Employee Spotlight: Lea Ellingwood

Meet Lea Ellingwood, a software engineer at Trava!

Meet Lea Ellingwood, a software engineer at Trava!

What is your role at Trava?

My role is to support our product the best I can as a software engineer, but I also think it's to help think outside the box. As somebody who is new to insurance and new to cybersecurity, I like to think that I help bring a different perspective to our product and what kinds of things might be attractive to somebody who has a non- insurance, non- cybersecurity background like me.

Describe Trava in 3 words. 

I would say engaging, forward-thinking, which I think is technically two, and resourceful.

Where is your happy place?

Usually with my family. My parents have a lot of construction projects going on; my sister and I spend a lot of time there helping them with that, and it's rewarding to see the fruit of your work and spend time with family, so usually where they are.

If you could give your 13 year old self advice, what would it be?

I would say, don't be concerned with what other people think, do the kinds of things that you want to do. 

What is your favorite motivational quote?

Hopefully I don't misquote this, but I think it was Henry Ford who said,

"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right."

What has been your favorite project at Trava?

So I'm getting started on a project to automate testing, which I really like. I like the idea of making testing so streamlined that you don't have to spend time on the back end after you've written the code making sure that everything works week after week. So, just having a product that's out there that's automatically getting checked when you run a build, I love that idea because it opens up our time to do more substantive projects while ensuring our product is working the way it's intended to work for our customers.

Cats or dogs?

Yes. I have two cats and a dog. They constantly fight for attention. Usually, it's stand- up; somebody will see one of the cats, and if there's a cat on the call, then the dog is right here making sure that the cat's not having more fun than the dog is having, so both.

What’s your favorite color?

Ooh, purple, I think.