October 20th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Patricia Florissi, EMC Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, Sales

Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long!

By Michelle Hendelman

rsz_patricia_florissi_picture_imagePatricia Florissi, EMC Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, Sales, knew from a very young age that she had an affinity and a talent for math problems and logic puzzles. What she did not realize at the time is how this skill set and passion for more technical subjects would lead her toward a rewarding career in information technology.

This is because at the time, computer science had not fully been developed as a curriculum. Perhaps it was fate –or a stroke of luck –that Florissi encountered when the first computer science course was created at her university in Brazil, giving her the opportunity to enroll in the class and take the first step toward her bright future in the field.

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October 17th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Lucy Sanders: CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

By Cathie Ericson

Lucy SandersLucy Sanders’, founder of NCWIT, interest in STEM fields started early. Her father was an early adopter, and her high school math teacher encouraged her by teaching her computer programming skills. Then she saw that her sister, who had earned one of the early computer science degrees, was enjoying enormous success and decided that was the path for her.

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October 16th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Collective Wisdom: Women on Wall Street

By Melissa Anderson

iStock_000002351861XSmallLast week, Deutsche Bank held its 20th annual Women on Wall Street Conference in New York City, placing an emphasis on the benefits of collaboration. In his opening talk, Deutsche Bank’s co-CEO Jürgen Fitschen suggested that by cultivating more female leaders, the financial industry could work to prevent the next financial crisis.

“I have not the slightest doubt that if we let people do this… we will not commit the same stupid mistakes,” he said. He called on men to become more engaged in efforts toward gender equality, although, he continued, it will take some outreach by women in the industry.

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October 15th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Men Avoid Giving Feedback to Women — What You Can Do About It

Guest Contribution by Anna Carroll, MSSW

iStock_000014470764XSmallAre you sometimes confused about whether your boss thinks you are doing a good job?

Does your male boss treat you politely, but you notice he doesn’t communicate with you often?

Are you puzzled about what it takes to be promoted in your organization?

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October 14th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Robin Madell

iStock_000001256887XSmallOne of the toughest career decisions you’ll ever make is choosing whether to stay with your current company, or pursue a new opportunity with another organization. While on some level it’s important to “go with your gut,” you don’t want to hinge your future job direction entirely on intuition.

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October 13th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Doris Daif, Head of Digital Customer Experience, American Express

Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long!

By Michelle Hendelman

doris_daif_AMEXDoris Daif, Head of Digital Customer Experience at American Express, offers one important piece of advice for women. “Confidence and poise are two of your greatest assets,” she said. “When you possess these qualities, you will be able to articulate your point of view and make your voice heard.”

“You have to go through your own journeys in life to see what lies on the other side,” added Daif, “but if there is one thing I wish I knew earlier in my career, it would be how confidence is such a valuable career tool.”

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October 10th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Capturing Innovation: How Can Companies Make Tech Teams More Diverse?

By Cathie Ericson

iStock_000016827030XSmallThe news has been astounding: People are face palming over the fact that only 15% of the tech employees at Facebook are women.

And they are atwitter that it’s even slightly worse over at Twitter – only 10% of the tech employees are women.

But while people immediately tend to fault the company’s hiring practices, Karen Catlin, a former vice president at Adobe Systems who currently works to develop women leaders in the tech industry, maintains that the companies aren’t necessarily doing a poor job hiring women; they’re just not finding the candidates they need. And then, even when women are hired, they tend to leave the company earlier than men.

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October 9th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Katrina Roberts, Vice President, Acting Head of Global Network and International Consumer Technology, American Express

By Michelle Hendelman

Katrina_RobertsKatrina Roberts never envisioned herself having a career in IT, but now, after joining American Express over twenty years ago, she could never imagine herself anywhere else. Originally, Roberts planned on entering the hospitality business as a hotel manager, but after gaining some hands on experience in the industry while she was still a student, Roberts determined that was not the perfect career fit for her.

Although Roberts was still unsure of her exact career trajectory leaving college, she knew that she had a strong interest in travel and tourism. With some encouragement from her father, a Kodak employee, Roberts applied to work at American Express.

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October 8th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Success, Perfection and Losing Our Happiness

Guest Contribution by Yesi Morillo-Gual

A Happy business woman with other colleagues in the backgroundHappiness is sought and deserved by everyone, yet many don’t know how define it or if they truly deserve it. Considered “an elusive and evanescent thing”, according to a New York Times article published in December 2013, happiness is something we work against by behaving in ways that deplete us. Our belief of happiness is also dictated by society’s definition and expectations of what we should be, and have. Often associated with titles, money and material possessions, happiness easily becomes a checklist – a series of “to do’s” that should be result in total bliss.

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October 7th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Making the Grade in Women Entrepreneurship: Gender-GEDI Shows Countries How

By Michele Drayton

iStock_000019152998XSmallAs the fall season begins, it’s a good time to check the progress of how countries are faring in removing the hurdles that hamper women entrepreneurs from reaching their full potential.

Look no further than the 2014 Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (Gender-GEDI) funded by Dell. This one-of-a kind global study identified and analyzed factors that influence whether a woman’s business stays small to middling or expands into a powerhouse. That is, it becomes an integral part of a region’s economic fabric, creating well-paying jobs, sought-after products and cross-border trade opportunities.

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