In the lead up to International Women's Day (March 8th 2019) we will be interviewing inspirational women about their journey in the business world. We want to recognise and share the achievements of these women; share their stories with others and encouraging other organisations to #BalanceforBetter in their businesses.
Our fourth interviewee is Melly Sah Bandar | Digital Programme & Transformation Executive
Please tell us a little about your current mandate
My last mandate was a short term ‘gig’ as a Technical Lead/Solution Architect for an ASX listed Property Company in Sydney. The role was to back fill the incumbent during the finalization of Conference Room Pilot (Proof of Concept), which forms part of the RFP process.
What has been the biggest challenge you've faced?
Gaining trust from the business owner who was very firm in his belief that his way is better.
This is not an isolated case or unique to this organisation. As a woman in technology, e.g. programmer, solution architect, technical lead, etc. I have had to work twice as hard to convince and prove that I am capable, and have as much knowledge or experience, if not more, as the man next to me.
What advice would you give to women looking to forge a career in your industry?
Be persistent. Think and strategise like a man, for example if you meet 50% of the skills and requirements for the job, go for it. As Richard Branson once said, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
Who has been your biggest influence professionally?
My late grandmother and father are the biggest influence on my career. Their advice: there is nothing stopping you from doing what you aspire to do. Get the skills and knowledge, work smart and enjoy the journey.
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing gender equality in the workplace?
I believe that if we give women the same opportunities as men; they will enrich the organisation twice as much.
What do you believe women uniquely bring to the table in senior positions?
Women think with their head and heart. Their instincts bring a nurturing nature to the way they manage the team and approach problem solving.
What does International Women's Day mean to you?
Equal opportunity to all women, globally. From a right to an education, to contribute to their society, to feel safe in their own home, to feel valued and to be heard.
Thank you for your time in answering our questions, Melly
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