At Nearmap, we pride ourselves on our talented and high-performing employees. Women of Nearmap are highly valuable contributors to our overall growth and, together with their male counterparts, create a perfect team for success.
Today on International Women's Day, we'd like to celebrate two of Nearmap's executives who represent successful women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) sector - Leah Rankin, VP of Product & Engineering, and Sue Steel, VP of People & Culture.
We have asked them a few questions about their Nearmap journey and here is what they have shared with us.
What inspired you to work in the technology industry?
Leah Rankin: I am passionate about people, technology and delivering products to market that solve a problem or create an opportunity. I love working in this industry because it allows me to do just that. It’s fast paced & constantly changing, and you get to work with some exceptional people!
Sue Steel: Being part of a truly Australian, intelligent, fast paced company that believes in its product, engages its customers and allows flexibility to its staff to innovate, collaborate and “own it” is what inspired me to work in this industry.
How do you define success?
Leah Rankin: As a leader, success comes from having a highly effective team – a team that is diverse, has common goals and shared ambitions, values open and honest communication, and most importantly can have fun and enjoy what they do. As the VP of Product & Engineering, success comes from delivering a great product that our customers love.
Sue Steel: Success means numerous things to numerous people. I define success by knowing what you are doing is helping others and yourself lead a better, healthier, happier life. I also believe plain old hard work, perseverance and loving what you do to achieve the outcome you desire attributes to success and lastly, teamwork. Henry Ford said it so well when he said, “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
What are you doing to improve gender equality at Nearmap?
Leah Rankin: I am very proud of the fact we have so many women at Nearmap, representing all teams from Product, Technology and Engineering through to Sales and Finance. But we can of course always do more. I am lucky enough to be connected with some amazing women in the industry, and I believe it’s important to maintain these connections and do what we can to encourage and support women wanting to work in this industry.
Sue Steel: I am really proud of the women that we have at Nearmap. We are improving gender equality in ways, such as, advertising roles on female board sites for engineers. Additionally, we have doubled the women in the executive team from 1 to 2 in the last 2 months, as well as, 30% of all roles in the past 8 months have gone to females (9 out of 30). These are all good initiatives we have in place at Nearmap and we are always looking at ways that we can improve and truly welcome suggestions.
Thank you, Sue and Leah, for your valuable contribution and successful leadership at Nearmap.