Focus on Mollie Ellis, Account Director – CT’s Women in Technology
Continuing our 'Women in Technology' series we have chosen Mollie Ellis, Account Director, for our second focus piece.
Name: Mollie Ellis
Job Title: Account Director
Years in the Industry: 8
What drew you to a career in technology?
I came into the IT industry completely by chance, I always did well academically at school and went on to study German at University so left education with no qualifications or exposure to IT and no consideration that it might be the right career for me. I started my working life at 21 in recruitment and it was one of the directors there (who was brilliantly patient with me in a role I clearly wasn’t suited for) who suggested that I may find IT interesting as I’ve always loved problem solving, dealing with people and variety in my days. She then introduced me to the MD who first hired me into the industry all those years ago.
I now am fortunate enough to say that I love the industry and my role more than ever, IT is never dull, constantly evolving and changing to meet the demands of people and business globally. The possibilities, demand and the future are always bright within IT and no two challenges are the same.
What does your role entail here at CT?
I joined CT as a senior account manager which included being responsible for a smaller number of key accounts. Within this role I was accountable for maintaining on-going and open communication with these clients to ensure their IT strategy was aligned to their overall business plans and that all projects were completed and delivered on time and to the high standard CT pride themselves on. My primary role was and still is to ensure all my clients feel listened to and cared for. I have very recently accepted a promotion to Account Director at CT which I am so proud to say will see me supporting and mentoring a number of Account Managers in their development and ensuring all our clients feel they are receiving the best customer service as well as retaining a small number of my own clients.
What do you feel the technology industry needs in order to attract more women?
This is a topic I could talk about for hours (and often have as many of my colleagues would confirm) but what this ultimately comes down to for me is that to make tech more attractive to women we need to ensure that anyone in a position of leadership within a business is cheering on the successes of promising women as much as they are for men and promoting flexible work options, success doesn’t always have to happen 9-5.30 Mon – Fri. Hearing success stories of women in this industry will inspire more women to be a part of it and breakthrough deeply damaging stereotypes about tech being for boys and allow more young girls to reach their full potential and perhaps enjoy a career in tech.
Are there other women in the tech industry who inspire you?
I am in awe of so many women that it is tough to choose just one, but if I had to name just one, I’d choose Marie Curie who actually is from STEM not strictly tech. However, she was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, the only woman to ever win it twice and the person to win it in 2 different sciences. Marie Curie is a name known by many as are her successes but she not only accomplished more than most people will ever do in their lifetime she did it despite heavy gender bias.