“It’s not only men who have logical minds!”
As Director of Projects in the IT Department, French Networks at Societe Generale, Marie Gransac is proof positive that IT careers are accessible to all.
“I remember being in a meeting room at the start of my career, when I was the youngest person there, and the only woman” recalls Marie Gransac. “At that time, of course I realised that I stood out, but I knew I wasn’t any different from everyone else!”. And on this the point, Marie Gransac was keen to stress that she was never treated any differently because she was a woman. “I’ve always considered myself as being equal to men. It might be because I grew up with three brothers, and I always did the same things as they did...At work, I’ve never felt that I’ve faced any difficulties because of my gender. At both Crédit du Nord and Societe Generale in any case, all staff - men and women - are treated the same”. Her team comprises three men and three women: “Everyone has a different personality and background, but they complement each other and support each other a lot, which makes for a tight-knit team”.
Initially working as an IT consultant, Marie Gransac spent her entire career at the Societe Generale group. She is currently responsible, within the ISD Department, for fixed telephony at Crédit du Nord, and leads infrastructure projects aimed at preparing Credit du Nord and Societe Generale for future changes to their networks. She recently contributed to a voice biometrics trial, which won a Group Innovation Award. In her career, she believes that working with managers who trusted her and valued her skills has been key. “They have always supported me and selected me for high visibility projects, such as voice biometrics, which is an exciting technology. At work, women often lack confidence in themselves, and having managers that show them they are capable of leading major projects and who encourage them to push themselves is essential”.
One of the reasons cited to explain the gender disparity in IT is that it’s a sector that is still too often associated with an image of men as geeks, hackers and video gamers. In response to this stereotype, Marie Gransac points to Societe Generale’s willingness to promote women in IT, for example through events for female students aimed at giving them a taste for coding and showing them that development jobs are not necessarily just for men. And she is the living proof. “I want to show, through my career and the quality of my work, that there aren’t any differences between men and women, and that jobs in IT are accessible to women. It's not only men who have logical minds!”
Marie Gransac, Director of Projects in the IT Department, French Networks