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Rebecca Parsons

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer with decades-long applications development experience across a range of industries and systems. Her technical experience includes leading the creation of large-scale distributed object applications and the integration of disparate systems. Separate from her passion for deep technology, Dr. Parsons is a strong advocate for diversity in the technology industry. Committed to increasing the number of women in coding and STEM fields, Dr. Parsons served on the board of CodeChix and acted as an advisor to Women Who Code.

Dr. Parsons is a sought after speaker for industry events, serving as a featured presenter at well-known conferences, including Collision Conference, Web Summit, YOW!, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and more. She held the position of chairwoman for 4 years on the Agile Alliance Board of Directors and has served the organization over a total of six years.

Before coming to ThoughtWorks, Dr. Parsons worked as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida where she taught courses in compilers, program optimization, distributed computation, programming languages, theory of computation, machine learning and computational biology. She also worked as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching issues in parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology and nonlinear dynamical systems. 

Dr. Parsons received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Bradley University, a Master's of Science in Computer Science from Rice University and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University. She is also the co-author of Domain-Specific Languages, The ThoughtWorks Anthology and Building Evolutionary Architectures.

The Interview

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

I was referred by a friend that I had known for years. I spent lots of time asking him everything that was wrong with the company to find out if I'd fit. When I had my interview with the founder, Roy Singham, he told me more that was wrong. I decided that meant I was going to some place that I could stay. That was December of 1999, so I guess I was right. 

My geeky passion is

Programming languages of all kinds. 

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

Canda, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, India, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and I am sure there are others. Haven't been yet to Antarctica..