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Emi’s career at Apple has spanned four regions and two countries. She started in Long Island, then advanced to opportunities in Manhattan; Washington, DC; and now Tokyo. “I discovered there was an opening in Japan through a conversation with my manager. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Today, I’m a market leader here, working with stores east of Tokyo and getting ready to open two more this year.”
From the very beginning of her career at Apple, Emi felt supported by her colleagues — especially management. In fact, her manager in New York was one of the first people she told that she was gay. His encouragement gave Emi the confidence to come out to her family.
I realized early on how open and accepting Apple was. There isn’t just one specific example or story — it’s how everyone truly wants you to be yourself.
Now, as she and her wife are settling in to life in Tokyo, Emi is using her role as a leader to make sure that her teams have the same feeling of acceptance and belonging that she has at Apple.
Accessibility and Speech Test Engineer
Ibrahim is driven by the desire to empower people of all abilities. When muscular dystrophy caused him to lose mobility, Apple’s Switch Control made it possible to use his iPhone with the joystick on his wheelchair. And in college, he gave talks that raised awareness among educators about the importance of accommodating people with disabilities.
At Apple, Ibrahim uses his passion and problem-solving skills to make technology more accessible for everyone across a broad range of physical abilities. This has led to many new assistive technologies and accommodations.
We hired a QA engineer with low vision who showed us how he lives on his devices from day to day. He had to invert colors manually every time he wanted to see a picture. So we created a new feature called Smart Invert that does it automatically.
In addition to Ibrahim’s work as a test engineer, he is frequently consulted by other teams to improve accommodations for employees with disabilities. He’s collaborated on projects for Switch Control, AssistiveTouch, and Siri capabilities. “I am determined to make things more accessible because I know it’s going to help other people, not just me.”
For Sheena, every day is an opportunity to succeed.
How do you define your role?
Officially, as a member of the Real Estate and Development team at Apple, I coordinate operations at our Beats campus in Los Angeles. But what I love is how much my role changes from day to day. From booking travel to working with Global Security, there’s always something new and exciting to do.
What influences your work?
My passion is fitness — in particular, competitive bodybuilding. After I won several competitions, my coworkers saw my progress and began reaching out to me to help them with their fitness lifestyle. I’m more than happy to share my knowledge and assist them with their overall health and wellness goals. I believe that when we feel good from the inside, it creates a more positive work environment for everyone.
How does this role differ from others you’ve had in the past?
I had the pleasure of being one of the first to join the Beats office in 2011, so it gives me great joy to know I’ve contributed to building this office’s culture in some way. It’s an honor to be part of a company that unites the worlds of both technology and entertainment into one.
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