On November 15 at 18:00, Club Diario de Mallorca hosts the 22′ Mueres Tech Innovation Forum. Sponsored by CaixaBanch, this meeting space presents different leaderships led by women in the technological environment. will attend the event Patricia NuñezLenovo Iberia Director of Product and Operations; pink dayz, director of the National Observatory for Technology and Society; Patricia UrbezFujitsu Spain Public Sector General Manager; Dolores Ordonez Turistec vice president and manager of Anysolution; Patricia RosselloCEO of Roibos; Palmyra Muñoz, Director of Technology at H+K Strategies Spain; Mary Cruz RiveraCaixaBank regional manager and Marisa GoniDirector of Diario de Mallorca.
We start this tour of interviews with some speakers with Patricia Núñez to learn about their education and experience during their entry into the labor market.
Is enough being done to awaken women’s professions in technology and science?
They have been working in this line for several years, and above all, the role of women in management positions in these sectors is made much more visible and how this positively impacts the business. There are several initiatives that have emerged around women’s professions and are driving change. This does not mean that there is no need to continue working in this direction.
How was your student experience?
When reviewing my profession, it did not come to me through any references. I’ve always wanted to be an airplane pilot or engineer. I went to tech high school because numbers and science have always been what I loved. The truth was very clear to me. I had already decided which pilot I would not be when I grew up, and although I still thought it would be interesting, I do not regret my decision and studied Telecommunications Engineering. And that was unusual in my house because everyone was devoted to the literary world.
What kind of environment did you find in terms of equality in university classrooms?
When I came to college, I was very surprised that there were quite a few women, unlike those in other engineering fields. I was much more equal in my teleco promotion. As an anecdote, when I finished my undergraduate, when I got to college, the larger men’s room was eventually reserved for women as there were a lot of girls. And when it came to the environment, it was very diverse and tolerant. The truth is, my experience in college doesn’t match the numbers and statistics that exist in other engineering careers.
What situations did you have to deal with when you entered the business world?
I join the business world in Paris in the transmission department at SFR, the operator of the Vodafone group. This department was highly technical and ideal for an engineer specializing in telecommunications systems. That’s why they contacted me from Acer for a rather outstanding project integrating the profiles of recent graduates in the company, returning with senior executives from different departments over several years to fully immerse themselves in their work and international networks. That’s when I accept this position at Acer in Milan, with a business-oriented activity completely different from what I know, but keeping my connection to the technological world. When I came to Milan, I was the youngest. It could have been more difficult, but the truth is that I came determined to do my best and thus earn the respect of my colleagues. It’s true that I’m in a bit of a privileged position because of the project I’m involved in and that gave me a lot of visibility inside, but it’s also true that they gave me nothing and my labor made me grow. He worked at the company in various positions and in different countries, including Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
You came to the managerial position, how was this process?
This international experience led me to lead a local team in the UK and from there I moved to Lenovo to lead a team in Iberia in a male dominated industry. I was a woman, a 30-year-old director, and, as in the past, the youngest of my entire team. At first my colleagues were shocked that I held such a position of responsibility at such a young age, but I soon built a reputation that helped me continue to grow.
Is the idea that technology is a male thing still ingrained?
I definitely don’t think so. Today, technology belongs to everyone and everyone. An exciting world full of possibilities and making incredible experiences possible. At Lenovo, one of our main goals is to make technology much smarter and easier to use so that it can be accessed by everyone, wherever and however.
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