In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, RapidAPI interviewed four of our team members to learn about their experiences. We will be sharing their answers throughout the month!
This is our first interview with Brittany Perez, RapidAPI’s Director of Account Management.
1. What do you do at RapidAPI?
I lead one of our postsale teams under Customer Success, Account Management. We work with large enterprise companies as they integrate Enterprise Hub into their API strategy. Traditionally, account managers have two primary objectives: to retain customer business and grow those opportunities, but at RapidAPI, my team supports the customer post-implementation, which means that we’ll build relationships with our customers over multiple years. We’re responsible for for helping our customers drive adoption and change management across a complex enterprise ecosystem.
2. Why do you think International Women’s Day / Women’s History Month are important?
It’s no secret that gender parity persists in all aspects of life. This time of year is an important reminder that we need to work together to accelerate gender equality, though I hope for future generations, it won’t be necessary. This time is defined by the idea that united action contributes to social, political, and cultural change. Though WHM is celebratory in nature in present day, we must remember that it is rooted in progressive action by our female ancestors. We need to celebrate and honor how we got here, and use that memory to keep pushing forward.
3. What is an accomplishment you are proud of?
I tried to narrow this down to one specific moment, but each one that came to mind had a theme: persevering every time someone told me “no” (which, spoiler alert, has been a lot). My life has been littered with people telling me that I can’t do something, and after years of persistence, I don’t let other people make those determinations for me anymore.
I have many examples to share, both professionally and personally, but one of my most definitive memories is at 14-years-old. After years of playing travel softball on the “B” team, I decided that I wasn’t accepting that any longer. I spent all of the time that I wasn’t at tournaments practicing with myself against a brick wall at the local elementary school. After months of conditioning, I entered high school tryouts. When I got the attention of the varsity coach, I knew that I could do anything that I set my mind to. Four years later, I was varsity captain and MVP of that team the year that we went to state. I hope to tell my kids that story one day!
4. What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
Stay the course – these difficult mistakes, moments and learnings will shape you and make you the best version of yourself in the future.