Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Cristiana Darra

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Cristiana Darra. She’s Principal Consultant, Presales.

What does a Principal Consultant, Presales do?

Cristiana Darra

Cristiana takes a leading role in specifying technical solutions, writing proposals and tender, building custom presentations/demonstrations and delivering Proof Of Concepts (POC).

“My job is to support sales productivity and deal flow by securing the “technical close’ in complex environments. I collaborate with sales, services, engineering, and technical support resources to ensure proposed deals include technical solutions that accurately address customer needs, and are appropriately supported by key customer technical decision-makers. “

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Cristiana about what she brings to CA she told us that her main asset is empathy, as she strongly believes in the need to create a trustworthy relationship with customers.

“I always do everything I can to create the right level of empathy. I do not work (only) to sell. I work with the precise goal of helping customers achieve their goals. I believe that this attitude is appreciated by customers who take a serene and collaborative attitude towards me. This helps to create the basis for customers and CA success”

Cristiana and her family: from left to right, her sons Massimo e Marco and her partner Luca.

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Cristiana’s advice to current or future female leaders is to not focus on being a women in business, but to put that girl power into being the best version of you.

“It happens sometimes that women are on the defensive, waiting to react to a skeptical attitude from clients or colleagues. It happened to me when I was younger. Thoughts of this type only produce one result: a distraction from the ultimate goal. The reality is that in the end, there is no interest in anyone, man or a woman, unless you excel and lead by example. Count only on what you have to say and what you can do.”

My female inspiration

Cristiana has many female and male role models but mentions her biggest inspiration is Fabiola Gianotti.

Fabiola Gianotti, currently CERN Director-General was the first woman to hold this position. Her smile is always a source of inspiration for Cristiana.

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/27265-Fabiola_Gianotti

“Generally speaking, I feel a great admiration for all women who are so strong and who aren’t afraid to feel frail or weak in particular situations. Having confidence in yourself and in our own capacities does not mean to be robots. Women cry more easily than men. So? Does this make us less valuable professionals? Absolutely not. I have never had a precise reference model, but I do have a great admiration for Fabiola Gianotti.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“Uncompromising Integrity – because passion for my job forces me to always honor my commitments. Authentic – because I try to be open and transparent, as often as I can.”

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Cristiana Darra – Principal Consultant, Presales
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Patrícia Paladini Adell

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Patrícia Paladini Adell. She’s the Director of Globalization.

What does a Director of Globalization do?

Patrícia is responsible for a team of translation professionals whose main aim is to provide translation services to enable international sales.

“I like to say that our job is to facilitate Product Teams, Corporate Marketing or any other teams at CA to translate and localize their products or assets into any language.”

Bring What You Bring

Patrícia with her future women leader, her daughter Bruna

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Patrícia about what she brings to CA she told us that her main asset is creativity, as her job is to take care of designing the technology that supports translation execution following automated workflows at CA.

“Because me and my team are constantly looking for the best standards and approaches in delivering the highest quality translation assets, we have to bring the best customer experience, as well as maintain exceptional attention to detail when it comes to our delivery.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Patrícia believes that you should not be afraid of taking risks, whether that is at work or in general life.

“When I talk to women about challenges, sometimes I get the impression that they doubt if they are able to take a certain risk or if they are ready for that next step. It’s great to be self-aware, and that’s one of of CA’s mission DNA traits, but you also need to be positively reflective and move away from this ideology of negative self-awareness that can put ourselves by default on a secondary plane. Be brave. Take risks.”

My female inspiration

Patrícia has many female and male role models but mentions her biggest inspiration is her mother.

Patrícia and her mother

She was able to develop herself having come from a very traditional education in which women were supposed to be “nice and quiet” to being at the forefront position in leading a family business and raising for large amounts of years on her own, a family of 5 children.

Patrícia with her mother and four siblings

“Specific to my career at CA, I would like to mention names like Debra Danielson, a role model to all of us as women in leaderships positions. Nivedita Aggarval, a top women reference in work ethics not only at CA but also specifically for women in India. She participates in several conferences and events to help Indian women to take leadership positions. Outside of the organization, women like Anna Schlegel, who’s one of the top influencers in the Globalization arena. Anna is one of the founders of Women in Localization, a professional organization for women with a mission to foster a global community for the advancement of women and the localization industry. Finally, I cannot avoid mentioning my colleagues in the Globalization team and my best-ladies-friends and sisters, all them women leaders in their professional and family areas: every time we get together, we end up exalting the role of women, supporting each other in our daily challenges and celebrating women success.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“I believe woman leaders should fulfill all our DNA traits but I would like to place emphasis on the following:
– Self-Aware (perception is reality)
– Resilient (we never give up)
– Creative (we always have a plan B for everything)
– Uncompromising Integrity (we ask the right questions to clearly understand and support our goals following ethical, honest, forthcoming and transparent approaches).”

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Patrícia Paladini Adell – Director, Globalization
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Maggie Koh

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Maggie Koh. She’s the Senior Director, APJ People Operations.

What does a Senior Director of People Operations do?

Maggie has a relatively diverse portfolio ranging from leading Talent Acquisition and People Shared Services to Workforce Planning, People Analytics and M&A Integration for the APJ region.

“I work closely with the People Business Partners supporting the different Business Units and countries and my Global People Operations team to ensure these People Services are of value to our People and are delivered in an efficient and effective manner.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Maggie about what she brings to CA she told us that her main contributions include resourcefulness and creativity in developing solutions and services to the People team and employees at large.

“At CA, I am given due autonomy and flexibility to perform my job which comes with its fair share of responsibility and accountability. This combination requires me to apply my critical thinking skills yet gives me the opportunity to be resourceful and creative in developing solutions to problems and when implementing new services.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

“Be firm in your values, have faith in your strengths and be consistent in your actions advocating these values and leveraging your strengths.”

My female inspiration

Maggie’s inspiration comes from various sources.

“I’ve been blessed to have met different “teachers”, both male and female, whose beliefs and behaviors show me that I can be my own success story through having a positive mindset, adopting a can-do attitude and believing that opportunities and obstacles have their own rewards.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a set of DNA attributes that align with the Company’s mission – to eliminate the barriers between ideas and outcomes. While it is important to have a balance of all the DNA traits, Maggie has selected these three which she resonates most in her leadership journey at CA Technologies.

Socially aware, customer centric and creative

“Socially Aware – As APJ region consists of people with diverse cultures and backgrounds, being socially aware makes me more sensitive to the needs and views of others which could be different from my own or my perception leading to better alignment of common objective.”

“Customer Centric – Having a focus on customer needs ensures that my work has a clear purpose and the outcomes are of value to the people who need them the most.”

“Creative – Being creative encourages me to explore different ways of doing things that can benefit the customer and to come up with a solution that enhances their user experience.”

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The Only Person That Should Influence Your Career Is You

It’s interesting to look back over your career and evaluate where you got it right, and got it wrong.

I have worked in a male dominated industry for most of my career and although it’s obvious that there are more men than women in my industry, I’ve honestly never given too much attention to it.  I’ve been lucky enough to be posted overseas three times, and I’ve travelled with work to countries and cultures that continue to amaze me.  I think it’s important to set the bar based on what you see from others, but not forget that you’re trying to make a better version of you, no one else.

When I’m learning, and working on something that’s as equally exhilarating as scary, I know it’s going to be a good day.  When I allow myself some time to really think about my work, rather than fire-fighting it really makes a difference. Relationships really drive work beyond expectations and it’s important to know people at a personal and professional level so you can understand what drives them, what’s impacting them, and how you need to support them to achieve everything they want to be.

Most of my close friends and colleagues would admit that, at some point, they made a bad decision about their career which set them back.  We took the fantastic role only to find out the reality was different to the interview pitch.  We didn’t ask the right questions during the interview process or been trapped in a role we don’t enjoy because we lack the nerve to make the change.  We’ve not applied for an internal move because we lack the confidence to give it a shot.  The last one is most interesting because statistics tell us that women are more likely to focus on what they don’t have for that new role, rather than what they do have.

How many friends and family can you fit in a photo-booth?

The best advice I could give any young professional, is to ask questions, trust your instincts and take the time to evaluate “what’s next” regularly, even if it scares you.  The only way to have a solid, long-lasting career (which you enjoy) will be to challenge your mind and body while understanding that health and happiness cannot be taken for granted.  We are human, and without the right environment and ‘nourishment’ we can break, and sometimes you might be the last person to see it coming.  Surround yourself with people, both professionally and personally, who will be truthful with you about the areas you excel and the areas you need to improve.  Take on board the feedback you receive, even if it hurts, disappoints you or makes you angry.  Trust me, when you have a chance to really digest that feedback, you will see the relevance in what’s been shared.  Find yourself some professional and personal role models who have similar values, so when things get tough, you have support.

And when you make decisions that don’t seem to be turning out for the best, don’t forget you can always course-correct.  The person who should influence your career and your life the most should be you. Take control of your own destiny – only you can know where you got things right, and where you got them wrong.  When you get things right it’s the best feeling in the whole world, and if you get it wrong, hopefully you learned something about yourself.

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Julie McDowell – Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition,
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Sarah Atkinson

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Sarah at the recent Digital Assembly

Meet Sarah Atkinson. Sarah is the Vice President of EMEA Communications.

What does a Vice President of Communications do?

Sarah is responsible for protecting and promoting CA’s brand in EMEA across various audiences including media, influencers, social, employees, executives and leading our social responsibility program called Create Tomorrow which is focused on addressing the STEM skills gap in Europe.

“I am also the exec sponsor for gender diversity in EMEA and am on the board of techUK – a not for profit that works with the UK government on its digital strategy.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Sarah about what she brings to CA she told us that one of the main assets she brings is pace. In her role she’s continuously planning for the unexpected and being comfortable with change are all important elements of her role.

“I try to be very externally focused and ensure we stay relevant, current and up the minute both in terms of market trends but also the discipline of Communications.”

Sarah on the panel at the Digital Assembly

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

“Never forget the women around you, those who helped you get to where you are today, and always pay it forward.”

My female inspiration

Growing up, Sarah was inspired by Kate Adie, OBE DL – who was the chief news correspondent for BBC News, during which time she became well known for reporting from war zones around the world.

“Firstly, she was a woman and I thought if she can do that, then I can too. Secondly, I was inspired by the power of storytelling.  It was a pretty powerful combination and it inspired me to become a journalist.”

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/114-Kate_Adie

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

Book signing for a young girl that won the 3M Young Innovators Challenge

“Creative – blended with Socially Aware. Constantly looking outside the organisation at new trends, topics, customer needs to ensure we are relevant and up to date in everything from how we go to market to how we engage with influencers in the market.

Resilient – important not to take things personally, to be able to take tough decisions when needed, even if not the most popular but are the best for the customer. Calm under pressure, I often liken my role to a swan; calm on the surface but paddling furiously underneath the water.”

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Sarah Atkinson – Senior Vice President of People, EMEA
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Abigail Wilkinson

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Gail Wilkinson. She’s the Senior Vice President of People.

What does a Senior Vice President of People do?

Gail is responsible for the People function at CA which incorporates – People Business Partners, Talent Requisition and Talent Development, Reward and People Ops.

“Ultimately though I am here to support the business on all aspects relating to the leadership and management of their people.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Gail about what she brings to CA she told us that one of her main assets is her vast experience. She brings 25 years of knowledge gained from experience in Banking and Tech industries.

“I bring a sense of purpose and determination to ensure that our Company succeeds through the leadership of its most valuable asset, its people.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

With Gail’s vast breadth of experience, it was refreshing to hear the one piece of advice she would offer is to be yourself!

“Be yourself, don’t assume a role or a personality you think people want you to be but be who you are. You are more valuable if you are yourself and more authentic and authentic leadership ensures a more open and honest working environment where people are focussed on deliverables and outcomes that are best for the Company.”

My female inspiration

One of Gail’s inspirations is Dame Anita Roddick – Founder of the Body Shop.

“It was the first time I really thought about females being founders and CEO’s of a company. She took an idea and grew it and stayed true to her principles.”

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/12516-Anita_Roddick

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core DNA that aligns with the company’s  mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Gail has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“You must know your self – strengths and weaknesses to be able to lead others, you have to be authentic in leading others so people know where they stand with you and you must be resilient to manage the pressures placed upon you.”

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Abigail Wilkinson – Senior Vice President of People, EMEA
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