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Women at Espial (Part 4) – The Women Behind our Innovation

Published on 07/03/2019

Category: Our Culture

[…] In Part 4 of our blog series Women at Espial, we’d like to introduce you to Sarah and Sylvia – let’s see what they have to say about why they chose a career in innovation in the last part of our women behind Espial’s innovation segment. 

 

1. Sarah Wotherspoon, Senior Technical Writer (18 years at Espial)

Tell us a little bit more about you and your journey towards choosing a career in innovation.

I graduated with a degree in physics, but one of my summer jobs at university involved designing and testing software for use in student chemistry lab courses. One of my duties included creating a user’s guide. I love learning new technologies hands-on and being able to explain what I learned to others. That’s what led me to a career in technical writing.

Who are the women you look up to the most?

Perhaps an obvious choice, but no one has inspired and influenced me more than my mother.

If a young woman was seeking your advice now, what would you tell her?

Go ahead and take in all the advice that’s offered to you, but in the end, trust your gut. Ultimately, you’re the one who knows best what works for you and what fuels you.

 

2. Sylvia Lea, Senior S/W Designer (13 years at Espial)

Tell us a little bit more about you and your journey towards choosing a career in innovation.

I have always been extremely curious and fascinated by solving puzzles. I wanted to know all about computers and software. I found that working on software has, over the years, challenged me with ever more complex problems to solve – and I have reveled in the opportunity to find simple, elegant solutions to complex problems.

What was the best advice you received from another woman at the beginning of your career?

There really weren’t any. None of my professors were women; none of my initial contacts in the professional world were women. I and the women joining the industry at the same time, pretty much attacked it together.

Who are the women you look up to the most?

Those who have followed their own way – a little off the beaten path. Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Elizabeth I, Grace Hopper to name a few. Every year we find out about more women whose work was glossed over and is only now coming to light. Most recently I have been reading about women who in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s made significant contributions to the field of astronomy and have not until now been given the credit they deserve.

If a young woman was seeking your advice now, what would you tell her?

Do not assume that others (managers) know what you want. Figure out what you want, speak up, and seek advice on how to get there. You are the only person guaranteed to have your interests first: own your career.

Why did you choose to work for Espial and what makes this company a champion for women in innovation?

Interviewers often do not realize that the questions they ask tell the most about the company and what they/it values. Many that I encountered were focused on technical trivia, but Espial’s technical questionnaire was about design problems and communicating how you solved them. This spoke volumes about a company consumed by good design. That assessment has been validated by my experience with Espial.

 

Thank you again to all our staff members who volunteered to participate in this campaign. We appreciate you and the impact your have in moving the needle forward every single day by just being spectacular at your work. In the upcoming blogs, we will look at the women behind our operations and our brand: stay tuned! 

Valerie Mayer

Marketing Coordinator at Espial

Valerie Mayer

Marketing Coordinator at Espial

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