Women in Technology Spotlight: Julianne Sumpf

Lead software engineer

Tell me a little bit about where you attended school and your work history.

I attended Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I started as a Business Administration major with a focus in Accounting, but after the first quarter I switched my major to Computer Science. I worked for a litigation company for 10 years, where I focused on electronic discovery. At first I completed quality checks, but I moved my way up to software development.

How did you start your career at Ascensus, and how long have you worked here?

The litigation company I previously worked for had been bought out, so all of my teammates started moving to different companies. One person I worked with joined Ascensus and he recommended I apply for an open position. He put in a reference for me, and now I’m here! I’ve been with Ascensus for a little over 4 years.

What made you interested in pursuing a career in technology?

When I realized business wasn’t the best fit for me, my uncle suggested I try technology. I took my first technology class spring term of freshman year, and I loved it. At my school the curriculum jumped from taking small command classes to video game classes, which showed me that IT was truly a mix of creativity and strategy.

What makes working on the IT team at Ascensus different or unique?

The people at Ascensus make our team extremely unique. All of the associates have vastly different backgrounds, however, we all share the same common goal of making Ascensus the best it can be. Also, you get to work on a variety of projects. One day I’ll work on the website, the next I’m looking at systems and database levels underneath it. We always get to learn and experience something new.

What advice would you give someone who wants to land a job in the technology field?

If you don’t have a lot of experience, try looking for volunteer opportunities. I follow a few technology groups over social media, and I’ll see organizations looking for volunteers to help update their database and website. Those opportunities serve as great projects you can show off to your future employer. Also, it’s important to promote yourself by having your LinkedIn profile up-to-date.

What woman is your biggest inspiration and why?

The professor I had in my first computer science class was a woman. I think her and I had been the only females in the classroom. She showed me it is possible to be a woman working in the technology field. Also, my family is full of strong women that pushed ourselves forward when it came to establishing a career. They taught me how important it is to show pride in what you do.

Did anyone or anything help you to get to where you are today?

My problem-solving skills helped me get to where I am today. These skills are very useful when I see project challenges or support issues, because they help me to think differently and look for solutions others have not tried.

Why do you like working for a company that helps people save?

People work hard for their money, and they work even harder to save their money. They trust the employees at Ascensus to properly handle the money that they need for life’s most important events. I love working for a company that provides accurate results to our clients in a timely manner.