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LESSONS FOR THE
NETWORK
All through my career, I've been fortunate
enough to work for many strong leaders, both
men and women, who were very generous with
their advice. Three things in particular that they
said have stuck with me:
Speak up! Learn to be comfortable expressing
your opinion. It's important
to share your perspective even if you
feel outnumbered. This can be intimidating if
you're the only woman in the room, particularly
because sometimes women are afraid of being
wrong and being judged for that. But don't be -
if you are in a meeting, you were invited there for
a reason. Everyone's opinion matters.
Make sure folks know what you're doing. This
is very tactical, but it's important. Whether you
do it through status reports or just informal
updates, keeping your boss and key stakeholders
aware of what you're doing is key. You can't

get a promotion if nobody knows what you've
accomplished and how you did it.
Enjoy your life. It's fulfilling to have a great
career, but it's not the only thing. We are all
better off if we can balance work with overall
life objectives. This way, if you have a bad day at
work, you know that that's just a day and you've
got many other things outside the office and in
an overall career that balance it out. This makes
for a healthier work environment and individuals.
Of course, I know that's easier said than
done - I'm a mother of two sons, 10 and 13, and
even though their dad's a great partner and we
have a very strong relationship to support our
kids, there are times when they need me, and
there are times when my guilt at having to put
work first probably bothers me more than it
might a man in the same position.
Despite those challenges, my career in
technology has been incredibly fulfilling. And it's
only likely to become more so as the worlds of
technology and business continue to merge.

1  Communicating what you're thinking, in meetings,

and what you're doing, to your boss and others, will
increase your contribution to the organization and
help your career.

2 An IT women's network can help members support

each other through better networking and creating
opportunities to build new skills, and if it's successful
it may serve as a model for other parts of an
organization.

3 Modernizing systems, digital engagement and Big

Data analytics will allow utilities to provide tailored
customer service and help customers to better
manage their energy use.

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