By Maryanne Sweat - 10/07/2015

First — Welcome to what will likely become my ramblings, thoughts, complains, rants, etc on Women in Tech.

Second — Here’s a little about my career path:

I have been in testing since 1998.  I started as a test technician for a company producing Fleet Logistics Management

software for shipping and trucking companies.  This meant that I executed test procedures designed by others in a

traditional waterfall SDLC on a system designed around client/server architecture.

Prior to 1998, I was a physics and mathematics major in college.  My experience in school was unique because I attended a

small liberal arts college steeped in Quaker traditions of equality and egality.  The professors all went by their first

names and in the grand Quaker tradition, it was a true meritocracy.  You were judged not by the color of your skin, your

gender, or your sexual orientation but by your skills and abilities.  So the fact that I was one of only two or three women

in the Physics department did not mean I was alienated in any way.  I was an equal.

Entering in the corporate world from this college utopia was a surprise.  My mother led my family with a strong will and

determination which I carry into my own.  So the idea that women weren’t necessarily always respected was quite alien to


I worked at this fleet logistics company for almost two and a half years before moving on to a CRM start up, where I

remained for four and a half years.  Eventually this CRM start up attracted the interest of an ERP company, which

eventually got swallowed up by PeopleSoft..and ultimately Oracle.  Once the Oracle takeover was announced, I knew it as

time to move on to something else.

I moved to LendingTree.  At LendingTree, I was exposed to a variety of new skills including automated test design and

execution utilizing HP QuickTestPro.  I remained for four years, until the Great Recession started.  I decided it was a

good idea to get out of financial services for a while, so I moved on to a pharmaceutical software firm.  After two years,

my work/life balance equation was REALLy off kilter.

My son called one evening, while I was working late, to ask if I was coming home for dinner.  He was nine at the time.  He

said that he was making homemade pizzas with his father and wanted to know when I’d be home.  When I replied that it would

be some time before I could leave, he started to cry.  I knew then it was time to get out.

I moved on to Wells Fargo-Investment Banking division.  I helped them implement Quality Center and provided much needed

test lead guidance.  In 2012, I was placed on a major platform migration project.  This project was impacting MANY

development teams across the country and the world.  This was the kind of project that makes you or breaks you.

Well, it broke me.  I was working crazy hours, and a gift presented itself.  My old LendingTree boss called me out of the

blue and invited me to come back.

So now, I’m a returning champion at LendingTree, I’ve been here since 2012 and I don’t see myself leaving any time soon.

Unless of course the universe presents an opportunity I simply cannot pass up.

Third — Here’s a little about me.

I have been happily married since 2001.  We’ve had a few bumps along the way, but over all my husband and I have a strong

vibrant relationship.  As I said before, I took a page from my mother’s playbook regarding family leadership.  I am the

breadwinner at home.  My husband is a stay at home Dad.  He cooks, cleans, does laundry and is adorable to boot.  I know I

know, I am VERY lucky to have him.  The fact that he manages our household frees me up to be present at work when I need to


My son is 14, a high school freshman.  He is a Boy Scout and a Bass Clarinet player in the High School Marching Band.  He

plays video games for fun, like any teen.  He’s struggled academically, but I think that’s more because he’s a square peg

and Middle School was a series of round holes.  High School seems to be a better fit for him.

My parents are retired.  My mother is a retired nurse, my father a retired cook.  Three years ago, my mom made a

proclamation that she wanted to travel but no where that didn’t have room service.  In the month before her retirement,

this changed.  She has purchased a backpacking backpack, and is starting to outfit herself to go hiking.  Now she wants to

sleep on the ground and do sections of the Appalachian Trail.  Its incredible.

My Mom and I have started canning, we made pickles and tomato jam in August.  We’re planning to do some other things in the

fall too.

So, that’s me, in brief.  More to come I’m sure.