In this Mentor Monday, Cistola explains how identifying coaches both outside and within her workplace has made a huge impact on her career path.
Tracy Nolan explains the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and the benefits of both. She shares how her career was shaped by an influential sponsor, and provides insight on how women in comms and tech can identify and foster relationships with mentors and sponsors.
When Jennifer Kyriakakis didn't like the culture of the large company that acquired the business she was working for, she broke away and created her own with a focus on innovation.
Noora Mat Rifin, SVP of Customer Life Cycle Management at Celcom Axiata Berhad, advises women to follow their passion and seize opportunities in comms, despite the challenges.
Tami Forman, executive director of Path Forward, shares how the nonprofit is helping women who have taken a career break return to the workforce at companies such as Verizon.
DOI Co-Founder and CEO Jayne Groll encourages more women to enter DevOps to be part of the unparalleled disruptive innovation driving tech today.
Lynn Conway, IEEE Life Fellow and professor, shares her thoughts on tech revolutions, the Valley's Brotopia image and the techno-social systems emerging in the industry.
Amanda Lye, Axiata Digital's 32-year-old associate director of strategy, is breaking the mold in the telecom industry.
Now is the time for senior female executives in comms to help the new entrants carve a niche for themselves in the industry, according to Telstra Malaysia's Yuni Lee Heathcote.
Dr. Alicia Abella, AT&T's vice president of Advanced Technology Realization, shares what technologies she thinks have been the most revolutionary and what she learned from one that wasn't.
Catherine González Pack, who leads the team responsible for NFL Mobile Ticket, talks about her journey from the military to mobile and how she takes risks, asks the right questions and doesn't take no for an answer.
Qualcomm's Kathy Herring Hayashi addresses advancements in AI and its impact on job opportunities, how women in communications can both identify and become mentors, and offers her advice for young women considering a career in STEM.
128 Technology President Susan Johnston shares her lessons learned from participating in mentoring programs, how to be your own best advocate, and how women in comms can 'change the game for other women' in small and large ways.
UNH-IOL Director Erica Johnson explains how she balances the technology and business goals of the UNH-IOL, makes STEM opportunities at the lab a priority for high-school students and why women should be comfortable pivoting in their careers.
AT&T's Anne Chow discusses her leadership philosophy, approach to navigating business transformations and why she thinks more women should pursue the C-suite.
As Executive in Residence for VentureLabs, Virginia Balcom helps startups hone their marketing strategy – a critical, but often overlooked step in product and market validation.
AT&T's Marachel Knight shares her insight on how she developed resiliency in the face of challenges, and how cohesive teams helped her overcome those obstacles.
Christine Podraza, VP and head of Fujitsu's Optical Business Unit, shares lessons she's learned over the course of her career as she's gone from learning to earning to returning.
Serpil Bayraktar, a principal engineer in Cisco's CTAO office, reveals which three technologies have been the most impactful over her 26-year comms career.
Aparna Khurjekar shares how she keeps tabs on consumer interests, leads diverse teams, makes mentoring a priority and more.
AT&T Labs Director DeDe Paul combines a knack for mathematics with people skills to help the carrier make business use of its piles and piles of network and customer data.
Nneoma Nwankwo, a Citi analyst and founder of Empower46, helps bring news of female education and empowerment across Africa to the US.
AT&T Labs is made up of engineers, scientists and experts from all walks of life, not necessarily by design, but Director Ann Skudlark says it's an important part of its success.
CEO Crissi Williams is leading the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) in its apprenticeship program to help attract more qualified women to the telecom industry.
Jill Sciarappo has bounced all over Intel building a rewarding career that has ultimately led her to the driver's seat of the chipmaker's self-driving cars division.
Tara O'Sullivan, chief creative officer of the e-learning company Skillsoft, offers insight into how companies can improve their cultures and why both women and men must play a role.
Kathy Winter has always wanted to stay on the cutting-edge of technology, even when it means letting the car itself take the wheel.
Yvette Kanouff is issuing a challenge to other comms execs: sponsor one diverse person to advance to the next level, creating a multiplier effect to improve the pipeline.
Rachel Kutz, VP of supplier diversity at AT&T, may have envisioned herself in outer space, but a rewarding career in telecom was a nice consolation prize.
Taking risks despite her fear helped Dawn Callahan become the CMO of WiFi provider Boingo, and inspired her to help other women keep moving up in the process.
Females in cybersecurity are highly underrepresented, so Verizon's Chandra McMahon shares her advice on how other women can follow her lead.
Women may be underrepresented in the next-gen comms industry, but there's no shortage of smart, talented and inspiring ones making a difference. We've profiled 65.
Michele Schimpp, associate administrator of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Investment and Innovation, explains why gender parity should start in the boardroom.
Diversity that goes beyond lip service is achievable and vital in tech, according to diversity expert Annie Ryan from San Fran-based talent agency Speak With a Geek.
Author and AI Professor Melanie Mitchell shares her thoughts on AI's biggest breakthroughs and the challenges and opportunities for female computer scientists.
Nithya Ramanathan, founder and president of Nexleaf Analytics, tells us about her quest to use technology to improve healthcare across the globe.
Cheri Beranek shares how she drove a successful financial and cultural transformation at Clearfield, despite the challenges she inherited at the struggling company.
Deanne Bell, host of CNBC's Make Me a Millionaire Inventor, turned her passion for inventing into a television career, hoping to inspire others to find the fun -- and money -- in engineering.
Bharti Airtel is making it easier for women to return to work after having children, and CIO Harmeen Mehta is hoping more will join the workforce in India.
Kate Kuehn, deputy CISO and head of security practice at BT Americas, shares how she went from taking phones apart to keeping networks intact and what she's learned along the way.
Vodafone Americas Foundation Director June Sugiyama shares how the Foundation and startups it has funded are using technology to impact social change for women.
Author of study on women at work advises companies to identify and nurture high-potential women and for women to 'own' their ambition and make their career intentions known.
Interest in STEM is waning in the younger generation, especially amongst girls, a trend that Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, founder of Science from Scientists, hopes to reverse.
Netrounds' Kaela Loffler shares how she went from measuring fungal lesions to virtualized service assurance and why comms is exactly where she wants to be.
The CEO of the Small Cell Forum and Director of GSMA North America shares her perspective on how to change company cultures, recruit women in comms and achieve any goal.
Top female executives from Intel, Vodafone Americas, Windstream, XO Communications and Zayo Group share their thoughts on company culture, progressive policies and much more.
Eugina Jordan shares her story of how she found her voice and went from being a receptionist to the director of marketing for Parallel Wireless.
Before tech can be cool, it has to be normal, says Global Capacity VP of Marketing Mary Stanhope as she calls on the industry to ditch preconceptions.
Mentoring has been key to the career of Ciena's Keri Gilder, and now she is making sure its value forms part of the company's DNA.
Intel's Aska Keddy says the next Women in Comms challenge is moving beyond the comfort zone of surrounding ourselves with people who think and act as we do.
Being a successful woman in the comms world means taking ownership of your own path, according to Lauren Cooney of Cisco.
AT&T's Chief Security Officer, Rita Marty, shares how she rises above fear and why the tech industry is a great place for women to work.
Experience doesn't matter when you're building a team to develop technologies that don't exist yet, says Sigal Barda, VP of R&D for Cyber and NFV at ECI Telecom.
Mellanox Senior Director of Marketing Chloe Ma shares the story of her upbringing in China to her career in the Valley.
One of AT&T's highest-ranking female executives with P&L responsibility explains why it's important to embrace change in your career path and find a mentor early on.
Jayshree Ullal discusses the people and guiding principles that have shaped her three-decades-long impressive career in Silicon Valley's tech world.
Pinder Chauhan, a CommScope director, offers DAS training free for women to encourage them to continue advancing their knowledge, and in turn, their careers.
Diversity requires conscious effort, buy in from the top and a focused recruiting strategy, according to Zayo Group EVP Sandi Mays.
Claire McHugh, CEO and co-founder of video application startup Axonista, explains why TV isn't dead, it's morphing into something incredible.
A president at the sketch-to-scale vendor shares thoughts on how technology will improve the world, why cyber kids are crucial to Flex's culture of innovation and more.
Marie Hattar explains how she managed to channel the experience of hitting the glass ceiling in engineering into a positive career change for her.
Despite recently retiring, Karen Bartleson is taking on the enormous task of closing the digital divide via a spot on the Department of Commerce's newly created board.
Parallel Wireless Co-Founder Kaitki Agarwal tells how she made it from humble beginnings in Northern India to co-founding a successful wireless startup.
The global vendor's head of human relations shares tips on how to recruit, retain and promote more women in the next-gen comms industry.
Shlomit Weiss offers advice, perspectives and opinions gathered from 26 years at Intel, where she was responsible for some of its best processors in history.
Have the confidence to take the next step whether you're fully prepared for it or not, advises Nokia's Sandy Motley, whose long and varied career path proves it works.
Alaina Percival shares why she thinks it's a wonderful time to be a woman in the tech industry, despite what discouraging headlines might suggest.
Boingo CTO Derek Peterson and VP Lauren de la Fuente give a glimpse into the WiFi provider's culture and share advice for men and women in the industry.
Hilary Mine, Leader of Network Transformation at Nokia, shares thoughts on why tech seems to be the least popular field in STEM and what the industry can do about it.
The IEEE's Karen McCabe shares her thoughts on why you must master your domain but branch out into others as well.
Technology can be a boon and a blessing to achieving a work-life balance, especially when you're head of sales for an entire continent.
Research boss Sara Mazur advises females in ICT: pick an area you're interested in, do a great job, pick the right company and manager and be vocal about what you want.
Highlights and advice from WiC's breakfast panel in Denver with top female execs.
Patricia Vello, manager of Ciena Brazil, shares her tips on how to build diverse teams and then make them work together effectively.
Cisco consultant Neelam Ghuiliani shares her thoughts on why having and being a mentor is so important for women in the comms industry at any point in their careers.
Ingrid-Helen Arnold, SAP's CIO and chief process offer, shares how she's using technology and internal processes to increase diversity at the global company.
The IEEE's Nita Patel share her insight into why there's more to STEM than science and math and how an inquisitive heart can take you far in this business.
AT&T Distinguished Network Architect Margaret Chiosi has been standing out her whole life, and she encourages other women to do the same in the workplace.
Technology for the sake of solving a problem or a purpose is what appeals to women, and that's key to bringing women into the comms industry, says Gargi Keeling of VMWare.
Lisa Rhodes, a VP at Verne Global and a 25-year telecom veteran, shares her top 10 lessons for women to survive in the industry.
Helping all employees achieve a productive work-life balance can yield positive returns for the company and its workforce, Vodafone Americas' Megan Doberneck says.
The key to success is self-awareness -- figuring out the group you want to associate with and what you want to accomplish, says Cisco's senior VP of operations.
It should be a standard practice throughout the organization, not a one-off thing, the soon-to-be head of Nokia's NFV strategy says.
When it comes to recruiting and promoting, Ericsson's HR VP says companies need to make sure they're not falling back on fight-or-flight habits like categorizing candidates.
Carolyn Raab, a VP for the SDN startup, shares thoughts on changing company cultures, practicing inclusive leadership and recruiting more women.
Cecily Joseph, Symantec's chief diversity officer, says recruiting more women is a priority for the company as it spins off 40% of its business to focus only on security.
Erica Lockheimer, LinkedIn's director of engineering growth and head of its Women in Tech initiative, shares how the social network is leveling the playing field for women.
Mary Clark says to have a real seat at the table, women need to pursue career paths that lead to jobs that affect revenue at their companies.
Christina Richards, AOptix's VP of Marketing, crossed the bridge from electrical engineering to marketing, and she shares her advice to women looking to do the same.