The key to success within an organization is 90% relationships and 10% skills and talent.
ATLANTA, Georgia (PRWEB) May 21, 2012
SA IT Services Chairman and CEO, Anne Stevens, spoke today at the Women in Technology (WIT) Forum alongside IHG Senior VP, Technical Operations – Global Technology, Bates Turpen. Contributing at the Executive Table, Anne offered insights and advice to women working their way up to an executive level within an organization. Despite the small percentage of women currently holding C-level positions (14%, according to the NAFE 2012 Executive Summary), that number is slowly on the rise as organizations have begun focusing on the advancement of women, implementing impactful programs like mentoring, leadership training, and coaching.
Speaking from personal experience, Anne shared some invaluable lessons she’s learned as a woman advancing in a male-dominated industry. “The key to success within an organization is based on 90% relationships and 10% skills and talent.” She explained that women need to build trust and loyalty among their peers and leaders, as well as maintain an open mind to the idea of mentors. It is through these relationships women will begin progressing, taking on more responsibilities, and be on their way to achieving their career goals.
Prior to working at SA IT Services, Anne served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Technology, a $2 billion NYSE Specialty Metals Producer, from 2006 to 2009. While at Carpenter, Anne developed a strategy for growth, improved all aspects of operational performance and achieved record sales, operating income and operating margins in the fiscal years 2007 and 2008.
Anne retired from Ford Motor Company in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer of the Americas where she led the development and implementation of the "Way Forward Plan," which was the foundation plan for the turnaround of the North American Operations. In this position she was responsible for product development, 69 manufacturing sites, and purchasing. At this time, Anne was the highest-ranking woman in the automotive industry and was recognized four times on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list. Prior to this role, she served as Group Vice President of Canada, Mexico, and South America as well as Vice President of Vehicle Operations. Anne was at Ford Motor Company for 17 years.
About SA IT Services
As a certified national women-owned business, SA IT applies over 20 years of experience providing flexible IT support solutions scalable to any business environment. Their full-time W-2 badged staff of over 325 dedicated IT service professionals provides reliable, customized services anywhere, nationwide. The combination of highly trained and certified professionals and proprietary software infrastructure, positions SA IT to surpass the needs and expectations of the most demanding customers. SA IT is a team of innovators, continually improving the ways they structure IT investments and processes to create faster and more efficient environments. For more information, visit http://www.saitservices.com.
WIT's mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. WIT delivers professional development programs created to enable women to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community. WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs collaborate with the business, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire girls of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community. For more information, visit http://www.mywit.org.