Tracey Boucher Makes History as First Female Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Cable Bahamas Limited
Boucher blazes ‘boss-lady’ trail for women in traditionally male-dominated fields.
Tracey Boucher is one of 7 women within the Cable Bahamas group of companies making history as the first female to hold the serve as VP for an entire division of the business.
Since the company’s inception in 1995, only persons have held the role of VP of Engineering, Mr. Anthony Butler, who retired as CEO of Cable Bahamas, Mr. John Gomez, CEO of Aliv and now Ms. Tracey Boucher. Being able to distinguish herself as one of these select individuals, and more specifically as the first female in the role is something Ms. Boucher calls major highlight of her 30 year career. “Never in a million years in all my professional career in the telecommunication industry would I have imagined that my journey would bring me to where I am today, as Vice President of Engineering & Technology. I am looking forward to what the next few years will bring.”
Ms. Boucher says she believes that her diverse collection of experiences within the field help her to bring a unique combination of strength, experience and empathy to her new role as VP.
“There is never a dull day in the technology field. When we are not outing fires; we are constructing, implementing, forecasting, future planning, conducting research, and development, providing leadership guidance to drive optimal network performance and visionary insights. My journey from a customer care agent to a technician to an engineer made me a relatable leader. A person who has been through the trenches and climb the corporate ladder knows what it takes to lead with empathy and strength.”
Ms. Boucher credits her ability to thrive in a male-dominated industry to confidence which she built through education, curiosity, determination and hard work.
“The secret ingredient to my success was self-belief. Believing that I can do it and doing it. If you don’t start with believing in yourself, you’ll never start at all. When you do start, you need to perform at your best to back your belief.”
When asked about how she hopes her story will affect young women who are considering a career in the fields of engineering and technology she had this to say. “I would encourage females to pursue engineering-related careers because it brings out creativity; it gives them a chance to get innovative.
You get to be a part of creating effective new products and technologies that solve real-life problems in new and more efficient ways. There are plenty of career options because employers are seeking female engineers.”
When asked about her thoughts about Cable Bahamas’ Women in Technology Campaign she said, “It’s an honor and privilege to be highlighted as a woman in Engineering and Technology by Cable Bahamas Group. It’s all about bringing awareness to the field to attract women and I support that. I trust that my story will inspire young girls and ladies to enter the field. I commend Cable Bahamas for promoting Women in Engineering and Technology. The more we can bring awareness, the more women we will attract to these dynamic fields in order to close the gender gap.”