Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Kavitha Tumuluri

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating the work of several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization.

Meet Kavitha Tumuluri, Advisor for Cloud and Platform Engineering.

What does an Advisor for Cloud and Platform Engineering do?

Kavitha is the Product owner for Companywide IT initiative – Office 365@CA and IT integration of companies that CA acquires. She also holds a key role in IT integration of zIT Consulting, Runscope, Automic, Veracode (inworks) etc.

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organization and when speaking to Kavitha about what she brings to CA she told us that her main assets are her experience & passion and she believes in being customer centric and strives for improving employee’s productivity.

”I bring 2 decades of industry experience including India & US. I am very passionate and truly believe in being customer centric. When our GIS customers are happy (i.e. CA employees) we definitely win as a company.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Kavitha believes that a woman should never hesitate to be a part of different experiences as that will definitely give her a different perspective.

”As women, we love to keep things to ourselves. We become a ‘superwoman’ on one extreme, and a ‘martyr’ on the other. I like mentoring women on this constantly and encourage them to have an open communication channel either with their manager or team, on their availability. I also guide them on how to constantly reprioritize, and how to say no when the situation demands it; even though I too am constantly learning and evolving in these areas, these are must-have skills in your personal toolbox.”   

My female inspiration

Kavitha has many female role models like Indira Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo, Chanda Kochhar – MD & CEO of ICICI bank and in CA – Lauren Holmes -SVP of Business Solutions Group. But her biggest inspirations are her Mother & Mother in law.

”Closer to me in my family are my mother and my mother in law. They seem to be able to handle any kind of issue and each handles a team of 5 children along with their spouses and 13 grandchildren and in Indian culture, the extended families are also part of your inner circle and is a huge management skill. Their ability to deal with ups/downs, their ability to be emotionally anchored continue to teach me lessons. I have super role models in my two boys too, constantly learning from them on what works with millennials.

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core DNA that aligns with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Kavitha has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

  • Creative – Bring your artistic brain to work, you can create magic in your products.
  • Customer Centric – Always put yourself in the customer’s shoes and then design the experience.
  • Uncompromising Integrity – Always do the right thing – ethically and morally.
  • Self-Aware – Try to do things out of your comfort zone and always break the stereotypes. Shut your inner “cannot do” voice and always dare to venture out of your box to bring out the best and bright.
  • Agile – Change, agility and moving at a speed or ahead of the customer is the norm in all my projects. It has become my second nature.

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Kavitha Tumuluri – Advisor, Cloud and Platform Engineering.

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How we’re creating a more diverse and inclusive CA

We work and live in a fast-paced environment, especially in the Tech industry. We are constantly evolving to stay ahead of the curve to achieve business results and win in a competitive industry. For many companies, diversity and inclusion has become a key focus; it is the “right thing to do.”  It is good for employees and good for business.

A 2015 McKinsey report found that companies in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry mean, and those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have returns above the industry mean.

Simply put –  diversity drives better performance and if we don’t embrace a diverse and inclusive mindset, we risk falling behind.

Research to prove this fact has often been based on characteristics that you can visibly see, but diversity goes beyond these factors.

Diversity and inclusion is not limited to what we look like. It’s about fostering an environment where people with different backgrounds and opinions can work together and challenge one another to elevate the collective thinking, creativity and actions of the group. Different perspective provides us the opportunity to challenge our assumptions and adjust our biases.

Every organization has a different strategy; at CA Technologies, our position is to focus on inclusivity and take a multifaceted approach to making progress holistically. Our goal is to remove bias by embedding a diverse mindset in everything we do. Our actions speak volumes to demonstrate our focus and commitment on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

We pride ourselves in taking risks and experimenting with different approaches to see what will move the needle. Over the last few years, CA Technologies has implemented several innovative strategies focused on eliminating bias, breaking down barriers and increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Pay Equity: As of January 1, 2017, CA Technologies became the first company to no longer request applicants’ previous salary history during the interview process for both external and internal candidates. Offering compensation packages that are competitive and based on knowledge, skills and abilities helps to eliminate any previous existing pay parity issues that may have been rooted in bias. The intent is to create a more level playing field and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn fair compensation for comparable work and advances an inclusive environment where our people can thrive. CA made this important shift not because of future legislation, but because it is the right thing to do.

Diverse Candidate Slates: Until recently, during the interviewing process, we required that at least one, and ideally more than one, candidate in every pool of candidates presented to a hiring manager qualified as diverse (defined as a woman, a person of color, a veteran, or an individual with disabilities).

In FY18, we raised the bar even further to require at least two women on each candidate slate for at least 75% of our filled requisitions. According to a 2016 study by HBR.org, their research demonstrates that having more than one woman or minority in the finalist pool of candidates would significantly increase the likelihood of hiring a woman or minority. When there is only one woman, she does not stand a chance of being hired, but that changes dramatically when there is more than one.

Diverse interview panels: Our benchmark aims to have a diverse panel on 100% of our requisitions to ensure that we have diverse representation to allow for a variety of perspectives in the interview process. Having a diverse panel not only helps manage unconscious bias, it also provides candidates the opportunity to meet and experience the diverse set of people who make up CA Technologies.

Unconscious bias training: “If you have a brain, you have bias.” Scary thought?  Indeed. We all bring our own biases to work each day, therefore we implemented Unconscious Bias training throughout the organization to help employees understand, recognize and mitigate bias.

Casting a wide net as we source for our open positions: We pursue and engage with a wide range of job candidates through partnerships with diversity organizations, diversity focused career fairs and job boards, recruitment at universities whose populations include a higher percentage of women and minority groups as well as targeted social media and networking channels.

Job Descriptions: Often job descriptions are plagued with bias, which is why we’ve improved our ability to connect with and attract diverse top talent by looking closely at our job descriptions and job postings to ensure the language we use is inclusive and not biased.

Diversity is not just about hiring and fair pay, it is a team sport.  It is about inclusion in every aspect of our work culture.

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Carolyn Rooney

Director, Talent Development

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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Cristiana Darra

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Cristiana Darra. She’s Principal Consultant, Presales.

What does a Principal Consultant, Presales do?

Cristiana Darra

Cristiana takes a leading role in specifying technical solutions, writing proposals and tender, building custom presentations/demonstrations and delivering Proof Of Concepts (POC).

“My job is to support sales productivity and deal flow by securing the “technical close’ in complex environments. I collaborate with sales, services, engineering, and technical support resources to ensure proposed deals include technical solutions that accurately address customer needs, and are appropriately supported by key customer technical decision-makers. “

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Cristiana about what she brings to CA she told us that her main asset is empathy, as she strongly believes in the need to create a trustworthy relationship with customers.

“I always do everything I can to create the right level of empathy. I do not work (only) to sell. I work with the precise goal of helping customers achieve their goals. I believe that this attitude is appreciated by customers who take a serene and collaborative attitude towards me. This helps to create the basis for customers and CA success”

Cristiana and her family: from left to right, her sons Massimo e Marco and her partner Luca.

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Cristiana’s advice to current or future female leaders is to not focus on being a women in business, but to put that girl power into being the best version of you.

“It happens sometimes that women are on the defensive, waiting to react to a skeptical attitude from clients or colleagues. It happened to me when I was younger. Thoughts of this type only produce one result: a distraction from the ultimate goal. The reality is that in the end, there is no interest in anyone, man or a woman, unless you excel and lead by example. Count only on what you have to say and what you can do.”

My female inspiration

Cristiana has many female and male role models but mentions her biggest inspiration is Fabiola Gianotti.

Fabiola Gianotti, currently CERN Director-General was the first woman to hold this position. Her smile is always a source of inspiration for Cristiana.

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/27265-Fabiola_Gianotti

“Generally speaking, I feel a great admiration for all women who are so strong and who aren’t afraid to feel frail or weak in particular situations. Having confidence in yourself and in our own capacities does not mean to be robots. Women cry more easily than men. So? Does this make us less valuable professionals? Absolutely not. I have never had a precise reference model, but I do have a great admiration for Fabiola Gianotti.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“Uncompromising Integrity – because passion for my job forces me to always honor my commitments. Authentic – because I try to be open and transparent, as often as I can.”

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Cristiana Darra – Principal Consultant, Presales
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Patrícia Paladini Adell

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Patrícia Paladini Adell. She’s the Director of Globalization.

What does a Director of Globalization do?

Patrícia is responsible for a team of translation professionals whose main aim is to provide translation services to enable international sales.

“I like to say that our job is to facilitate Product Teams, Corporate Marketing or any other teams at CA to translate and localize their products or assets into any language.”

Bring What You Bring

Patrícia with her future women leader, her daughter Bruna

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Patrícia about what she brings to CA she told us that her main asset is creativity, as her job is to take care of designing the technology that supports translation execution following automated workflows at CA.

“Because me and my team are constantly looking for the best standards and approaches in delivering the highest quality translation assets, we have to bring the best customer experience, as well as maintain exceptional attention to detail when it comes to our delivery.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Patrícia believes that you should not be afraid of taking risks, whether that is at work or in general life.

“When I talk to women about challenges, sometimes I get the impression that they doubt if they are able to take a certain risk or if they are ready for that next step. It’s great to be self-aware, and that’s one of of CA’s mission DNA traits, but you also need to be positively reflective and move away from this ideology of negative self-awareness that can put ourselves by default on a secondary plane. Be brave. Take risks.”

My female inspiration

Patrícia has many female and male role models but mentions her biggest inspiration is her mother.

Patrícia and her mother

She was able to develop herself having come from a very traditional education in which women were supposed to be “nice and quiet” to being at the forefront position in leading a family business and raising for large amounts of years on her own, a family of 5 children.

Patrícia with her mother and four siblings

“Specific to my career at CA, I would like to mention names like Debra Danielson, a role model to all of us as women in leaderships positions. Nivedita Aggarval, a top women reference in work ethics not only at CA but also specifically for women in India. She participates in several conferences and events to help Indian women to take leadership positions. Outside of the organization, women like Anna Schlegel, who’s one of the top influencers in the Globalization arena. Anna is one of the founders of Women in Localization, a professional organization for women with a mission to foster a global community for the advancement of women and the localization industry. Finally, I cannot avoid mentioning my colleagues in the Globalization team and my best-ladies-friends and sisters, all them women leaders in their professional and family areas: every time we get together, we end up exalting the role of women, supporting each other in our daily challenges and celebrating women success.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“I believe woman leaders should fulfill all our DNA traits but I would like to place emphasis on the following:
– Self-Aware (perception is reality)
– Resilient (we never give up)
– Creative (we always have a plan B for everything)
– Uncompromising Integrity (we ask the right questions to clearly understand and support our goals following ethical, honest, forthcoming and transparent approaches).”

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Patrícia Paladini Adell – Director, Globalization
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4 Tips to Make the Most of GHC 17

Grace Hopper Celebration CA Technologies

Take your Grace Hopper experience to the next level with these tips.

Are you packing up and heading to GHC 17? Well you’re certainly not alone. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, with more than 18,000 attending this year. There’s so much to learn and so many inspiring women to meet that it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. I’ve compiled some tips and lessons I’ve learned through my experiences and observations in years past to help you navigate and make the most of your time.

 

Download the app

Big paper programs are a huge hassle in a bustling environment that requires your full, heads-up attention. The Grace Hopper Celebration 17 app is going to save your sanity this week. I like to use the app to build my own schedule, easily pull up maps, and get any important, in-the-moment announcements that may come through.

Note: To use the app, you’ll need to log in with your Last Name and personal password (this is NOT your registration number, like I thought… whoops!). If you did not receive an invitation with your login info for the app, you can request it by going through those options in the sign up. Be sure to check your spam! The email will come from spotme.com.

 

Prioritize your objectives

Are you looking for a job? Networking? Learning? Gaining leadership development? Think about what your main objective is for Grace Hopper and plan first around this. You can start by planning your personal agenda in the app. Luckily the huge agenda can be filtered by track, like “Career” or “Interactive Media”. Filtering by tracks can help you find the perfect schedule to reach your top GHC 17 goals. Be sure to save a few hours to explore the Expo!

CA Technologies Recruiters at Grace Hopper Celebration

 

Divide up your Expo time

The Expo is probably the most interactive part of the event. You’ll not only get to meet great tech employers, like CA Technologies, but you also get to do tons of fun activities and pick up some fab swag. You will have chargers, pens and notebooks for days! This being said, the combination of input overload and endless walking can drain you pretty quickly. I suggest planning 1-2 hours per expo day to tackle a section of the map. And if you’re not particularly interested in engaging with a booth as you check it out, don’t feel bad moving along. You’ll want to save your energy and attention for the groups you want to speak with most. Oh, and pro-tip… make one last swing around in the last hour of the expo on Friday to see who’s giving their extra stuff away. #winning
 

Unleash the inner Grace in you!

If you’re looking for a fun social media activity to share online with friends while you’re here, come see me at Booth #2422. We believe you should  #BringWhatYouBring to innovate in the field of technology. Whatever quirky skill, experience, background or hobby you bring to the table to help solve problems for a diverse set of users,  come by  and add it to our giant #BringWhatYouBring chalkboard and snap a selfie! I’m always up for a photo bomb.

And don’t forget to join our Talent Community at the booth to receive a free “Amazing Grace” GHC 2017 tee! Our exclusive design is an homage to the barrier breaking ideas of Grace Hopper, and her inspirationally audacious attitude toward those who told her it couldn’t be done.

grace hopper celebration 2017 CA Technologies t-shirt grey

Them: “Hey, computers can only do arithmetic!”

Grace Hopper: “Deal with it.” 😎

 

If you’d like more information on GHC 17, the best resource is their website. If you’d like to know more about CA’s partnership with with Grace Hopper Celebration, and learn about the some of the women who work at CA visit our #GHC17 page. You can also tweet us for more info about #LifeAtCA during the event @CA_Careers, or follow our Instagram feed at @lifeatca.

 

Rachel Duran
Rachel Duran

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CA Technologies France Seeks More Diversity in Technology

As the Talent Acquisition Manager for France at CA Technologies, I am always very proud when we hire great sales women to pitch our software solutions and services in areas such as:

  • Application Performance Management
  • Infrastructure Management
  • DevOps
  • API Management
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Agile Solutions

It is wonderful to see women in technology:

  • Generate new sales opportunities in various industries
  • Respond to specific problems of large enterprises
  • Present to potential clients alongside pre-sales, marketing, service and partners
  • Complete large deals after long and complex sales cycles in Technology.

Women In Tech

Unfortunately, it’s wide knowledge that women are still underrepresented in Technology Sales. I would certainly like to meet more female candidates with the relevant education & sales experience in Software License Business. However, the more technical it gets, the more difficult it gets to identify the more suitable candidates. At the same time, I am aware that it hasn’t been easy for women to access positions of responsibility in Technology Sales and that it takes time to change attitude and behavior of not just industry leaders, but girls who are considering STEM careers from an early age.

In terms of gender equality, it still frightens me that children are programmed to think a certain way from the earliest age. Some aspects of our contemporary societies are still very traditional and there is still a gap between our intentions for more gender equality and the reality. A good example to consider are the gifts given to children at Christmas. In many toy shops, there are still two separate shelves one for boys and one for girls. Many children games and toys still support gender stereotypes.

Inspiring the Next Generation Into STEM Careers

At CA Technologies France and across EMEA, we support community activities with a primary focus on STEM education. We pride ourselves with encouraging young people and especially girls to show more interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We hope that girls will find these topics as interesting & fun as boys and that they will be willing to persevere.

Earlier this year, 25 pupils aged 14 years old came from a College in Aubervilliers to visit our company in Paris La Defense for an interactive day with CA’s employees. They participated in workshops, and exchanges on job advice and various collaborative exercises to explore new technologies.

CA Technologies also support the “Transaharienne project” led by our partner Engineering school “ISEP” in Issy-Les-Moulineaux. Earlier this year 24 students from ISEP came in to install computers from CA Technologies and give training to children from disadvantaged schools in South Morocco.

Today many working women are looking for a career that offers flexibility and enables them the opportunity to pursue a fulfilling life outside of work and this includes a good family life. However, many women and in particular working mothers at times are having difficulties to manage a personal life and a demanding career. I believe that to encourage gender diversity, some concrete actions are needed such as allowing employees to work from home when needed, flexible hours etc.

Bring What You Bring to CA France

At CA Technologies diversity matters and the company has made a strong commitment to increase the number of women in technical roles and the number of men in general administrative positions. Some countries are more advanced than others on the subject, in particular those countries where CA offices offer the benefit of Montessori Children’s Centers on site.

Today we speak a lot about agility at CA Technologies. Being agile should have a positive impact on diversity and should allow women to have more flexibility at the workplace. We ask our candidates to “Bring What You Bring” to CA Technologies. That means a diverse workforce of talent people, bringing a range of diverse experiences, diverse thought from both talented men and women. That’s why each hire we achieve of talented women in Technologies Sales is a step forward.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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Florence Perissel – Recruitment Manager,
Talent Acquisition, France
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The Only Person That Should Influence Your Career Is You

It’s interesting to look back over your career and evaluate where you got it right, and got it wrong.

I have worked in a male dominated industry for most of my career and although it’s obvious that there are more men than women in my industry, I’ve honestly never given too much attention to it.  I’ve been lucky enough to be posted overseas three times, and I’ve travelled with work to countries and cultures that continue to amaze me.  I think it’s important to set the bar based on what you see from others, but not forget that you’re trying to make a better version of you, no one else.

When I’m learning, and working on something that’s as equally exhilarating as scary, I know it’s going to be a good day.  When I allow myself some time to really think about my work, rather than fire-fighting it really makes a difference. Relationships really drive work beyond expectations and it’s important to know people at a personal and professional level so you can understand what drives them, what’s impacting them, and how you need to support them to achieve everything they want to be.

Most of my close friends and colleagues would admit that, at some point, they made a bad decision about their career which set them back.  We took the fantastic role only to find out the reality was different to the interview pitch.  We didn’t ask the right questions during the interview process or been trapped in a role we don’t enjoy because we lack the nerve to make the change.  We’ve not applied for an internal move because we lack the confidence to give it a shot.  The last one is most interesting because statistics tell us that women are more likely to focus on what they don’t have for that new role, rather than what they do have.

How many friends and family can you fit in a photo-booth?

The best advice I could give any young professional, is to ask questions, trust your instincts and take the time to evaluate “what’s next” regularly, even if it scares you.  The only way to have a solid, long-lasting career (which you enjoy) will be to challenge your mind and body while understanding that health and happiness cannot be taken for granted.  We are human, and without the right environment and ‘nourishment’ we can break, and sometimes you might be the last person to see it coming.  Surround yourself with people, both professionally and personally, who will be truthful with you about the areas you excel and the areas you need to improve.  Take on board the feedback you receive, even if it hurts, disappoints you or makes you angry.  Trust me, when you have a chance to really digest that feedback, you will see the relevance in what’s been shared.  Find yourself some professional and personal role models who have similar values, so when things get tough, you have support.

And when you make decisions that don’t seem to be turning out for the best, don’t forget you can always course-correct.  The person who should influence your career and your life the most should be you. Take control of your own destiny – only you can know where you got things right, and where you got them wrong.  When you get things right it’s the best feeling in the whole world, and if you get it wrong, hopefully you learned something about yourself.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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Julie McDowell – Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition,
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Added Benefits for Breastfeeding Working Mothers at CA Technologies

The benefits for new parents at CA Technologies never cease to amaze me. We have beautiful, roomy Wellness Rooms that are private and secure, ensuring a peaceful and welcoming space for pumping. Also, if your child attends a CA Montessori school, you can even take a break from your desk to cuddle and feed them anytime! But I must say, the policy to reimburse breastfeeding working mothers to ship their milk during business trips is one that is particularly unique and applause-worthy. I often write blogs about our work culture through the eyes of various CA employees, but this shipping reimbursement benefit hit a close, personal note for me.

It has been a while now (and a few employers ago) since I was a has-milk-will-travel mamma, but I very clearly remember the frustration involved. I kept a stiff upper lip and only asked for the accommodations I absolutely needed from my employer because it seemed like so few people had been through or understood all of the roadblocks one encounters when facing the demands of both exclusively breastfeeding and traveling for work.

Breastfeeding Working Mothers
The early days of figuring out the balance of exclusively breastfeeding and working full time.

Much more distinct than the fear of forgetting to pack storage bags or a crucial pump part (no, well-meaning and clever co-worker, I can not use an oil funnel instead), was the dread of flying back home. This experience very much hinges on the country, the airport, and the security agent you’ll be dealing with. I had a pretty good routine, understood the policies of the facility, and was prepared with remarks and a printed out set of guidelines from the TSA website for various levels of unwarranted pushback I’d receive:

“This is more than 3.4 oz.”

Yes, it is. I’m allowed to have an exception for breast milk.

“Why do you have all of this breast milk, but no baby with you?”

That’s exactly why I have so much. The baby is not here to drink it, so I needed to pump.

“I have to X-ray the liquids.”

I’d rather you not, but I can pour out a small amount into a separate container for you to test and dispose of.

“You’ll have to check these.”

I’m actually allowed to have this as a carry-on, along with the ice packs. Can you please confirm this with your supervisor?

After a few rounds of this, I figured it would be easier to just ship it back home on dry ice. Then I realized that after the weight of the 5-9 lbs of dry ice needed, on top of the several ounces of milk involved, this could cost around $30-$100 to ship. That adds up!

So, as we enter World Breastfeeding Week, I want to give a special kudos to CA for taking a deeper look into the various needs of working parents and going above-and-beyond to help them balance it all a little more comfortable!

Learn more about benefits for new parents at CA Technologies here > .

Rachel Duran
Rachel Duran

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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Sarah Atkinson

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Sarah at the recent Digital Assembly

Meet Sarah Atkinson. Sarah is the Vice President of EMEA Communications.

What does a Vice President of Communications do?

Sarah is responsible for protecting and promoting CA’s brand in EMEA across various audiences including media, influencers, social, employees, executives and leading our social responsibility program called Create Tomorrow which is focused on addressing the STEM skills gap in Europe.

“I am also the exec sponsor for gender diversity in EMEA and am on the board of techUK – a not for profit that works with the UK government on its digital strategy.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Sarah about what she brings to CA she told us that one of the main assets she brings is pace. In her role she’s continuously planning for the unexpected and being comfortable with change are all important elements of her role.

“I try to be very externally focused and ensure we stay relevant, current and up the minute both in terms of market trends but also the discipline of Communications.”

Sarah on the panel at the Digital Assembly

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

“Never forget the women around you, those who helped you get to where you are today, and always pay it forward.”

My female inspiration

Growing up, Sarah was inspired by Kate Adie, OBE DL – who was the chief news correspondent for BBC News, during which time she became well known for reporting from war zones around the world.

“Firstly, she was a woman and I thought if she can do that, then I can too. Secondly, I was inspired by the power of storytelling.  It was a pretty powerful combination and it inspired me to become a journalist.”

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/114-Kate_Adie

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

Book signing for a young girl that won the 3M Young Innovators Challenge

“Creative – blended with Socially Aware. Constantly looking outside the organisation at new trends, topics, customer needs to ensure we are relevant and up to date in everything from how we go to market to how we engage with influencers in the market.

Resilient – important not to take things personally, to be able to take tough decisions when needed, even if not the most popular but are the best for the customer. Calm under pressure, I often liken my role to a swan; calm on the surface but paddling furiously underneath the water.”

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Sarah Atkinson – Senior Vice President of People, EMEA
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Abigail Wilkinson

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Gail Wilkinson. She’s the Senior Vice President of People.

What does a Senior Vice President of People do?

Gail is responsible for the People function at CA which incorporates – People Business Partners, Talent Requisition and Talent Development, Reward and People Ops.

“Ultimately though I am here to support the business on all aspects relating to the leadership and management of their people.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Gail about what she brings to CA she told us that one of her main assets is her vast experience. She brings 25 years of knowledge gained from experience in Banking and Tech industries.

“I bring a sense of purpose and determination to ensure that our Company succeeds through the leadership of its most valuable asset, its people.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

With Gail’s vast breadth of experience, it was refreshing to hear the one piece of advice she would offer is to be yourself!

“Be yourself, don’t assume a role or a personality you think people want you to be but be who you are. You are more valuable if you are yourself and more authentic and authentic leadership ensures a more open and honest working environment where people are focussed on deliverables and outcomes that are best for the Company.”

My female inspiration

One of Gail’s inspirations is Dame Anita Roddick – Founder of the Body Shop.

“It was the first time I really thought about females being founders and CEO’s of a company. She took an idea and grew it and stayed true to her principles.”

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/12516-Anita_Roddick

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core DNA that aligns with the company’s  mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Gail has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“You must know your self – strengths and weaknesses to be able to lead others, you have to be authentic in leading others so people know where they stand with you and you must be resilient to manage the pressures placed upon you.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

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Abigail Wilkinson – Senior Vice President of People, EMEA
Connect with Abigail on Twitter @hr_gail
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