A team of JKUAT students who are members of the society of engineering students (SES), women in tech committee (WIT) and attaches at Gearbox Limited were able to secure an
interview with the founder and CEO of Data Integrated Limited (DIL) , Mary Mwangi.
The interview is part of the Gearbox academy experience where the attaches are encouraged and given the opportunity to interact and meet with professionals in the field.
The purpose of the interview was to get to understand how the tech field is from a lady’s point of view in the industry spectra, they got to get an in-depth conversation sampled in the article.
WHO IS MARY MWANGI?
Mary Mwangi is a phenomenal lady who is all-rounded, interesting to converse with, and quite the mood lightener. She is the CEO and founder of Data Integrated, an Engineering and Software Company that offers financial solutions to SMEs and electronics services.
She kicked off her career with banking in The US where she worked for 5 years and later took up a course in computer information systems for a year.
She came back to Kenya where she built solutions for the transport industry that led to the commissioning of DIL.
As a strong team leader, her patronage has yielded products that have served the local market. She praises her team immensely for the admirable energy and effort they have continuously brought to the field and office. “They are the best,” she says.
We were curious to know what keeps her going and she clearly pointed out the need to build opportunities for people.
Q: Does it ever get boring?
Always try to keep life interesting.
“I keep myself entertained,” she said.
“Enjoying music, makeup, and working out as well.”
Q: Key things in starting a company
Be ready, Have the experience and do something you know you will stick with. Expose oneself to the field and the things you want to do and be passionate about it. Find someone who has some expertise in the field.
Q: Her view of women in the field
She is a proud female in the field and takes on everything that the world levels against her, turning it to a vantage point.
For instance, the stereotypical “she’s just a lady” phrase. She views discrimination, not as a problem, but more of a challenge. An equal at the table, remaining feminine and in her style.
She advises ladies new to the field to learn how to fit professionally without compromising their values.
Q: Does she ever fall?
“I fall every day,” she says, “maybe I am too strong-headed. The stubbornness is a blessing in disguise.”
Q: Advice to the young ladies in the field.
She advises the younger ones in the field to follow their passion, make sure they go to places where for the next few years they are learning and growing both as an individual and career-wise.
She adds that there’ll be a lot of negativity along the way but when an opportunity comes take it, do it and do it well.
She adds that no opportunity is fixed and we can channel something feasible out of every one.
She strongly advises that we should never compare ourselves with others.