Tech 25 winner Maggie Ober leads software teams through collaboration
As Indiana’s tech community continues to grow and mature, it’s getting harder and harder to narrow down the winners for our annual Tech 25 Awards program. There is a wealth of tech talent in the Hoosier state, and they are making incredible moves. Join us in celebrating the Tech 25 class of 2021 through this profile series and learn a bit more about each winner.
Maggie transitioned from the public sector as a PR professional to the private sector as an IT professional. Since then, she has loved the challenge of learning a new world and mastering the art of leading software delivery teams.
As the Build Coordinator for Allegion’s Habitat for Humanity sponsorship, Maggie fulfills another passion by supporting new homeowners and giving back to the community. Not only does she coordinate over 150 Allegion volunteers each year, but she is also currently working toward her MBA.
What led you to the tech industry and this occupation? What was your first job in tech?
My first tech job was as an IT project manager in 2017. At that time, I was on the business side, had no formal project management experience, and had never worked in IT—but my IT partner saw something in me and encouraged me to apply for the role. Best career decision I ever made!
When you think of a day in your life, what are the main work activities you do or responsibilities you have?
My role is all about communication, collaboration, and roadblock removal. My number one priority is supporting my teams and ensuring they have what they need to be successful. I get the right people in the (virtual) room to discuss challenges and brainstorm on creative solutions.
What resources would you recommend to those who want to learn more or advance their skills in this occupation?
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown is an incredibly inspiring book for leaders who want to challenge themselves. Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business by Harley Manning, Josh Bernoff, and Kerry Bodine is another good one, as is Outcomes Over Output by Josh Seiden.
Maggie Ober is a Tech 25 winner who is helping to grow and improve the tech landscape of Indiana. She was nominated by her Vice President, Americas IT, Jennifer Sivak.
Visit the Indianapolis Business Journal website to see the full listing and celebration of the 2021 Tech 25 honorees in the joint CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards supplement. You can also watch a video of the livestream from the CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards virtual event.
Read more coverage of the Tech 25 in this Index Feature Story and view and tag the gallery of photos from the event on Facebook.