Sylvan's chief technology officer Monica Nicolau recently sat down with The Huffington Post for a profile meant to highlight women in business.
Nicolau started with Sylvan in 2011 as a senior director, then moved into the role of vice president of software development for SylvanSync. She became the chief technology officer in June of 2015.
The first three questions of the interview are below. To read the remainder of the Q&A – including questions about Nicolau's advice for women in the technology industry, maintaining a good work/life balance, and other admirable female leaders – you can find the originally post on The Huffington Post here.
How has your life experience made you the leader you are today?
I credit my parents and their early guidance for the person and leader I am today. They taught me to be curious and learn all that I can both academically and from life experiences, to work hard and never cut corners, and to be brave and stand by my own judgement so long as it is informed, and to not be afraid to fail.
How has your previous employment experience aided your tenure at Sylvan Learning?
I was fortunate enough to work in organizations that helped and challenged me to continuously learn and get better at my craft and at working with others.
What have the highlights and challenges been during your tenure at Sylvan Learning?
Building a technology team that can deliver on our commitments is the proudest accomplishment of my tenure at Sylvan Learning. This team, working together with many other functions in the organization, has designed and built SylvanSync, our digital tutoring delivery platform. We just hit the 9 million mark in tutoring sessions delivered to students on the platform and are still going strong.