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For much of my career, I was more likely to wait for situations to
present themselves to me than to put myself forward for a role. But
mentoring and general life experience have helped me overcome that.

running for nine months. The focus

of person who necessarily puts her

- male and female alike - has access

thus far has been trying to gauge

hand up and says, "Me, me, me!"

to a community support system

interest in the network and what

For much of my career, I was more

and opportunities for development,

employees want from it. The most

likely to wait for situations to present

learning, and growth. And while the

successful workshops we've had have

themselves to me than to put myself

impetus was the recognition that

been around the topic of building

forward for a role.

women are under-represented in

confidence. We've had sessions on

our leadership ranks, by definition

personal branding and overcoming

experience have helped me overcome

men manage women here and

the "imposter syndrome" (that feeling

that. When I was studying, I never

make decisions that impact them.

that you're a fraud or inadequate

intended to work in IT. It was never

So it's crucially important that

compared to others in your position).

my goal to become a technology

they are involved and understand

Attendance at these workshops has

leader. But I tried to take advantage

what difficulties women within the

been good - typically 40 people (the

of opportunities that came my way.

company either feel they face or do in

maximum) at each, and I hope they've

I asked a lot of questions and I have

fact face and that they are not doing

encouraged attendees to find the

learned a lot.

anything to hold them back. The goal

courage to put themselves forward.

The network exists so that everyone

is to become part of the 30 percent

As much as I've pushed myself and

But mentoring and general life

I'm hoping that this network will
help others in the way that I was

club - to be a company in which

taken advantage of opportunities, I

helped. We want to make people

women inhabit a third of the senior

have to admit that I sometimes still

aware of leadership opportunities and

level positions, which just happens to

really struggle with confidence. That

create an environment where they are

be the current female representation

may not be apparent to all the people

both encouraged and supported in

in our IT leadership ranks.

I work with, but if you were to ask any

pursuing them, no matter

of my close friends, I'm not the kind

their gender.

The network has been up and

The Takeaways
*	 One way to begin addressing the dearth of woman in senior roles is to help talented professionals gain experience
in multiple areas.
*	 Technology functions, which are now central to the strategies of many companies, can offer opportunities for
employees to develop their leadership potential.
*	 Formal efforts to address gender imbalances may work best when they include everyone. Men are also
affected when woman don't have equal opportunities, and so they need to be involved in dismantling barriers to
advancement.
*	 Confidence is crucial to aspiring leaders. Workshops in topics such as personal branding and mentoring programs
can create an environment in which women and men alike can develop the tools they need to move up in the ranks.



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