Powerful Women in Consumer Technology 2018: Jill Shank
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Name: Jill Shank
Title: Executive Director of Purchasing
Tell us a little about your career history?
I started my career in 1993 in the Central Pennsylvania area, working as a telemarketer at one of the industry’s early computer mail order companies. A couple of career moves later, I landed in a buyer’s position. Subsequently, I started what has been a 20-plus year-long career with D&H Distributing, beginning as the product manager in the Education Division and transitioning into management of D&H’s finished good software products, on both the commercial and the academic side. In 2008, I was named Director of Purchasing at D&H, where I’ve managed a roster of buyers with diverse portfolios ranging from networking products and peripherals to accessories.
What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?
I was attracted to the industry because computer technology was just beginning to ramp up at the time I was building my career. People who were starting to become vested in this emerging area saw its potential. It seemed like a good, strategic decision to stay involved at the time—and that strategy panned out very well. I’m happy to have been able to stake-out a vocation in the technology sector, which has always been an exciting environment.
What are the best initiatives available to attract women to careers in technology—and what hurdles are left to overcome?
I have been fortunate to have spent the majority of my career at D&H Distributing. D&H is a diversified organization with a vibrant and varied staff, where the doors to advancement were always open to me. Moving up was always a result of hard work and commitment. Gender wasn’t a consideration in the process.