All of us are on a journey with dreams of making positive impacts in life. Throughout the journey, there will be a mixture of cheers of happiness and tears of disappointment. How we navigate through all of that, while helping each other along the way, will lead to a better experience on that journey.
It’s not enough to follow your own path and achieve the career goals you’ve set for yourself. For me at least, being successful means paying it forward and laying out the groundwork to help others find their path, too.
If you’ve visited the ASUG Hub either at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference or SAP TechEd within the last eight years, then you’ve had the opportunity to walk through an experience I helped create.
I’m Rebecca Garrett. Nearly eight years ago I accepted a temporary job with ASUG to run its one-person membership department. That temp position eventually led to serving as the marketing director and then creative director of the marketing department and my involvement with the ASUG Hub for six years.
For those who visited the ASUG Hub this..
I frequently get asked, “How did you get started in technology?” If you would have asked me 30 years ago if I’d ever see myself as the vice president of global applications IT at Topcon Positioning Systems, I probably would have told you, “I don’t know about that, but I do know that I’ll figure it out.”
I’m Kris Cowles. A little more than five years into my current role, I’m still figuring things out, just as I have always done throughout my career—and that’s not a bad thing.
Life often has a different plan than the one you decide you’re going..
To some extent, everyone—women, men, C-level professionals, managers, or business users—experiences fear, anxiety, and anger. Often, the stress of not knowing how to manage it can affect your ability to be productive and accomplish goals you’ve set out to achieve.
Megan Stielstra, a Chicago-based author, tackles fear, anxiety, and stress in a series of personal essays in her latest book, “The Wrong Way to Save Your Life.” Her work has appeared in the Best American Essays, the New York Times, and other publications and story-telling platforms.
It’s 2019, and women only hold 26.5 percent of executive/senior level positions and, even worse, only 4.8 percent of CEO positions in S&P 500 companies. Speaking as the chief marketing officer for ASUG, I know we still have a lot more work to do. And I know that we need to do it together.
With all the progress we’ve made—and we have made progress—being the “only one” is still too common for women in today’s workplace, especially in our industry. Women hold about 20 percent of available jobs in the technology field even though they make up about 50 percent of the workforce. And we’re not even talking about leadership positions; representation there gets even smaller.
We need to work to break that cycle, together.