Women in Wireless
Series Seven - Madison E.
The Woman Behind Women in Wireless
What does it mean to be a woman in the technological field? For most of the world, it means being part of the 5:1 statistic. Meaning, for every five men in technology, there is only one woman. When I first saw this, I have to admit, I was pretty discouraged. Being a young woman, in this field, I was mortified by what it might mean for my future.
As I began my journey with TEAM, some things started to change my perspective. I was in awe by the number of women who held admirable leadership roles. I have come to realize that these integral women are the lifeblood of some of the most important facets of the company.
Recently, I caught up with a few of these incredible women to do a short email interview about what their experience has been like within the company. You've all been along for the ride with me as I have asked some of the most powerful women in our company questions both expected, and unexpected. Today's however, you're getting a look at the woman behind the curtain.
Interview done by: Justin Burford
How did you get started with (TEAM)?
Madison - After I graduated from college, I was working at a dental office and continued to look in my field of Graphic Art and Design. I wanted to stay in the area and was very excited when I saw a position on Indeed for a Marketing Coordinator with a heavy design focus at TEAM Wireless!
When did you start with TEAM Wireless?
Madison - November 2, 2020
Did you ever foresee yourself working in telecom retail?
Madison - Not really, since I was younger I had always wanted to do something with books. I saw myself designing book covers, formatting books, I just love books so most of my initial career interest surrounded that. But I am very happy of where I landed!
What is the most challenging part of your current role?
Madison - Both challenging and exciting is the change. Everything in telecom retail is always changing. Software, social media, branding guidelines, the technology, products, partnerships, everything! It can be a lot to track but that also ensures that it is never boring!
Is there any leader that you particularly look up to or strive to emulate within your life/career?
Madison - My sister, who is 8 years older than I am. We had a rough relationship when I was younger, but as I grow, I admire her work ethic. She is brave, she takes chances, and through the tough decisions she has done what she always wanted. No matter the challenge she emerges from the other side with flying colors, and I admire that!
What is your favorite memory with TEAM Wireless so far?
Madison - Coming into the new Marquette store for first time and seeing everyone working on what was still just a skeleton of a retail store before opening to the public. That whole experience was eye opening and really allowed me to see behind the scenes on what it takes to accomplish a retail opening.
Apple or Android?
Madison - Historically, Apple, but recently I’ve been warming up to Android.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Madison - Cherry Mackinac Island Fudge. It has got to be Jilberts!
Favorite pizza topping?
Madison - Pepperoni, green olives
What is your hometown and what brought you to the area you’re currently in?
Madison - Centreville, MI, which is a corn town in Southwest Michigan. I came to Marquette for college in the fall of 2016.
What has been your most used/helpful app since the beginning of quarantine?
Madison - Google Sheets and Google Calendar are life savers! I am the type of person who keeps sticky notes all over, so Google Sheets acts as a virtual sticky note for me and helps me keep everything organized in one place!
What challenges have led you to grow into the person you are both within and outside of the company?
Madison - I had some health issues the last 5 years which was real eye opening. This changed my perspective as a person and allowed me to trust in myself. It was a reminder that at the end of the day I need to be there for myself and cannot rely on much else. I believe this experience has allowed me to excel at my career since it taught me how to trust in my own decisions, and stick up for myself, which carries over into my work.
Off the script question, I know you are a big reader. So, what book are you currently reading through and how are you liking it?
Madison - The current book I am reading is the third book of A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I am a total nerd and I love fantasy books. When I was a little kid, I would build fairy houses and huts for frogs. I was always enchanted by anything supernatural, and fantasy brought that magic alive. As an adult, I find it an exciting way to escape.
Who are your Graphic Design Idols and what was it about their work that captivated you?
Madison - My all-time favorite graphic designer is Stefan Sagmeister. He was the first person I saw doing graphic design that made me stop and contemplate its impact on the surrounding world and audience. One specific reason I fell in love with his work would be his ability to do the craziest thing with ordinary objects. An example would be how he makes fonts out of human hair. That type of creativity really opened my imagination. His creative genius inspires my own. Stefan is ambitious and is not afraid to take creative risks.
What’s one new hobby or activity you’ve taken up since becoming a Yooper five years ago?
Madison - Snowshoeing! I love taking my dog out. She is so excited to be outside and that gets me outside when I normally wouldn’t. It does not hurt that my backyard has amazing trails. It is a beautiful and a relaxing way to spend a winter’s day!
Any new perspective you’ve gained since starting the ‘Women in Wireless’ blog for TEAM Wireless?
Madison - Through interviewing the women of TEAM Wireless I realized the value in every single person, no matter their role, or background, and how it contributes to the entire company’s mission. I realized that at the end of the day, each person can only perform their job to the best of their ability and need everyone around them for support. This made me appreciate everyone in our company who fosters teamwork as a personal value. Each of us sees the potential in the given opportunities and works together to make sure we achieve our goals as a TEAM.
Though this isn't the end of Women in Wireless for good, it is a goodbye for now. I am beyond grateful for all of the women who have taken the time out of their day to respond to my questions, given me guidance, and helped me get off on the right foot within this crazy industry. I am insanely happy to be in the place I am, and working with all of the incredible people I have the honor of knowing. This has been an eye opening journey, and I hope you all stay tuned to see what is coming next!
Madison Eazsol & Justin Burford
Marketing Coordinator | VP of Marketing
TEAM Wireless, Verizon Authorized Retailer