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WOMEN IN TECH

Blair Leking

VP of Marketing

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Why do you think it’s important for more women to join the tech industry?

Tech companies that hire and retain women (especially women in leadership roles) put themselves in a position to automatically gain a competitive advantage, a benefit that extends to all stakeholders. Increasing diversity in leadership teams within the tech industry (leaning in on women as a key part of the c-suite) fosters more innovation and better thought leadership.

 

What advice would you give yourself just starting out?

As a working mom, there's never a perfect time to embrace new, challenging opportunities that present themselves. Don't spend too much time over-analyzing how to do it all. If you find something you're passionate about, jump on an opportunity to do it. If you bring passion, work ethic, and talent to the table, you'll find a way to make it all work.


What first sparked your interest in working in the tech industry?

The pace. I love how quickly things move in tech and how much you learn along the way. There are so many components that make up a successful tech company. You can learn as much from the company's successes as you can from their failures.


What is the best professional advice you've ever received? 

The best professional advice I ever got was actually the wrong advice. I chose not to follow it and it was the best decision I ever made. Someone once told me that my background was "too diverse" and "unfocused" and if I wanted to be successful in my field, I had to narrow my focus and develop one skill set completely and "choose a path." Instead, I developed new and different skills at every new career move I made, and eventually earned myself a leadership position that I always strived for. Today, I pull on experience from every aspect of my background. If I had narrowed my focus and stuck to one path, I may never have had a leadership door open for me. I continue to want to learn more/new things and don't think that advice will ever sit right with me.


What is a quote you live by? 

If you ain't squirmin' you ain't learnin'


What is your favorite book, podcast or tv show and why? 

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