Thursday, August 11, 2016

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The Faces of LeaseLabs: Allie Bartholomew

Chris Sumida


Name: Allie Bartholomew

Title: Web Developer

Hometown: Woodland, CA

How long have you been with LeaseLabs?

I’ve been with the LeaseLabs team for about 10 months.

As a web developer, have you always known you wanted to code? What has your path been like?

No, I didn’t! My path started as a pre-dental student at San Diego State University where I received my degree in biology. At that point, I never considered a career in web development. It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I realized dentistry wasn’t a good fit for me and started researching alternative career paths. I took a few online web development courses and was hooked. I love the problem solving aspects of it and the end goal of creating really cool websites.

I knew it was a career I wanted to pursue, so I enrolled in a three month intensive web development bootcamp, followed by a month long internship. Right after the internship, I landed my first web development position. In that role, I gained valuable experience and learned new tools prior to moving into my current position at LeaseLabs. I’m grateful I found a career I’m so passionate about and that I’m able to contribute to an amazing company!

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on so far?

If I had to choose, it would be working on LeaseLabs’ Essential Mandarin theme. It has a lot of fun and interesting design elements that you usually don’t see in most of our sites. The challenge of bringing those elements to life was something I really enjoyed. It’s also a new Scrolling Page Architecture™ (SPA) site, so it offers a modern feel and seamless user experience.

I’ve also enjoyed working on our in-house tools which allows me to put my Ruby on Rails background to use.

As a female web developer in a male dominated profession, has it been challenging to overcome the stereotypes?

I’ve been fortunate to work at forward-thinking companies where gender and other stereotypes are not an issue. In fact, almost two-thirds of our dev team is female.

I’ve never felt stereotypes hinder or keep me from fitting in with the rest of the team. If anything, I would consider my differences a strength because they’re somewhat unexpected which helps me stand out.

What project has stood out to you as a huge accomplishment?

The entire Echelon portfolio was a big accomplishment for me. It consisted of three different themes and took over three months to complete. It was exciting for everyone involved to see our hard work pay off when the sites went live.


When you aren’t building websites, what do you love doing?

I enjoy staying active and being outdoors. I love hiking and exploring different trails, I’ve also been into yoga lately. When I’m not being active, you can find me trying new types of food or enjoying the San Diego weather at the beach!

What advice would you give an aspiring woman developer?

Don’t let lack of experience scare you and hold you back. You know more than you think you do. Keep learning and pursuing what you’re passionate about.

What aspect of web development are you most passionate about?

I love how everything in web development solves a problem. It makes working on large projects worth it.

What is your fondest LeaseLabs memory?

I have so many, LeaseLabs is an amazing company to work for and all of my co-workers are great! One memory that stands out to me was our volunteer trip to the Jewish Family Service center right here in Old Town. We worked together as a team to put together emergency food kits for those in need. It was a really eye-opening experience to learn how much need there is in our community. It felt great to give back.


Lastly, tell us some fun facts about yourself.

  • I have an annual pass to Disneyland and use it as often as I can. I’ve been at least 10 times already this year.
  • In college, I spent a week in Honduras providing medical care to rural and impoverished communities.
  • I’m left-handed.

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