by: Melanie Renée, Director of Client Experience and Communications, IT TechPros, Inc.
In Photo: (Left to Right) Kathy David - IT TechPros, Inc., Joy Beland - LA IT Girl, Vivian Shimoyama - Regional Executive Director of So. CA Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, and Bin Jiang, Co-Founder of Rolling Robots.
Wonder Women Tech (WWT), a non-profit organization that focuses on highlighting, celebrating, and educating women in tech, STEAM and innovation, gathered over 150+ A-list speakers, women innovators, hackers, and visionaries on July 16, 2016 & July 17, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.
Geared towards exploring and engaging in powerful discussion, education opportunities, and programing, diverse women from 20+ countries gathered at the much-anticipated event, including IT TechPros’ very own Kathy David.
Kathy David is an Award-Winning business owner, as well as the President and CEO of IT Techpros, Inc. Her company specializes in providing I.T. managed services to a wide range of industries including manufacturing, education, legal, commercial, construction, and financial institutions.
Accompanying Kathy on the panel board were Joy Beland, President of LA IT Girl, and Bing Jiang, Co-Founder of Rolling Robots. Not only do these phenomenal businesswomen share ambition, but also passion to engage and inspire business owners in all industries.
Kathy, Joy, and Bing are alumnae of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. The panel was moderated by Vivian Shimoyama, Regional Executive Director for the Southern California Region of the program.
With the theme #WEAREPIONEERS, Wonder Women Tech lead the way for innovation by constructing an engaging conference with a wonderful speaker lineup. As the questions began rolling in, Kathy David touched upon her career, the importance of mentoring and encouragement, and the top three qualities that are important for women to excel in business.
Q: How has your career or education prepared you for the WWT conference?
I have been in the Information Technology field for over 10 years and find that women are still being underrepresented in the technology space. I am a big advocate of women getting into different STEM careers, and I highly encourage women in the tech space to also find the courage to start their companies and get into leadership and fill those top executive roles.
No one showed me or mentored me the first few years when I started my company so I want to share my experience, knowledge, and time with the women who may be thinking about getting into the tech industry.
Q: What was your favorite question/conversation while on the panel board?
My favorite question was “Share with us a success story about your company?” The reason why this is my favorite is because the success of the company cannot be summed up to any one significant achievement, contract, or milestone.
We have been in business over ten years, and the success of the company is because of the series of small wins and achievements over the years.
Also, the focus is not about one single goal; the primary objective of the company is on excellence. When you focus on excellence (meaning when you provide excellent service and products to your clients), providing an excellent environment for your team members to thrive in, giving excellence back to the community, and all things excellence will just occur naturally.
If you continue to do the right thing and build a strong reputation and brand centered on excellence, then success will surely follow.
Q: What do you think are the most important qualities for women to excel in the business realm?
The top three qualities that I think are important for any woman to excel in business are the following:
The WWT conference is a great event in which many local and international innovators, techies, and creatives can share their victories, challenges, and inspirations in the business realm. And what’s even more inspiring is that this event is led by women, and for women.
“It was inspiring to see middle school, high school, and college ages females at the conference. This is a sign that the women in STEM will continue to grow, and we are paving the way for our future female leaders,” said David.
About IT TechPros, Inc: IT TechPros is a provider of I.T. managed services and solutions for commercial clients throughout Southern California. Since its founding on January 2006, IT TechPros has delivered complete I.T. consulting services around a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, educational, legal, commercial construction, financial institutions, along with a variety of other commercial industries. IT TechPros specializes in help desk support, network administration, outsourced I.T. services, hardware installations, lifecycle management, and I.T. consulting.
About Wonder Women Tech: The mission of Wonder Women Tech is to highlight, celebrate, and educate women and diversity in STEAM and innovation by creating diverse programming, events, and educational resources, which foster women and diverse individuals as role models, and provide an ecosystem of women supporting, mentoring and educating other women.
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About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Long Beach City College is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.
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