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Elke Phelps

Elke PhelpsName: Elke Phelps

Organisation: Oracle

Job Title:  Senior Principal Product Manager

Tell us about your role in a couple of sentences: 
My role with Oracle E-Business Suite is to collect and understand our customers' product requirements. I then work with our architects and developers to incorporate these requirements into to our products. I also provide product updates (presentations, blog articles, etc) to our customers. 

Why did you first get into IT?: 
My strengths were always maths and science and I chose to obtain a degree in Computer Science. After finishing college, my first job was as a UNIX Adminstrator/Oracle Database Administrator. I've been hooked on Oracle ever since.

What advice would you give to people, especially women looking for a role in IT? 

1) Be authentic
2) Never compromise your integrity
3) Set goals to help you achieve your dreams

There are always opportunities for great technologists. If you are committed, then anything is possible.

Have you encountered any issues with being a woman in IT? 
No, I've never encountered issues being a woman in IT. To be successful in any role in any industry, you must be goal oriented and have a strong work ethic.

Any final comments?
Life is too short.  Do what you makes you happy.

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