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 | 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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CA Technologies France Seeks More Diversity in Technology

As the Talent Acquisition Manager for France at CA Technologies, I am always very proud when we hire great sales women to pitch our software solutions and services in areas such as:

  • Application Performance Management
  • Infrastructure Management
  • DevOps
  • API Management
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Agile Solutions

It is wonderful to see women in technology:

  • Generate new sales opportunities in various industries
  • Respond to specific problems of large enterprises
  • Present to potential clients alongside pre-sales, marketing, service and partners
  • Complete large deals after long and complex sales cycles in Technology.

Women In Tech

Unfortunately, it’s wide knowledge that women are still underrepresented in Technology Sales. I would certainly like to meet more female candidates with the relevant education & sales experience in Software License Business. However, the more technical it gets, the more difficult it gets to identify the more suitable candidates. At the same time, I am aware that it hasn’t been easy for women to access positions of responsibility in Technology Sales and that it takes time to change attitude and behavior of not just industry leaders, but girls who are considering STEM careers from an early age.

In terms of gender equality, it still frightens me that children are programmed to think a certain way from the earliest age. Some aspects of our contemporary societies are still very traditional and there is still a gap between our intentions for more gender equality and the reality. A good example to consider are the gifts given to children at Christmas. In many toy shops, there are still two separate shelves one for boys and one for girls. Many children games and toys still support gender stereotypes.

Inspiring the Next Generation Into STEM Careers

At CA Technologies France and across EMEA, we support community activities with a primary focus on STEM education. We pride ourselves with encouraging young people and especially girls to show more interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We hope that girls will find these topics as interesting & fun as boys and that they will be willing to persevere.

Earlier this year, 25 pupils aged 14 years old came from a College in Aubervilliers to visit our company in Paris La Defense for an interactive day with CA’s employees. They participated in workshops, and exchanges on job advice and various collaborative exercises to explore new technologies.

CA Technologies also support the “Transaharienne project” led by our partner Engineering school “ISEP” in Issy-Les-Moulineaux. Earlier this year 24 students from ISEP came in to install computers from CA Technologies and give training to children from disadvantaged schools in South Morocco.

Today many working women are looking for a career that offers flexibility and enables them the opportunity to pursue a fulfilling life outside of work and this includes a good family life. However, many women and in particular working mothers at times are having difficulties to manage a personal life and a demanding career. I believe that to encourage gender diversity, some concrete actions are needed such as allowing employees to work from home when needed, flexible hours etc.

Bring What You Bring to CA France

At CA Technologies diversity matters and the company has made a strong commitment to increase the number of women in technical roles and the number of men in general administrative positions. Some countries are more advanced than others on the subject, in particular those countries where CA offices offer the benefit of Montessori Children’s Centers on site.

Today we speak a lot about agility at CA Technologies. Being agile should have a positive impact on diversity and should allow women to have more flexibility at the workplace. We ask our candidates to “Bring What You Bring” to CA Technologies. That means a diverse workforce of talent people, bringing a range of diverse experiences, diverse thought from both talented men and women. That’s why each hire we achieve of talented women in Technologies Sales is a step forward.

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Florence Perissel – Recruitment Manager,
Talent Acquisition, France
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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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CA Technologies is proud to be the Silver Sponsor at Grace Hopper Celebration India 2016

Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI), the largest gathering of women technologists in the country, is set to take place in December from 7th – 9th Dec 2016 and we are excited to be part of it. GHCI focuses on the career, research and entrepreneur interests of women in computing and technology.

Meet some of CA’s amazing women leaders who will represent CA at GHC this year.

 

Nivedita Aggarwal-Grace Hopper India 2016
Nivedita Aggarwal

”I started my career with Tata Infotech (now TCS) in 2000 as a trainee. After trying various technical roles at TCS, I joined CA Technologies in 2004 and picked up a career in product documentation. I started off writing product documentation for Mainframe products. Soon, I found myself identifying issues with the current process, proposing ways to solve the issues and leading people to fix issues. So, I naturally transitioned into a management role, handling documentation teams for a few business units. In the quest to expand my horizon, I took additional responsibilities to lead the development and support of tools for the global publication team and later started leading the globalization team as well. This is my 13th year at CA and I now head the Engineering Services team at CA India Technology Center. I’m responsible for Product Documentation, Globalization, DevOps services, Accessibility, and Securability teams in India. Learning the nuances of each domain was so gratifying and made all the extra work so much more worthwhile. It was   so important for me to understand the domain so that I could guide the team in the right direction.”

Nivedita Aggarwal, Director, Information Services

 

”I have more than 17 years of experience in this industry. I am currently working as a Director – HR Business Partner for Technology Group with CA Technologies. I have worked with Companies like Microsoft, 3Com, HCL and some start-ups. I have experience in Talent Development, Talent Acquisition and as a Strategic Business Partner. In addition to HR roles, I am also a Diversity Champion and lead Diversity Initiatives for CA India. I have Masters in English literature and bachelors in Economics from Delhi University. I am also a Certified Diversity Professional from DTUI.”

Sharmila Khan – Director, HR Business Partner

 

 

Kavitha Sastry-Grace Hopper India 2016
Kavitha Sastry

”I work at CA Technologies as an Advisor in the Global CIO Office. I have close to 20 years of industry experience both in the US and India in a variety of Customer facing leadership roles along with managing global Data Centers, Global infrastructure and Application support teams. I hold B.Tech in Electronics and Communications and M. Tech in Image Processing from Andhra University. I have held various Leadership roles at Silicon Graphics, Rovi Corporation, Patni-Igate and EMC. I strongly believe in and have managed to bring work-life balance into my teams. Currently I am working on two complex problems a) Measuring and Increasing Productivity from various collaboration tools across the company b) Putting in a process to measure Risk and Governance for all SaaS applications deployed within a company. I am also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion forum at CA Technologies. And a committee member of the ABI Hyderabad chapter and ABI India. I am committed to various “young women empowerment programs” in my neighborhood village communities.”

Kavitha Sastry – Advisor, IT Program Management

 

David, Crescentia Kalpana-Grace Hopper India 2016
David, Crescentia Kalpana

”I have more than nine years of experience in the Technical Writing field and will complete seven years at CA Technologies this December. I love technology, interacting with people, and writing. These traits make me best suited for the technical writing field. I work closely with the agile teams, and the experts of the product like support engineers to provide accurate and error-free content. I have worked with various technologies such as mainframe, security infrastructure, business process management in a SOA environment, SaaS, and master database management. I actively participate in the product forums to receive feedback and answer customer queries. I have dabbled with various forms of information presentation like videos and blogging. I am mother of a six-year-old rambunctious boy and love every minute of it. I am a true blue Hyderabadi who loves books, movies, and food. A feminist who likes to keenly observe the working styles of women vis-a-vis men. One day I hope to help under-privileged women by microfinancing their businesses.”

Crescentia Kalpana David – Senior Information Engineer

 

Kruthi Kunjalu - Grace Hopper India 2016
Kruthi Kunjalu

”I have been working with CA Technologies as an Associate Platform Administrator since June 2015. I joined CA Technologies after completing my Engineering in Computer Science from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad. Ever since I started, I was able to work and deliver solutions on trending technologies like Chef, Alexa and Azure. In my role, I handle the implementation of Infrastructure as a Code (IaaC) for CA Technologies. I am responsible to ensure that all the newly launched servers are customized according to CA standards through Chef. I also contribute extensively to the Automation requests from other teams. I like to spend my leisure time reading articles on psychology and love to get to know people across different fields. Spending quality time with kids makes my day. The ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ is one of my favourite movies and a quote I love is “The world is your oyster. It is up to you to find the pearls.”

Kruthi Kunjalu – Associate Platform Administrator

 

Meet us at Grace Hopper Celebration India, CA Technologies booth.

GHCI is a great platform to talk about your work, share knowledge, learn and above all get inspired by some amazing women leaders in the industry. We are celebrating the spirit and success of women in technology. Come, meet us at CA Technologies booth and learn about CA products, innovations, benefits, our work culture and career opportunities. We want talented people to join our team and work towards achieving our mission of eliminating the barriers between ideas and outcomes.

 

 

Work-Life Balance… Is Having It All A Myth?

4 Tips for Creating Better Work-Life Balance

It’s a big scary world out there, and somehow, we’re tasked with managing the many peaks and valleys along our individual journeys. If you’re anything like me, balance is what you’re constantly striving for. It’s like the gold at the end of the rainbow, or finding Big Foot. Sometimes it seems too good to be true, or just not real. But it is. I promise you. It takes some time, some gumption, some patience, and trust.

We’ve all had times in our careers where the scales seem to tip and sometimes break, which is never a good thing. It can cause anxiety, delays in delivering your product, a drop in quality of work, and potential drop in confidence. Plus, you lose that thing called a life. Which, take it from me, is no good. So, how do you find balance? Here are some of the lessons and tips I’ve learned throughout my career which has helped me find my balance, think less about working so hard to find it, and focus on work-life integration:

Organisation is Key

Look, I get it. It’s not always easy to stay organised. I recently had some constructive feedback shared with me that highlighted sometimes when I’m stressed or my plate is too full, I can become slightly ‘crazed’ and disorganised. At first, I had a moment (in my head) not dissimilar to my two-year-old’s tantrums, but then I realised, you know what, they were right. Ask yourself when prepping for your next day at work: Have I written down and actioned my to-do’s? Am I as prepared as I can be for tomorrow? Do I have to follow up with anyone today? Have I laid out my clothes for tomorrow? These are really simple things, that can help you stay organised, save time, and provide you one piece of that oh-so-coveted balance.

Schedule ‘You’ Time & Unplug

Do you take a full hour lunch? Do you ever turn your devices off and focus on ‘the now’? Having some ‘you time’ built into your day can help clear your head, keep you organised (see tip 1), and overall give your brain a rest. It also helps you to focus your time on your family, friends, your special interests outside of work, and can actually HELP you to be creative and apply any of your ‘you time’ thoughts to your job. I actually schedule 15 minutes of ‘Think Time’ each day, where I’m away from my computer and phone and focus on the elements of my day that need the most focus. It allows me to take a step back and re-prioritise my day/to do’s/etc.

Just Breathe (Woosah)

Sometimes things just get so busy you don’t know what to do. Trust me, I’ve been there. Whether strategy and budget planning, a brand new project kicked off, or it’s the end of the year – it can get crazy. Remember, take a breath. Just do one thing at a time. It will all get done. You’re organised, you’ve taken your ‘You Time’ and have a plan of action and are geared for success. Meditation is not for everyone, but breathing is. Just remember to take a step back, think about your priorities, breathe and go. We have such an amazing and close-knit Talent Acquisition team who truly lives by the CA Mission and helps me to get back to my ‘Woosah’ place when its needed.

Forget Being Perfect

No one, I repeat, no one is perfect – so why should you be? Being perfect puts a lot of pressure on yourself, plus can take more time to deliver your work. Are you being efficient when trying to be perfect? Probably not. Are you stressing yourself out, spending more time at work, and less time on you?  Probably. I was recently doing a bit of research for this post and found this quote from a Forbes.com article,  “As you climb the ladder at work and as your family grows, your responsibilities mushroom. Perfectionism becomes out of reach, and if that habit is left unchecked, it can become destructive…”. And do I know that to be true. I wish I could do it all, and all at once. I tried it…it worked for all of 5 minutes, and then I crashed, burned and was completely burnt out. You can be great and you don’t need to be perfect to do so.

Finding your balance isn’t easy. I’ve started to integrate my life with my work in some areas such as sending my son to our Montessori Programme, which I wrote about in an earlier post. No one way is the magic key to solve the ever-so-tricky question of work-life balance, but you can find the key that works best for you and find your happy place.

 

 

 

 

Hello Again Boomerang – Meet Isabel Botha, former CA Employee Alumni Returning to Rewrite Career

Boomerang: Australian throwing club, childhood toy, and…former employees? Yes. Strategic re-hiring is becoming an important part of many companies’ talent practice.

Boomerang hires play an incredible role in organisations today showcasing the organisation as an awesome place to work, and, not to mention…they are FANTASTIC brand ambassadors. At CA we LOVE our employee alumni, having recently launched a new alumni program where past employees can stay connected. But, what we love even more – when those very talented alums decide to return to CA. Whether for the benefits, our position on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, or the amazing ways that CA is Rewriting the Application Economy, we are seeing a surge in former employees saying ‘Hello Again.’

I recently had the pleasure to visit our Sydney office and caught up with Isabel Botha, a former colleague who helped us to tell the CA Story when we were launching our new career website. I was excited to learn that she was also a recent “boomerang” who decided to return to CA after some time away.

How did you first join CA?

“I migrated to Australia in 2005. After predominantly practising construction law in South Africa, Botswana and the UK, I wanted to join the IT industry and opted to take on an in-house counsel role at CA in June 2007. It was a great time to join CA as a lawyer, as the industry was changing as was CA’s culture and CA was committed to best-in-class controls and compliance. There was a renewed sense of vigour, enthusiasm and dedication to becoming one of the world’s most successful software companies.”

Why did you choose to come back to CA?

“After 7 years at CA as legal counsel I was offered a role as Corporate Counsel for Australia and New Zealand at a leading global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions. I was heartbroken to leave CA but at the time it felt like the right thing to do. On paper it was the perfect job, I was well paid and at a convenient location. But something was missing … camaraderie. I missed the passion, I missed the rollercoaster ride, I missed feeling a part of something, I missed CA.

A role in the Customer Portfolio team had just become available. I didn’t hesitate, I jumped. And as they say, the rest is history.

I love my new role and I love being back at CA. I don’t know what the future holds but I know I will remain a member of the CA family.”

As a working mum, how has CA played a role in balancing work/life?

“I’m fortunate to be mum to Kira (4.5yrs) and Tahlia (2.5yrs). As a migrant I don’t have any family support here in Australia and my in-laws are interstate so I can honestly say that CA has played a central role in me being a working mum.

Kira has been in CA’s Montessori Childcare Centre since her first birthday and Tahlia since she was six months old. It is quite surreal knowing that they are just a few floors below me so it is great to be able to pop down to read a story during book week or to take a photo with Santa or a fire truck, and of course if they fall sick I’m right here to pick them up.

I do have a demanding role, especially at quarter end, which I need to balance with my home life. At CA I am respected as a professional and am trusted to complete my tasks and achieve my goals at times that are opportune.

The culture at CA is, bar none, we help each other out and understand the challenges that we all face. Not all of us are parents, but we all have conflicting interests that we need to balance with our work life.”

What really makes CA stand out in the marketplace?

“In my mind CA is not a company, CA is a living, breathing organism. It is kind and can be intense, but most of all it is a fighter. When you look at the ‘top places to work’ they focus on benefits. CA offers great benefits too but in my opinion, CA’s culture and the commitment of CA’s Executive Team to make CA a truly remarkable software company is what makes CA stand out in the marketplace.”

Our very own Craig Fisher recently blogged about the courtship of boomerangs and the #NewWayToWork. As the marketplace evolves, our alumni, current employees, and future candidates are also evolving. At CA we are constantly evolving the way we attract talent and stay connected to future candidates. Isabel sums it up best; CA is a ‘living breathing organism,’ always evolving and positioned to Rewrite the future.

Welcome back!

Aline Gerew, CA Technologies Working Mother of the Year Shares Thoughts on Software Engineering, Motherhood and Gender Diversity in Tech.

At CA, creating an inclusive and diverse workplace supporting the advancement of women in technology is our passion.While we believe that true empowerment comes from multi-faceted improvements at every stage of development for women around the world, we know that the most impactful and immediate change happens within our four walls. This drive for the evolution of gender diversity in the tech industry is validated with each award we are honored with – especially the most recent distinction of Working Mother 100 Best Company, for the fourth consecutive year.

A vital part of our successes are the women at CA that make us proud each day, by demonstrating consistent dedication and passion for excellence in everything they do. This year, we are delighted Aline Gerew, SVP, Software Engineering, has been named CA Technologies Working Mother of the Year.

I was anxious to speak with Aline who candidly discussed her experience as a working mother and 27-year CA employee and how she supports the advancement of women in tech.

AlineRD:
What do you like most about your role?

Aline:
The diversity of my role and the people I work with. My main responsibility is leading the engineering organization for [Mainframe] AppDev which includes working with customers and solving their problems – that is what I enjoy the most. I also love working with the various people at CA, whether it be engineering, Product Management, Sales, Finance, Marketing, Legal, Customer Support, etc., we all have a common goal of making our customers successful with the products we offer. I thoroughly enjoy bringing new Software Engineers into the company who are just starting their career and watching them grow as individuals. They bring an energy to the team that is contagious. Over the years I have worked with, and for some remarkable people who have been very supportive.

RD:
Which of your projects are you most proud of so far?

Aline:
In my 27 years at CA, I have worked on many projects that I am very proud of. What I am most proud of is how far we have come as a company. Through the years we have experienced some good times and faced some challenges, but the people at CA are resilient and have been able to overcome some big hurdles. Most of my career has been spent working on the Mainframe and I am proud to say I’ve had a hand in how successful we have been and continue to be. It is satisfying to see how our software helps the largest companies in the world run their business.

RD:
What are your favorite things to do besides code?

Aline:
My favorite activity, first and foremost, is spending time with my family. I love watching my daughter play field hockey and my son wakeboard. Cooking, shopping, and photography are my other favorite past times.

RD:
What organizations are you involved with that promote leadership and/or education for young girls and/or women?

Aline:
Over the years I have participated in the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC), as well as encouraged women within my own organization to attend. I have also worked with Tech Girls Rock, organized CA events around Women’s History Month, and worked with other women in CA (Engineering and HR) around Women in Engineering at CA which was the precursor to CA’s Gender Diversity Program. I also try to be a role model for women at CA by encouraging them to step out and be bold.

RD:
How do you feel CA Technologies fares in promoting equality in tech, either on its own merits or compared to other tech companies?

Aline:
CA is a company that offers flexibility and benefits that help an employee achieve their work-life balance. For example, CA has always been a leader with offering benefits to employees; paid parental leave, adoption assistance, subsidized onsite Montessori-certified Children’s Center, and flexible work schedules.  Although some of these benefits are new, many go back to when I had my children 23 and 19 years ago. In today’s world, raising children does not just land on the shoulders of the mother, and CA recognizes that by providing these benefits to both parents, regardless of gender. Diversity in the workplace is a hot topic amongst many companies, CA discloses their diversity percentages publicly and admits there is still room for improvement.  We have partnered with the Anita Borg Institute and Springboard Enterprises, as well as Tech Girls Rock by the Boys and Girls Club of America, to better understand the gender gap in the STEM fields and seek ways to improve the overall percentage of women in IT. In addition, CA offers mentoring programs and a very comprehensive Leadership Development Program to help with career progression.

RD:
What are some of the roadblocks you’ve encountered in your career journey as a mother?

Aline:
Balancing work and family life is always challenging for any individual. I’ve been fortunate to work for, and with people who have supported me in my career and were understanding when there were competing priorities between work and family life. For me, the only roadblock is what they refer to as the “hour-glass ceiling” where

time demands have hindered my desire to progress further in my career (thus far).  This was a personal choice because my goal has always been to lead a happy, well-balanced life.

RD:
What advice do you have for others that are currently facing or may face these same roadblocks?

Aline:
Push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will be surprised at what you can accomplish. Surround yourself with people who support you—do not try to do it alone. Understand what your priorities are and what makes you happy.

Naming just one recipient, of the many inspiring and successful women at CA Technologies is no easy task but clearly Aline Gerew was a great choice for CA Technologies Working Mother of the Year. As a young mother myself, I’m fortunate to be at CA, where I have many role models and mentors like Aline. You can read more about each one by subscribing to our blog or by following @CA_Careers on Twitter.

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