Precisely Women in Technology: Meet Eileen Bressler
In 2022, it’s more common than ever for women to work and be leaders in the IT and technology field. With more women joining the field – and choosing to study IT and tech in school – it’s important that we highlight female leaders and mentors at Precisely. This month’s feature from Precisely’s Women in Technology program is Eileen Bressler, Manager, IT Systems – Sales & Support. Continue reading to learn more about Eileen, her role at Precisely, her experience in the field.
What does your role involve?
I manage the Application Development team that supports Salesforce and several adjacent applications. My team is tasked with maintaining the applications, as well as developing enhancements for both internal and external customers. Our goal is to keep the application easy to use while providing the functionality every department needs, so users can carry out their responsibilities. My role involves communicating with all the functions at Precisely, in some way or another. To do so, we meet with the different workstreams regularly and prioritize system enhancements and projects that are a result of our organic growth, as well as those born through our mergers and acquisitions.
Did you study IT or Tech at school? What made you choose a career in Tech?
I like to say that IT found me. My first job out of graduate school, where I stayed for 10 years, was for a large tech corporation in the FP&A department. After earning my Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Corporate Finance & Management I completed my Master of Business Administration in Corporate. My finance skills could be applied in any environment or segment, though it has always been exciting to be part of the technology industry.
When I first started at Precisely, my role was in the Finance department and I transferred to IT Applications when I discovered that I was most effective in being a mediator between what the business wants in the system and talking to the people who know how to design and implement it. Along the way, I’ve picked up lots of technical skills, but my background allows me to see things first from an end-user perspective. I have never second-guessed my decision to work in technology; this industry allows people to grow in areas they never imagined they could.
Do you think there is a lack of females in the IT and tech sector?
I think the landscape has changed a lot in the last few years. I know that Precisely isn’t representative of the sector as a whole, but there are more women in leadership roles here than ever before, and many more females in the sector in what was once a male-dominated industry.
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What would entice women to study technology-related courses?
I think that is already happening in schools across the country. In elementary and secondary schools, STEM has become a very popular path and there’s a lot of effort to attract girls to those studies. As schools offer more diverse courses, some that are more relatable and even appealing to females, I think we’ll see many more women pursuing technology-related degrees.
How could we encourage more women to start a career in tech?
It’s important for women to know that taking a job can lead to a career in tech. Many women, early in their careers, make decisions based on what they think their work and personal life will be like and what they want. I would encourage women to join a technology company where they will be able to have a career and a family and not have to choose between them. Having flexibility in their hours and location is a perk that’s hard to put a price tag on.
What advice would you give to young women at the start of their career?
What makes you happy and fulfilled isn’t necessarily the same for others, so it’s important to think about those things for yourself. Your career path will change over time and what makes you happy today may not be what makes you happy in the future. The world is constantly changing and evolving, and the career you find yourself in years from now may not even exist today. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to take a chance.
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