BIO

I am a 23 year Amazon veteran, most known for my management of the Voice of the Developer initiative, which is another way of saying I was the advocate for the company's worldwide STEM population. I researched their concerns, articulated their impact, and either personally resolved or influenced the resolution of hundreds of problems impacting engineers and their management. I drove company investments in better computer equipment, developer tools, engineer training, operational excellence, and tech role-specific career development mechanisms.


One of my most notable accomplishments was the creation and management of the Amazon Tech Survey. I used the "working backward" approach to design the survey questions, asking engineers to let me know what they wanted senior leadership to know (vs. a top-down survey which only asks what the leaders want to know). I also made sure results were transparent to all employees to encourage them to take ownership and drive resolution to local problems. The result of my approach yielded a 95+% participant response to a voluntary survey for over a decade, setting the gold standard for employee engagement within the company.

In my last few years at the company, I joined the Global Talent Management organization. Working with HR leadership, I created the company-wide Amazon Job Level Guideline (applies to all employees, individual contributor and management tech and non-tech), simplified the Amazon Tech promotions process, and wrote most of the company's Tech role guidelines. I also developed several trainings to help calibrate level expectations and support all types of engineers working to achieve the Principal level. I was also a founding member of Amazon Women in Engineering and part of the global senior leadership team that influenced company changes to their parental leave policy and other benefits.

For more detail on my work experience, see my LinkedIn.

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Leah Melvoin

PO Box 1272
Olympia, WA 98507

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