Women in Technology; your initial reaction is likely “Not another article about how unfair women are treated, how salary disparity is vast and climbing the corporate ladder is difficult”. We are going to; (of course) touch on all those items but what about women supporting women? Or technologists female and male championing technology in elementary schools?
In conversations with female leaders at companies such as Walmart, Tyson Foods, The City of Austin and CargoJet the consistent themes were diversity, mentorship and education regardless of your gender.
Digging into a topic this broad is always challenging but the results of our discussions may surprise you; careers are forged early and a passion for technology, and strong mentors and role models are key to long-term success.
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Dr. Pearlson has held positions in academia and industry including Babson College, UTexas-Austin, Gartner’s Research Board, CSC, Hughes Aircraft Company, and AT&T. She has been a consultant for many Fortune 500 companies and provided expert witness testimony on numerous information system issues. She founded KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm and the IT Leaders Forum, a community of next generation IT executives. Previously, she was the founding Director of the Analytics Leadership Consortium, at the International Institute of Analytics.
Dr. Pearlson’s research spans MIS, business strategy and organizational design. Her current research studies how organizations build a culture of cybersecurity and how organizations build trust to share mitigations for cyber breaches. She’s the lead author of the popular text book in the MIS field: Managing and Using Information: A Strategic Approach (7th edition published Jan.2020) and co-author of Zero Time: Providing Instant Customer Value. She has written dozens of papers and case studies, many of which included ground-breaking work which has influenced how managers and leaders think about, and manage, information. Her work has been widely published including in Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Information Resources Management Journal and Harvard Business School Publishing.
Dr. Pearlson holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in MIS from Harvard Business School and a MS in Industrial Engineering and BS in Mathematics from Stanford. She served as the Chief Information Officer of Shalom Austin, a $10m non-profit for 3 years and as a Girl Scout troop leader for 10 years. She’s the founding President of the Austin chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and was named “2014 National SIM Leader of the Year”.