Marissa: Tell us your story on how you got into technology?
Lori: I got into technology by mistake! Straight out of college I was working for a horrible and unethical organization. The woman who hired me felt bad about how terrible the company turned out to be, so she introduced me to a recruiter at a software company who she knew. Long story short, I got a job at the tech company knowing next to nothing about technology. Turns out I loved it and was good at it…the rest is history!
Marissa: Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do?
Lori: Absolutely not.
Marissa: How long have you been with Dataprise?
Lori: I’m four months strong!
Marissa: Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?
Lori: I’m responsible for building our Strategic Alliances department – a fancy way of saying our partner channel. Dataprise has never had a formalized, repeatable partner program from the ground up, so that is what my team and I are doing. That means we are doing it all to get this off the ground. And we’re doing it all with the thought that we want to be strategic and intentional about our partners, so while we might not grow the channel quickly, we’ll do so smartly.
Marissa: What is one piece of advice you would give to young women looking to get into the technology field?
Lori: Start learning and keep learning; technology changes on a dime so there is ALWAYS something new to learn.
Marissa: What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?
Lori: Don’t be intimidated when you’re the only woman in the room because, although it’s getting better, it will happen. Be confident in the fact that you are just as smart (if not smarter!) than the men in the room and don’t let them try and convince you otherwise.
Marissa: What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?
Lori: We are part of a movement! When I started in technology, women were VERY underrepresented. Now, as I reflect on all the smart, accomplished women at Dataprise and know that a lot of them are raising daughters, it gives me faith in our future!
Marissa: What is it that you enjoy most about your current job at Dataprise?
Lori: This is honestly one of the best companies I’ve been at so far. My colleagues are remarkable, leadership gives us the opportunities to try and fail safely, and it’s fascinating to have the opportunity to build something from the ground up like we’re doing with Strategic Alliances.
Marissa: Where do you see yourself going from here?
Lori: We’re going to build the Strategic Alliances department BIG! I’ll be recruiting sooner than later for new additions to my team so anyone reading this, contact me if you want to come along for the ride! Soon we’ll have the country covered and then maybe we’ll set our sites on conquering the rest of the world!