Nomad Futurist is delighted to welcome Emma Grace Myers, sales representative for Honeywell Building Technologies in the Data Center Vertical, for a podcast episode focused on navigating the data center industry through the lens of the younger generation.
Nomad Futurist had the pleasure of meeting Myers in Texas at a conference, and when we learned her story, we felt it fit in perfectly with what we've been trying to share with the world. In her own words: "I like to say this industry found me rather than the other way around."
"I had the opportunity to intern with Honeywell in the summer of 2021, and I showed up on my first day to find out my assignment and what group I would be in, and they told me I'd be in the data center group. So my first question was great, what's a data center??"
And so from that point on, Myers spent time learning about data centers and the ins and outs of Honeywell, including the players in the space, as well as the administrative side of things that come with any new job. When she first signed up for the internship, her goals were to gain experience with an organization with a broad reach.
"If I got to Honeywell, I figured I would have the opportunity to move around and find what my interests really were. And lo and behold, I find the data center industry very interesting. So I'm still here!"
Myers is the youngest guest to join the Nomad Futurist podcast, so Phil and Nabeel asked her where she felt the significant gap is between younger audiences and this industry.
"There is a gap because it's not talked about. I had not heard the word data center before that first day at my internship, and if the word were out and people talked about it, I think that would gain interest in itself."
Myers also opens up about what it's like being a minority in this industry.
"Being a young female in this industry, I found that really most every conversation that I have, I have to prove that I know what I'm talking about and work harder to gain someone's confidence in me."
Myers says she's keeping an open mind for the future and is excited about the many industry opportunities ahead for her. The timing of this podcast also couldn't be any better, with Carrie Goetz launching her book- Jumpstart Your Career in Data Centers, which Myers has been using on her journey.
"Her book really explains things in a very simple way and gives definitions simple enough for me to start to connect all of the pieces."
Emma Grace Myers is a sales representative for Honeywell Building Technologies in the Data Center Vertical and holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution and a Business minor from Texas A&M University. Before joining Honeywell in January 2022, Emma Grace spent time in the roofing distribution industry, where she realized her passion lies in solution-based selling.