Meet The Women of Hanzo

| March 31 2022

At Hanzo, we believe that women should be celebrated every day, but Women’s History Month gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate some of the fearless and powerful leaders that led movements for advancing women’s rights internationally.  

 

To close out Women’s History Month, we wanted to feature some of the women that are making a difference within our team and driving our mission forward every day. These talented women are what make #TeamHanzo a great place to work.

Sarena Regazzoni, Hanzo, Senior Director of Communications

 

Sarena Regazzoni 

Sr. Director of Communications

Portland, OR

How long have you worked at Hanzo?

Almost 4 years  (3 years 10 months)

How did you get to the role you are in today?

Short story, I love words and I love to help companies tell their stories. 

Long story, it has been a journey. Interestingly, this is my third legal technology company for which I have worked in marketing and communications. The first was Fios way back in 2000 and we were just adding the "e" in ediscovery. Back then people would print emails instead of exporting the email with the metadata. It's crazy to think now that ediscovery of email is such a mature process.

Later came Zapproved, where I was part of the team that really helped scale the company and bring ZDiscovery to market. One of the projects there that really makes me proud was the creation of the Ediscovery Hero Awards. I designed the inaugural program in 2017 and I am delighted to see how it's grown over the years and that it honors e-discovery experts and corporate legal professionals who demonstrate excellence in e-discovery. 

Today, I am delighted to be a part of Hanzo, a pioneering legal technology company that has led the way in developing solutions to help enterprises manage risk with collaboration data like Slack and to capture and preserve content from complex SaaS systems for ediscovery, investigations, enterprise information archiving, and IP protection purposes. 

Who knew that legal tech would become my domain? Especially, in this remote-work world, I really do enjoy the mission of helping companies be prepared to manage their legal risk wherever their work gets done.

Who is the most influential woman in history to you? How does she inspire you?

There are so many it is hard to pick one. The person who is coming to my mind is Harriet Tubman. I find her story of being born into slavery and having the boldness to find freedom traveling via the Underground Railroad inspiring. It is especially impressive that she not only returned to free members of her family but also 300 enslaved people in the years that followed.  If that bravery isn't enough, she also supported the Civil war as a nurse and a spy and was a prominent voice in the abolitionist movement and fought for voting rights for women. We owe much to this remarkable woman.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A television reporter. I went to the Soviet Union when I was 17 and saw all the propaganda posters and controlled environment of the media. It made me realize the power and importance of free media. Sadly in this era of disinformation and autocratic states controlling the message, we can clearly see the ill effects when the truth is not reported.

Which achievement made by feminists are you most thankful for? Why?

I think the right to vote has been critical. Without the ability to register our vote and have a voice, we would not be able to make other advances in society. Oddly, we still have a long way to go. It's astonishing that the equal rights amendment has not been passed yet. I am not sure what we're waiting for.

Emily Rosato, Business Development Team Lead, Hanzo

 

Emily Rosato

Business Development Team Lead

New York, NY 

How long have you worked at Hanzo?

8 Months

How did you get to the role you are in today?

I really started to enjoy helping other BDRs improve their process and learn how to best communicate with potential prospects. I also love to write so writing new cadences to send to people that communicate our value in a concise way was really interesting to me!

Who is the most influential woman in history to you? How does she inspire you?

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and did amazing things to get her work into the public. She had to publish her novels under an alias because no one would print books by women back in her time, and she had some brilliant commentary in all her novels that questioned women's roles in society. She is inspiring purely because she went against the status quo of her time, and her books still entertain millions of people all over the world today.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I used to want to be Hermione Granger when I was younger! I used to idolize her growing up because in a group of 2 boys she was the leader and the most intelligent. I loved the Harry Potter series mostly for the fact that the female lead was known not for her looks but for her strength, courage, and intelligence.

Which achievement made by feminists are you most thankful for? Why?

Equal Pay Act. I think this achievement (even though in many parts of the US and the world there is a lot more work to do) has significantly driven women into more and more leadership roles and success. Now women are a huge part of the workplace and are confidently stepping up into bigger and better positions because they know they will be compensated based on the quality of their work and not their gender.

Eve Horne, Crawl Engineer, Hanzo

 

Eve Horne

Crawl Engineer 

Portland, OR

How long have you worked at Hanzo?

10 Months

How did you get to the role you are in today?

Alongside pursuing a bachelor's in Computer Science at OSU, I also worked at various software companies to gain enough professional experience to get the role I have today.

Who is the most influential woman in history to you? How does she inspire you?

In regards to my life, Wendy Carlos is one of the most influential women I can think of. Wendy is often known as the "Mother of Synthesizers", working on some of the first developments of synthesizers in music in the early '60s and '70s. During this time, not only was she pioneering this use of technology in music and art, she was transitioning in the public eye during a particularly unaccepting and toxic era for queer women. Her discography, especially Switched on Bach, has greatly influenced modern music today.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

To be honest? As a little kid, I wanted to be a bartender. As I grew a little older, I wanted to become a white-hat hacker. I'm still working to achieve that goal today.

Which achievement made by feminists are you most thankful for? Why?

The activism done by queer women in the '80s and '90s, especially the Dyke March on April 24th, 1993, brought queer women's and femmes' visibility to the forefront of Americans' eyes. This activism not only showed that cisgender and queer women's issues *do* have a seat at America's table, but it directly led to an influx of new feminist activism in Washington DC, and the rest of the country for decades.

Parker Morris, Enterprise Account Manager, Hanzo

 

Parker Morris

Enterprise Account Manager

Florida / NYC

How long have you worked at Hanzo?

14 months

How did you get to the role you are in today?

I grew into the enterprise account management role through building my business development experience at Hanzo. It's been a great learning journey. 

Who is the most influential woman in history to you? How does she inspire you?

Princess Diana. She was the president of many charities including helping the hungry, and cancer societies. She was never afraid to speak her mind and break protocol.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Professional dancer!

Which achievement made by feminists are you most thankful for? Why?

Equal pay for equal work!

 

samane_igder_cyclingSamane Igder

Title: Senior Engineering Manager

Location: Leeds, UK

How long have you worked at Hanzo?

1 week

 

How did you get to the role you are in today?

I started my journey as a data analyst. Then I moved to the fintech industry as a Developer and climbed the career ladder by moving into scrum master, Dev Lead, Delivery Manager, and Head of Development.

Who is the most influential woman in history to you? How does she inspire you?

"Every day, we meet strong senior women who live in difficult circumstances. But despite their circumstances, these women have chosen to empower others such as Sabiha Gökçen and Myrtilla Miner. I didn’t have a lot of female role models in science.; there aren't many role models for girls in technical fields. This is an interesting dilemma which I hope one day will go away.

As my career progressed, I've found role models in some of the world’s biggest tech companies. My role models are Former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook/Meta chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg."

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an engineer when I grew up, I had ( and still have) a huge interest in technology and innovation.

Which achievement made by feminists are you most thankful for? Why?

For sure I have to go with "Win the right to vote", Because it made it possible to work towards equality.

 

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Julia Vitti

Title: Enterprise Account Executive

Location: New York, NY

How long have you worked at Hanzo?

A little over a year

How did you get to the role you are in today?

Early on in my career, I was lucky to have an amazing mentor who encouraged me to get into sales. Since then, I'm grateful to have that mentor and other mentors and colleagues who continue to make a huge impact on my career and always inspire me to grow professionally and personally. Throughout my time at various tech startups, I've had the opportunity to develop my sales skills and learn how to be a consultative seller in my role today!

Who is the most influential woman in history to you? How does she inspire you?

There are so many to choose from! If I have to pick one I'd say Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). Her dedication to and advocacy for gender equality and women's rights is incredibly inspiring and something that I'm very grateful for.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A doctor!

Which achievement made by feminists are you most thankful for? Why?

I'm thankful for every achievement made by feminists, but one that is particularly important to me is the right for women to have access to an education. In my opinion, an education of any kind opens the door for so many opportunities!

Other Amazing Women We Honored this Month

In addition to celebrating our women Hanzonians, we posted an influential woman in history throughout the month in our Slack #general channel. Here are the women we highlighted:

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Simone de Beauvoir - Simone de Beauvoir wrote what could be described as second-wave feminism's bible: The Second Sex. This was one of the early articulations of the sex-gender distinction, highlighted by her famous phrase "One is not born but becomes a woman". She was best known as a novelist, feminist thinker, and writer, but she was also an existentialist philosopher

Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954)

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican feminist icon and artist whose folk art paintings focused on women’s strength. Rather than living in the shadows, Frida chose to live out loud despite her unconventional lifestyle. A bus accident in her youth left her with lifelong physical pain, yet she prevailed as an artist. The Louvre purchased one of her surrealist paintings, making Frida the first Mexican artist featured at the famous French museum. She participated in many expos in the U.S. and Mexico. She was also a communist and an activist. Her art and life represented realistic, raw, and portrayal of Mexican traditions. Frida’s empowerment of feminists continues to impact today’s generations. 

Rigoberta Menchú (1959 - present)

 Rigoberta Menchú is an indigenous feminist and human rights activist from Guatemala who won the Nobel Peace Price in 1992. Rigoberta was influenced by the devastating effects that Guatemala endured during the Civil War between 1962-1966, where the country did not guarantee the protection of human rights and the promotion of social justice. This especially affected the indigenous people making their already unstable lives even worse. To escape the repression she fled to Mexico and wrote her autobiography, entitled My Name is Rigoberta Menchu and this is how my Conscious was born (1983), which became popular worldwide. She then spent most of her life touring around many countries with her message of injustice claiming equality for the indigenous people.

Rosalind Franklin (1920 - 1958)

Rosalind Franklin discovered the double helix structure of DNA and went without credit for this as three men integrated her conclusions into their own work, which won them a Nobel Prize a few years after Franklin's death. It was only years later when Franklin's notebooks were studied and it was discovered that her findings and conclusions were central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. Franklin is sometimes referred to as the "dark lady of DNA" and it is universally agreed that should posthumous awards be allowed, Franklin would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943 - present)

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland.  She discovered the existence of pulsars at age 24 as a postgraduate student. Her discovery eventually earned the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974, for her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish along with astronomer Martin Ryle.

Harriet Tubman (1822 - 1913)

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross) was born into slavery in Maryland and escaped to freedom in the North when she was 29 to become the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of African American and white people who offered shelter and aid to the escaped people from the South. 

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 -1797)

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer and philosopher. She was a passionate advocate of educational and social equality for women. She wrote "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman", a massively important feminist work that argues that the educational system has deliberately trained women to be frivolous and incapable and that if girls were allowed the same advantages as boys, women would be not only exceptional wives and mothers but also capable workers in many professions. She concluded that such a change would benefit all of society. Her daughter Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.

Ketanji Brown Jackson (1970 - present)

Ketanji Brown Jackson is an American attorney and jurist who has served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2021. On February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated her to become the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. 

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights, activist. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, the first of which is named "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" - this focuses on her life up until the age of 17, and the struggles she faced during this time. Maya was involved in the Civil Rights Movement and from the 90s made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, which she continued into her 80s. 

Anne Acheson (1882-1962)

Anne Acheson was a sculptor working with multiple materials who was active from 1910 to 1950. However, she is mostly remembered for inventing the medical plaster casts that are used to help bones heal. 

Lilly Ledbetter (1938 - present)

Lilly Ledbetter became cemented in history when her name was used for the Fair Pay Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009. Her struggle for workplace equality was built on decades of wage discrimination and sexual harassment in her workplace.

Hypatia (355AD - 415AD)

Hypatia was a Neoplatonist philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, which was at the time part of the Eastern Roman Empire. Renowned as a prominent thinker and a great teacher, she taught philosophy and astronomy. Hypatia is possibly the most famous female philosopher from the ancient world due to her shocking death. Around 413CE Cyril became Bishop of Alexandria, and his quest for power led to a feud against a friend of Hypatia's. A group of the Bishop's radical Christian supporters went on to target Hypatia, fuelled by Cyril's jealousy of Hypatia and how much she was admired and respected in the community. Hypatia's knowledge and influence were branded as witchcraft and she was murdered by a group of Christian militants, who beat her to death with roof tiles and burned her body. In recent history, Hypatia has become a symbol of the gross misconduct of the Christian Church and has become a feminist icon, due to her murder ultimately being the result of Hypatia being a powerful and influential woman, who got in the way of a power-hungry man.

Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 – 2020)

The notorious RBG is all you have to say and you think of a dynamo of a woman and an advocate for gender equality and women's rights.  Nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States until her death in 2020 at age 87. Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court, after Sandra Day O'Connor.

Irena Sendler (1910-2008)

Irena Sendler was a Polish humanitarian, social worker, and nurse, and she is best known for her work with the Polish Underground Resistance during world war two. Sendler was recognized as “Righteous Among the Nations” by the State of Israel in 1965 for her work during the holocaust. She received the Gold Cross of Merit in 1946, and Poland’s highest honor, the Order of the White Eagle. 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (1978 - present)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an Iranian-British dual citizen who was recently released from prison in Iran. She was arrested under suspicion of “plotting to topple the Iranian government” as she boarded a plane back to the UK. She had been in Iran visiting her family for the Iranian New Year. She spent six years in prison and house arrest, with one month in solitary confinement, in one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. On her release, Nazanin held a press conference. At her request, Roxanne Tahbaz, whose father is still imprisoned in Iran and was expected to return at the same time, was invited to answer questions. Nazanin eventually returned home, but many others have not. When given the spotlight, she chose to remind us all that there are still people in prison in Iran, still waiting to come home.

The Code Girls

The Code Girls literally helped end World War II. Although there are a few women highlighted in the book (Dot Braden, Ann Caracristi and Agnes Driscoll), there were thousands of others (both American and British) who made up the absolute best mathematicians and code breaking minds in the world. These women not only broke the German and Japanese codes, they kept their secrets long after the war was over with many becoming unsung hero's long after their deaths. These women and this story were incredibly inspiring and a great history lesson on a topic that was, for the most part, a secret until just a few years ago.

 Greta Thunberg (2003- present)

Greta is a 19-year-old Swedish environmental activist who is known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. She started a global movement at the age of 15, dominated headlines, and became TIME’s youngest ever individual Person of the Year in 2019. But Greta Thunberg was understated when reflecting on her year. “I have not accomplished anything,” she told TIME in Lisbon after a rough trans-Atlantic sailing trip brought her back from a four-month climate strike tour around North America. “I have just acted on my conscience and done what everyone should be doing.”

Dorothea Bate (1878 - 1951)

Dorothea Bate was a Welsh palaeontologist and pioneer of archaeozoology. Her life's work was to find fossils of recently extinct mammals with a view to understanding how and why giant and dwarf forms evolved.

Laverne Cox (1972 - present)

Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBT advocate, known for her performance as Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black. She has broken many records, such as being the first transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, the first transgender person to win a Daytime Emmy Award, the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time and Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as being the first openly transgender person to have a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds AND the first African-American transgender person to produce and star in her own TV show (TRANSform Me). Aside from her professional career, Cox has been noted as a trailblazer for the transgender community. She has had an unfathomable positive impact on the world, not only for the transgender community but for every fight for equality and fairness at play in the modern world. When figures as fierce and passionate as Cox enter the spotlight, it shows us that it's okay to be yourself loudly and unapologetically, whoever you are.

Simone Biles (1997 - Present)

the most accomplished female gymnast of all time who has changed the sports industry dramatically by focusing on, and advocating for, mental health. When she withdrew from some events during the Tokyo Olympics because of mental health struggles, she faced ridicule and judgment from those who haven't walked in her shoes. Instead of retreating, Biles took those shoes, which carry a 4-foot, 8-inch frame, to send an enormous message to women around the world: It's OK to be vulnerable. It's OK to feel emotionally exhausted. It's OK to put yourself first.

Rachel Crandall-Crocker (1958 - Present)

Rachel started International Transgender Day of Visibility in 2009. “I wanted a day that we can celebrate the living, and I wanted a day that all over the world we could be all together,” she said. So Crandall-Crocker, who had lost a marriage when she came out and a job as a psychotherapist when she transitioned, decided to create the day herself. March 31 would be International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Ready to join a great group of inspiring women and work together on interesting and innovative projects? Hanzo is growing

 

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