Meet Pam Nobles – Consultant
What do you do for work and what do you love about it and what is most challenging?
Pam: From an early age, I had a desire to be an artist. Not long after completing my Bachelor’s in Fine Art I began working as a cable system drafter and designer. This experience steered me to pursuing a degree in engineering, and I began teaching others the basics of cable system design. Because I was just learning the technology, I could break it down into its components and teach others in a basic, understandable way. What I discovered through this process was that I can apply my desire to be creative to training program design and development, thus fulfilling the part of me that needs to create. This is what I love about training program design and development. The challenge is keeping up with new technologies!
How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?
Pam: The number of technical women and role models available when I first started in cable was quite small. I had the pleasure of working with Sally Kinsman of Kinsman Design Associates, in Denver Colorado, during the time I was designing cable networks. In her early days in the industry she saw that her career path would be very limited without a college degree, and so she quit work and went back to school for her B.S in business. She inspired me and gave me the encouragement to be willing to take the steps needed to move forward in my career, including pursuing my engineering degree as well as my masters in curriculum and instruction.
What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
Pam: My favorite movie is Dead Poet’s Society, with Robin Williams. Aside from being a fan of Williams, I admire the way William’s character Professor Keating inspired his students to look beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary, and to dare to push beyond the status quo.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Pam: I designed, managed, and participated in the construction and finish work of my previous residence in Colorado.
What’s your role with WICT? What did you enjoy most about that role?
Pam: Along with Mary Malone, I co-chair the annual Tech It Out. I enjoy the opportunity to help bring new knowledge to this audience. For this first year, working with the wonderful group of volunteers who helped make it happen was amazing! You guys rock!
Why do you think WICT is important?
Pam: As I mentioned earlier, the number of technical women and role models available when I first started in cable was quite small, and although there have been improvements there’s still a long way to go. WICT provides the opportunities for career growth and development typically not available on the job, as well as awareness of this gap. I can relate most to WICT’s Touchstone: INSPIRE and others will follow.