IBM continues the Women Technologista series this week with two blog posts. In the first one, IBM Senior Vice President and WITI Hall of Famer, Linda Sanford, talks about ‘Nurturing the Next Generation of Technologistas‘. She talks about how studies have shown that women are naturally more collaborative and better at listening, two tenets for building strong teams and that teams with at least one woman outperform male-only teams. However, women still hold less than one-fourth of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) jobs, so how do we best tap into and grow this innate talent pool? Mentorship is vital. Female-executive support groups and increased participation in industry associations, along with formal training and inclusion programs, would also help. Read more on the Internet Evolution site.
In the second post, Stefanie Chiras, PhD, IBM Manager of System & Technology Group Design Center, shares how she learned to reject the ‘expected’ when she was 10 and her father told her they were going to fix a car transmission. She said “I can’t do that,” and he replied without a pause, “People do it every day. You can certainly do it once.” The advice, and the fact that they did fix the transmission, stuck with her. Half the challenge is overcoming apprehension and preconceived notions. As for advice from her own career path, she echoes some of the tenets found in the recent IBM Study of Insights from Women Executives, which are:
- Stay visible
- Plan your career
- Integrate work and life
Read the full post, Rejecting ‘The Expected’: One Woman Engineer’s Story on the Huffington Post.
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- Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager The Greater IBM Connection