Sagent’s VP, Software Development Shelli Girard Honored with Women We Admire 2024 Top Orlando Women Leaders Award 

Anyone who has had the privilege to collaborate with Shelli knows that she is an effective leader who constantly challenges her team of 75 professionals to make the consumer-lending experience more impactful and efficient. That is why we are proud to announce that Shelli Girard, Sagent’s Vice President of Software development, has been honored as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of Orlando by Women We Admire. 

According to Women We Admire, these 50 women are leaders across multiple industries who bring a unique set of skills and accomplishments to the greater Orlando area, driving positive change, fostering inclusivity, and inspiring future generations to aspire to leadership roles regardless of gender. Writing about Shelli’s selection to receive this honor, Women We Admire said, 

Through Girard’s forthright, collaborative leadership, she delivers experiences that serve not just homeowners, but also lenders, banks, investors, GSEs, regulators, and ecosystem partners. Girard builds and evolves Sagent’s cloud-native, open API platforms that power daily servicing, default management, and homeowner care and retention in America’s $12 trillion mortgage servicing market.

Continue reading to learn more about Shelli and how her dedication is changing the future of servicing.  

Why Shelli is a Top Woman Leader 

Since Shelli graduated from Baylor with her degree in Computer Science, she has been a trailblazer in the field of software engineering, being one of the only woman engineers during her beginning years at Dell. From there, she worked her way up through the storage software industry, ultimately transitioning into the mortgage technology sector where she managed a variety of mortgage solutions including LOS, core servicing, and loss mitigation.  

Through this journey, Shelli naturally gravitated toward leadership opportunities that allowed her to leverage her diverse resume to address pain points in the consumer and operational experience.  

Shelli is a people leader with great vision, giving encouragement and being to the team,” said Women We Admire. “She always keeps the customer-first approach in front of everyone on the team and looks at our product from the other side of the window to fit customer needs. Her management style keeps everyone motivated to keep going until we reach the goal. 

Shelli approaches all her work in a collaborative manner and is always searching for the best solutions for every stop along the servicing ecosystem. As the executive technical lead for several of Sagent’s servicing platforms, she is at the forefront of modernizing the servicing industry to better serve borrowers, lenders, investors, and the broader financial technology system.  

I became a leader because I can’t stand in silence. If I’m in a meeting room and people are quiet, I’m gonna take charge… it’s just in my nature.  

Shelli’s Influence at Sagent  

At Sagent, Shelli is entrenched in developing and improving our tech systems including our recently introduced Dara by Sagent – the industry’s first-mortgage software platform that unifies all data and the user experiences for services and homeowners across the entire servicing lifecycle. Upending a servicing industry built on 60-year-old legacy systems is a daunting task; however, Shelli’s relentless innovation and dedication to the consumer experience allowed her to actualize a platform that no other servicing technology company has had success in achieving.  

Paving the Path Forward  

As a powerful woman leader, Shelli is moving the needle for STEM women who often must face the challenges that come with entering a male-dominated industry. Over the course of her career, Shelli’s ability to challenge societal norms has paved the way forward for young women. This includes collegiates who are studying software development, professionals new to the workforce, and senior leaders deep into their careers.  

Congratulations Shelli 

We are honored to celebrate this well-earned recognition of Shelli for her unwavering, inventive, and ardent leadership here at Sagent, as well within the broader mortgage industry. Shelli’s ability to create a collaborative environment that fosters new talent — while also empowering her team members to leverage existing skills — is why Sagent is at the forefront of servicing modernization.  

We could not be prouder of Shelli and continue to be inspired by her drive and the positive change she represents within our industry. 

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