What inspired you to pursue a career in IT?

I recognized the need for IT companies to enable their partners to sell more of their products and services through sales enablement workshops that scale.


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

Not always being taken seriously.


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

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as inspiring and empowering the women on my team as leaders themselves.


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.


Why is diversity in business important to you

Diversity is key in running a successful business. I enjoy the variety of ideas that come from a diverse team of amazing people!


What advice would you give an aspiring female IT leader?

Don’t quit 5 minutes before the miracle. Often as women, we have to work twice as hard for half the respect as our male counterparts, but showing up every day to just do the work will eventually pay off and allow you to be recognized for a job well done.


Want to tell us anything else?

I quit my job 20 years ago to start my company, BlitzMasters. The IT space has been an amazing place to work and grow as a woman leader!


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