technology, where I lead a team of engineers focused on delivering products with intuitive user experiences that help prevent risks and detect issues before they impact our business and customers.

What is so exciting about it?

I joined Capital One because it was an opportunity to help build out a new engineering office in Kendall Square, right in the heart of innovation. Being on the doorstep of MIT and other great universities in the Boston area provides us with the opportunity to work with a diverse talent pool, particularly in the areas of AI and ML.

I’ve always been interested in applying emerging technologies to solve business problems, so I was attracted to Capital One’s focus on dreaming, disrupting and delivering in a better way. Capital One also has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and I will be able to continue my work encouraging young women to seek opportunities in science and technology in my new role.

What is challenging?

The business problems we work on at Capital One are exciting, yet challenging. Because the office in Kendall Square has a startup feel and experimentation is encouraged, our engineers are able to work closely with their business partners to build new applications to bring real-time intelligence to our most important business decisions.

What makes our workplace unique is that the engineering teams also feel empowered to collaborate with designers and work with the latest technologies in machine learning and natural language processing to deliver products built on a microservices architecture and deployed to the cloud.

If you could go back and tell yourself one thing about your ladder up in tech, what would that be?

Build your network early on in your career by being active in the Boston tech community. Attend conferences, round tables and seminars such as those provided by the MassTLC and give back to the community through volunteering. That network can be incredibly helpful as you grow your career and are looking for a mentor or new position.