Marissa: Tell us your story on how you got into technology?
Alyssa: I have always been into technology. As a kid, I would make interactive PowerPoint activities for my parents. Growing up, I was fascinated with coding and web design. In college, I realized I wanted to add a little more human interaction to my love for technology which drove me into IT Sales at Dell Technologies. From there, I created a position that I’m very passionate about at Dataprise!
Marissa: Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do?
Alyssa: I did. Technology is such a relevant field to be in. No matter if your interest is marketing, sales, business development, problem solving… IT is always a great, stable career choice. There’s so much room for growth and opportunity.
Marissa: How long have you been with Dataprise?
Alyssa: I just hit my first anniversary with Dataprise and am impressed with how much personal and professional growth I’ve experienced.
Marissa: Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?
Alyssa: I am Dataprise’s Partner Account Executive for Dell. I stay on top of the relationship between Dataprise and Dell sellers to build our bond and empower strategic solutions for Dell customers. My average day-to-day consists of conducting sales enablement trainings, talking through solutions with customers, and managing my daily pipeline on the backend.
Marissa: What is one piece of advice you’d give to young women looking to get into the technology field?
Alyssa: I’ll start this off with a quote from Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” On a day to day basis, we are constantly representing ourselves in what we do and a future employer could be around the corner at any time. Always give 100% to what you’re doing and take care of those around you. I was able to get in at Dell Technologies to start my technology career by making an impact on a customer while I was waitressing my way through university. You got this!
Marissa: What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?
Alyssa: For me, I went into this tech world forcing a stoic personality in order to try and blend in with the male-driven environment. The more experience I gain, the more I’m learning that this industry could really benefit from the different outlook and perspective that women have. Don’t be afraid to be who you are and to let your personality shine in whatever you do. We are valuable and integral in building and growing this industry.
Marissa: What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?
Alyssa: I think the best part of being a woman in the tech industry today is the resources we’re given to expand our knowledge and the opportunity for professional growth. Tech leaders are really looking to rebrand the business, opening more doors than ever for women. Now is the time!
Marissa: What is it that you enjoy most about your current job at Dataprise?
Alyssa: At Dataprise, I really enjoy our leadership team. I highly agree with the well-known concept that an employee does not search for a new job, but rather a new leader. I’ve been consistently motivated and empowered throughout my year here and am grateful to work at a business that puts care and attention into their employees.
Marissa: Where do you see yourself going from here?
Alyssa: I would like to see my efforts positively affect the overall trajectory of the sales organization. Moving forward, I want to contribute more into becoming customer facing and representing the Dataprise brand on an outside sales level. Seeing our partnership with Dell boom is definitely one of my top priorities at the moment!