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IRESS celebrates International Women's Day by profiling five of our more than 700 exceptionally talented women around the world.

Kelisha Pandy - Strategic Partner, South Africa

Kelisha PandayWhat do you enjoy most about your job?
I love that every day brings with it new challenges, opportunities and learnings. There isn’t a single day that is identical to another. Additionally, I am constantly growing and testing myself in new ways as the industry moves forward.

What’s the best thing about working in tech?
The world of tech is fast-paced and relentlessly evolving, this allows for you to learn and practice new skills whilst having an opportunity to impact the industry with new thinking and ideas.

What’s your advice to young women considering a career in tech?
Go for it! In addition to technical expertise, adaptability/flexibility in the workplace along with the ability to rise to any challenge with optimism will always have you a step ahead in the tech world.

Name a woman who inspires you - Susan Wojcicki - CEO of YouTube

There isn’t a single day that is identical to another. Additionally, I am constantly growing and testing myself in new ways as the industry moves forward.

Karen Huang - Delivery Team Lead, Australia & New Zealand

Karen HuangWhat do you enjoy most about your job?
I'm surrounded by people that never lose the sparkle in their eyes. It's a challenge every day to do something better. I love learning from my colleagues and sharing my experience with them.

What’s the best thing about working in tech?
It never stands still. There are always new ways of doing things, new ways to design solutions, and new ways to deliver outcomes to our clients.

What’s your advice to young women considering a career in tech?
You don't need to know coding in order to start a career in technology, although it is more fun if you do!

Name a woman who inspires you - Indra Nooyi - CEO of Pepsi. She is real.

It never stands still. There are always new ways of doing things, new ways to design solutions, and new ways to deliver outcomes to our clients.

Katherine Lachelin - Product Manager, United Kingdom

Katerhin LachelinWhat do you enjoy most about your job?
There are two things that stand out – the people that I work with and the variety of the work itself. I interact with teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia; the knowledge you access is extensive and there is a real sense of IRESS community.

What’s the best thing about working in tech?
It's tangible results. Especially when you develop new functionality to support a client based on their feedback and you see the results - that’s satisfying to know that you are making a difference.

What’s your advice to young women considering a career in tech?
You don’t have to be ‘technical’ to work in tech. I started as an accountant and moved into Product. My ability to describe business requirements and assess opportunities, rather than being able to actually code or set up a data centre, is key.

Name a woman who inspires you - Carolyn McCall, who ran Easyjet for seven years and achieved 70% growth in revenue and 162% rise in profits during her tenure – impressive results in a competitive market.

There are two things that stand out – the people that I work with and the variety of the work itself.

Ek Len Tan - Client Service Exec, Singapore

Ek Len TanWhat do you enjoy most about your job?
The different challenges I face every day working with clients and internal teams on solutions to improve their business processes. It is rewarding when you feel you have played a part in both IRESS' and clients' business growth.

What’s the best thing about working in tech?
I love how things evolve with the fast progressive pace in tech, and how it challenges you to adapt to change; it's taught me to be receptive to change in my career.

What’s your advice to young women considering a career in tech?
It is not as complicated as it seems. Take the opportunity to build your presence in this industry even if you are not technically skilled. Never be afraid to learn, be open minded and be receptive to change.

Name a woman who inspires you - My mother who learned English so that she could travel to English speaking countries. Watching how she stretches her limit at her age inspires me to move out of my comfort zone.

I love how things evolve with the fast progressive pace in tech, and how it challenges you to adapt to change.

Angela Spiteri - Solution Specialist, Canada

Angela SpiteriWhat do you enjoy most about your job?
Understanding a client problem and figuring out a solution using our software. Also, getting new releases and seeing all the cool things that have been delivered, and figuring out ways to introduce these new features to clients.

What’s the best thing about working in tech?
The best thing is coming up with ideas and getting to see the ideas in real life. Knowing we’ve created something new, cool and useful!

What’s your advice to young women considering a career in tech?
There are many ways to contribute in tech, not just by coding or building servers. Working in tech is about being logical; and seeing cool new things all the time might inspire you in an unexpected way, and awaken the latent ‘nerd’ in you.

Name a woman who inspires you - TV's Murphy Brown. She was a force of nature, showing that a woman can be strong and opinionated at work, where her brain was her most important asset.

Working in tech is about being logical; and seeing cool new things all the time might inspire you in an unexpected way, and awaken the latent ‘nerd’ in you.

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