Womens History Month at Olenick
March 1st through March 31st marked the celebration of Women’s History Month!
As part of that celebration, we at Olenick wanted to use this time to recognize women within our organization who inspire us day in and day out. We reached out to women at Olenick to learn about who their role model is that inspires them to work so hard and to share a piece of their wisdom with the rest of us!
Below are the questions we asked each of our Spotlights and a few of our Spotlights’ responses:
Who is your female role model and why?
“I have so many female role models. However, one of my absolute long-time favorites is the author and creative spirit Liz Gilbert. Her writings and talks, and overall philosophy and approach to living, particularly with regard to creativity, vocation, success, belonging, and authenticity, have resonated deeply with me and offered gentle reassuring guidance for years. I really enjoy her books Big Magic and City of Girls.” – Chrissie DiAngelus
“While I have always been surrounded by very strong women, the first person that comes to mind is my mother. A Jamaican immigrant who I migrated with to this country from England with absolutely nothing. I could write a short horror story about the places we lived. I watched my mom nanny, clean homes, and work as a caretaker to patients from the age of 5 months to 98 years old. My mom and I started out at the same college at the same time (imagine that) and I actually witnessed people make fun of her, telling her to go back to her country and treat her “less than” – realizing she was a target because she still had an accent. They had no idea I too was an immigrant.
Although it hurt, and I know she questioned many of her decisions she always taught me to never stop, keep going, lean in, speak up, never ever stop talking until “they” hear you. Today she is a Registered Traveling Nurse working for three different hospitals in Baltimore and she travels to different states. She is her own boss, exactly how she planned it according to her. My hero for sure.” – Monique Coleman
What advice do you have for women within the technology industry?
“Examine your current skills and what you can do to hone them. Look at where the tech industry is going and those skills that are really going to be needed on the next few years. Match them to your skills and desires and create a path that gets you there.” – TJ Johnson
“Technology is a great field for women as it gives us an opportunity to grow. When you know how the technology works, you are in better position to contribute and also to innovate.” – Nidhi Verma
If you could give advice to your past self, what would it be?
“If I could give advice to my past self, I would say keep writing and never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. Every obstacle will make you better and to keep your head up when you are the only one in the room. Make sure you invest early, save a lot, and network.” – Whitney McCoy
“Always be open to new opportunities – even when (and particularly when) they take you out of your comfort zone.” – Elaina Bruck
What qualities come to mind when asked to describe impactful women in tech?
“Women need more qualities in the technology field than men. Confidence, which is not arrogance. Intelligence, which does not mean you know everything. Respect for yourself and others; you will need help from someone. A zeal in finding solutions to problems, this gives energy to solving the problem.” – Lydiea David
“To be an impactful woman in tech, or in any other field, you need to love what to do. You also need to be very dedicated. Be as focused as you can. Don’t be afraid of changes or new challenges. You should be as adaptive as you can to new environments and tools.” – Andrea Korniusza
Celebrating the achievements of women is not just a monthly observance, but something we do year round. Thank you to all the wonderful women at Olenick who work every day to make the IT industry and the world a better place for the next generation of women!
By: Stephanie Morales, Diversity Program & Talent Development Lead