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Women in technology - their destiny

05 April 2017

Destiny Bertucci Solarwinds

Destiny Bertucci (DB above) is the Head Geek, SolarWinds Inc., a company which develops enterprise information technology infrastructure management software. Destiny was here for Cisco Live 2017, an industry education and training event for IT, networking, and communications professionals.

Ruby had the chance to ask Destiny a few questions about women in IT and technology.

There is no gap in technology or innovation engagement between genders but there is in the types of projects on which they work. Female projects are generally oriented toward social outcomes. Invention is not a battle or game for women. Instead, it is solving a real life challenge to bring benefit to others. [Selena Griffith, University New South Wales]

DB: I’m perhaps a little different than Selena. I have literally been the person that invents, disassembles, and reassembles software, systems, networks, and devices for years. If you were to ask me to invent something to help with real life I would perhaps be less enlightened to do this and build a game instead. My mind is a plethora of technology tidbits and I use them mostly for troubleshooting and enhancing software, network designs, and security protocols as part of my daily role at SolarWinds. 

Everyone is different and we bring great ideas to the table no matter the gender, period. I have talked to several women in IT and we all have awesome characteristics. The one thing I believe women do better is we can hold several ideas within us and create them fully to the end. In relation, I have several brothers and they were always very one-task-at-a-time type of guys.

Achieving gender equity in technology

DB: Projects that are mathematical and science based for females at younger ages are important. I took my daughters out of school so I could invest in their math and science skills. I didn’t want my high-school experience to be theirs. I ended up where the girls did at school: not taking tech ed, but home ed, instead. You’re also expected to be in the creative writing classes instead of welding or carpentry. Personally, having a lot of brothers, I didn’t conform to this at all. I was begging to be in the generally male classes and it rocked them. I lived my life asking questions constantly and not being shy to do this. I feel if classrooms and education in general would promote females to be more inquisitive that would be a great start. After meetings and sessions, I’m often asked questions by females because they didn’t feel confident to ask during the session. This bothers me, because if you’re not asking questions you’re not engaging with the subject or learning what you need at the time of prime opportunity.

Women in technology

DB: Women need confidence. This is improving as they are starting to realise they are just as great as anyone else in the room. Having said that, though, it’s important to acknowledge it’s a struggle for women from the beginning.

Will more women doing STEM subjects fix the issue?

DB: I don’t think there is a magic bullet for getting more women into technology and changing the gender mix, but advocating for women to do STEM subject is, in my eyes, a fantastic start. I truly wish STEM had been more available when I was younger as I think I would have excelled and been more engaged with others of like minds at an earlier stage in life. Earlier engagement also brings confidence and learning to women in a huge, defining way. I support STEM any chance I can get.