Regardless of whether you have direct reports or not, influence across an organization is a prerequisite of getting things done. It's often more effective to have broader cross-functional influence when you don't have a large vertical team with you.
Judy Priest is a Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft's Cloud and AI Group. She drives innovation, integration, and operations in next generation Data Center platforms supporting Azure, AI, and MS's Enterprise software. Judy has over 25 years of experience in developing data centers systems and silicon, high speed signaling technologies and optics, circuit design, and physical architectures for compute, storage, graphics, and networking.
Judy has previously worked at Cisco Systems, Silicon Graphics, Hewlett-Packard, and Digital Equipment Corporation, as well as two startup ventures. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women's Audio Mission, a local SF nonprofit moving the needle for girls, women, and GNC individuals in STEM through music. Judy was awarded Business Insider's 2018 Most Powerful Female Engineers and InterCon Networking's 2020 Top 100 Leaders in Engineering.