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following in my dad's footsteps. But now that I'm
aware of that, I realize I have an opportunity to
help pave the way for more women.

NO ONE ROUTE TO
SUCCESS FOR WOMEN
Women who want to become IT leaders need
to think about how they might navigate their
careers, because they often don't start off as
hardcore computer scientists or engineers the
way many men do.
I have two female direct reports who have
taken very different career paths. One started
her career as a technology consultant. Another
direct report started out at Oracle and then
went to AT&T before coming here. But both
are now vice presidents. One of our female
directors started in finance, where she was a
subject matter expert on our financial systems.
She could have stayed on the finance ladder, but
because she knew where all the data was and
how it all connected, she migrated into leading
our financial data warehouse and data analytics,
which is highly technical.
Sometimes businesspeople need to get more
technology exposure to grow their careers,
and sometimes technologists need to move
into business for a while, maybe in a product
management role, to move to the next level
of leadership. I like to remind people that

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sometimes the opportunities aren't where you're
sitting today.

ON MENTORING
One of my proudest mentorship experiences
involved a leader at a previous employer who
wasn't perceived as successful. I asked for a
couple of months to work with him, because I
thought he was brilliant. We worked out a plan,
not to improve his skills, but to help him rebrand
himself within the organization. It took just a few
months to turn his reputation around, and he's
still at the organization today. It was a win/win
for him and the organization.

SOMETIMES BUSINESSPEOPLE
NEED TO GET MORE TECHNOLOGY
EXPOSURE TO GROW THEIR
CAREERS, AND SOMETIMES
TECHNOLOGISTS NEED TO MOVE
INTO BUSINESS FOR A WHILE.

I'm an informal mentor to several people and also
active in several formal mentorship programs
within IHG, through Columbia University, and
through Women in Technology here in Atlanta.
I typically ask to mentor women through those
programs because, as I said, I feel I can help pave
the way for future women leaders.

An aspiring CIO needs to make strategic choices about
both technology and business jobs to prepare for the
executive suite.
A background in computer science or engineering
isn't necessary to rise to an IT leadership
position; people skills and comfort with
data are.
A challenge facing IT leaders in nontechnology industries is moving
predominantly on-premise IT
infrastructure into the cloud so
they can begin to modernize existing
systems and introduce new ones.
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