Women in Tech | Embracing the Hustle of the Tech Industry
Laserfiche was founded by Nien-Ling Wacker, a woman who began her career building custom solutions out of her home in the 1970s. She grew her business into the world’s leading ECM software company, which works to enable the digital workplace of the future. Today, she is recognized as a visionary leader and a pioneer in her field.
This March, the U.S. will celebrate Women’s History Month. To celebrate, Laserfiche will highlight some of the employees that have been inspired by Nien-Ling’s legacy.
Marisa Huang is a senior technical trainer at Laserfiche and has been with the company for over two years. In her role, Marisa teaches people how to use their Laserfiche system in the most efficient way, from working with documents to building workflows. Read on to learn more about Marisa and what inspired her to work in the tech industry.
1. How did you become interested in a career in technology? Have you always worked in tech, or did you transfer from another industry?
I used to work in public relations, where I would represent clients from various industries, from consumer technology to fashion e-commerce. I enjoyed creating campaigns for clients in the tech industry the most. My favorite part was testing their products and visiting their offices. Every office I visited shared a similar creative atmosphere. I loved the idea of being part of a community that designed innovative products.
2. During your time at Laserfiche, what are some of the projects or achievements of which you are most proud?
I am most proud of the training programs I’ve developed. It is rewarding to see how excited people are when they create their first workflow. I am lucky to have the opportunity to equip users and businesses with the right tools to help them grow.
3. What advice would you give to other women who are interested in joining the tech industry? What about if they have no experience or formal education in technology?
Pursue your interests. It’s easy to learn about things that you actually care about. Don’t be intimidated by others and focus on being the best in your domain. Most importantly, always embrace the hustle. Although I never had any formal education in technology, it didn’t stop me from joining the tech industry. I learned everything I know from working on projects or using Google.
4. What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Work hard and be nice to people. My grandma told me this before I started my very first job. Every person you work with will have something to teach you. People will always remember the way you treated them.
5. If you could spend a day with any woman in history, who would it be and why?
I would want to spend the day with Amelia Mary Earhart because I have always admired her astonishing bravery. I am inspired by her courage and determination to pursue a predominantly male-oriented field. I’d love to know what motivated her and how flying made her feel. I hope to one day travel the world like Amelia.
Read more from the Women in Tech series:
Embracing the Hustle of the Tech Industry