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Career | March 10, 2023

Top 25 Women In Technology

Mission Critical is excited to announce the winners of the third annual Top 25 Women in Technology contest

Mission Critical Magazine

How many women are working in technology? It depends on who you ask. According to the WomenTech Network, less than half of working-age women are working at all. And, when it comes to the technology industry, that number dwindles down to less than a third.

Exact numbers are hard to come by, but there’s one fact that remains the same, regardless of the source: There are undeniably less women represented in tech fields than there are men. But, why?

Women are not only capable of working in this industry, they are essential to it. And, with that being said, Mission Critical is excited to announce the winners of the third annual Top 25 Women in Technology contest.

 

Sandra Hankiewicz

Title: Project Manager

Company: Rosendin Age: 51

Education: Associate’s degree

 

What led you to a career in technology?

My path professionally was not a conventional path in regards to becoming an electrical project manager working on building data centers. I have held various positions, including assistant operations manager, financial aid manager, program director, and project manager. With the many job cuts I have seen during my career over the years, it was necessary to think outside of the box, broadening the pool of jobs I could apply to. I realized I had the skills in leadership and financial management the construction industry was looking for, which led me to the electrical construction field.

What motivates you to go above and beyond in your current position?

I am motivated by the opportunity to make a positive impact not only on a project but also on those I work with, creating an environment of growth for all. I am passionate about the work I do and strive to exceed expectations in order to ensure the project I am on is successful and the goals are achieved.

What role does sustainability play in your life both personally and professionally?

Sustainability plays an increasingly important role in the construction industry reducing its environmental impact by using recycled and renewable materials, reducing energy consumption, and reducing water usage. Additionally, sustainable construction projects often incorporate green building technologies which can help create a more sustainable future.

What is the most fascinating lesson you have learned while working with technology?

Technology is ever evolving, and we need to be able to adapt as individuals in all aspects of our careers, keeping up with the evolution in our industries as they demand it.

What is unique about you personally?

I feel what is unique about me personally is also what is unique about me professionally. I have an immense drive to hold myself 100% accountable in all that I do — taking ownership of both wins and losses.

“ … take ownership of your professional and personal growth through continually seeking new knowledge.”

What is your most admirable quality?

I have been told on more than one occasion from those in my life that my most admired quality is my dependability and ability to get things done.

Why is diversity, equality, and inclusion necessary for this industry?

Diversity, equality, and inclusion are essential for any industry because they create a more inclusive and equitable environment, which can lead to better collaboration and innovation. A diverse workforce can bring different perspectives and experiences to the table and can help an industry become more competitive and successful. Additionally, when everyone is treated fairly and equitably, employees are more likely to feel respected and valued, which can lead to increased job satisfaction and productivity. Finally, a diverse and inclusive workforce can help create a positive company culture and ensure that everyone feels welcome and respected, no matter their background or identity.

What aspect of the industry has the most potential for growth, and how can we accelerate that?

The most potential for growth in the industry lies in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize the design, planning, and construction of buildings. Through AI and ML, processes can be automated and improve accuracy in estimating, planning, and scheduling projects. This will reduce the amount of time and money spent on labor and increase the speed and accuracy of building the project. To accelerate the growth of AI and ML, we need to invest in research and development to improve the accuracy and reliability of these technologies. We also need to invest in education and training initiatives to ensure professionals are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to take advantage of the technologies.

Where does the industry need the most improvement, and what can we learn from the current shortcomings?

Although we have made great strides with diversity, equality and inclusion, we are also humans with shortcomings, so we need to continually keep this a priority in our lives by practicing it day in and day out personally and professionally. If we don’t, then we risk losing a positive work culture and interest of the next generations to our industry.

When you imagine the future technology, what does it look like?

AI and ML.

What advice do you have for women and other minorities who are currently working in the industry but don’t necessarily feel like they belong?

My advice would be to take ownership of your professional and personal growth through continually seeking new knowledge. This will aid you in your confidence to speak on a aspects of the project and help you earn respect from collogues.

What advice do you have for young girls who may be interested in a future career in technology?

Many women before you have paved the way for inclusion and equality in the construction technology industry, opening up all kinds of opportunity, so don’t be afraid to join this industry, as this is the future.

 

Angela Rundle

Title: Operations Manager

Company: Rosendin

Age: 38

 

Education: Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering

Professional Credentials/Accreditations: FMI Leadership Institute Certification and LEED AP BD+C

Achievements/Awards: Graduated Rosendin’s Leadership Academy, Rosendin Strategic Planning Team Lead, Member of Rosendin’s Operational Excellence Team, Featured in Medium online magazine – Women in STEM during COVID-19, Featured on EC&M On Air podcast for Women in Contracting and Engineering, Featured in Women in Construction Roundtable Podcast for 2023 National Women In Construction Week

What led you to a career in technology?

Growing up, I always loved math and science. When I eventually began joining my electrician father on house calls and small commercial renovations, I knew construction was the place for me.

What motivates you to go above and beyond in your current position?

I’m big on positive feedback, appreciation, and mentorship. Without it, I would never have gotten to where I am today. Likewise, when I can see the positive impact I can have on those I work with and those I work for, I get an intense feeling of satisfaction. I almost feel obligated to myself to go further – to spread my reach wider and maybe give just a little boost to someone else that may not have otherwise received it.

What role does sustainability play in your life both personally and professionally?

As a mother, I try to set good examples and show my children that being a good steward of the environment isn’t always easy, but it’s the right thing to do. There is always room for improvement, and there are times when I simply have to push the easy button, but we do our best to stay on track. We have one electric car, which my husband uses for commuting as he has a longer drive, and we are on a waiting list for an electric SUV for me! We have solar on our roof, and we are planning a backyard remodel geared towards a more drought-tolerant landscape. We avoid single-use materials, and I encourage my children to donate old toys, clothes, and books while taking in hand-me-downs for ourselves, as well.

From a professional standpoint, I am enthusiastic about the push toward more green energy applications in the construction projects we build. It’s rare to see a new project without some amount of planned solar or electric vehicle charging. The technology in this arena keeps getting better and better. It’s exciting to be part of the team taking some of these new ideas and making them a reality.

What is the most fascinating lesson you have learned while working with technology?

You don’t have to be a tech geek to be able to make an impact here. I’m never the smartest person in the room at work, and I sometimes still have to ask for help with our “smart TV” at home, yet here I am. I’m told that I “just get people.” I think I have good instincts in knowing where to look, who to consult, what to ask, and how to ask it to get to the root of issues. I seek creative solutions and work to get everyone on the same page together to execute those solutions as efficiently as possible.

What is unique about you personally?

Honestly, I’m a typical person, but if I have to highlight something, I enjoy running. While I’ve completed more half marathons than I can count, I’ve never actually participated in a full marathon race though. I also enjoy volunteering in my kids’ classrooms, I am a first-time Cookie Manager for my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, and lastly, I’m a self-proclaimed goof ball.

“I’ve recently become aware of an added “B” in DEI, and it’s my favorite one: diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging.”

What is unique about you professionally?

Well… I’m a woman business unit leader in the construction industry, and I’m unapologetically me. I’ve thrown baby showers on job sites, handed out boxes of cookies to thank our crews and I have hand-written thank you notes to staff and teammates. But you know what? My teams are generally happy, engaged, and supportive of each other. Yes, we have bad days with bad news, too, but knowing that we have each other to rely on, we get through those days just a bit easier.

What is your most admirable quality?

I’m told I have a knack for seeing things from other’s perspectives, and I’m proud that I naturally take those perspectives into account when formulating responses and actions. In this way, I can usually provide excellent service and develop lasting relationships.

Why is diversity, equality, and inclusion necessary for this industry?

Technology’s core is constantly evolving, pushing the envelope, and improving the status quo. We can’t do that without challenging each other and asking, “what if…?”. Diverse teams inherently come from different backgrounds and bring forth ideas and innovation from those different points of view. Diverse teams also tend to focus more on facts and analyze them more carefully, because not everyone initially sees through the same lens. All of which can lead to better innovation overall. Because diverse teams tend to have these different backgrounds/points of view from the outset, they may initially have to work harder to listen and communicate with each other; this can lead to more effective communication processes and a stronger foundation of trust in the long run.

Additionally, I’ve recently become aware of an added “B” in DEI, and it’s my favorite one: diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging. Creating a culture of belonging is truly the pinnacle. It’s not simply a numbers game, but genuinely creating a place where all people feel and know that they belong, are appreciated and needed. I have witnessed in my circle that if people truly feel they belong and are valued, there is no limit to what they will do to ensure the success of their team, their company, and their people.

Lastly, aside from all the benefits noted above, our recruiting efforts demand DEIB cultures! The most common questions I get asked at career fairs, and project bid interviews are centered around what our culture is like and what sort of DEIB programs we have and support. I have found that our company’s DEIB culture is often more important than monetary compensation when candidates are considering job offers and career paths.

What aspect of the industry has the most potential for growth, and how can we accelerate that?

Where does the industry need the most improvement, and what can we learn from the current shortcomings? Energy sustainability. The demand for computing power and AI is growing rapidly, and while technological advances are being made to use power (and water) more efficiently, the net demand will still grow.

When you imagine the future technology, what does it look like? Lots of Augmented Reality. If there’s one thing we learned during the pandemic, it’s that people yearn for connection with each other – even if it’s virtual. I see the application of augmented reality growing far and wide, bringing people who may be thousands of miles apart closer than ever.

What advice do you have for women and other minorities who are currently working in the industry but don’t necessarily feel like they belong? Be intentional about seeking out mentors and supporters – even if you start with only one person. Mentors and supporters can be ANYONE who makes you feel comfortable and drives you to be better; they don’t have to be senior leaders or VPs. And if you can’t find anyone to fit the role for you, become that person for someone else – grow the culture on your own. Be the person who makes others feel they belong and see how far it can go.

What advice do you have for young girls who may be interested in a future career in technology? Dive in, be yourself, and set healthy boundaries. If you’re truly passionate about something, that is all that should matter. Don’t become a false version of yourself just because you think more people will accept you. That’s ‘s a race toward happiness where the finish line keeps getting pushed out. You can’t be your best self (at work or at home), if you aren’t being your true self in the first place. Go ahead, raise your point in the meeting, ask the question, submit your claim for that promotion, but also make time to take that trip with your friends, attend your kid’s Halloween parade at school, or keep up with that Tuesday night TV ritual if that’s what is important to you.

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About Rosendin

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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