Iris Yuning Ye

Product Manager
Microsoft
AWIS member since 2023

“The world is built as a net, and each string of the net is a connection. The more connections you have, the more strings there are that lift you up in the world.”

Iris Yuning Ye

What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?

A great leader enables others by empowering them.

What do you consider to be your most important career achievement or milestone?

Implementing the first membership system of Uber that increased revenue by 50%. My career had been non-linear. Majoring in business, I realized I wanted to be in STEM by conducting economic research, in data, and landed in CS. It took me years and hundreds of failures to transition into STEM.

What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why? What obstacles will you overcome?

I want to serve marginalized groups by breaking their barriers to accessing technologies. I also want to use my expertise to advance equity in STEM. Since 2018, I have been training post-release inmates on their technical skills. I developed Information Bootcamp for 20+ post-release inmates and helped 10+ secured jobs in information field.

Describe an amazing opportunity in your STEM career.

I proposed Uber for a senior software product and developed it from 0 to 1. It is now benefiting 500k+ seniors in China that previously lacked mobility in the modern transportation system.

How was AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?

AWIS helped me to learn and recognize the infinite possibilities of life–I knew a woman in her 40s who transitioned from Chemistry to Patent Law. I was so amazed that she not only completed both PhD and JD, but also nailed both the Chemistry and Patent Law field.

What is your favorite word? (only one word)

Strive

How do you define it?

Strive to me means endless opportunities that I proactively achieve to and thrive in.

How has this word influenced or inspired your career?

It encourages me to think and aim at long-term achievements, instead of being trapped in short-term failures.

How does AWIS impact your career journey?

AWIS means inspiration to me. Learning from other women in STEM has empowered me to explore my longer career path. AWIS encouraged me to believe in my potential in my current software field, and strive maintain my interests in cognitive science field.

What are you currently reading or listening to?

I just finished Behave by Robert Sapolsky and about to start reading Diaspora’s Children by Stan Rushworth. 

What do you consider the best professional or personal advice you’ve ever received?

The world is built as a net. Each string of the net is a connection you have in the world. The more connections you have, the more strings there are that lift you up in the world.

Iris Yuning Ye is a Product Manager at Microsoft. She is a Security Product Manager that manages products that defend for corporate data safety. Her research focuses on user identity and cloud solutions. She has 3+ years product management and information architecture experience among startups and developed tech companies. Her products have been ranging widely from AI, NLP to user experience. Outside of research and product, she is also a Strength and Conditioning Coach and classical violinist.