This blog is part of our on-going Women in Technology series.
Adrianne Ribar is an Associate Project Manager with Consilio LLC. After going to law school at the age of 31, she graduated and started work as a contract document reviewer in the eDiscovery industry. Working for Consilio has given Adrianne new technical skills and has helped create new connections with dynamic people and teams across the world.
How did you get into this industry?
I started as a contract document reviewer. I really enjoyed the work, being able to participate in multiple cases on a daily basis. As time went on, I heard the company was looking to promote within. A very wise review lead approached me about moving into the PM department. To me, this was the perfect opportunity to still be involved in multiple matters but begin a real career with Consilio.
What were some pivotal moments in your career that helped to get you to where you are today?
What helped me in my career was never giving up. The first time I interviewed for the PM support staff I did not get one of the two open spots. I never gave up and kept letting the team know if there was an opportunity open I would love to be considered. A few months later, the support team hired me and I transitioned into a PM role. Moments, where I am able to learn and ask questions from team members who have knowledge and experience in the industry, have also helped me get to where I am today.
Have you ever noticed a time in your career where your gender proved to differentiate you?
When I began as a reviewer it seemed like males dominated the higher positions, but as I began to move into the PM position it seemed as if Consilio was employing more women in many of the positions. I have never felt like Consilio has treated me differently due to my gender.
What is your advice for someone working in a predominately male workplace?
Keep being you. Do not let what others think of you change the person you are. Don’t let someone tell you to be perkier or less aggressive because they are intimidated by you. There is no right way to be, just be you.
What do you think companies could do to motivate more women to pursue careers in technology?
Take a chance on people who might not have an educational background for a tech position. People can surprise you if they enjoy the work and are passionate about the work. My background was not a tech background, but the PM team took a chance on me, trained me, and has supported me through all the ups and downs of learning the business. Without the chance, I might still be a contract reviewer.