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Encouraging Women Into Technology

Kimble Celebrates International Women’s Day 2020

To mark International Women’s Day 2020, some of Kimble’s WITs — women in technology — share stories of how they built careers in the industry. From the office manager who now configures Kimble, to the French literature major who is a solution engineering leader, they describe a variety of routes into fulfilling careers. The women of Kimble hope that sharing these stories will help encourage other women to pursue careers in the tech industry.

Sarah Edwards, Kimble International CEO:

“Sometimes initiatives aimed at encouraging women into technology seem focused on coding, but I think the message of these women’s stories is that success in the industry today is as likely to involve understanding how to use technology to solve business problems.”

 

Lucy Butterton, VP Customer Solutions:

Lucy has a degree in English and Psychology. “I cannot write a single line of code, but technology is more accessible now for non-programmers because of the way it is consumed and used. The skill is in solving the business problem, not coding the program. Many women lean towards that consultative and problem-solving piece more readily than coding.”

“Personally, I want to work in an environment that is dynamic and creative and to be part of a company that is growing and innovative. Technology is about enablement and new horizons and that is key to my working day. Although it is still a male-dominated environment, I’ve met and worked with brilliant female colleagues and we all enjoy being part of the industry. Employers too are recognizing that bringing women into business brings creativity, leadership and fresh ideas to the table.”

Holly Fennel, Kimble PMO: 

Holly’s previous experience was in administration, including a year working in a primary school. Holly’s message to women thinking about a role in the expanding technology sector is: “The world is your oyster. Gaining experience in different departments enables you to learn new capabilities. I began as Office Manager some years ago with no technical background. Then, I transitioned into Professional Services and I’ve been delighted to have the opportunity to install and configure Kimble.”

Mei Law, Head of Delivery International:

Mei has been in the technology industry for two decades and has seen much change. “More and more women are in IT now and it’s not just about geek-speak and code. You are no longer likely to be the only one in a sea of men. Looking around my own team, it’s pretty much a 50:50 split.” Mei said offering flexible working and options, such as a four day week, help Kimble and other technology companies to retain women—as well as recruit them. “More and more companies are utilizing the flexible hours and hot-desking approach which works really well for mothers returning to work so it’s a popular reason to want to work in the IT sector. You can do your job from anywhere and the hours can suit your work-life balance.”

Lauren Leonard, Solution Engineering Manager:

Lauren’s advice would be to “jump in with full force and without fear.” She would love to see more women at senior levels in companies of all kinds, and quotes Barack Obama’s recent keynote speech at Dreamforce. “My favorite quote from his presentation was, “Companies that have a lot of women on their boards do better. They make more money. They get in less trouble. They are more successful.” In college, Lauren majored in French literature. She then studied for an MBA at night school. “My MBA program introduced me to professions that I had never considered. I was most drawn to technology because it impacts every industry.” After the consulting firm she was working at was acquired, Lauren landed a job as a solution engineer. “Every experience I’ve had has been an important input into such a fulfilling career.”

Funmi Olugboja, Business Development Representative: 

Funmi read English for her undergraduate degree. She said: “Women shouldn’t assume that all roles are technical. I am currently in Business Development unit (UK and Ireland), bridging the gap between Sales and Marketing.” Funmi said skills like team-working and effective communication were as important as being able to code. “Personally, I am self-motivated while getting the job done, target driven, and focused. These are important skills that drive success in the tech industry.”

Rebecca Jenkins, Customer Success Manager: 

Rebecca did start with a degree in Computing and Business, but subsequently headed in a different direction. “I quickly realized coding wasn’t for me. I’m a big people person and I didn’t want to be sat at a desk all day. I researched roles in technology that would bring my love for technology and my interpersonal skills together. Being a Customer Success Manager allows me to be involved with cutting edge technology and speak to people all day.”

Nataly Bautista, Advocate Marketing Specialist:

Nataly has been taking the opportunity running events for Kimble offers for her to add to her skill set. “I didn’t come from a background in tech, and while I’ve been lucky to continue to be involved in the field I enjoy — Events and Marketing — being in technology has allowed me to acquire new knowledge that I know will be relatable in any industry I choose in the future. For example, I’ve learned to record and edit videos at our customer events.”

Sarah Edwards concludes:

“I see so many great women at Kimble and working at our customer and partner organizations, it is an exciting industry to work in and more and more women are moving into key roles. We need more though. I think the reality is we do have to make sacrifices and sometimes it is not easy juggling a leading role on 4 days a week with young children. But easy and success don’t always go together and you can absolutely make it work. I think it’s our job as leaders to support each other and help more and more women take on key roles in technology.”