International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. We at Uniserve are proud to support women’s advancement and are pleased to #PressforProgress.
We are taking this opportunity to highlight a few of the many successful women at our company and their thoughts on progress and the advancement of women.
What is your role at Uniserve Communications and how did you get there?
I am Director of Managed Services and Data Centre. I joined Uniserve 8 months ago when they acquired my company, Xanity Cloud.
When was the first time you realized you wanted to pursue a career in technology?
Technology was an accidental career in that I started working in a tech company and really enjoyed it and found my strengths: translating technical needs to business needs. The industry changes so quickly and that constant change has kept me engaged.
What is the biggest barrier you faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
I would have to say that financing a tech company with a new concept was my biggest challenge. I was very lucky to have a supportive investor (male entrepreneur) who sold his company and immediately helped me with funding which changed the trajectory of our business. I remember he told me that having been in business for over 35 years he saw that women had it harder than men, and he was going to support me to change that.
This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. What is one thing that companies can do to help women progress in their field?
There is so much progress to be made, especially in tech companies. Business leaders can identify women to work with and advance careers, recruit for more women (and no that doesn’t mean hiring a woman even if she’s not the best candidate), create a work environment that appeals to and attracts women, and continue to show women in leadership and board positions – the proof is in the pudding and the statistics are favourable.
Do you have any advice for young women considering a career in technology?
If you enjoy technology, go for it. There are so many interesting businesses areas that technology is affecting, impacting and changing. Look for companies that support you and your growth and don’t put up with crap. There are lots of supportive companies and people that will value you so stay away from those that don’t.