To celebrate International Women’s Day, we sat down with Comalatech’s Chief Technology Officer, Patricia Yagüe. Read this profile to learn everything from Patricia’s thoughts on leadership to a surprising fun fact.

Patricia Yague, Comalatech CTO

Can you describe a typical day as Comalatech’s CTO?
That is a tough question because every day is different. I spend a lot of time trying to improve the way we work by bridging the gap between our strategic goals and the needs of the development team. 

Tell us about your career path to Comalatech?
I started as a software developer, working for companies of all sizes. Before coming to Comalatech, I worked in the UK to experience living outside of Spain and to improve my English. I eventually moved back to Spain, once I started a family, and then found a job as a Software Engineer for Comalatech about four years ago. The company was growing, and I was soon promoted to Team Lead which aligned with my goals to become a Manager. 

What do you think are the most important aspects of leadership?
To be a good leader I think it’s important to communicate, listen, and to give and receive feedback – all from a place of empathy. I also think a big part of leadership is constantly challenging yourself to become a better leader. 

Why is Comalatech a good fit for you?
Comalatech has been a good fit for me because the company culture provides a safe environment for me to grow my skills and career. I’ve always been trusted and encouraged to create my own path, make mistakes, and make decisions. 

Can you share a recent accomplishment that you are proud of?
I am very proud for my work to have been recognized which led to my promotion to Chief Technology Officer. Traditionally, in the technology industry, there have not been many women in this role, I feel honoured to be part of that change. 

What advice would you give to other women aspiring to become a CTO?
Trust yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and speak up. If you don’t say it, someone else will. 

What are your interests outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy travelling, socializing with my friends, and spending as much quality time as possible with my family.  

What is a fact about you that will surprise the team? 
When I was a kid I used to play the accordion but unfortunately couldn’t stick with it because it was almost bigger than me!