According to Deloitte, women in tech will make up nearly 33% of the sector’s multinational workforce in 2022. 2 points more than in 2019, that’s good…but it’s not enough! Mallory Beaudreau, Account Director EMEA at APPTIO, speaks on the subject via the forum and analyzes the insights received about this so-called “men only” environment.
Mallory Beaudreau is the EMEA Account Director at APPENDIX, a global company at the forefront of innovation that provides tools and solutions to manage and optimize IT spending. “My position is a bit abstract, but specifically at APPTIO, I lead two teams responsible for customer service and product teams. I also support all other customer service teams here in Europe. My goal is for our clients to be able to create value through the solutions we offer them every day.”
“Working in technology means being an expert in the moment, but knowing that tomorrow we will have a lot to learn.”
For this position, Mallory says communication, whether verbal or written, is a key skill. “Human qualities and communication are important. Even though I work in the tech world, I am not a developer, I am a manager and I interact with my colleagues and clients throughout the day and this exchange is valuable“, she explains. Curiosity and good learning ability also seem to be important qualities for taming this ecosystem and understanding the more technical aspects of work. Mallory decided to develop these qualities outside the US in order to think differently and better understand international issues. “I have a master’s degree in international economics and politics from the London School of Economics, a degree in science, and as an American, I also learned French. So I have all the theoretical foundations that still help me fully understand the connection that can exist between political and economic decisions. Working at APPTIO has allowed me to acquire technical aspects, especially through our Cloudability product. Since then, the company has continued to encourage me in this learning process.” she continues. Although she was destined for a career in education, Mallory’s desire to integrate the worlds of technology and finance quickly took over for two reasons: her desire to work in Europe and in an ever-evolving sector. “Working in technology means being an expert in the moment, but knowing that tomorrow we will have a lot to learn. This is very stimulating and requires a lot of humility. There is inherent flexibility in this environment, and for us women – women in technology – this ability to adapt to change is almost instinctive.“.
Finance, Technology: Breaking down stereotypes and encouraging open mindsets and career paths
Asked about the underrepresentation of women in the financial and IT sectors in which she works, Mallory chimes in: “As children, my parents very quickly taught us that we can do whatever we want, whether we are a girl or boy. Everything was possible, everything was possible, so today I don’t feel any barrier as a woman working in a rather masculine environment.“. Of course, she is aware that these barriers exist, but, undoubtedly, it was American culture that inspired her and helped her overcome European patriarchy: “In the US, I have the impression that there is a culture of the possible, regardless of gender, education, or even the career chosen at the beginning of our working lives. From the moment we are willing and motivated, we are spoiled for choice! Portland, where I worked, also has a large Women in Tech community, and I was the leader of this organization before moving to Europe.This culture of opportunity still accompanies Mallory and allows her to comfortably manage an all-male team, with men who are sometimes older than her. This combination of willpower, optimism and open-mindedness clashes with the more rigid and sometimes conservative frameworks of European and French business cultures. “My impression is that in Europe career choices are made very early, leading to long periods of rather specialized training. For me, this creates a separation of professional paths, especially in technology, where career changes are more difficult and scary.Mallory continues. “These accepted ideas, unfortunately, contribute, among other things, to the creation of differences between men and women. What does a woman do in technology? Is this really his place?“For Mallory, women and men are complementary, and without exchange, diplomacy and empathy, experience is not enough. At APPTIO, the proposed solutions involve a significant change in processes within companies, which requires a lot of discussion, corporate culture adjustments and assumptions. That’s where his open-mindedness and his ability to maneuver make the difference.