Women in Technology: Meet Nelly Nauman

After being a proud sponsor of the 2012 Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of our own women in computingIn this installment, meet Nelly Nauman, Manager, Business Continuity.

Describe your technology career path:

I began my career as an intern with a focus on computer networking. I worked up the ladder to become Information Security Director at Thomson Financial. Currently, I am responsible for Business Continuity for the Northeast region, Investors and a portion of the IP&Science Division.

What made you choose a technology related field?

nelly naumanEver since I can remember, I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. When asked I would reply,  “I want to be an engineer.” This reply surprised many but my parents were supportive of my choice. When I turned 16, I installed a radio in my car, and whenever an electronic appliance broke in our household, I took it apart to see how it worked and fixed it.

In 2000, I achieved one of my personal goals when I graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with a BS in Computer Engineering. In 2006-2007, I obtained my CISSP certification (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and received my Masters in Telecommunication Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Why are you passionate about women in technology?

I love technology and am passionate about getting people, particularly women, excited about choosing a career in technology.  I have been a mentor with Telementor.org for many years and have focused on educating young and underprivileged women on the benefits and challenges of  choosing technology as a career. I feel strongly that gender should never be a defining aspect of a woman’s career. “Nothing is impossible” has been my modus operandi in everything I do.

You have four children; what are your best tips for balancing career and family?

  • Learn how to manage your time effectively
  • Get organized and make a daily to-do list of priorities for both home and work
  • Establish a consistent daily routine so your children know what to expect
  • Train your children to be self reliant

What woman technologist inspires you and why?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. She is an example for women that you can indeed be a woman, wife, mother and still hold a highly visible and successful executive position.

Mac or PC?


Favorite TED talk:

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg asked “why we have too few women leaders” and presented three creative solutions in December 2010’s TED Women conference.