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WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE //

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A: Some core beliefs or traits I hold
dear include honesty, integrity and a
passion for more. I strongly believe you
should always plan for success through
positive influences in the workplace and
personal setting. Young women today
must focus their energy on nurturing
and applying their knowledge, as well as
collaborating.
Q: Do you think young women today value
or take for granted the gains made by the
women executives of your generation?

Gisselle Micheo of BAE Systems shares her perspective on
women and careers in technology.
The Women's Society of Cyberjutsu is a nonprofit organization helping
women to succeed in cyber security. The
society says that while 50 percent of
jobs in all occupations are held by women - including 25 percent in computing
occupations - the percentage drops to
just 11 in the information security field.
Clearly, there is room for growth.
Gisselle Micheo joined BAE Systems in 2015 as the vice president of
the Business Solutions Group (BSG)
for the Americas. With more than 20
years of experience in the financial and
technology sectors, Micheo plays a key
role in the development of industry
thought-leadership efforts in the areas
of financial crime, cyber crime, managed
security services and managed application services. She is passionate about
her profession but equally fervent about
helping women succeed in this business.
We recently asked Micheo to share
some career advice for women in
information services. Following are
some key takeaways from our interview with her.
Q: During your career, who were the
people you felt mentored you in the
most positive ways? What was it about
them and their approach that helped
you to succeed?

A: I have been mentored by several key
individuals - both men and women - who
have made an impact on my leadership
style and career all together. I have seen
women in all different settings during my
tenure and I always look to set an example
of professionalism through diversity and
inclusion. The women in my circle have
influenced me through their success and
ability to maintain or remember where
they began while mentoring others.
Q: What have been the biggest challenges
you have faced as a woman executive in a
business traditionally led by men?
A: The biggest challenges I have faced
have been of inclusion based on my
gender as well as my ethnic background.
Balancing graciousness and assertiveness is important. My background and
work experience is solid but even today
as a leader in my space I find myself having to push just a little further or having
to be just a little more aggressive than my
male counterparts. These characteristics
are not only my drivers but also truly a
part of my DNA. It cannot be changed,
but instead enhanced based on my own
determination and will to succeed.
Q: What advice do you have for young
women entering today's workforce?

A: I believe some young women may not
fully understand what many professional
women have had to endure to be successful in a male-dominated environment. It
takes tenacity and endurance, which are
learned experiences.
Q: In this decade, we have seen women
elevated to the CEO positions of major
corporations like GM, HP and others -
but they are still exceptions to the rule.
Do you think this will still be the case in
10 or 20 years?
A: Improving business through diversity
and inclusion efforts is within our reach
as professional women. However, we
have a long road ahead to break away
from historical patterns in the workforce.
Women are equally capable of achieving
success in a leadership position within
the technology industry. We are strong,
educated, collaborative and purposeful. Even with the facts and examples
all around us, statistics from different
sources around the world indicate women will not achieve parity with men in
top executive business positions in
the foreseeable future. The challenge
remains to shift the curve in terms
of equality on all fronts, not to mention a woman's ability to continue to
push ahead with a forward-thinking
approach. mt

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