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Dataprise Women in Technology: Meet Carrie

By: Marissa Withers

August WIT Instagram 2023

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This month for our Women in Technology, we are putting the spotlight on Carrie, one of our database administrators! Read about her story, and how she started in technology.

Tell us your story on how you got into technology

I secured an entry-level data entry job at an up-and-coming Marketing and promotions agency many years ago.  Within 6 months, I was supervising a busy data entry department. Once we were awarded a huge revenue contract, my boss – the owner of the company – needed someone who understood data the way he did. I was charged with summarizing data for 50K-150K in-store/retail events per weekend.  The owner of the company chose to mentor me on my journey into database management. I never realized how much I enjoyed working with data and behind the scenes.

Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do?

Absolutely NOT.  At the time, I had no idea what would be coming from a technology standpoint back then.

How long have you been with Dataprise?

I started with Wireless Watchdogs in November of 2009. I secured a position in the Operations department and then Dataprise acquired WWD in December 2020.

Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?

I wear many “hats”:  I oversee the processing of new and existing customer account plan changes and complete monthly carrier/mobility reports. I also prepare audit/new opportunity mobility reports and troubleshoot as needed with monthly reports, advise on report capabilities, Service Delivery and Sales teams. 

What advice would you give to women considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?

I have learned that it’s important to be visible and relevant so do not be afraid to voice your ideas or concerns and offer solutions.

Why do you think it’s important for more women to join the tech industry? How can the broader community support women in tech?

Having women in technology increases the likelihood that other points of view and life experiences will be considered, and open doors for future girls and women, who have a lot to offer, to enter our industry. 

What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?

I have met so many talented women who share my passion for this industry and have built lifelong relationships. 

What is it that you enjoy most about your current job at Dataprise?

Ultimately, knowing that what we do helps our customers so much in their respective roles. We definitely make their lives easier.

What is the best professional advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t be afraid to “toot your own horn.”

Where do you see yourself going from here?

I’m not sure! I will be with the company for 14 years in November. I love what I do, I enjoy my co-workers, and the company so hopefully I will remain here for many years to come.  

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