ST Women in Technology - 11

This is how a Fortune 500 digital executive
learned her own way of leading.

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s women, we are often told - by our
families, by our friends or co-workers, by society
- that you can't do A and B. You can either be a
good mom or you can be a successful performer
in the work place - but you cannot be both. If
you try to be both, one or the other will suffer.
You are told this so often that you may come to
believe it. At least I did.
It took me a long time to reconcile these two
roles, but over time and through experience,
I have succeeded in doing so. That, however,
hasn't been my only career challenge.
Like many women, I have also struggled to
find a leadership style that is both authentic
and effective. This effort, too, took time and a
number of career detours. But I've now arrived at
a way of being a leader that works for me.
Has my journey been a smooth one? No, but it has
been gratifying in the long run. Here, then, is my story.

A DIFFICULT PREGNANCY
I came to the U.S. with two degrees in computer
science and began working in technical jobs.
When I had my first child, I started a technical
consulting business focused on nonprofits. My first
priority was my family and, although my husband
was supportive, I didn't have extended family
in the U.S. and I felt this would give me some
flexibility. I ran that company for about two years,
until my second child, and I had to compromise
some more.
I had a very rough pregnancy. I was put on
bed rest for the entire nine months and when
my daughter was born she wasn't in the best
of health, so I stopped working for over a year.
I subcontracted my consulting work, and my
entire focus was on my second daughter. During
that time, I realized that I was not full-time mom
material, and once my daughter was stable, I
went back to work.
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