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I can’t think of a better person to carry our #4TechDiversity blog series into 2016 than the brilliant and groundbreaking tech entrepreneur Shradha Agarwal. Named a Champion of Change by the White House and the 2015 Prominent Woman in Tech by the Illinois Technology Association, Shradha is the co-founder of ContextMedia, a health information services…

ARA’s ultimate goal is to take a stand – and in some cases a bold stand – and create change. That is not always easy and certainly means we are encouraging dialogue and insights from MANY in order to create the change necessary.  We are grateful for all of the participation we received for our…

Our final ARA event for 2015 has come and gone, making this one of our most successful years to date! While none of our success would be possible without the support, enthusiasm and passion from our incredible network, we also wouldn’t be able to host such dynamic events were it not for the esteemed group…

ARA New York may be young, but let me tell you this…we are wise. Less than one-year old, our New York chapter of this dynamic mentoring organization for women in IT is providing lessons and advice for the ages. The most recent example of this was our October 20, 2015, Mentoring Forum during which leading…

I’m not going to say things to you, like, “Being a working mom is so hard.” This is a whine-free zone. We made a choice after having babies to head back to work, and navigating the working world is a little different once you become a mom. I don’t need to tell you this. Like…

As I sit by the pool watching my 8-year-old daughter perfect her underwater handstand, I also am on my laptop finishing off some work documents. I smile – knowing that I’m blessed with a pretty unique work situation. But, it wasn’t quite so easy to get here. Many years ago, I was working like a…

The theme of this year’s #TEDWomen2015 conference, held last week in Monterey, CA, was Momentum.  It promised to be an exploration of bold ideas that create momentum in how we think, live, and work—and it did not disappoint.  It was my first time to attend a conference of this sort, but I walked away feeling…

On Wednesday, March 25, ARA Chicago hosted its first mentoring forum of the year, “Embracing Challenges, Managing Trade-offs & Facilitating Success” at Northern Trust. The event, which brought more than 120 attendees from different stages of their careers, featured a series of moderated roundtables, covering topics such as: Embracing Challenges Managing Trade-offs Facilitating Success Building…

With some exciting debate ahead of our March 18 panel, “Women in Tech: The Male Perspective,” our ARA New York team was eager for an evening of strong insights and good discussion. The crowd of more than 160 and our distinguished, all-male panel of technology leaders did not disappoint.   You might wonder whether there…

The IT Diversity Challenge

The Washington Post recently published an article by Joann Weiner titled, “Diversity is good. Why doesn’t everyone agree?” In the piece, Weiner sites multiple studies showing that companies who engage women in leadership positions are, on average, more successful and profitable than companies who do not. Additionally, she states that groups consisting of ethnically diverse…