She-TO Boost: Victoria

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It’s our ninth instalment of She-TO Boost, and we’re excited to give you an inside look at Victoria — CTO Boost’s Project Manager. As one of the brain’s behind the conceptualization of She-TO Boost, Victoria is a clear example of what it means to be a powerful, strong woman in tech. Though Victoria comes from a small town North of Haliburton, she has big city dreams. After studying law in University, Victoria made the decision to pursue an alternative career path: Tech. Victoria is a meticulously organized Project Manager with a witty sense of humour and a team-player attitude which derives from her background in competitive sports. She’s quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, so much so that she’s the team-appointed IT support person. As a strong behind-the-scenes force at CTO Boost, we’re pleased to put Victoria in the spotlight for once!

What inspired you to get into tech? 

I more so fell into tech; I studied law and knew that wasn’t the direction I’d go in. I have always been a very tech savvy person so when an opportunity opened up in the industry, I went for it. 

If there was a such thing as a “typical day” in tech, what would it look like for you? 

A whole bunch of meetings and then prepping or writing up the findings/ consensus from those meetings. I spend the rest of the day essentially asking and answering questions. 

What direction do you think the tech industry should go in? 

In terms of people working in tech, I hope and believe that more and more women will continue to join the industry. Startups like Hacker Girls will hopefully inspire girls at a younger age to consider it as a career option. Continuing to see more successful women in the industry will also become a place of inspiration.   

For the actual industry itself, I believe the main direction is automation.  The more effort/work that we can take away from humans will only continue to grow and improve itself.  Machine Learning and AI will no longer be buzzwords but will be the norm.   

What have been the biggest lessons you’ve learned working in tech? 

  • Be assertive in your opinions and stick with them.
  • Any idea could be a great idea so voice them. If they get used – awesome. If not, it’ll be a learning moment .
  • Anything is possible. Somehow developers can work their magic and make literal dreams come to life.  It still blows my mind every day 

Do you think that being female has impacted your role in tech? 

I think it impacted how I entered the industry.  I was a very strong math student. Had computer science been connected more to math in school, I probably would have studied it and became a developer instead.  I was very much unaware of all of the opportunities or choices that you could make once you entered the computer science realm.   

Were there any female role models you had growing up that inspired you to get into project management? 

I don’t think that there were any role models that specifically led me to project management, but I have a few women, my mom especially, that are very strong women who really supported me to do whatever I wanted to do.  I also grew up in a family with four brothers and no sisters, so I quickly learned how to make sure that I was heard above everyone else even if I was the youngest and only girl. 

If you were an app, which one would you be? 

Pokemon Go: I love being outside, spending time with friends and who doesn’t love adorable little friends/pets.