STAMFORD, Conn. -- Susan Swidler, an agent at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s Stamford brokerage, and a mechanical engineer, recently spoke at the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering Career Week All-County College Fair in Stamford.
Swidler discussed the topic of being a woman in the technology field during the event, which was open to all high school students.
In addition to Swidler, the event included Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald as the keynote speaker, and provided program information, as well as networking opportunities and resources.
College representatives were also in attendance.
During her presentation, Swidler discussed the pros and cons of being a woman in the technology industry, focusing on how her gender impacted her own ambitions, as well as experiences with colleagues, friends and family.
“Being a woman in technology gives you a unique opportunity to make a substantial contribution to society,” she said. “Women tend to be networkers and community builders. With this in mind, I uncovered how this ability, combined with life's other factors, tends to impact your decisions in this chosen field.”
Swidler has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from State University at Stony Brook and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Prior to her career in real estate, she spent 29 years in telephony, starting at Bell Laboratories, followed by NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and Verizon.
She has also worked in hardware and software quality assurance, new product introduction, program management and project management.
Swidler is a resident of Stamford, where she has lived with her family for 31 years.