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With a career that took her from the Help Desk to a Vice
President role, this executive has a store of first-hand advice
for women seeking success as a technology leader.

I

started with Price Chopper while I was still
in high school. I worked many positions in the
store, from cashier to cashier trainer to office
clerk, while I attended college. In 1987, I started
my career in IT as a help desk teammate. I liked
working with support systems and was later
approached by a female leader who invited me
to take the programming trainee course. I hadn't
studied programming, so I said, "I don't think
so." She replied, "I think you can do it, and I think
you should try." So I did and that's when I started
down the programming path in IT.
At the time, I was the only woman trainee. It felt
special. But I also didn't feel different, because
the person who approached me had all the
faith in the world in me, and, after some initial
misgivings, I ended up really liking programming.
The biggest turning point for me, though, was
years later when my CIO asked if I would be

interested in the VP position. I had just had
a newborn, so I asked him, "What makes you
think that I can do this?" And he said, "You have
the qualities I need that will enhance my role in
this department. I really want you to be part of
my team."

YOU CAN'T GIVE EVERYONE ALL
THE ATTENTION THEY NEED AND
DESERVE AT ONE TIME. SO IT'S
IMPORTANT TO CREATE SPECIAL
OPPORTUNITIES WHENEVER
YOU CAN.

READING PEOPLE
What he saw in me was my way of relating
to employees, understanding what their
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