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HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN 'IT'?
I fell in love with technology the first time I saw
an Excel spreadsheet. Before that, I'd been
analyzing credits with a pencil. I couldn't get
enough of technology - it was so empowering.
I installed some of the first ATMs in the
Midwest and the United States, and then found
myself in sales and marketing, and exposed to
international markets.

I WANTED TO BE AN
ATTORNEY, AND I ACTUALLY
FOUND MYSELF INTERNING
IN CRIMINAL LAW -
GETTING DRUNKS OUT OF
JAIL AT MIDNIGHT AND THAT
TYPE OF THING.

HOW DO YOU THINK THE CORPORATE
ENVIRONMENT HAS CHANGED TO
ACCOMMODATE WOMEN LEADERS IN THE
LAST DECADE?
Some functions that have done exceedingly
well with the hiring, retention, and promotion
of women - accounting, supply chain, and
marketing all have done a really solid job -
have created a culture to support those female
employees. But in R&D, they're still mostly
struggling.

experience any resistance. Whether it was Japan,
China, Philippines, Malaysia, India, there was no
pushback. And I think that really goes to the
credit of our industry and to those cultures.

PEOPLE OFTEN SAY WOMEN AREN'T VERY
GOOD WITH CONFLICT. WAS THAT EVER
A PROBLEM?
I disagree. I find that in technology men are more
conflict-averse than women. Even at the board
level, men don't want to talk about the elephant
in the room, while women are often good at
crisping up the issue, defining it really well, and
identifying solutions to the problem. In our own
way we are often much tougher, and frequently
more effective.

I HAVE A GOOD FRIEND WHO
IS CTO OF A VERY LARGE
TECH COMPANY, AND HE
SAYS, "JUST TELL ME WHAT
TO DO. I KNOW IT NEEDS TO
BE DONE, I'M COMMITTED TO
DOING IT, BUT I DON'T KNOW
HOW."

WHAT DRIVES YOUR PASSION TO CREATE
MORE WOMEN LEADERS?
I believe that the world is a better place when
workplaces treat women equally. It's better for
women, it's better for the companies, it's better
for consumers.

I COULDN'T GET ENOUGH
OF TECHNOLOGY - IT WAS
SO EMPOWERING.

WAS GENDER AN OBSTACLE IN
YOUR CAREER?
I spent a lot of years in Asia, and the people
I worked with had never had a woman as
Managing Director or CEO. But I didn't
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WHY IS IT SO HARD TO TAKE ACTION
THAT PROMOTES DIVERSITY? IS IT
BECAUSE COMPANIES DON'T REALLY
BELIEVE IN IT?
I think a lot of people believe diversity is
important. How to do it is where we struggle. I
have a good friend who is CTO of a very large
tech company, and he says, "Just tell me what to
do. I know it needs to be done, I'm committed to
doing it, but I don't know how."



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