Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day 2023. In recognition of this day, we are proud to share the following reflection from Tanja Omeragic, director, technical sales, cybersecurity, ConnectWise, about being a woman in the tech industry, the challenges she’s faced, the changes she’s seen, and her advice to other women in the workplace.
I have had my share of career challenges: Being overlooked for the opportunity to further my career in cyber while I was pregnant, people wrongly assuming I’m in an administrative role and having others being given the credit for my hard work. I feel lucky to now work for a manager and company who take my voice seriously.
Tech remains a male-dominated industry. These barriers won’t ever disappear, but we can minimize them as more female leaders break the glass ceiling, inspiring others to do the same. Organizations can support this aim by increasing awareness of the possibilities for women in tech and by encouraging its leaders to mentor other women in the workplace. Having someone invest in your career and growth can make the world of difference.
Finally, my advice to other women: Be stubborn, be bossy, and don’t give up. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. As former Meta COO, Sheryl Sandberg, said: “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” This International Women’s Day, we need to reframe the narrative.
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