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This Women’s Month, we at Internet Solutions (IS) wanted to shine a spotlight on women in IT, particularly our employees. This blog is one in a series of blogs aimed at finding out more about what it’s like to work for IS. We sat down with Emma Barker-Goldie and Lisa Warwick to hear their thoughts. Let’s unpack what was discussed, first up is Lisa Warwick.

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If you are a part of the Women’s Forum, can you elaborate on its purpose, how it functions and your role in the organisation?

While I support the forum, it is not a priority for me. My role as finance executive is very demanding and I need to try and maintain a work/life balance. The way I achieve this is by saying “no”.

What is it like to be a woman working for IS?

Working in a high-performance industry is challenging. There are constant daily demands and every day provides new problems to solve. It is important to have the right team supporting you at work and an understanding husband at home. As demanding as the job is, I enjoy the IS environment, the culture and its people.

What made you want to work in the IT industry?

It is a very relevant industry and will shape the future of business and communities. There is also a level of excitement associated with new innovations and technologies that makes me proud to be associated with the industry. We really do make the world work better.

Can you share a few of the challenges and successes you’ve experienced?

I received the 2014 CEO award for Senior Leadership. It is a wonderful accolade and testimony that working right (and hard) is rewarded. I could not have done this without very dedicated and capable managers and the team that supports me.

How do you feel Women’s Day is relevant to you in the IT industry and as an individual?

I believe in celebrating Women’s Day because, for many women, leaving the office does not mean the end of your day. Before a working mom can put up her feet, she first has to contend with homework, cooking and bedtime stories.

How would you encourage young women to become more involved? Can you share a few insights you’ve gained from the industry over the course of your career?

Change is constant. You need to roll with the punches.

Now onto Emma Barker-Goldie.

If you are a part of the Women’s Forum, can you elaborate on its purpose, how it functions and your role in the organisation?

I was part of the steering committee for Dimension Data’s Women’s Forum 2015/2016, I had to step down when I moved to Cape Town. There are a number of portfolios that each steering committee member handles, namely Women’s Chapter network, quarterly talks – True North CSI and Techno Girls.

What is it like to be a woman working for IS?

It’s a very male-dominated environment. However, I do feel that in general, women at IS are treated equally. From my perspective, I haven’t experienced anything other than equality.

What made you want to work in the IT industry?

I didn’t know what to study after school, every one said IT was a good career and I ended up doing an IT degree.

Can you share a few of the challenges and successes you’ve experienced?

Successes – I feel that having been offered the opportunity to have four different roles in two IS offices in nearly eight years has been great.

Challenges – There are challenges all the time. It’s how you choose to respond to these challenges that makes the difference.

How do you feel Women’s Day is relevant to you in the IT industry and as an individual?

I think it is important to recognise the role that women play in the industry and in the world. Strong women equal a strong world. I think there is still a huge amount of gender inequality in the world and transformation that still needs to be done. I think to be personally recognised for your contribution is a good step in helping women get the confidence to be strong in such a male-dominated environment.

Can you share a few insights of the industry gained over the course of your career?

We work in a highly competitive industry where excellent delivery, execution and innovation is a non-negotiable. It’s a very exciting industry to be in because things change exponentially and all the time. It is also a small industry in the South African context and people move around, so never burn your bridges internally or externally.