What does it take to be a successful female leader in the tech industry?

Green tech background with Glimmer—The Sustainability Network logo and image of female founder in foreground

Since Glimmer’s inception, Nancy Lutchman has been the driving force behind Australia’s first social media network, navigating the ups and downs of being a female founder in the tech industry. Her determination and positive mindset have been instrumental in growing Glimmer as a business and as a community connected for positive change.

In this recent interview, by Pacific Werribee, Nancy shares some of her story, and draws from her experiences to give advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs.

Hi Nancy, we’d love to hear about your journey in becoming a female CEO and running your own business.

As the CEO and Founder of a social media network dedicated to social and environmental sustainability, my journey embodies the essence of resilience, determination, and passion. In celebration of International Women’s Day, I am honoured to share my story of breaking barriers and carving a path as a female CEO in the tech industry.

From the outset, my entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to making a positive impact on the world have been the driving forces behind my endeavours. Yet, navigating the corporate landscape as a woman presented its own set of challenges. However, with every obstacle encountered, I found an opportunity for growth and empowerment.

My journey to leadership wasn’t without its hurdles. In a traditionally male-dominated industry, I faced scepticism and doubt. But I chose to let my vision speak louder than the naysayers. I embraced every setback as a chance to learn and evolve, refusing to let gender stereotypes define my capabilities.

As I forged ahead, I realised the importance of fostering a supportive community of like-minded individuals. Surrounding myself with mentors and allies who championed diversity and inclusion, and empowered me to embrace my authentic leadership style fully.

Through perseverance and unwavering dedication, I transformed my vision into reality. Today, our social media network stands as a testament to the power of innovation and sustainability. It serves as a platform for individuals worldwide to connect, collaborate, and effect meaningful change.

My journey as a female CEO is a testament to the boundless potential of women in leadership. It is a reminder that with determination, resilience, and unwavering passion, we can shatter glass ceilings and redefine what it means to lead.

How important is it to support women in the industry?

Supporting women in the technology industry is essential for creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace culture. 

By breaking down barriers and addressing systemic biases, we can create environments where all individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered to thrive. This not only benefits women, but strengthens the entire tech industry by attracting top talent and fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence.

Two women working and supporting each other in the technology industry
Supporting women in the technology industry is essential for creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace culture. Canva.

What impact can you have, being a women in the digital field?

As a woman in the digital field, I believe it’s crucial to lead by example and inspire the next generation of female leaders. By sharing our stories, overcoming challenges, and celebrating successes, we can empower women to pursue careers in technology and entrepreneurship with confidence and determination. 

Representation matters and, by showcasing the achievements of women in the industry, we can encourage others to envision themselves in leadership roles and pursue their passions without reservation.

What is it like being a member of SPARK (Wyndham City Council’s Innovation Hub) and being part of the SPARK community?

Being a member of SPARK Innovation Hub and their first female founder has been an incredibly rewarding and empowering experience.

I have had the privilege of breaking new ground and challenging traditional norms within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. While it comes with its unique set of challenges, being a trailblazer has allowed me to pave the way for other women aspiring to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

SPARK Innovation Hub has provided me with invaluable resources, support, and mentorship that have been instrumental in the growth and success of my venture. The vibrant community of innovators and entrepreneurs fosters collaboration and creativity, enabling me to connect with like-minded individuals and exchange ideas freely.

Being a member of SPARK has also afforded me opportunities to participate in workshops, events, and networking opportunities that have expanded my knowledge and skillset as a founder. The supportive ecosystem has equipped me with the tools and confidence to navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, empowering me to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities for growth.

As a female founder, I am proud to represent diversity and inclusion within the SPARK community. By sharing my journey and experiences, I hope to inspire other women to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions and contribute to the innovation opportunities within SPARK and beyond.

What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?

For someone starting their own business, my advice would be to embrace this experience wholeheartedly, knowing that it will be filled with challenges and triumphs alike. 

Starting your own business is a thrilling and rewarding endeavour and, while the road may be challenging at times, the journey is ultimately what shapes you as an entrepreneur. Appreciate this journey, stay true to your vision, and believe in yourself and your ability to succeed.

Woman on rocks looking out at ocean, prioritising self-care and sustaining physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Taking time for self-care ensures you have the energy, resilience, and clarity of mind needed to navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship effectively. Canva.

I consider these the most important pieces of advice: 

  • Firstly, do meticulously research and understand the market, identify gaps, opportunities, and potential challenges to inform a solid business strategy. 
  • Secondly, building a robust network of mentors, advisors, and fellow entrepreneurs can provide invaluable guidance, support, and connections throughout the start-up process. 
  • Also, maintaining a relentless focus on delivering value to customers is paramount; prioritising customer needs and feedback ensures the business remains relevant, competitive, and sustainable in the long run. 
  • Alongside this entrepreneurial journey, prioritise self-care and maintain a healthy work-life balance to sustain your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Taking time for self-care ensures you have the energy, resilience, and clarity of mind needed to navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship effectively.

Republished with permission from Pacific Werribee. Read original article here.

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