Recently Women in Technology (WIT) celebrated the lives and accomplishments of 48 women who had been recognized by the WIT Leadership Awards over the last 10 years. Inspired by WJLA Anchor Maureen Bunyon, a book was recently published entitled "No One Path--Perspectives on Leadership from a Decade of Women in Technology Award Winners."
Last week Maureen led a panel discussion featuring a line-up of several of these exceptional women profiled in the book. The panel included: Deloitte’s Linda Keen Solomon, CGI US-India President Donna Morea, White House National Economic Council Senior Advisor and SBA Administrator Ginger Lew, eCommerce Industries founder Paula Jagemann, DoD’s Anne-Marie Hartlaub-Kesseg.
The topics they discussed ranged from social responsibility, to innovation, forging a career path, how they took advantage of opportunities to excel and what recommendations they would have for girls and young women today who are preparing to enter the workforce.
One of the many things that amazed me about these women is their genuine authenticity. Paula Jagemann made a comment that resonated. "Innovation is recession proof. In times of recession, entrepreneurship is on the rise." She is a prime example of her philosphy, growing a business to $100M in revenue that germinated from her own experience as a consumer and her creative desire to improve that experience for the masses.The title of the book unfolded and became apparent as each interview took place. These women leaders have accumulated significant accomplishments and yet there was no 'one' path for any of them.
Like Donna Morea, President of CGI US and India believes, "The more interesting careers are the ones that blaze a trail rather than follow a path...the path is really only seen in retrospect--when one turns around to look back."
The book is available at Amazon. com,
I encourage you to check it out! Their stories will inspire you. ~ Kathy