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and heavy engineering in places like the
petrochemical industry and car manufacturing
before realizing that IT was an emerging,
growing area with much more opportunity
for a woman engineer to make an impact.
So, I decided to choose IT as a career, and I
don't regret it for one minute. I'm still very
comfortable in a manufacturing and heavy
engineering environment, but technology has
evolved far more in the last 25 years, and that
growth has made it the right choice for me.

the most senior women in IT is knowing that
other women can look at me and think, "Okay, I
could do that."

THERE'S STILL
ROOM AT THE TOP

I'm extremely lucky to have a husband who
gave up work 14 years ago when our daughter
was born and has been a stay-at-home dad ever
since. I don't think I'd have been able to do what
I've done without that support. That said, when I
came back to work after maternity leave, one of
my mentors told me it was fine if I wanted to shift
to a reduced schedule for a whole year. In the end,
I chose not to do that, but what mattered was
that a leader told me the company would give me
the support I needed because I was valued. That's
a critical role for a mentor, especially when you
don't know what help you need or you're not sure
how or if you can ask for it.

Another thing that's evolved in 25 years is
the presence of women leaders. When I think
back to my plant assignments, I was the only
female member of the leadership team, but
today, 48 percent of P&G's managers overall
are female. On the other hand, only 38 percent
of our managers in IT are female. I know some
companies would think, "Wow, that's a lot," but
we don't. I'm also still the only woman at the top
level in IT. So, in some ways we've made huge
progress, but in other ways we haven't made
enough.

ONLY 38 PERCENT OF OUR
MANAGERS IN IT ARE FEMALE. I
KNOW SOME COMPANIES WOULD
THINK, "WOW, THAT'S A LOT," BUT
WE DON'T.

It can be lonely to be the only woman in the
room, but over the years I've found that when
I focus on how the company drives value and
being the business person in the room who
knows how to drive that business, everything
else fades away. You're not going to change
an entire company, so you have to change you.
As I've risen through the levels in IT as one of
the few women, I've also considered it a big
responsibility to be a role model, just as my
female bosses who have since retired were role
models for me. Part of the fun of being one of
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YOU'RE NOT GOING TO CHANGE
AN ENTIRE COMPANY, SO YOU
HAVE TO CHANGE YOU.

LOOKING TOWARD
THE FUTURE
P&G is working hard to break down myths
around diversity, especially the idea that the
pipeline isn't there. That's rubbish! Given how
many women come out of universities with
degrees in IT, you can't tell me you can't find
50 or 60 women who would raise the ratio of
female IT managers here to 50 percent. So, when
we're staffing women into critical roles, half the
available candidates have to be women, and
everyone is attending training to get the men
to understand how unconscious bias shows up
in staffing discussions, promotion discussions,
calibration sessions, and so forth.
It's very much a business agenda. Diversity of
thought empowers the business and provides
different perspectives. For example, with the
rise in AI, we're training chat bots to respond
to people, and in the next few years, there'll be
robots in the home. How those chatbots and



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