“How Women Rose” was a highly-interactive event presented by CATC WISE on Thursday April 24th at the Wells Fargo Auditorium at the Levine Center of the Arts. This event was a continuation of the theme around women leadership, using the book “How Women Rise” by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith as a backdrop.   After a reception with lots of networking, our program began.

Kay Read from CATC kicked off the evening’s discussion, and Meredith Labonte, Founder Meredian Advisory and WISE Chair, moderated a panel of female technology executives: Jennifer Manry, CTO of Bank of America, Elizabeth Austin, CIO of Curvature, and Amy Nichols, EVP at Wells Fargo. The discussion was highly interactive with a combination of questions inspired from the book.   We had over an hour of dialogue with the panel and the audience around how to move into leadership and executive technology roles, leveraging personal experiences by the panel.

Some key points highlighted by the panel through the evening is regardless of progress in equality in the workforce, there are still barriers to success. Women’s networks and engagements such as this event allow women and men to participate in the dialogue and encourage one another, and continue to break down biases in the workforce.

Many audience members were interested in how to acclimate re-entering the workforce after taking a break for family reasons or other, and other great questions emerged on work-life balance suggestions. Meredith noted that she had seen a quote on social media earlier in the day that spoke clearly to this: “As women we are expected to work like we don’t have families, and raise our families like we don’t have jobs”.

This event was hosted by Wells Fargo, along and reception sponsors Insight Global and Matrix Solutions. With their support, proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards scholarship for Charlotte area young women aspiring for a technology degree in college. This event will allow us to provide at least one additional scholarship!

If you missed this event, CATC WISE encourages you to read the book, get involved with other technology or women in technology forums, and check back to this website for more reference material and sign up for future events.



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