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Ask the Fuzer: International Women's Day Q&A

March 09, 2020 by Fuze

An equal world is an enabled world; an idea that is critical when considering the modern workforce landscape. It can be challenging to find balance in a professional environment, but in 2020, women have pushed forward to forge a new path to success in a traditionally male-dominated technology industry. 

 

At Fuze, we value diversity of thought to ensure all ideas are not only heard, but considered essential to a cohesive vision. We asked Fuzers to reflect on what equality means to them — and the hard work it takes to achieve it.

 

Do you believe equality at work can start with one person? How can it be supported throughout an organization? 

Heck yes it can! Every day we face situations where we can "choose to be the change.” Sometimes really big changes start simply with someone who was brave enough to voice their ideas without the fear of judgement or lack of acceptance. Even small actions can make big impacts and very often we don't even know who was touched by our bravery. As I get older, I find myself being more curious and observant. Watching people and how they interact in everyday circumstances has given me a higher level of respect for human equality and a heightened love of creative differences. As leaders, it is often our time spent observing and listening that ignites the inspiration for lasting change. At Fuze we encourage collaboration and inclusion to empower all employees to raise up their suggestions for positive improvements to our business, culture and customers. 

 

- Lisa Campopiano, Vice President of Customer Success & Sales  

 

How has being a woman in tech impacted you, professionally and/or personally?

Being a woman in technology has its set of challenges. You have to work harder and be more flexible, but the reward is being involved in fast-paced environments at the forefront of technological advances. I have worked for many years as a mentor to promote Women in Computer Science, and despite the fact that mentalities are changing, there are still prejudices against women in technical fields. But women bring a unique perspective and a breadth of talent to areas still dominated by men. The most important fact to remember is that tech is a great career choice, regardless of gender. 

 

- Sonia Waharte, Director of Carrier Engineering 

 

In what ways do you think mentorship — whether you are a mentor or have a mentor — is important for women in the modern workforce?

One of the biggest challenges early in your career is that you don't know what you don't know. Mentors can help fill that gap. Whether you're strategizing a salary negotiation, navigating a tricky political issue, or just looking for an objective assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, a mentor's perspective can be invaluable. Having a mentor is an opportunity to have someone invested in your career who isn't necessarily responsible for it the way a boss or manager might be. You can share struggles honestly, without fear it will count against you, giving you the chance to learn and grow. 

 

- Colleen White, Group Product Manager 

 

What skills are essential to being a successful woman in the tech space? 

I'd say a key skill is to be driven to lead. It's important to show initiative whether it be a small or large action and to take on responsibility in areas where you feel needs attention. Your drive, no matter where it lies, can create an impact not only on your team but other teams that can help them be more efficient and effective in their roles. 

 

- Arin Kim, Junior Operations Analyst

 

How do you define work-life balance? Why is it important to you? 

I define work-life balance as the flexibility to contribute successfully to meaningful work while also having time to take care of myself and spend time with my loved ones.

 

- Angie Raley, Security Analyst

 

This International Women’s Day, #EachforEqual focuses on taking individual responsibility for actions while collectively working to create a gender equal world. Today, and every day, Fuzers choose to challenge stereotypes and biases at work, improving the workforce for themselves and raising up their co-workers in the process. 

 

Learn more about breaking down barriers of gender bias in the future of work from our Lisa Walker, VP of brand and corporate marketing, in Forbes

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