AdParlor Employee Spotlight: Sue-Mun Huang

AdParlor Blog Post: AdParlor Employee Spotlight - Sue-Mun Huang

Here at AdParlor, we are committed to achieving our mission and vision: Setting the Standard for People-Based Marketing. We’re not able to achieve this mission without a dedicated staff of media and creative experts who live and breath social, video and display advertising. We’re proud of our culture and community, so we wanted to highlight a little more about who makes the AdParlor team.

We interviewed Sue-Mun Huang who is a Product Manager in the Toronto office. Check out a little bit more about her below.

Q: What is your name?

Sue-Mun Huang

Q: Where are you from?

New Zealand

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

Rock climbing, hiking, hockey, painting, travel

Q: What is your position at AdParlor?

Product Manager (Automation & Insights, Publisher Imports)

Q: What is it like to be a woman working in a technology-driven company?

Workplace diversity is important to ensure these biases and assumptions do not bleed into the products that we build — not only in terms of gender representation, but representation of our world as a whole, with all its unique cultures, perspectives, and everything that makes each one of us “us”. In the age of AI and ML, this is crucial. That said, I personally disagree with hiring specifically for diversity—the problem needs to be addressed at the root cause, which is shifting the culture to empower women (and other minorities) to truly be the best candidate for the job in the first place.

In general, being a woman in tech can feel very lonely at times. It can be tough to deal with unconscious biases and cultural norms that bleed into the workplace. To be interrupted when no one else is. To have your ideas credited to someone else. To have your male colleague redirect technical questions to you because people assume that he is the expert. To present at a conference and realize you can count the number of women there on your fingers. It’s real, and it happens more often than most people realize.

I’m fortunate that at AdParlor, not only do I work alongside strong and inspiring women, but I have always felt valued and respected here by the entire product and engineering team.

Q: What is it like to be a woman in your specific position?

As a product manager, you make a lot of tough decisions. You have to build trust between all stakeholders in your project: both internal and external. It’s a fine balancing act that requires the ability to influence others by encouraging empathy and thinking pragmatically, which is not a gender-specific skill. I haven’t personally felt or seen any differences—good or bad—in my role between myself and my male counterparts. We each have our own individual strengths and weaknesses.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at AdParlor?

I’m free to be me: no apologies, no pretense, just me.

Q: What is your favorite part about working in Canada?

AdParlor hired and relocated me to Toronto, Canada in 2014. I’m really happy to be here: Canada is an amazing country that truly embraces and celebrates diversity.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Social Media in 2017?

I love how easy it is to feel instantly connected to my friends and family around the world (and they are everywhere…).

Q: If you had a Super power, what would it be?


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