This blog is part of our on-going Women in Technology series.
Amy Nelson is an Associate Director in the Project Management department. Amy has been with Consilio for about 6 years and in the industry for over 16. Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University, her Paralegal Certificate from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and belongs to the Chicago chapter of Women in eDiscovery. To Amy, the most exciting aspects of working at Consilio are the amazing people and the opportunities for both professional and personal growth.
How did you get into this industry?
I became interested in the legal industry during college and considered law school. I took an initial step in that direction by earning my Paralegal Certificate after college, but then professors persuaded me to gain real-life experience before committing to law school. I started my career as a Paralegal in a big law firm, particularly with trial preparation and support, which eventually led to a shift into the data side of the legal field. I wanted new and broader opportunities than what was available at the law firm, so I joined Huron Legal as an eDiscovery Project Manager, which provided me with the next exciting chapter of my career.
What do you think companies could do to motivate more women to pursue careers in technology?
On several occasions in the past, I found myself as one of the very few women in the room. Organizations can empower women by offering them a seat at the table and ensuring they have equal opportunities to advance their careers.
Has there ever been a time in your career where your gender was an apparent obstacle?
I am fortunate not to have experienced obstacles because of gender in my own career, but I am not immune to it. I have witnessed certain gender-based bias, and I am grateful for such exposure as it has prepared and instilled in me a level of confidence should I have to face such obstacles personally.
What is your advice for women who are working in a predominately male setting?
Confidence is the key. Don’t be afraid to speak up, know your voice, and trust the value you bring. Paddle your own canoe – be self-reliant and independent – it may just be a canoe, but there is a true sense of pride and accomplishment when you are in control of your own ship.
What has been your experience with mentors during your career?
I have been exceptionally fortunate to have impeccable mentors over the course of my career. Whether it’s the Discovery Consultant thriving in her career while raising two children or the Senior Director of the US Project Management team at the top of her game, I am surrounded by positive mentors who not only support and challenge me but most importantly, they encourage me. I am lucky and continue to learn from the amazing people with whom I have the pleasure of working. I consider it my responsibility, as a woman in technology, to pay it forward and mentor women new to this industry.