Women Are Using Computers and Technology More Than Ever
Have you examined the business reasons for offshoring or are you emotionally reacting?
If we look at offshoring from a non-emotional, practical perspective, there are positive factors to consider in having mid-to-high level jobs exist abroad. Not too long ago, I sat at a networking event that featured three prominent executive speakers, all of whom were admirable and highly successful women. At the end of the evening, the audience was allowed a brief "question & answer" period, where they could branch out on topics other than what was discussed during the seminar. A brave attendee raised her hand and, having been an untouched subject thus far, asked how the speakers felt about sending work overseas. Before one of the speakers could offer an opinion, another attendee a few chairs back quietly mumbled that offshoring is never appropriate, and a few hushed agreements followed. I was a bit disheartened, feeling as though we had reverted back to first base in the span of a single moment.
Can a female succeed in a technological career? Would it be fun and exciting?
I was delighted when I learned I would be inducted into the WITI hall of fame earlier this year. What an honor to be in the company of so many accomplished and intelligent women!
While at the ceremony, I was inspired by the passion and knowledge of so many of the people I met there. As I listened to them speak about their goals and achievements in research and technology, it was clear that I was surrounded by women who are making a difference in the technical community and using technology to change the world. I don’t believe they could have chosen a better time to do so.
It's no secret that professionals are often groomed by others who’ve paved the way in their chosen fields
I was certainly fortunate that some of IBM's most intelligent, perceptive and driven female executives took the time to guide me in the right direction. And, today, I’m happy to have the opportunity to pass the torch by mentoring young women across a variety of scientific disciplines. But, if it’s one thing I’ve learned about being the go-to for anyone in their career, it’s how to embrace being a truly proactive mentor.
Proactive can mean a variety of things. It can be as simple as monthly check-in calls, meetings or emails to stay in touch. For some, it can mean having a mentee assigned by Human Resources. But, to me, being a proactive mentor is so much more than this.
Today more and more women are breaking out of the traditional corporate world to become entrepreneurs
These women are building companies-from the ground up-and finding new ways to innovate in technology. And as the number of women owned businesses increases, we see an influx of new companies entering the market which, thanks to old-fashioned competition for customers, drives innovation and creativity.
Recently, I spoke at a conference focused on preparing female scientists and engineers for successful transition into entrepreneurship. The conference held by the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine, offered a session to discuss the concept of "intrepreneurship" as an alternative to the traditional entrepreneurial thinking.
Of course, I always do my New Year's resolutions
So here I am, watching the beautiful snow fall, and closing out 2009. Of course, I always do my New Year's resolutions. As a family, we share ours and, of course, support each other in achieving the goals. So for 2010, with all of you as my Social media family, I invite you to join me sitting at the fireplace for my Social media resolutions for this New Year.
1. Focus on my Tweeter associations
My holiday reading included blogs about how strong relationships were formed over social channels. Thus this goal: Pick out and strengthen 10-15 of my strongest relationships from Twitter over the next year. Want to join me?