WHEN Brian Ferguson, head of Talent Acquisition at WP Engine, asked his director of Engineering for a statement for the company’s ‘Be You Be Here’ campaign that describes who she is and what she is passionate about outside of work, Haidee McMahon’s initial thoughts were “Crikey, I’m not very exciting.”
Our CEO, Heather Brunner, is a testament to what’s possible for women in tech, she is a mum, wife and leader, too.
“As director of Engineering at WP Engine and a mother to four children, there isn’t a lot of spare time for much else,” Haidee felt.
“Then while listening to a podcast on a flight to Austin about why there are so few women in the music industry, a turn of phrase that one of the guests mentioned resonated with me, ‘Women can’t be what they can’t see.’
“When I think of the tech industry and the public perception that engineering is more suited to men than women, the reality, similar to the music industry, is dramatically different. Our CEO, Heather Brunner, is a testament to what’s possible for women in tech, she is a mum, wife and leader, too.
“The ability to advance in my career while maintaining a great family life-balance is one of the key reasons I decided to join WP Engine. I therefore say with great pleasure, ‘I am a mum and I’m also a director of Engineering!’”
Be You, Be Here, Press Ahead.