Advancing Women In IT

  • ChannelTrends: The Leadership Factor

    by Brian Sherman  | August 10, 2012
    Leadership is defined as a function, act or role in guiding groups or individuals, but those who attended last week's CompTIA Breakaway conference know that description doesn't do it justice. The members who step up to head each of the association's 11 peer communities aren't paid for their efforts, and most spend hundreds of hours each year to accomplish all of their group's ambitious industry-enhancing goals. Much of their work happens behind the scenes, from organizing calls and planning upco ...
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  • You Get Out What You Put In

    by Lisa Fasold  | August 02, 2012
    At one point in her long IT career, Nellie Scott’s superiors didn’t want to train her female staff because they thought women were more likely to leave the company, particularly as they approached motherhood.  Scott, now a manager at Lenovo, gave a winning argument back, ending with, “What if you don’t train them and they stay?” That line finally got her superiors on the ball with training her entire staff.How to get more women in IT and how women in the industry can use different resources to s ...
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  • CompTIA Breakaway 2012 – A “New” Channel Event for the Industry

    by Nancy Hammervik  | July 23, 2012
    While CompTIA’s Breakaway has nearly a 30-year history in the channel, it is truly breaking new ground, offering the industry a powerful channel event, unlike any other -- and the industry is responding in a big way!  With the event just a week away (July 29 – Aug. 1 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas),  CompTIA is looking forward to welcoming more than a thousand channel executives from solution provider, vendor, distributor, media and other channel organizations.   Breaking away from ...
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  • Lessons from a Successful Career and Life in the IT industry

    by Janet Pinkerton  | July 02, 2012
    What does it take to grow a career in the IT industry — and still have a personal life?Shirley Turner started at Intel as a payroll clerk with no college degree, a choppy resume, a relatively new marriage and two very young daughters. She stayed 24 years, steadily advancing and moving between divisions, before retiring as director of Intel's North American Channel Marketing in 2008. In 2009, she founded Black Lab Marketing, a Portland, OR.-area-based consulting firm serving small- and medium-si ...
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  • Build a Management Team So the Business Isn’t All About You

    by Bob Dale  | June 14, 2012
    In my previous blog I wrote about the need to reduce customer concentration in order to increase your value to prospective buyers.  Now let’s talk about the importance of building your internal management team.In the early days of running your own business, it's natural for the founder to do as much as possible. It's the most cost-effective way to do things in the beginning—and no one knows your stuff better than you do. But as the company grows, you'll find yourself stretched too thin. At some ...
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  • Love of Technology Does Not Always Translate into Career Interest

    by Anna Matthai  | June 12, 2012
    For recent generations the digital era is not an emerging trend but simply the status quo. Previous generations have had to learn or “un-learn” and part ways with legacy technologies before adopting new technologies, but Gen Y (aka “millennials” born 1982-1994) and Gen Z (aka “digital natives” born 1995-2011) have been immersed in the technologies of the digital era since day one. Downloading an app or trying to get to what she needs on a computer is second nature to my six-year-old daughter who ...
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  • How to Succeed as a Woman in IT

    by Janet Pinkerton  | May 31, 2012
    Through her advice and her own career story, Maria Klawe, president of STEM-centric Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., offers many insights about how women can secure the experience, knowledge and support for successful IT or STEM-related careers.Take hard-core computer science courses—lots of them—and don’t be intimidated.Continuously taking computer science courses is a matter of necessity, given technology’s lightning speed rate of change, Klawe contends.“If some students appear to kno ...
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  • Navy Vet Uses IT Certifications to Land Her Ideal Job

    by Janet Pinkerton  | May 24, 2012
    When her post-retirement career didn't work out as planned, Navy veteran Mellisa Stroman trained with New Horizons of Southern California to earn IT certifications and get the IT instructor job she really wanted. Stroman worked in IT nearly her entire Navy career while raising two children with her husband, also a Navy sailor. "I just always wanted to go into the computer field," she says. From 1985 through 2005, Stroman's Navy rotations included maintaining an IBM mainframe system in New Or ...
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  • Getting Involved in Public Advocacy Makes Business Sense: One Woman’s Story

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | May 21, 2012
    Wendy Frank, founder of Accell Security, Inc. and Accell Technology Inc., became active in advocating for a change in the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal contracting program after finding it an obstacle to her efforts to grow her business. By partnering with CompTIA’s public advocacy team, Frank is making her voice heard in the corridors of Congress.Wendy FrankFrank has been immersed in technology since her childhood, literally growing up around computers and studying Accounting and Co ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Build a Process for Innovation

    by Brian Sherman  | May 04, 2012
    “Entrepreneurs innovate. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. It is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” That quote from the celebrated management theorist Peter Drucker illustrates not only the business opportunities available for manufacturers (such as IT vendors), but emphasizes that a distinct process is needed for solution providers, distributors and other professionals to get the most out of their creativity.You don’t have to invent the ...
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