What inspired you to pursue a career in IT?

I’ve always had an inquisitive mind. I recall an early childhood memory of breaking off the head of my first talking doll to see what made it talk. That early piece of doll-talking technology enchanted me. I love the idea of pulling a string or hitting a button to make things happen.


What is the most challenging part about being a woman in IT?

Rising above negative stereotypes while using every opportunity to prove that I am to be taken seriously by demonstrating expertise and professionalism in each project.


What inspired you to pursue a career in IT?

Like many people in our industry, I backed into my career in technology via Higher Education. As the Deputy Director of Enrollment Management at Fordham University, I was the liaison between our Enrollment division and the Information Technology group that supported our efforts. Cambridge Technology Partners, a business consulting organization, came looking for leaders in the higher education space, to join their team of consultants focusing on ERP implementations in the higher education market space. That was my entrance into the world of technology, cloud and cyber solutions. The rest is history…


What is the most challenging part about being a woman in IT?

The fact that there are so few female leaders in our industry is alarming. The industry, unfortunately, doesn’t foster an environment where women can flourish. The lack of representation for women in tech can hinder a woman’s ability to succeed in the industry. We have very few mentors and sponsors available for women to grow and thrive within their roles. It can be even more isolating as a female leader/executive in the world of Big Tech because unfortunately the “Bro Culture” is pervasive. The biggest challenge is finding the right network and identifying opportunities to promote each other.


What is the most rewarding part about being a woman in a leadership role?

Freedom to make decisions that benefit my clients, my consultants, and ultimately my company.


Why is diversity in business important to you?

How boring would this world be if everyone were the same? I embrace the differences in people. People from different backgrounds can successfully contribute to business solutions. It’s important that businesses of today reflect the real world.


What advice would you give an aspiring female IT leader?

1. Forget Fear. Get over it!
2. Create a plan to become a leader in any field you like, and be persistent.
3. Don’t let anyone define you based on ethnicity or gender – know you are valuable.
4. Stay away from toxic people who try to destroy your dreams.


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