Women of STAC Feature: Laura Marciniwe

Laura

Laura Marciniwe is the founder, President and Chief Engineer of Teletek Structures in St. Jacobs, Ontario. She has been involved in the telecommunications industry for around 23 years and is the Co-Lead for the Women of STAC Committee.

About Teletek Structures:

I am proud to say, I founded Teletek Structures over 16 year ago and it has been a trusted partner to many Communication Service Providers, Tower Owners, and Contractors. We are a boutique engineering firm. We like to partner with our clients to offer them personalized services and help them solve their pain points. We thrive on building relationships with our clients and working together to deliver the best solution for the problem at hand. We understand that the industry is evolving, and yesterday’s solution may not apply to today’s problem. Being small and nimble has allowed us to change course quickly.
Our customers rely on our engineering knowledge, our attention to detail and our prompt service delivery. We deliver practical and constructional solutions to meet our client’s needs.  We pride ourselves on climbing that extra mile for our clients.
We are a growing team of professionals. I am excited about our goals to expand and grow. At Teletek, we are always evolving and growing just like our industry. We pride ourselves on climbing that extra mile for our clients. One thing I know for sure…the future is bright!

What motivates you?

I am a problem solver.  In my younger years … I have always loved MATH, I love PROBLEM SOLVING … this is one of my strengths, that combined with my sheer determination set me up for where I am today.  There is an excitement when I approach a project, the thrill of finding a solution!

People would be surprised to learn this about you:

What got me really excited in the telecommunications industry originally is:  this industry is fast paced, and ever evolving.  Think about the release of the first Blackberry which combined the phone and the PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) was a sign of what was to come and more of what could be possible. I loved the fact that I could truly see people being connected across the globe.  And so you’ll see Teletek’s mission is to connect everyone, everywhere!

What advice would you give to women coming into the industry?

  • Don’t give up!
  • Find yourself a mentor, or mentors!
  • Take Care of yourself, it is critical to success!

Favourite Quote:

Blame is not for failure; it is for failing to help or ask for help.

Why Women of STAC important to me:

Women of STAC is important to me because it is an opportunity to “pay it forward!”  I have had many mentors, worked with leaders and made friendships in this industry across this country and I am truly grateful.  I believe when we form a community to support each other, lift each other up and have the strength to address needs and concerns, we can impact the future.  Women of STAC will offer innovation and leadership to women currently in the industry as well as build our future leaders and be appreciative for those who have volunteered and championed us along the way.  I am thrilled to be co-leading this committee!

What does true leadership mean to you? 

To me, true leadership is engaging people around you to be the ultimate “best self.”  Leaders support their people in their professional (and often personal) growth.  I believe that Leaders often have the answers, and great leaders lead the way, encourage resourcefulness, inspire, and they are curious.  As I lead my team, I offer my leadership as an accountability partner and let them set their goals and steps to achieve their aspirations.  I offer my experience, my ideas and let each person establish their own personal objectives for success.  It is their ambition, and I am here to provide encouragement and support.

What are you happiest doing, when you are not working?

When I am not at work, I am happiest being away, where there is no wifi, just warm sun, calm nature sounds (including the waves!) and lazy time for napping in my hammock after a long walk with my playful dogs.

How long have you been working in your field?

I have been working in our industry for over 23 years. I have learnt a lot over this time, but there is still much more I want to learn and contribute to.

What aspect as do you enjoy the most?

I truly enjoy engineering.  I have the capacity to see the problem as well as the problems that don’t exist. As an engineer I am adept a dealing with problems, figuring out what is wrong, approaching the challenge with serious care and anticipating obstacles.  I think it’s based on my education and my experiences that I seem to be able to see the way to the best answer to the complex problems.