Session: Childhood lessons that apply to your career
Robin began her technical career as an entry-level consumer support engineer and worked her way up to her current role as a Field Chief Technology Officer. She often shares her personal story of surviving domestic violence, the importance of workplace allies, and how to make use of these experiences to build your power. In this presentation, Robin will use fairy tales from your childhood to discuss her non-traditional career path, highlighting key learnings future tech leaders can use as they grow their career.
- Robin shares her personal story of surviving domestic violence, the importance of workplace allies, and how challenging experiences can build power in the workplace.
- She will discuss her advice for breaking into the tech industry by drawing on how she began her career in the army repairing helicopters before entering an IT role.
- Many lessons that we learn from childhood fairy tales apply to the process of growing your career, Robin will share her lessons learned.
From repairing Apache helicopters near the Korean DMZ to the corporate battlefield, Robin has demonstrated success in navigating the high stress, and sometimes combative, complexities of data-led transformations. She has consulted with hundreds of organisations on data strategy, data culture, and building diverse data teams.
Robin has had an eclectic career path in technical and business functions with more than two decades in tech companies, including Microsoft and Databricks. She also has achieved multiple academic accomplishments from her undergraduate, to a juris doctorate, to a masters in engineering leadership.