Women in Leadership at CA Technologies | Heena Raval

Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States of America, rightly said: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating the work of several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization. This month we cover a woman who is not only intelligent and smart herself but builds and drives intelligence into software products designed to make life easier. Meet Heena Raval, this month’s Woman in Leadership star. She leads the Data Sciences efforts for CA ITC.

Senior Director, Software Engineering at CA ITC, Heena works closely with global teams across CA to develop Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence solutions. Simply put, she builds intelligence into CA products and solutions so that the end user can do data-driven decision making, become more productive and efficient in their day job. In Heena’s words, “These end users play varied roles in large enterprises who are our customers going through their digital transformation journey. Through these intelligent products, we help optimize the outcomes that they care about.”

What do you bring to CA Technologies?

On being asked what she brings to CA, Heena said, “Best in class industry experience, customer empathy, thought leadership on digital transformation through a niche discipline of data sciences, and cutting-edge skills in the technology market today. I feel I bring an experience of developing entrepreneurial teams and creating a culture of high energy, innovation and outcomes.” She thus truly resonates with the CA ideology of “Bring What You Bring” uniqueness.

If you had one piece of advice to women considering, or in a leadership role – what would it be?

Women often forget how capable they are and what plethora of skills lies within them. Hence, we asked Heena to give a piece of advice to women considering a leadership role and her answer was truly inspiring. She quoted, “Don’t think about what if I fall? Think about what if I can fly? Why waste time trying to fit in when you are born to stand out. Harness your capability and intuition to lead and pave the path. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. “

Who is your biggest female inspiration/role model that’s influenced you? In life/or specific to your career?

We require continual push and inspiration to move towards our goals and this comes from someone we look up to – a role model. Heena is a role model for many in the organization but we wanted to know as to her role model is.

“I don’t have any role models as such. I get inspired by actions of several people and take away nuggets from their experiences. For instance, Maya Angelou, poet, and author, her writing, life philosophy and spirituality is inspirational. Sushmita Sen, former Miss Universe, her decision of adopting a child at the age of 25, I wonder what kind of upbringing you need to have, to make such a big decision at such a young age? She has been a hands-on single mother for the last 18 years with 2 beautiful daughters. Serena Williams is another person I look up to. Particularly how she has dealt with criticism of her race, body type and temperament by continuing to have her game do all the talking. She has been inspiring and now how she stands up for pregnancy break and believes that it is not to be treated as an injury. My everyday inspiration comes from the tireless women I depend on, my nanny, my cook. Such potential, if only they had gotten the opportunity to exploit their potential, they would not be doing jobs but creating jobs for sure. My forever inner source of inspiration is my mother, her grit and ability to give is what I would like to learn from and live by.”

What are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies?

Our DNA defines us and our qualities help us excel in what we do. Being asked as to what are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies, she said “Self-Awareness and Resilience.”

Heena Raval is a true example of a woman of substance. Her combination of intellect and hard work has made her a woman worthy of leadership. CA takes pride and cherishes having Heena as an integral part of the organization.

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Heena Raval – Sr Director, Software Engineering
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Press for progress: creating a CA where everyone can thrive

Thrive at CA

Thrive week at CA celebrates a diverse and inclusive workplace

March is a special month for us at CA Technologies as our people will celebrate Thrive week, which coincides with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month in the US. Thrive is our internal initiative focused on driving an inclusive work environment that enables diverse perspectives, experience and thought — all of the factors that are key to driving innovation and business results for CA, our customers and our shareholders.

This year, the theme of International Women’s day, #PressForProgress, encourages us to push even harder toward greater inclusion, diversity and parity. I could not agree more. We must all work together to ensure equality for all – not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it drives better business outcomes. When we harness the power of everyone, we are more innovative, productive, and create better solutions –  and that is simply, good business.

The innovative approach we take at CA embraces experimenting with different practices, failing fast and quickly learning from missteps to help move the needle. As I reflect upon all we have accomplished at CA, I am proud of the progress we have made thus far – but certainly won’t rest on our successes. I believe there is a strong need to press forward and continue the momentum as we focus on removing bias overall to create a more inclusive and diverse CA.

It is no secret that the Tech Industry – and all industries – are working hard toward a more representative workforce. Our goal at CA is to focus on inclusion first – we not only want to see a change in our representation, but also feel the change in our environment. Leveraging an inclusive mindset, we take a multifaceted approach to removing bias interpersonally and system-wide by evaluating our programs, processes and benefits to ultimately achieve a more diverse workforce and make progress holistically. We want to enable a truly inclusive environment so that we can realize the benefits of a diverse workforce and drive business value. We’ve made some big changes to our processes and policies to ensure we create an environment where equality and parity are foundational, bias is removed from our system, and our pipelines are fortified with diversity.

  • Pay Equity: Effective January 1, 2017 CA became the first company to no longer request current or historical compensation information from internal and external candidates during the interview and hiring process. Offering competitive compensation packages based on knowledge, skills and abilities helps eliminate any previous existing pay parity issues that may have been rooted in bias.
  • Diverse Candidate Slates: In an effort to build a pipeline of diverse candidates, we ensure we have a diverse slate of qualified candidates for our open positions. Since instituting the program five years ago, we have increased the diversity of our applicant pool by 25%.
  • Diverse Interview Panels: In order to embrace diverse perspectives during the interview process, we ensure we have a diverse panel of interviewers for our open positions.
  • Leave of Absence: Effective January 1, 2017, CA’s paid Family Medical Leave (FML) time off increased from 6 weeks to 12 weeks for leaves that are otherwise unpaid (i.e. maternity, paternity, adoption, care for ill family member, leave to care for self if approved for family medical leave but not approved for short term disability [STD]).
    • For maternity leaves, the 12 weeks begin after the conclusion of the any disability leave meaning a typical is fully paid for 18 weeks.
  • Leave of Absence Phase-Back Program: CA provides a generous, fully paid phase-back-to-work program for employees returning from leaves to care for family members automatically for two weeks to ease the transition back to work.

We further solidified our commitment to inclusion through our participation at the 2018 Makers Conference, where CA was one of 40 board members to raise their voices and announce a powerful initiative to advance women in the workplace. #Raiseyourvoice

“CA pledges to conduct a policy and process audit across the company to evaluate for possible areas of bias and implement solutions to remove bias where it exists.” ~ Lauren Flaherty, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, CA Technologies

I look forward to pressing even harder for progress in 2018 and beyond. Check out #LifeAtCA and #BringWhatYouBring on social media to join us on the journey, and meet some of our great people first-hand and see what they bring to CA each day.

Beth Conway, SVP, People at CA Technologies
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Beth Conway, SVP, People

Sahar Kanani, Principal Agile Program Manager
Sahar Kanani, Principal Agile Program Manager
Abbas Tavawala, Principal Internal Auditor
Abbas Tavawala, Principal Internal Auditor
Débora Silva, Communications Analyst, Latin America
Débora Silva, Communications Analyst, Latin America
Maria Jackson, Director, Talent Development
Maria Jackson, Director, Talent Development
Fabio Mazetti, Sr. People Operations Analyst
Fabio Mazetti, Sr. People Operations Analyst
Meghan Stabler, Advisor, Business Unit Strategy
Meghan Stabler, Advisor, Business Unit Strategy
Jim Kokoszynski, VP, Software Engineering
Jim Kokoszynski, VP, Software Engineering
Maria Silva, Instructional Designer
Maria Silva, Instructional Designer
Martha Dewey, Services Client Manager, Mainframe Practice
Martha Dewey, Services Client Manager, Mainframe Practice
Lina Forrestal, Sr. Social Media Manager
Lina Forrestal, Sr. Social Media Manager
Michael Natoli, Sr. Advisor, Customer Success
Michael Natoli, Sr. Advisor, Customer Success
Carolyn Rooney, Director, Talent Development
Carolyn Rooney, Director, Talent Development
Brad Smith, Program Manager
Brad Smith, Program Manager
Katherine Demacopoulos, VP, Corporate Marketing
Katherine Demacopoulos, VP, Corporate Marketing
Christie Morin, Program Director, Knowledge Services, Global Customer Success
Christie Morin, Program Director, Knowledge Services, Global Customer Success
Elizabeth Grayson, Administrative Coordinator
Elizabeth Grayson, Administrative Coordinator
Marie Purucker, Principal, Customer Experience Manager
Marie Purucker, Principal, Customer Experience Manager
Kellie Marshall, Sr. Operations Analyst
Kellie Marshall, Sr. Operations Analyst
Kate Guggenheim, Sr. Principal, Talent Development
Kate Guggenheim, Sr. Principal, Talent Development
Karen Longcoy, VP, Global Services Marketing
Karen Longcoy, VP, Global Services Marketing
Mary Lou Prevost, VP Regional Sales Public Sector
Mary Lou Prevost, VP Regional Sales Public Sector
Marie Daniels, Sr. Director, Global Customer Success
Marie Daniels, Sr. Director, Global Customer Success

#BlackHistoryInTech – A List of Black Entrepreneurs, Technologists, and Inventors that Lead the Technology Industry

Help us build a comprehensive list of black entrepreneurs, leaders, and thinkers in tech!

It’s Black History Month in the United States, and although we highlight diversity at CA Technologies throughout the year, we thought this would be a great time to highlight the contributions of black technologists, both historically and today. While researching the many brilliant minds that have built and changed the landscape of the technology industry, it became clear to us that we would never get this blog posted in time if we tried to include everyone!

We are also featuring some of those highlighted in this blog through a series of e-cards to share on social media with the hashtag #BlackHistoryInTech. Do you know a great black technologist? Tweet us at @CA_Careers with the hashtag #BlackHistoryInTech. We will add to the blog as we receive admissions.

 

Roy Clay Sr. is a Silicon Valley pioneer, having worked as the research and development director of Hewlett-Packard (HP)’s computer division, working on the design and construction of the company’s first computers in the 1960s. He later founded Rod-L Electronics, which tests for safety in electrical equipment.

Mark Dean helped develop the once-ubiquitous IBM PC, holding three of IBM’s nine original patents. In 1999, he sought to create a voice-activated tablet, and wrote in 2011 that he uses a tablet as his primary computer. Dean is now the CTO for IBM Middle East and Africa.

Frank Greene is considered one of the first black technologists, Frank Greene developed high-speed semi-conductor computer memory systems in the 1960s. He also founded the software companies Technology Development Corp. and ZeroOne Systems, Inc.

James E. West invented the first practical electret microphone, which uses a charged material instead of needing a polarizing power supply. It is commonly used in cellphones, cameras and digital recorders around the world. West won the Benjamin Franklin Medal in electrical engineering from the Franklin Institute in 2010.

Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from MIT (specializing in Physics), Dr. Jackson is currently the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of the Top 50 universities in the U.S. (according to U.S. News & World Report). While working at Bell Labs, she applied her knowledge of physics to make advances in telecommunications, including developments in solar cell, touch tone phones, and helped make Caller ID and call waiting.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson

Otis Boykin patented a type of resistor in 1959 that is still used today in radios, televisions and computers, which control the flow of electricity into components. This makes for products that are safer, longer lasting and cheaper. He also invented a control unit for the pacemaker. In all, Boykin was granted 28 patents for electronic devices: Some of them are still used in the military and in consumer products.

Dr. Philip Emeagwali was the inventor of the world’s fastest computer. Emeagwali took knowledge gained from his study of nature and bees and applied the efficiency of their honeycomb structure to create powerful computer processing. Using this construction, in 1989, the “Father of the Internet” used 65,000 processors to build the world’s fastest computer, one that performs computations at 3.1 billion calculations per second.

Dr. Philip Emeagwali

John Henry Thompson taught himself several computer programming languages as a young man. With a degree from MIT in Computer Science and Art, his goal was to merge art and technology. His most famous invention is Lingo: a scripting language that helps create visuals in computer programs. Lingo and other programs he pioneered are used in many programs and apps with interactive graphics, animation, sound, and video. Lingo has also been used to create the flash and shockwave programs that are now prevalent in video games, web design, animation, and graphics.

Gerald A. Lawson created the first home video game system that used interchangeable cartridges, offering gamers a chance to play a variety of games and giving video game makers a way to earn profits by selling individual games, a business model that exists today. Lawson, who died last year at age 70, is just beginning to be recognized by the gaming industry for his pioneering work.

Dixie Garr served as Cisco Systems’ vice president of customer success engineering for seven years. She drove change throughout the company’s engineering processes and business practices to better help the needs of customers around the world. She has been awarded several honors, including the 1997 Black Engineer of the Year Award.

Valerie Thomas honed her skills at NASA, where she and her team developed the first satellite to send images from space (Landsat). She also worked on computer programs used for research on Halley’s Comet and the ozone hole. In the mid-’70s, she began experimenting with concave mirrors and finally patented a 3-D Illusion Transmitter in 1980. Today, NASA uses the technology, doctors use it for medical imaging, and when you watch your 3-D television, thank Valerie Thomas.

Marc Hannah is one of the founders of the software firm Silicon Graphics (now SGI), where the special-effects genius developed 3-D graphics technology that would be used in many Hollywood movies, including Jurassic Park. He was almost instrumental in designing the Nintendo 64 gaming system.

Will Lucas founded brand marketing technology company Creadio back in 2003. He recently launched Classana, an educational resource discovery engine. Lucas is also the organizer behind TedXToledo, which is now in its second year.

Stacy Spikes is the co-founder of MoviePass, one of the most exciting things to happen to the movie business in a while. It’s essentially Netflix for movies still playing in theaters. Before co-founding MoviePass, Spikes was a long-time marketing executive who recently delved into the tech world. He’s considered one of the leaders of film entertainment marketing. Before starting MoviePass, Spikes founded the Urbanworld Film Festival, which is now the largest of its kind in the world. Urbanworld has premiered more #1 films than any other North American Film Festival, including Sundance and Tribeca.

Stacy Spikes Black History in Tech

Hamet Watt is the other co-founder of MoviePass and a former entrepreneur in residence at True Ventures. Before co-founding MoviePass alongside Stacy Spikes, he founded full-service media buying platform NextMedium, and health app bLife.

Don Charlton has changed the way hiring gets done online with his company, The Resumator. During the most recent presidential election, both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney used The Resumator to handle all of the job applications coming in. Before founding The Resumator, Charlton established himself as an award-winning interactive designer.

Majora Carter recently opened up a new startup incubator and tech education center in South Bronx to foster entrepreneurship. There is a dramatic shortage of engineering talent in the U.S. labor force, and we want to fill that gap with people who could otherwise end up in the criminal justice and welfare systems,” she recently told Fast Company. She says most of the talent in the South Bronx either leaves or doesn’t get “nurtured into something positive.” In 2010, Carter was touted as one of the 100 most creative people in business. She’s also a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster.

Kimberly Bryant wants to ensure that young black girls have the opportunity to learn how to code. In 2011, Bryant founded BlackGirlsCode, a six-week program that teaches basic programming concepts, and gives underrepresented youths the chance to learn about robotics, and a wide range of other technological concepts. Before founding BlackGirlsCode, Bryant spent about decade in biotechnology where she held several management roles at companies including Genentech, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, and Merck.

Jon Gosier is the mastermind behind data analysis startup MetaLayer, global innovation consultancy Appfrica, and non-profit organizations HiveColab and Abayima.  Gosier is a senior fellow at TED who has given talks on topics including the democratization of data platforms and social currency.

Tony Guada’s Bitcasa entered the online storage market with a major point of differentiation: infinite storage for its users. Gauda launched Bitcasa at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference back in 2011. Gauda and his co-founder have been able to attract $7 million funding from some of the most well-respected venture capital firms in the business, including Horizon Ventures, Andreessen-Horowitz, and First Round Capital. Gauda previously engineered fraud protection systems at Mastercard.

Emmitt McHenry co-founded Network Solutions, Inc., one of the early leading Internet domain services providers. In 1995, he founded NetCom Solutions International, a telecommunications and engineering company that has won awards from IBM and NASA, among other places.

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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Kavitha Tumuluri

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

Meet Kavitha Tumuluri, Advisor for Cloud and Platform Engineering.

What does an Advisor for Cloud and Platform Engineering do?

Kavitha is the Product owner for Companywide IT initiative – Office 365@CA and IT integration of companies that CA acquires. She also holds a key role in IT integration of zIT Consulting, Runscope, Automic, Veracode (inworks) etc.

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 organization and when speaking to Kavitha about what she brings to CA she told us that her main assets are her experience & passion and she believes in being customer centric and strives for improving employee’s productivity.

”I bring 2 decades of industry experience including India & US. I am very passionate and truly believe in being customer centric. When our GIS customers are happy (i.e. CA employees) we definitely win as a company.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Kavitha believes that a woman should never hesitate to be a part of different experiences as that will definitely give her a different perspective.

”As women, we love to keep things to ourselves. We become a ‘superwoman’ on one extreme, and a ‘martyr’ on the other. I like mentoring women on this constantly and encourage them to have an open communication channel either with their manager or team, on their availability. I also guide them on how to constantly reprioritize, and how to say no when the situation demands it; even though I too am constantly learning and evolving in these areas, these are must-have skills in your personal toolbox.”   

My female inspiration

Kavitha has many female role models like Indira Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo, Chanda Kochhar – MD & CEO of ICICI bank and in CA – Lauren Holmes -SVP of Business Solutions Group. But her biggest inspirations are her Mother & Mother in law.

”Closer to me in my family are my mother and my mother in law. They seem to be able to handle any kind of issue and each handles a team of 5 children along with their spouses and 13 grandchildren and in Indian culture, the extended families are also part of your inner circle and is a huge management skill. Their ability to deal with ups/downs, their ability to be emotionally anchored continue to teach me lessons. I have super role models in my two boys too, constantly learning from them on what works with millennials.

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. Kavitha has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

  • Creative – Bring your artistic brain to work, you can create magic in your products.
  • Customer Centric – Always put yourself in the customer’s shoes and then design the experience.
  • Uncompromising Integrity – Always do the right thing – ethically and morally.
  • Self-Aware – Try to do things out of your comfort zone and always break the stereotypes. Shut your inner “cannot do” voice and always dare to venture out of your box to bring out the best and bright.
  • Agile – Change, agility and moving at a speed or ahead of the customer is the norm in all my projects. It has become my second nature.

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Kavitha Tumuluri – Advisor, Cloud and Platform Engineering.

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How we’re creating a more diverse and inclusive CA

We work and live in a fast-paced environment, especially in the Tech industry. We are constantly evolving to stay ahead of the curve to achieve business results and win in a competitive industry. For many companies, diversity and inclusion has become a key focus; it is the “right thing to do.”  It is good for employees and good for business.

A 2015 McKinsey report found that companies in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry mean, and those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have returns above the industry mean.

Simply put –  diversity drives better performance and if we don’t embrace a diverse and inclusive mindset, we risk falling behind.

Research to prove this fact has often been based on characteristics that you can visibly see, but diversity goes beyond these factors.

Diversity and inclusion is not limited to what we look like. It’s about fostering an environment where people with different backgrounds and opinions can work together and challenge one another to elevate the collective thinking, creativity and actions of the group. Different perspective provides us the opportunity to challenge our assumptions and adjust our biases.

Every organization has a different strategy; at CA Technologies, our position is to focus on inclusivity and take a multifaceted approach to making progress holistically. Our goal is to remove bias by embedding a diverse mindset in everything we do. Our actions speak volumes to demonstrate our focus and commitment on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

We pride ourselves in taking risks and experimenting with different approaches to see what will move the needle. Over the last few years, CA Technologies has implemented several innovative strategies focused on eliminating bias, breaking down barriers and increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Pay Equity: As of January 1, 2017, CA Technologies became the first company to no longer request applicants’ previous salary history during the interview process for both external and internal candidates. Offering compensation packages that are competitive and based on knowledge, skills and abilities helps to eliminate any previous existing pay parity issues that may have been rooted in bias. The intent is to create a more level playing field and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn fair compensation for comparable work and advances an inclusive environment where our people can thrive. CA made this important shift not because of future legislation, but because it is the right thing to do.

Diverse Candidate Slates: Until recently, during the interviewing process, we required that at least one, and ideally more than one, candidate in every pool of candidates presented to a hiring manager qualified as diverse (defined as a woman, a person of color, a veteran, or an individual with disabilities).

In FY18, we raised the bar even further to require at least two women on each candidate slate for at least 75% of our filled requisitions. According to a 2016 study by HBR.org, their research demonstrates that having more than one woman or minority in the finalist pool of candidates would significantly increase the likelihood of hiring a woman or minority. When there is only one woman, she does not stand a chance of being hired, but that changes dramatically when there is more than one.

Diverse interview panels: Our benchmark aims to have a diverse panel on 100% of our requisitions to ensure that we have diverse representation to allow for a variety of perspectives in the interview process. Having a diverse panel not only helps manage unconscious bias, it also provides candidates the opportunity to meet and experience the diverse set of people who make up CA Technologies.

Unconscious bias training: “If you have a brain, you have bias.” Scary thought?  Indeed. We all bring our own biases to work each day, therefore we implemented Unconscious Bias training throughout the organization to help employees understand, recognize and mitigate bias.

Casting a wide net as we source for our open positions: We pursue and engage with a wide range of job candidates through partnerships with diversity organizations, diversity focused career fairs and job boards, recruitment at universities whose populations include a higher percentage of women and minority groups as well as targeted social media and networking channels.

Job Descriptions: Often job descriptions are plagued with bias, which is why we’ve improved our ability to connect with and attract diverse top talent by looking closely at our job descriptions and job postings to ensure the language we use is inclusive and not biased.

Diversity is not just about hiring and fair pay, it is a team sport.  It is about inclusion in every aspect of our work culture.

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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.

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“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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4 Tips to Make the Most of GHC 17

Grace Hopper Celebration CA Technologies

Take your Grace Hopper experience to the next level with these tips.

Are you packing up and heading to GHC 17? Well you’re certainly not alone. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, with more than 18,000 attending this year. There’s so much to learn and so many inspiring women to meet that it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. I’ve compiled some tips and lessons I’ve learned through my experiences and observations in years past to help you navigate and make the most of your time.

 

Download the app

Big paper programs are a huge hassle in a bustling environment that requires your full, heads-up attention. The Grace Hopper Celebration 17 app is going to save your sanity this week. I like to use the app to build my own schedule, easily pull up maps, and get any important, in-the-moment announcements that may come through.

Note: To use the app, you’ll need to log in with your Last Name and personal password (this is NOT your registration number, like I thought… whoops!). If you did not receive an invitation with your login info for the app, you can request it by going through those options in the sign up. Be sure to check your spam! The email will come from spotme.com.

 

Prioritize your objectives

Are you looking for a job? Networking? Learning? Gaining leadership development? Think about what your main objective is for Grace Hopper and plan first around this. You can start by planning your personal agenda in the app. Luckily the huge agenda can be filtered by track, like “Career” or “Interactive Media”. Filtering by tracks can help you find the perfect schedule to reach your top GHC 17 goals. Be sure to save a few hours to explore the Expo!

CA Technologies Recruiters at Grace Hopper Celebration

 

Divide up your Expo time

The Expo is probably the most interactive part of the event. You’ll not only get to meet great tech employers, like CA Technologies, but you also get to do tons of fun activities and pick up some fab swag. You will have chargers, pens and notebooks for days! This being said, the combination of input overload and endless walking can drain you pretty quickly. I suggest planning 1-2 hours per expo day to tackle a section of the map. And if you’re not particularly interested in engaging with a booth as you check it out, don’t feel bad moving along. You’ll want to save your energy and attention for the groups you want to speak with most. Oh, and pro-tip… make one last swing around in the last hour of the expo on Friday to see who’s giving their extra stuff away. #winning
 

Unleash the inner Grace in you!

If you’re looking for a fun social media activity to share online with friends while you’re here, come see me at Booth #2422. We believe you should  #BringWhatYouBring to innovate in the field of technology. Whatever quirky skill, experience, background or hobby you bring to the table to help solve problems for a diverse set of users,  come by  and add it to our giant #BringWhatYouBring chalkboard and snap a selfie! I’m always up for a photo bomb.

And don’t forget to join our Talent Community at the booth to receive a free “Amazing Grace” GHC 2017 tee! Our exclusive design is an homage to the barrier breaking ideas of Grace Hopper, and her inspirationally audacious attitude toward those who told her it couldn’t be done.

grace hopper celebration 2017 CA Technologies t-shirt grey

Them: “Hey, computers can only do arithmetic!”

Grace Hopper: “Deal with it.” ?

 

If you’d like more information on GHC 17, the best resource is their website. If you’d like to know more about CA’s partnership with with Grace Hopper Celebration, and learn about the some of the women who work at CA visit our #GHC17 page. You can also tweet us for more info about #LifeAtCA during the event @CA_Careers, or follow our Instagram feed at @lifeatca.

 

Rachel Duran
Rachel Duran

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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.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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Florence Perissel – Recruitment Manager,
Talent Acquisition, France
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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.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

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Julie McDowell – Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition,
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