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AppNexus, a Xandr company, enables and optimizes the real-time sale and purchase of digital advertising. The company’s powerful, real-time decisioning platform supports core products that enable publishers to maximize yield; and marketers and agencies to harness data and machine learning to deliver intelligent and customized campaigns.
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  • AppNexus, a Xandr Company Nithya Das

    Meet a Fairygodboss at AppNexus, a Xandr Company

    • Name

      Nithya Das

    • Position

      Chief People Officer

      New York, NY

    As Chief People Officer, Nithya acts as the steward of the company’s talent and culture, driving all programs involving hiring, growing and enriching employees and fostering an inclusive, global community. She serves as the chair of AppNexus’ Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, as well as an executive sponsor of the AppNexus Women’s Network, advancing a diverse and inclusive workforce within AppNexus and the broader industry. Nithya joined AppNexus in 2011 and served as General Counsel for four years previous to her current role. Prior, Nithya was a lawyer at Goodwin Procter, where she represented entrepreneurs and growth technology companies.

    Nithya serves as advisor to the Founder's Workbench, an online legal resource for entrepreneurs, as well as on the advisory board of Women in Tech in New York (WiTNY). She was awarded the 2014 Women of Power and Influence honor by the National Organization of Women.

    Nithya earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the SC Honors College at the University of South Carolina, and a J.D., cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School. She lives in Hoboken with her husband, daughter, and dog.

  • AppNexus, a Xandr Company Theresa Vu

    Meet a Fairygodboss at AppNexus, a Xandr Company

    • Name

      Theresa Vu

    • Position

      Senior Vice President of Engineering

      New York, NY

    Theresa "Tvu" Vu is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at AppNexus, a Xandr Company. Tvu was the first developer hired at AppNexus and, with a tiny but dedicated team of engineers, built the real-time ad serving system, which is now the largest independent digital advertising platform in the world. As SVP, she oversees the teams that develop the platform and is also responsible for global engineering initiatives regarding quality, leadership development, and diversity & inclusion. In 2015, Tvu was named to LinkedIn's Next Wave list of top 10 professionals under 35 in Marketing & Advertising.

    When she is not engineering, Tvu is part of the hip hop group Magnetic North & Taiyo Na, whose album "Home:Word" hit #2 on the Japanese hip hop charts.

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What Women Should Know about Working At AppNexus, a Xandr Company
AppNexus, a Xandr Company’s mission is to make advertising matter, and we believe that a more diverse workforce and global inclusive culture will help us get there. Though we have set specific goals for the demographics of our employee base, we also work to create the right conditions internally so that women and other underrepresented groups feel included and set up for success – we call this “D&I by Default.” By embedding best practices in D&I management throughout the company’s internal infrastructure, women’s advancement simply becomes our modus operandi.

AppNexus takes this commitment seriously. While we believe that it is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a safe and inclusive environment, best practices are researched, developed, and socialized by a number of executive stakeholders, including our Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Experience; our Chief People and Legal Officer; Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Operating Team; functional leaders and managers; and our dedicated D&I Steering Committee. These best practices translate into actions like pay equity analyses, mentorship programs, professional development courses, allyship trainings, and open discussion forums, as well as renowned women’s leadership events and affinity groups.

We also firmly believe that women’s advancement in tech is a long play, and, as an industry, we need to focus on the women coming up behind us. That’s why AppNexus partners with organization like Girls Who Code – who, five years ago, we lent office space to for their pilot program dedicated to teaching high school girls how to code… they’ve been sharing our office ever since! Girls need to see women in engineering, data science, and other tech and leadership roles. If we don’t attract and retain a diverse workforce, we – as a company, as an industry – will fail to achieve our full potential.

Other internal community groups and events that support our commitment to attracting, engaging and advancing women include:

The AppNexus Women's Leadership Forum - AppNexus' annual conference for current and aspiring leaders in the global digital community. In 2017, AppNexus hosted over 260 senior leaders from media and technology to tackle key issues facing women in our industry today. The focus was on actionable strategies to help guests advance their careers, impact change in their organizations, and foster future generations of diverse leaders.

The AppNexus Women's Network (AWN) - The mission of AWN is to ignite personal and professional growth through networking and educational events driven by the interests of the women at AppNexus, and to positively impact AppNexus' culture by feeding back its recommendations across the company. There are many ways for employees – both women and men – to participate in AWN. The AWN leadership team, whose executive sponsor is AppNexus’ Chief People and Legal Officer, is responsible for taking input from the AWN community, developing the group’s strategic vision, and ensuring this vision is met. Under the leadership team sits committees, which are responsible for creating and executing within a focus area of the AWN vision. And lastly, members of AWN are those who support the mission through participation in events and discussions.

The Parents Network - The Parents Network is committed to support AppNexus families by making AppNexus the best work environment for parents, families, and our global KidNexians through company-wide collaboration. The Network creates programs that engage our families with the AppNexus family, and seeks to promote a healthy and balanced work-life harmony.

Other actions we’ve taken include:
  • Partnering with Path Forward to offer returnships to help caregivers reenter the workforce
  • Partnerships with organizations including Fairygodboss, Apres, Girls Who Code, Women in Tech NY and Jopwell
  • Sharing feedback openly through roundtable discussions on how to make progress on our Diversity & Inclusion goals

Programs, initiatives, groups

    • Additional information
    • The AppNexus Women's Network (AWN) - The mission of AWN is to ignite personal and professional growth through networking and educational events driven by the interests of the women at AppNexus, and to positively impact AppNexus' culture by feeding back its recommendations across the company. There are many ways for employees – both women and men – to participate in AWN. The AWN leadership team, whose executive sponsor is AppNexus’ Chief People and Legal Officer, is responsible for taking input from the AWN community, developing the group’s strategic vision, and ensuring this vision is met. Under the leadership team sits committees, which are responsible for creating and executing within a focus area of the AWN vision. And lastly, members of AWN are those who support the mission through participation in events and discussions.

      The AppNexus Women's Leadership Forum - AppNexus' annual invite-only conference for current and aspiring leaders in the global digital community. In 2017, AppNexus hosted over 260 senior leaders from media and technology to tackle key issues facing women in our industry today. The focus was on actionable strategies to help guests advance their careers, impact change in their organizations, and foster future generations of diverse leaders.

      We also recognize that many women have overlapping identities – such as those associated with their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and parental status – and, we have a number of additional employee groups and programs which support women at AppNexus.

      Parents Network - The Parents Network is committed to support AppNexus families by making AppNexus the best work environment for parents, families, and all of our global KidNexians through company-wide collaboration. The Network creates programs that engage our families with the AppNexus family, and seeks to promote a healthy and balanced work-life harmony.

      BlackNexus - BlackNexus promotes and advocates for the empowerment of employees through mentorship, networking opportunities, and cultural education. They are an inclusive forum, seeking to engage our allies, broaden community outreach, and increase overall diversity at AppNexus.

      AppNexus Latino Alliance - AppNexus Latino Alliance aims to empower the members of the Latin-American community, fostering the bonds within AppNexus and at large, by providing a forum for recognizing their contributions to the organization. They are an inclusive forum, providing networking opportunities which support the efforts to increase cultural awareness, community outreach, and the promotion of diversity.

      OutNexus - OutNexus seeks to empower the LGBTQ community by promoting an inclusive and welcoming professional environment through education, visibility, and supportive resources.

      OyNexus – OyNexus shares and celebrates Jewish culture and holidays, shares resources and information, and provides an outlet to discuss work-related issues that affect Jewish employees.

      Take Your KidNexians to Work Day - Especially over the last two years, our Take Your KidNexian to Work Day has expanded to a massive, beloved global program. Last year our NYC TYKTWD was an 80-employee volunteer and 125-child full-day event, complete with unique educational and recreational itineraries for nine age groups from infant to 18. Additionally, we planned and executed 5 more of these events across the US and consulted on our first in London. Current Cities with TYKTWD events: NYC, Boulder, Conshohocken, Portland, Seattle, Encino, London

      AppNexus Field Day - AppNexus Field Day is a day spent out of the office together, to grow our employee community (including our own families and friends) by relaxing, having fun, and bonding as a team. Events and activities have ranged from sport-based contests (tug of war, soccer, dodgeball, obstacle course) to more thought-based team collaborations (engineering building challenge, puzzles), outdoor recreation (kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, giant lawn games), to fun and silly endeavors, like bubble soccer, karaoke, water slides and rides.
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting
    • Yes, The Talent Acquisition team is committed to building and facilitating selection processes that attract diverse talent, combat bias and ensure a fair and inclusive interview process, and hire the absolute best candidates. Every employee has a role to play in creating and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment at AppNexus and hiring is a critical point.
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for performance evaluation
    • Yes, AppNexus is commited to providing equal opportunities in employment at all stages. We grow teams of individuals who have different styles, perspectives, experience, backgrounds, skills and personalities. We believe that diversity, in all its forms, promotes innovantion and creates better business outcomes. We also understand that investing in our employees and their growth and development means different things for different people. Our dedication to opportunity and inclusion doesn't end when an individual is hired at AppNexus. It continues throughout their career here.
    • Sabbatical leave benefits
    • Yes, AppNexus rewards and acknowledges employees who have completed a minimum of five years of employment with AppNexus. Through our Sabbatical Plan, employees are eligible to take sabbaticals of up to three consecutive weeks combined with a maximim of five vacation days for a total of four consecutive weeks of fully paid time off.

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • AppNexus is very supportive of providing employees flexible working policies. We have a number of working parents, including dual working parents, with leaders who are open to working with employees to create flexible and part-time work arrangements to help employees meet both work and personal obligations. We do not have a “facetime” culture and utilize tools like video conferencing and our office messaging tool, Slack, to make working from home productive and easy.

      Employees are also eligible for paid time off (PTO), which is accrued monthly, and are also given unlimited sick days throughout the year. In addition, AppNexus provides two global weeks off where the office is completely closed the week of July 4th and the week between Christmas and New Years.

Parental Leave

    • Overview: Parental leave policies
    • Benefits available to AppNexus birth mothers:
      • 12 total weeks of paid leave at 100% current salary under the AppNexus Maternity Leave policy
      • Flexible hours during transition period back to work
      • $1,000 Baby Cash
      • Maternity Leave runs concurrently with any applicable disability leave, FMLA leave and state family leave, including New York Paid Family Leave and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Leave
      • Similar parental leave benefits are provided to our global employee base based on local legal requirements and practices 
      AppNexus will provide AppNexus fathers, adoptive parents, and secondary caregivers with:
      • 4 weeks of paid Parental Leave
      • Flexible hours during transition period back to work
      • $1,000 Baby Cash
      • Parental Leave runs concurrently with any applicable FMLA leave and state family leave, including the New York Paid Family Leave and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Leave
      • Similar parental leave benefits are provided to our global employee base based on local legal requirements and practices.
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes, 12 weeks
    • Paid paternity leave
    • Yes, 4 weeks
    • Adoptive paid leave
    • Yes, 4 weeks
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Yes
    • Additional short-term disability info
    • Short-term disability leaves run concurrently with AppNexus’ maternity leave policy.

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Lactation facilities
    • Yes, Mother rooms in multiple offices, which include one pump

Care-taking benefits

    • Back-up childcare
    • Yes, Offered through Bright Horizons
    • Childcare subsidies
    • Yes, $1,000 Baby Cash
    • Elder-care benefits
    • Yes, Offered through Bright Horizons

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