Meet Eve Fishman, Director of Technical Operations, Klik Solutions
The field of informational technology has previously been perceived as male-dominated. Over the years, women have broken into this field, defying stereotypes and paving the way for a more diverse tech landscape.
In the mid to late 90’s technology available for individual use was just taking off as Smartphones, iPads, and other tablets, and laptops weren’t readily available. Oh, the times, they are a-changing! Now, everyone has a laptop. Even students in elementary schools are provided with devices by the schools to ensure equal access to technology and the learning potential of the internet.
Today we introduce Eve Fishman. Before coming to Klik Solutions, Eve tinkered with IT on a POS system and tech equipment in some of her early jobs. However, her first official IT job was in 2008.
When asked what drew her to the field of information technology she said, “I got my first computer in 1998 and fell in love. It fascinated me…how things work…how they connect… how you could talk to people on AIM, write emails vs. regular mail, draw in Paint, and play games. A relative brought me a Walkman from America before we migrated to the USA. That was the coolest piece of technology ever. I always loved tech.”
Eve started a more serious journey into tech as her career, taking technology classes at Towson in the early 2000s. She notes that there are a lot more women in those tech classes now than there were back then. Some of her initial experiences were a bit intimidating at first, walking into a room full of men and being one of only a handful of women in the room. However, she has learned to work through that and focus on doing the job and doing it well. She shares, “It’s the best way to prove yourself. It can feel intimidating sometimes…but, you’re not any less when you walk into a room full of men.”
Eve joined our team in 2016 starting in our Help Desk as a Level 1 technician, moving into leadership roles such as Project Manager, Director of Service Delivery, and Director of Service Management, and eventually climbing the ladder to her current role as Director of Technical Operations, reporting to the CEO, Arthur Olshansky.
Challenges and triumphs are a part of any job. As a woman in IT, overcoming these challenges and reaping the rewards of triumphs can be huge! One of her biggest challenges in the field is trying to keep up with all the latest and greatest advancements, vendors, and ever-evolving product lines. As quickly as things change, it can be hard to keep up!
Eve also notes that one of her biggest triumphs has been continuing to evolve with the company and helping Klik grow. She says, “It’s rewarding. I have been working on putting myself more in front of clients and speaking engagements. I am shy by nature.” She credits working with the CEO as being quite helpful, pushing her out of her shell, and helping her to not take everything so seriously.
Having a diverse workforce in any field is a great way to bring in multiple perspectives and a host of strengths, especially in fields where diversity may not yet be in place. Eve is just one of the many women in the field of IT we will be showcasing in the next few weeks. We hope our stories about these tech rock stars will not only enlighten but also empower and motivate our next-generation IT teams. Let’s continue to celebrate and support the incredible women in technology!