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Celebrating Women at Zscaler: Pratibha Nayak, the First Female Zscaler Employee, on Shaping Zscaler and Staying Curious

March 25, 2021 - 2 min read

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re recognizing influential women at Zscaler who have made a significant impact within their careers, teams, and on the Zscaler family as a whole.

Pratibha Nayak joined Zscaler in 2007 and was the first female employee at the company. Located in Bangalore, India, Pratibha currently serves as a Senior Principal Engineer for the UI team that manages APIs for Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA).

“The best aspect of my role at Zscaler is that I get to design and come up with software solutions that can leverage our core complex product underneath and deliver it to the customer as a sleek, user-friendly interface that meets their requirements,” she said.

Q: What are you most proud of in your career?

A: Joining a startup at a very early stage has given me an edge in understanding the very core fundamentals required for building a world-class product from the ground up. Looking back now, after more than a decade, I feel very proud of the gut decision I made to join Zscaler at a point in time when the startup culture in India was less experimented and sought after.

Q: What advice do you have for women wanting to get into tech?

A: Today, there is never a dearth of opportunity to learn and succeed in the emerging tech industry. It’s a matter of being passionately curious about what interests you. In short, just take the plunge.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?

A: I like to spend time being outdoors and in nature. Even taking a stroll just to catch a sunrise or sunset across the horizon brightens up my day. I also enjoy playtime with my two young kids, especially when they include me in their role-play activities to play Madame Gazelle from Peppa Pig when they are short of participants!

For more about how Zscaler is celebrating International Women's Day and Women's History Month, read this blog: Fostering Corporate Inclusivity: Honoring Zscaler Leaders on International Women’s Day.

Further reading:

Celebrating Women at Zscaler: Dianhuan Lin and Wendy Case

Celebrating Women at Zscaler: Ashley Albiani on Staying Motivated and Effecting Change

Celebrating Women at Zscaler: Wendi Lester and Marina Ayton

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