In the second part of our series celebrating the women in technology, I spoke to a young talent at NetApp. Shui Yi Leow handles all analyst relations and communications across the Asia Pacific region, and oversees PR strategies that help build the company’s brand and market leadership.
Beginning her career at Sun Microsystems, Shui Yi joined NetApp in 2014, where she works closely with both internal teams and external agencies to ensure the best communications strategies for NetApp across Asia Pacific.
Throughout her career, Shui Yi has stayed true to her ethic of working smart and helping her peers, believing that her colleagues will be glad to help her in return when she needs it.
I spoke to her about the challenges she faces as a young talent in NetApp.
What’s the most rewarding and/or challenging thing about working in the tech industry?
The technology industry is always changing. You might be ahead of the curve one day, but then feel like you are lagging behind everyone else the next. The most rewarding thing about working in this industry is that I am able to get a first look at how technology interacts with everything we do, which is something I would not be able to experience otherwise.
At the same time, the ever-changing nature of our industry is a double-edged sword, and the most challenging thing I face on the job is having to keep up with the constant change and remaining innovative in order to stay ahead of the competition – not just when it comes to our products and services, but even how we do business and work with our key customers and partners.
How do you think the technology industry could be more gender equal?
Times have changed. We now see many industries being much less male-dominant and women are rising up the ranks in many industries, including the tech industry. This is especially so in advanced countries like Singapore. Companies should be open and fair in giving equal opportunities to male and female employees. This way, you can develop an innovative and creative culture in a gender-equal workplace.
Who are some of your role models in the tech industry and outside?
Within the industry, I look up to Sheryl Sandberg and outgoing Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who are synonymous with the companies they work for, and are often cited as examples of women achieving great success in what has previously been a male-dominated industry.
Outside of the technology industry, the woman I respect most is my mother, from whom I learnt how to persevere when things get tough and to stay kind. Although she may not a career woman as such, she single-handedly runs the family business. I have always aspired to be like her, tirelessly makes loving sacrifices for her family.
If you could go back in time, what is a piece of advice you would tell your 15-year-old self?
To stay open and not to rush to make decisions when it comes to career choices. I would tell her to try everything and anything, and the right decision will eventually come to her. I would also tell myself to learn as much as I can, and apply that knowledge to both my job and everyday life.
Read the first part of this blog series, featuring Krithika Radhakrishnan, Senior Director for NetApp APAC’s Business Operations
To find out more about how NetApp celebrates women’s contributions in the company and the wider industry of women, follow @NetApp_WIT on Twitter.