Advocate of Mindfulness, Influencer: Women Leaders in Technology Series Ellen Petry Leanse

“The Intuitive Mind Is a Sacred Gift and the Rational Mind Is a Faithful Servant “ Albert Einstein Meet Ellen Petry Leanse, an early Apple and Google alum, Tech and Leadership Advisor, Author and Entrepreneur. Companies Ellen has advised include Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Intuit, and Samsung, as well as entrepreneurs worldwide. According to her website, Ellen coaches and writes on innovation, mindfulness, and product design. A member of the Macintosh launch team, Leanse was also Apple’s first User Evangelist and forged [...]

eLearning Pioneer: Women Leaders in Technology Series

"The eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in The Little Prince. This quote continues to guide Lisa McNeal’s leadership decisions. I have admired Lisa McNeal since I first met her when I taught Business Communication, a hybrid course at Appalachian State University. I valued her responsiveness to myriad requests from faculty newly adapting to online delivery of their courses and how she put them/me at ease. When I saw her walk on campus with [...]

Women in Technology: Insight from a Bold Strategist, Influencer

Sue Bergamo is proof that believing in oneself is the pathway to success. I asked two women in technology what they would like to ask of another technology leader and gain further insights of their experiences when running an IT department. As manager at Cathara Consulting, Joanne Church wanted to know, “As a leader, where are you finding renewal during such hard times? – think of the process of constant sacrifice and the renewal that leaders go through.” In response to this question, [...]

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Women in Technology: Insight from a Bold Visionary

There's a word in the Quechua language of the Andes, "ayni." It's about sacred reciprocity - with the earth, with the animals, with all people", notes Marisa Goudy in her #365magicwords project. CONVERSATIONS This year I am holding conversations with women leaders in technology whose authority further informs me of current trends and challenges. Recently I spoke with Sonya Davidson, CEO and Founder, H2energy Now who emigrated from the United States to Israel in 2007. During our highly-engaged conversation, I was quick to see [...]

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Read How Soft Skills Help Avoid Communication Chasms

There was only one sense of time, the present, when I worked in the marketing department of a major telecom firm in 2000.  Although the agenda was set for a 10:00 am meeting, the agenda often changed quicker than a squirrel leaps up a tree. Timing is even more of the essence in our world of technology. Sophisticated project management tools elicit buy-ins across management capabilities. Warped speed response leads to a defunct project or worse, a defunct business. In his [...]