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Confidence, beauty and a lil' bit of sass. Meet Shana Edwards
Shana is now working at Lombard Insurance as a Business Information manager – Data Manager.
If you have never met Shana, you will be met with confidence, beauty, and a little bit of sass. She is an incredible woman who always makes you feel welcome. Being in meetings with Shana, you know that you are both in good hands as an employee and as a partner. She ensures you are included and never fails to support each member of her team.
Shana started her career over 25 years ago as an analyst programmer. Data warehousing was still in its infancy stage, and she caught the data and business intelligence (BI) bug. She still exclaims with passion, "it has not left my system".
She worked at State-Owned Enterprises as a consultant at one of the then "Big Five" consulting companies. However, she spent most of her career in the financial industry. Over the years, she moved into various management positions, leading data developers and analysts.
"I have worked with many talented individuals and have been exposed to many different technologies."
Shana is now working at Lombard Insurance as a Business Information manager – Data Manager. She continues to grow in her career and assist other females in reaching success in their roles.
We asked Shana a few questions to provide some feedback on her journey as a Woman in Technology. She mentions how a role model continues to drive her passion for self-improvement and her career in technology.
"The secret to having a successful career in tech is adaptability and a willingness to learn."
What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?
"I get the opportunity to use my right and left brain to solve problems. Women are better at interacting with people from all walks of life/different levels on the organisational structure."
What has been the most career-defining moment that you are proud of?
"I resigned once out of principle. A consulting partner expected me to embellish my experience at a client company, and I was not about to compromise myself like that. The memory of that decision always boosts me when I need to stand up for myself or others."
Who has been your biggest advocate/mentor in the workplace, and why?
"The late Stephen Lillie was my Manager when I wanted to make a move from programmer to data warehousing. Not only did he push me to pursue my newfound passion, but he actively advocated for me. He lobbied the company to find a more suitable position for me, and when that did not happen, he let me use his luxury car to go for interviews. He also told me that I am going to lead people one day. He's not with us anymore, but those words and acts of encouragement are with me every day."
What do you think we should be encouraging more girls to consider a career in tech?
"We have to let girls know that you do not have to "think like a man" to be in tech. In fact, companies are better off if we are allowed to bring our own unique talents and perspectives to the table."
"Scream, so that a hundred years from now, another woman will not have to dry her tears wondering where in history she lost her voice." Jasmin Kaur
Thank you, Shana, for screaming for all the ladies in technology and the ladies yet to come.
Thank you for standing up for yourself and creating the path for the generations to come so that they will not lose their voice.