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Pics: LR's Women in Telecom Breakfast

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Light Reading's Women in Telecom Breakfast -- If you're a woman in the telecom industry, you are probably used to a few things -- being the only female in the room and never waiting in line for the bathroom at industry conferences are definitely high on the list.

There's a well-documented imbalance of genders in the telecom, and wider technology industry. It's something all the panelists at Light Reading's first Women in Telecom breakfast have dealt with first hand. Anne-Louise Kardas, who works to find startups in the Valley for Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) to partner with, says it's still rare she comes across a woman CEO at a startup.

And, Bethany Mayer, the new CEO of publicly traded test and measurement vendor Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), says she's used to being the only woman at events and not having questions directed at her until she chimes up.

It's something that, along with Light Reading, they're all working to change -- and to help women use their gender and unique skill sets to their advantage.

Click on the image below to see a few pictures from Light Reading's first Women in Telecom breakfast, ahead of the NFV & the Data Center conference here in Santa Clara. (See Ixia's New CEO to Telcos: Read Up On Cloud.)

Networking, Both Ways
Light Reading's Carol Wilson introduces the panelists: (from left to right) Heavy Reading's Roz Roseboro, Sprint's Anne-Louise Kardas, Ixia's Bethany Mayer and Intel's Monique Hayward.
Light Reading's Carol Wilson introduces the panelists: (from left to right) Heavy Reading's Roz Roseboro, Sprint's Anne-Louise Kardas, Ixia's Bethany Mayer and Intel's Monique Hayward.

Check out all the coverage of Light Reading's NFV & the Data Center event on our dedicated show site here on Light Reading.

Monique Hayward, Director of Outbound Marketing for Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, advised women to not self-select out; to have the confidence to use their skill set and intuition, as well as their communication skills, network of connections and mentors in the industry. She agreed with Mayer and Kardas that women are good in collaborative environments and could benefit from the move to virtualization.

"Especially as women who have a technical background, given this transition [to NFV], this is an opportunity for you to engage more heavily and be a unique contributor in the telecom industry," Mayer added. "Women, as a general rule ... have lots of different and new views that may not have been thought of. We operate differently."

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

Mitch Wagner 9/18/2014 | 4:47:49 PM
Re: A laugh and then.... I was there for the NFV & the Data Center event, but of course I wasn't there for the breakfast.

Instead I sat in my hotel room gnawing on a meager, dry piece of burned toast and trying to stifle my lonely sobs. 
R Clark 9/17/2014 | 7:53:38 PM
Re: A laugh and then.... But you made us aware that the New IP is a sister site; the sisters doing it for themselve pretty well today.
thebulk 9/17/2014 | 2:26:40 PM
Re: A laugh and then.... @Ariella, yes, but the fruit was still there so how can I be sure? well, then again the bacon was still there, so now I am totally confused. LOL
Ariella 9/17/2014 | 9:46:43 AM
Re: A laugh and then.... @thebulk there also was fruit to prove that this was a women's event. 
Ariella 9/17/2014 | 9:45:53 AM
Re: A laugh and then.... Slide #5 had a pretty important caption: "Today's event coincided with the launch of The New IP, Light Reading's new sister site, and the first day of its new editor, Elizabeth Miller Coyne. Check out the site" I had to leave off the URL, though b/c it seems comments won't go up with URLs.
thebulk 9/17/2014 | 2:31:09 AM
Re: A laugh and then.... In photo 7 is that just a random plate of bacon? That was too funny.
thebulk 9/17/2014 | 2:30:17 AM
Re: A laugh and then.... Yeah, photo 6 was amazing, the caption just made it! I could t stop laughing.
thebulk 9/17/2014 | 2:23:05 AM
Slowly getting better When I first started in telecom a decade ago there were no woman on the engineering side of the house in the system I worked in. A few years in there was a change in management and I ended up having a woman as my manager, she went in to drastically change the culture in the department and improve performance. She want manager for long though, she was promoted to a director role after a few years and went on to have even more of an impact. Years latter the same system had a shake up at the VP level and another woman was brought hired into the role of VP of engineering. The first time in that system that a woman was at that level. So there is movement, maybe that wait to get I to the bathroom will increase over the next few years. ;-)
[email protected] 9/16/2014 | 7:16:59 PM
A laugh and then.... Slide 6 made me laugh, and then picture 7 made me very very hungry... hard to beat a food shot -- except with a great coffee shot!!
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