Celebrating Women’s History Month with Macy’s

At Macy’s Technology, we are committed to recruiting, retaining, and advancing more women in technical roles at every level. We will continue to empower and advocate for women in our company as well as the young girls in our local communities. With the number of women pursuing a career in technology increasing, we are diligent in closing the gender gap in technology-focused roles and providing our current colleagues all of the tools they need to excel as leaders in the tech industry.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Coast to Coast caught up with some of our female leaders at Macy’s Technology as they share what inspires them, keeps them grounded, and what it is like to be a female leader at Macy’s Technology.

 

Sienna Delvasto | Analyst, Information Security

“Being in the tech industry, it is not uncommon to find that you are the only woman in the room. To widen my network and connect with other women like myself, I found all these tech-specific communities. I began attending meet-ups and events for women in Information Security. I found myself in a unique position where I can be a role model for students and other women interested in the field. It inspires me greatly to see other women, just like me, growing and excelling in a path they chose. Every day I am motivated by them. 

My word of advice for women considering a career in tech is to remember you are not alone. There are mentoring opportunities and resources groups out there to help you hone your incredible skills. Joining an empowering community is one of the best parts about being this industry!” 

Lynette Ray | Manager, Compute and Operations

“My career in technology spans over 20 years. I am proud that I have been able to hold my own and also work for a company that puts the spotlight on women in tech and gives our teams the tools to develop professionally daily.

I think in general, as women, we need to continue to inspire and empower each other. Many women that start in technology drop out after a short time typically because of a lack of recognition and not being valued the same way as other colleagues. Seasoned female technology professionals must provide guidance on how to navigate through an ever-changing industry. I am inspired by leaders like Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, and Cheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO. They inspire me because of their journeys to becoming executive tech leaders in an industry that is typically considered a male-dominated world. I aspire to continue to build the tenacity, passion, and brilliance that they had in their careers.

For women considering a career in technology, follow your dream! Your contribution to the world of technology is needed, and I can’t wait to see it!”

Tonja Jackson | Director, Software Engineering

“I have had a long tenure at Macy’s Technology, and I love how collaboration remains a core value for my team’s culture. It allows me to work in a creative space and continuously think outside the box to help develop new technology for our company. Being a woman in technology and working for such an open-minded company inspires me daily. I’m inspired not only for myself professionally but inspired to continue to be a living example for the next generation of leaders. I believe they cannot only do what I am doing, but they can do more! How exciting is that?

For those considering a career in technology, just do it! Don’t be afraid to try something new. You can do anything you put your mind to regardless of the circumstances and, most importantly, know your worth.”

Karen Gray | Vice President, Corporate Services

“As a woman in retail technology, we bring a unique perspective to a male-dominated field. Women control 70% of consumer spending with their buying power and influence. Our perspective is key to Macy’s continued evolution and elevation to becoming a premier omnichannel retailer. 

A piece of advice that I would give to other women currently in tech or considering a career in tech is to, “sit at the table.” This piece of advice has served me well throughout my career. Sitting at the table is more than being seen or heard, but observing and learning from others daily. At Macy’s Technology, I am continually learning and inspired by our leadership team. The diversity we have, how we execute projects and how we lead inspire me to think differently, take risks, and challenge the status quo.”