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ASUG Women Connect: One Personal Path to Technology
Kris Cowles
Kris Cowles in ASUG Women Connect May 19, 2019

ASUG Women Connect: One Personal Path to Technology

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..

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Author Megan Stielstra Addresses the Ways We Tackle Fear, Anxiety, and Stress
Sharon J. Rehana
Sharon J. Rehana in ASUG Women Connect March 16, 2019

Author Megan Stielstra Addresses the Ways We Tackle Fear, Anxiety, and Stress

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.

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Welcome to the ASUG Women Connect Program
Cheryl Parsons in ASUG Women Connect March 02, 2019

Welcome to the ASUG Women Connect Program

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.

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