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WOMEN IN TECH

Karen Montgomery

Director of Brand Strategy

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

All industries benefit from greater diversity and inclusion, including the tech industry, where women are still often underrepresented. Products and user experiences are better when informed by a variety of perspectives and women bring their own unique points of view and work styles to their jobs which positively impact final outcomes and firm/team performance. Additionally, it's important for young girls/teens to have female role models in a variety of technology roles so they can see and believe it's worth pursuing and obtainable. This will ultimately increase workforce diversity over time and strengthen our society as a whole when there is greater gender equality in all fields, including tech.

 

What advice would you give yourself just starting out?

That my opinion and perspective is just as valid as anyone else's so don't be afraid to speak up!


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

My background is in visual art so a career in the creative field was a natural fit for me. As technology became a bigger and bigger tool to accomplish design work, it became an extension for not only how to do my own job, but also how to engage the end user/audience with the brands I've helped develop.


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

I've received a lot of great professional advice over the years! One that has stayed with me is to be a great listener and truly present during conversations, not just thinking about what you're going to say next. If you don't, you can miss a lot. Another is to always enter conversations giving benefit of the doubt and from a position of curiosity which allows you to stay open to other perspectives and not immediately looking to defend or validate your own.


What is a quote you live by? 

"You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass." -Warren Buffett


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

One of my favorite books is "Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain. After reading it I felt seen and validated, even when I'm not always the loudest in the room. A few famous introverts: Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Suess, Steve Wozniak.