I’m a Development Engineer Turned Product Manager: Here’s How I Help Empower Women

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Alice Liang. Photo courtesy of nVent.

Alice Liang. Photo courtesy of nVent.

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July 24, 2024 at 8:41PM UTC

Alice Liang knows firsthand how important it is to take the time to uplift other women. For example, earlier in her career as a development engineer, she discovered an affinity for product development. But how could she make this leap and follow her newfound passion? Well, one way was with the help of her mentor and colleague at nVent: Linda Kiss.

“Linda Kiss, VP of Global Technology of nVent, provided tremendous support for my career growth,” shares Liang. “While working under her, she mentored me and gave references to my engineering experiences so I could get the Professional Engineer designation in BC Canada. She also approved the financial support for my MBA under nVent’s Education Reimbursement Program.”

Utilizing this support, Liang studied part-time for her MBA for two years while working at nVent. And, reflecting back on the experience, Liang shares that she is glad she was empowered to take this career step. “I was able to apply the knowledge I learned to my work right away and shared some of my work experiences during class discussions,” states Liang. “This education has been very beneficial to my role. And, since I had to juggle work, personal life and school, my prioritization skills also improved significantly.” 

Now, Liang is the product manager for North America heat tracing products at nVent, a role she’s been in for almost five years. As the “mini CEO” of the product lines, she has successfully achieved her career goals, thanks to her dedication, hard work and being uplifted by other women.

Here, Liang tells us more about how she’s paid this support forward, her best advice for empowering other women at work, and how nVent empowers women like her!

To begin, as you grow your career, how do you ensure that you are lifting other women up with you?

I was one of the founding chairs of nVent’s women-focused employee resource group (ERG) — the Global Women’s Network. The group provides networking opportunities and professional development resources to members. Outside of work, I also volunteer at the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division, whose mission is to build a strong and supportive community to connect, attract, promote, retain, and advocate for women in engineering and geoscience.

That’s amazing! Based on your experience, what are your top tips on how other women can help advance the careers of those around them?

  1. Get a mentor/coach/sponsor

  2. Pursue additional education, licenses, certifications, skills, etc.

  3. Find your purpose

  4. Push your limits

Do you have any books, podcasts, or other forms of media that you would recommend women read to help them better support other women?

I highly recommend the Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work podcast. This podcast series covers a wide range of topics, including imposter syndrome, parental leave, and a Q&A for early career listeners or new people managers. I am confident that any woman can surely find an episode or two relevant or interesting.

Finally, how does nVent support women?

The nVent Global Women’s Network ERG has launched various webinars and events to celebrate women’s achievements and to support and connect women. A few examples include the:

  • Annual International Women’s Day celebration

  • “Empowerment” webinar series for topics such as “discover your authentic voice” or “managing the feelings of burnout”

  • “What do they do” webinar series, in which women panelists talk about their current role, career growth, and recommendations for members who might be interested in their roles

The ERG also has an internal networking program where ERG members are paired together to explore growth opportunities for a minimum of three months.

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