We’re kicking off a new Technology series in March, and kicking off our shoes to show you a different side of some incredible, inspiring women in the tech industry.
Our first interview is with Angela Fox. You may know her as the Managing Director of Dell Australia and New Zealand. She’s one of a growing number of high-ranking women in the technology sector, and has been instrumental in guiding Dell A/NZ through the recent global shake-up stemming from its privatisation.
But Angela is also a committed family woman, a pragmatist, and her beginnings back at university may surprise you! Read on for four things you didn’t know about Angela Fox!
What is one thing that we don’t know about your career?
Angela: Most people are surprised when they hear that I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology–this doesn’t seem very logical to some people! When I graduated there was a number of outstanding graduate programs, that judged you on having succeeded in obtaining your degree at a reasonable level, and having characteristics that companies were looking for. Many corporations were still taking on generalist intake, it didn’t really matter what your background was. I think it is getting tougher these days, graduates are being hired in their specialist area, such as Marketing or Finance.
What is one thing that you can share about your day-to-day life?
Angela: My husband and I don’t have any family in Sydney, and only one family member in Australia. Because we don’t have family around us, we have a daily ritual of multiple Skype calls to allow us to stay in touch with our families and to let our daughter keep day to day communication with her family – from aunts, uncles, cousins to grandparents. This ritual is very important to us.
What is your personal philosophy?
Angela: Truly believe that you have to live in the moment and seize the opportunity. While I am not a reckless person, you can’t beat yourself up for something in the past. It is that old adage: you can influence the future but you can’t change the past. While you have to take the learnings from the past, I am not big on beating yourself up over things that you can’t change. I am relatively pragmatic and I look for the positives and ways to always improve, learn and get on with it.
What is one piece of technology that you can’t live without?
Angela: I can’t live without mobile devices. From the laptop that I use at the office, to the tablet device I use for business and pleasure to my good old mobile phone! For me, there isn’t one thing: it is symptomatic with what is happening with technology, we are all leveraging multiple devices! I recently read an interesting article about “technology addiction”. Learning to turn the device off is part of it; you can’t neglect old-fashioned face-to-face communication.
We have a longer interview with Angela coming up next week, so don’t forget to check back in for that!