This month's member spotlight is on Tipperary native, Elaine English.
Elaine works as Service Delivery Manager for Brandon Global IT. Brandon delivers enterprise-level IT planning, security and support to businesses of all sizes. Elaine has held a number of positions in IT over the years, ranging from technical engineer, project manager and technical consultant. She moved to New York two years ago to assist in the setup Brandon’s US office and now manages a team of technical engineers across New York, Dublin, Galway and London.
Tell us about why you decided to pursue a career in the IT industry?
The IT industry is an ever-changing environment – it’s rewarding being faced with new challenges and ability to learn something new every day. I have always been a keen problem solver, and the IT industry has certainly kept me on my toes. More importantly, I see value in work that we do, partnering with businesses to help streamline their IT environment, allowing them to focus on what they do best – running their business. Over the years at Brandon, I have been fortunate enough to work with a team of people who share the same passion and commitment, which makes for an invigorating work environment.
How has the IIBN helped your career and network, personally and professionally?
As a member of the IIBN, I was privileged to be part of the inaugural Leadership & Executive Acceleration Program (LEAP) last year. This was a high impact development program for women. During the program, I attended networking events, professional workshops and listened to a wide range of exceptional speakers. Not only have I gained valuable experience, I have also made some good friends along the way.
What other networks are you member of in NYC?
In my spare time, I train with the New York/New Jersey Liberty Gaels Camogie team. I joined the team when I moved to New York as a way to meet new people. For someone who hadn’t played competitively since I was a teenager, being part of this team has been a huge motivational influence.
We have just come back from San Francisco where over two thousand GAA players took part in the North American Finals. It’s great to see this commitment to Irish sport abroad.
What does success mean to you?
My parents started a family haulage business over 40 years ago. Growing up in that business, we were instilled with an unwavering work ethic which has stood to me throughout my life. So, success for me means being part of an organization where I have an integral part in developing a lasting business. Brandon Global IT has provided me with that opportunity, especially since I moved to New York to help set up Brandon’s first US office. We have made great strides over the last few years and have set some challenging goals. I can only see us going from strength to strength.
What advice would you offer your 21-year-old self?
Work outside of your comfort zone, it’s the only way to grow. Making small changes can lead to achieving big goals.
Do you any insider tips for someone who’s recently moved to NYC?
Get out and network, whether it be business events or meetups, it’s the best way to start building up lasting relationships. This city has so much to offer, so if you are here for 6 months, a year or even longer, keep exploring it and you will never be bored.