PORTRAIT | Mallory Bodro, a devoted and passionate woman who takes on her choice of technique

According to Deloitte, in 2022, women in technology will make up almost 33% of the multinational workforce in the sector. 2 points more than in 2019, it’s nice… but that’s not enough! Mallory Bodro, Director of the Client Portfolio – EMEA at APPTIO, spoke on this topic at the forum and deconstructed the ideas of this so-called “men only” environment.

Mallory Bodro is EMEA ‘s client portfolio director APPTIO, an international company at the forefront of innovation that offers tools and solutions for managing and optimizing IT costs. “My name is a bit abstract, but specifically at APPTIO, I lead two teams responsible for customer and product accounts. I also support all other client teams in Europe. My goal is to enable our customers to create value through the solutions we offer them every day.

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Working in technology means being an expert at the moment, but acknowledging that tomorrow we will have something to learn. “

For this position, according to Mallory, the key skill required is communication, orally or in writing. “Human qualities and sociability are important. Although I work in the world of technology, I am not a developer, I am a manager, and I interact with my colleagues and clients during the day, and these exchanges are valuable.“, – she explains. Curiosity and a good ability to learn also seem to be important qualities for taming this ecosystem and understanding the more technical aspects of work. Mallory decided to develop these qualities outside the United States in order to think differently and better understand international issues. “I have a master’s degree in international economics and politics from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree in science and, as an American, I also studied French. So I have all the theoretical foundations that still help me to fully understand the connection that can be made between political and economic decisions. Working at APPTIO allowed me to gain a technical dimension, especially thanks to our Cloudability product. Since then, the company has continued to encourage me in this learning process. ” She continues. Although she was destined for a career in the education sector, Mallory’s desire to integrate the world of technology and finance quickly became a priority for two reasons: her desire to work in Europe and the ever-evolving sector. “Working in technology means being an expert at the moment, but admitting that tomorrow we will have something to learn. It is very stimulating and requires a lot of humility. Dexterity is inherent in this environment, and for us women, women in technology, this ability to adapt to change is almost instinctive.”.

Finance, technology: overcoming stereotypes and promoting open minds and career paths

On the issue of under-representation of women in the financial and IT sector in which she works, Mallory begins: “As children, my parents quickly taught us that we can do whatever we want, whether it’s a girl or a girl. boy. Everything was possible, everything was possible, so today I do not feel any obstacles as a woman who works in a rather masculine environment.”. Of course, she is aware that these barriers exist, but it is undoubtedly the American culture that inspired her and helped her overcome the European patriarchy: “In the United States, I have the impression that there is a culture of the possible, regardless of gender, education or even a profession chosen at the beginning of our working life. From the moment we volunteer and are motivated, we are spoiled for choice! There is also a large Women in Tech community in Portland, where I worked, and I was the leader of this organization before moving to Europe.This culture of opportunity accompanies Mallory today and allows her to calmly lead a 100% male team with men who are sometimes older than her. This mixture of willpower, optimism and openness contradicts the more rigid and sometimes conservative structure of European and French business cultures. “In Europe, I have the impression that the choice of profession is made very early, which leads to long periods of very specialized training. For me, this creates a division of professional paths, especially in technology and where career changes are more difficult and scary.“, Continues Mallory. “These ideas, unfortunately, contribute, among other things, to creating differences between men and women. What does a woman do in technology? Is this really his place?“For Mallory, women and men complement each other, and without exchange, diplomacy and empathy are not enough. The solutions offered in APPTIO involve a significant change in the process within companies, and this requires a lot of discussion, adjustments in corporate culture and assumptions. That’s where his openness and ability to dexterity matter.

Among the women who inspired Mallory during her career Megan Bigelowfounder of PDX Women in technology, a Portland non-profit organization that unites women in the industry. “Megan has no fear, no obstacles. She is an outspoken woman who speaks her truth, and it is very inspiring. She taught me not to be afraid to follow my professional dreams and beliefs. At the beginning of my career in the technology sector, she helped me a lot, and I thank her today.“In terms of leadership, because her role is to manage her teams, Mallory is good at managing servants: a leader is here to serve his team. “Every day I have no ambition to control my team. I promote, guide, support, but do not control. After all, they are what make APPTIO successful ”. Respect, modesty and inspiring positioning, which brings a lot of peace in a sector where everything happens very quickly. In APPTIO Mallory is also the leader of the network group «Women in APPTIO”And mentors several women who are part of the company.