Weave Spotlight: Mitali Gala, Engineer at Nextdoor

Mitali Gala is a software engineer at Nextdoor and has been meeting people through Weave for several months. She’s used it to not only expand her professional network, but also gain different perspectives and insights to bring to Women at Nextdoor – a group she recently formed at the company.

“Women at Nextdoor thinks about the culture for women internally and externally – trying to right the gender gap in the engineering field,” she says. “Once I formulated that at Nextdoor, it became even more important to go on these Weave meetings.” During her meetings with people from different companies, she’s had discussions about if they’ve ever faced gender bias, how they’ve fought it, and if their company has a similar group like Women at Nextdoor.

Mitali has been able to get a lot of conversations and viewpoints going, and it helps her understand how to talk to various people within the company to try to make changes in the overall tech landscape. “I understand that there is a problem – that it’s not a 50/50 distribution. But at the same time, from where I come, it used to be so skewed that there would be 2 female students in a group of 100 people,” she says. “I feel privileged and happy that there are so many women around me in my company, and that in itself is eye opening. It was the other end of the spectrum.”

Aside from Women at Nextdoor, she’s also made the effort to stay connected with her Weave connections. She recently organized a “ReWeave” meeting – a group happy hour with other women she has met through Weave. “I wanted to hang out with everyone in a group setting where we didn’t have to talk on and on. Just meet in a relaxed setting and we can actually bond as friends and carry the mission of Weave forward.” Ten people showed up to the happy hour which was filled with plenty of great discussions and good company.

Overall, Mitali says she’s grateful to have met interesting, dynamic people through Weave and also stresses the importance of networking – especially in San Francisco. “The co-founder at Nextdoor, Prakash says every single job he’s held is through his network of friends. He’s never done cold outreach to a company. It’s very important. More than anything else.” Her advice to others is that the bigger network you have, the more you learn about things outside of your company – and that helps you grow professionally and personally.

It’s people like Mitali who continue to help our Weave community grow and thrive. She continues to meet new people, discusses and exchanges ideas, and brings these takeaways into her job at Nextdoor.

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