Silicon Valley high tech profile: Aylia Rizvi the Vice President of Operations, Hastest Solutions, Inc. Rizvi focuses on the day to day operations of Hastest Solutions the minority-owned tech company that packs a wallop in designing unique environmental test chambers. Rizvi is well-known, on the job, for being a stickler for detail, a formidable negotiator, and a reliable ally. She is a role model for the company, community, and her family. Rizvi is a modest leader she doesn’t expect the pomp and circumstance, or cheering, she strives for excellence within her job, creating job opportunities within the community and finding time to give back while balancing her work-life and family.
Rizvi company successes include successfully acquiring funding, keeping costs down, affordable, and finding solutions when CEO, Sajjad Mir is travelling. Rizvi states, “It is like your baby you want to ensure problems are being solved.” Hastest Solutions is categorized as a small business according to SBA; it was recently selected as a Silicon Valley Largest Minority Owned Business. A recognition that Rizvi and the Hastest team are proud to have been included in the 2013 business list by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Rizvi an advocate for attracting a younger generation of girls to participate in areas that promote an increase in science, technology, engineering, mathematics by allowing middle school to college tours of the new Hastest Solutions, demo test laboratory in San Jose, California. When asked what is it like to work in a male-dominated industry, Rizvi chuckles and simply, states, “Lonely, you do have to work extra hard. You can do this job as well as any man.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “We have seen an increase in women employed in STEM occupations, but they are still underrepresented in engineering and computer occupations that make up more than 80 percent of STEM employment, said Liana Christin Landivar, (a sociologist in the Census Bureau's Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch and the report's author.)”
Rizvi’s best advice, “Do not ever burn your bridges, and treat people the way that you want to be treated.”
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