Janice A. Mahlmann, Founder and CEO of August eTech
Janice A. Mahlmann, Founder and CEO of August eTech, started the technology company in 2001. Janice A. Mahlmann has always been an enthusiastic advocate for women pursuing S.T.E.M. careers. With a masters in business administration, many certifications in Microsoft products, and most importantly, many accomplishments in the technology field as well as a very long resume in the tech field, she proudly runs her business in Central, New Jersey. Due to her success, the company serves all organizations who need a customized, freestanding IT department.
During her career in the technology field, Janice A. Mahlmann saw a void in how others conducted their business. She felt they lacked the personal relationship and hands-on approach that would benefit clients. To fill that void, August eTech began. Seeing what was needed to change in the tech world inspired her to create her own IT company with a personal touch. In fact, August eTech provides clients with customized, hands-on personal services for their IT needs. The company’s performance and their work has and always will extend into advice and support for optimal performance. The companies brand promise is evident in every aspect of its business. August eTech: Strategic. Comprehensive. Effortless.
Janice A. Mahlmann speaks about what it is like to be a woman in a male-centered field.
What got you interested in a S.T.E.M. career?
I got interested in technology when I was in my early 20’s while working in HR. We had the first generation of Windows 3.1, and we also used mainframe systems. I was quickly able to learn the technology and help others, and I also was able to hack into the mainframe. Ethical hacking as I told my HR management that I was able to get into secure areas. I then moved on to a job in IT as a Support Analyst and went on for training and certificates in all areas of Networking Engineering, Microsoft Exchange and Database Analysis.
What advice would you give to younger girls looking to pursue a career in this field?
Knowledge is power. Being able to create or know the technology you use gives you the ability to make changes not only in your day to day activities but for the world.
Have you ever felt discrimination in this field because you are a woman?
I never felt discrimination when I was working for another company. When I started my own company 17 years ago, they referred to me as the marketing person rather than the CEO. Even when they found out I was CEO, they asked if I had ever worked in technology or just a business person who started an IT company. I dealt with it by explaining my very long resume.
What qualities/skills would you need to have a career in this field?
Skill – Multi-tasking, creativity and analytical.
What is your education/background?
I have a BS in Psychology that focused on Statistics, a Masters in business for profit and non-profit (a degree no longer offered) and certifications in several MS products.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
I started my business because I was working in the field and did not like how other companies were running their business. It felt like it was impersonal and needed a better relationship with the clients. In my opinion, I wanted to see a change. So, when I started my own business, I made sure to incorporate what I wanted in order to see a difference in my company.
What is something you enjoy the most about S.T.E.M.?
I love fixing things! I love being able to fix a problem. S.T.E.M. is very hands on, which makes it so enjoyable. I like being able to fix any problem that comes my way.
How do people react when you tell them that you are in this industry?
They usually say, “That’s great, not many women in IT”. Generally, people are far more interested in the fact that I started my own business. They would rather hear about how I started my company than hear about my involvement in the IT environment.
Janice has spoken at several events in the past to teach about S.T.E.M and share her experiences as a woman in the tech business. Some of these include discussion panels for local youth, events for the Girl Scouts, and presentations for local businesses.
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