Amy Barnes

Position: Marketing Manager – West Region Events Management, Nordisk Systems, A Converge Company

How did you get started in the technology sector?

I was first introduced to the technology industry shortly after Y2K. I started working part time as a telemarketer for a local IT company while putting myself through college. I was quickly promoted to a full time Inside Sales Support role. I advanced to the Marketing Manager I am today through hard work, dedication, and continued education.

What is the greatest advancement in technology you’ve seen during your career?

I would have to say smart phones have been one of the greatest technology advancements. When I first started in the tech industry my work was performed primarily on desktops PC’s. Now, with the capabilities and compute power smart phones can offer, we have a way to access work any place at any time with a device that fits in your pocket. As Steve Jobs said, “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

What career accomplishments would you like to highlight?

While I have had many accomplishments over the years I am proud of, the one that sticks out most is my community involvement. I had an opportunity to present “what it’s like to be a woman in the IT industry” to a local non-profit organization that supports young women in the Portland area. Being able to help guide these young ladies who are looking for direction, motivation, and support so they can become our next generation leaders was an inspiring experience that I will never forget.

What is your favorite part about working in technology?

I enjoy seeing the advancements in technology and how it can help society as a whole. Everything from fighting cybersecurity “bullies” to the growth in medical technology through cognitive computing with analytics, AI, and advanced imaging.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring the great state of Oregon with my husband and dog. I enjoy everything, from camping and hiking, to visiting local museums and attending music concerts. I am proud to call myself a true Oregonian.

What is your favorite quote?

“Bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyway.” — Chery Strayed, the award-winning author of Wild and Brave Enough.