Celia Halenke

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Architecting Success as a Woman in Tech

Celia Halenke , Solutions Architect at MongoDB, shares insight into the skills, experiences, and aspirations that shape her MongoDB journey in the dynamic world of technology. Plus, learn about her advice for teams wanting to build more inclusive environments for women in tech sales. Mastering the balance: Technical and communication skills In my role, it's all about having a strong blend of technical skills and effective communication. To succeed as a pre-sales Solutions Architect, you need to blend both seamlessly. I’ve had to learn the ins and outs of MongoDB's technology, but equally important is grasping the unique challenges and objectives my clients face. This allows me to craft solutions that are not just tailored but perfectly aligned with their needs. Communication is just as important. From running demos to conducting workshops with people from diverse backgrounds, clear and concise communication is a must. It's not just about showcasing the technology; it's about ensuring everyone is on the same page. Team collaboration is another vital aspect of my role. Working closely with sales reps, CSMs, product managers, and engineers requires building strong relationships. These connections are not just essential for success but play a significant role in personal growth. Celia and team members Fostering inclusivity in tech Being a woman in tech, I can't stress enough the importance of seeing more women in leadership roles. It's not just about breaking stereotypes; it's about having role models who inspire and motivate. That's why promoting women into leadership is crucial. Mentorship and leadership programs specifically designed for women can make a significant impact, providing the support and guidance needed to thrive in a historically male-dominated industry tech. I'm proud to be part of MongoDB, where employee resource groups for women and other communities create a supportive environment. More companies should consider implementing similar initiatives to foster inclusivity and provide platforms for sharing experiences. Celebrating success One of the highlights of my journey at MongoDB has been working closely with the Product Led Sales team. They have recognized me for my efforts for two consecutive quarters, which is a testament to the trust and collaboration I’ve built within the team. It feels really good! Knowing that my work is valued and appreciated motivates me to keep pushing boundaries. I encourage women to make time to celebrate their accomplishments. The joys of customer interaction What I love most about my customer-facing role is the direct interaction with our customers. Understanding their projects, and the problems they aim to solve, and then offering them the perfect MongoDB Atlas feature brings me immense satisfaction. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit clients on-site during a business trip to Latin America. I enjoyed this experience and it changed my perspective on customer interactions: though not as quick as hopping on a video conference, in-person sessions are some of the most engaging. Celia in Latin America Aspirations and future growth Looking ahead, my goal is to continue growing as a Solutions Architect at MongoDB! Embracing the evolving challenges of my role allows me to constantly learn and enhance my communication and technical skills. I aspire to work with larger customers, witnessing firsthand the positive impact MongoDB's applications can have on people's lives. As I gather more experience, I'm eager to take on a leadership role, guiding others in their MongoDB journeys . My journey at MongoDB is a testament to the ever-evolving landscape of technology, where success is not just about technical expertise but also about building meaningful connections, fostering inclusivity, and celebrating every milestone along the way. Learn more about Sell Like a Girl and MDBWomen, Employee Resource Groups supporting a community of women around the world at MongoDB.

March 26, 2024