ExaGals - Exabeam

Meet the ExaGals

The ExaGals program focuses on supporting and empowering the women of Exabeam, as well as women in the technology community at large, with career development, education and personal growth opportunities.

What are the ExaGals?

The ExaGals first began as an initiative driven by our CEO and Co-Founder, Nir Polak, when he selected a handful of women at Exabeam to help forge the company culture. Over time, our mission has grown. Today, ExaGals community reaches out to women in the technology community at large, with career development, education, and personal growth opportunities.

Meet a Selection of the ExaGals Program Members

Crendal Kear

Vice President, Sales Operations

Joy Ma

Content Marketing Director

Gabriella Pellagatti

Corporate Marketing and Social Media Manager

Yumi Nishiyama

Director, Global Service Alliances

The ExaGals program focuses on supporting and empowering the women of Exabeam, as well as women in the technology community at large, with career development, education and personal growth opportunities.

The origin story.

The first version of ExaGals launched one year after Exabeam was founded. There were a handful of women in the company and Nir Polak, our CEO and co-Founder, asked three of them to form a company culture committee.

Culture was (and is) paramount to Nir. Exabeam was small enough to be fun, casual, and impulsive, but big enough to need a team that could wrangle that brash young energy and map it onto a cohesive organizational culture. He believed these three women embodied the values, behaviors, and attitudes he wanted at Exabeam, and wanted to support them as more women joined the company.

It started with a budget for monthly lunch meetings, and grew so large it eventually needed a name to make its impact and its influence recognizable. The prefix Exa made sense, and Gal had two meanings as the bookend of the name: the first, a classic and approachable synonym for woman, and the second, a more obscure meaning, a measurement unit of gravitational acceleration.

Exabeam’s growth was off the charts, so the metaphor fit. And it fit culturally, ExaGals were cultivating the values and identity that the people of Exabeam shared and helped forge the company culture we have today.

How ExaGals has evolved.

As more women joined the company they brought with them more ideas and inspiration of where ExaGals’ energies should be spent. The mission of the ExaGals is moving ever more external, focusing on women in the broader technology community and beyond.

One of the areas we identified as a challenge in the cybersecurity labor gap, a paucity of qualified female college graduates entering the workforce. Our hope is that by supporting programs that expose women and girls to the possibilities of an education and career in tech, we can help address the cybersecurity skills shortage by introducing new perspectives and problem-solving skills to an industry that requires a multidisciplinary approach to protect against adversaries. Diversity truly improves the overall outcomes of security teams, an area where we believe a new way of thinking can help.

Who knows how many more iterations of the program there will be and how many more women the ExaGals will be championing. The takeaway: no matter how few of you there are or the size of your mission, it’s important to continue to self-evaluate, refine what is important, and ask the questions that will help you get ahead. Start moving and accelerate.

The values of an ExaGal.

ExaGals believe in the mission of diversity, inclusion, development, community, and—most importantly— embracing creativity and having fun while doing it.

It feels good to give back.

The ExaGals take volunteerism seriously. You can find these ladies at the food bank, doing arts and crafts with children, or riding on the back of a pickup truck to help harvest fruits and vegetables.

Stepping outside of their day to day routines to give back to the community is a value each ExaGal shares. Volunteering is always a humbling experience that brings each ExaGal closer to their community and each other.