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The Journey Towards Diversity and Inclusion: A Few Lessons Learned

Are you in or are you out? Never in my lifetime has this question been more top of mind than in the social and political climate we face today in our country. I have reflected…

Reflecting on Past Successes and Looking Into the Future with Leslie Vickrey

ARA Co-Founder and ClearEdge Marketing CEO Leslie Vickrey presented a five-minute lightning talk to a crowd of 200+ during a recent Women in Tech breakfast hosted by General Assembly. Each of five speakers were asked…

Celebrating Three Years!

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the official launch of ARA. While these years have flown by more quickly than any of us could have imagined, it’s important that we take a moment to reflect…

#4TechDiversity Spotlight: Shradha Agarwal, President & Co-Founder, ContextMedia

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…

Boundaries Every Working Mom Needs to Set Up at Work

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…

Desperately Seeking Balance: How One IT Professional Found It

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…

ARA Chicago: Insights From an Evening of Mentorship

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…

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,…

The Challenge: Hiring in Our Own Image

In the early 1990’s, Dr. Deming’s Continuous Improvement and Total Quality Management strategies that had revolutionized manufacturing were now sweeping through the consultant services industry. At the time, I was Manager of Planning and Environmental…

Building Confidence, One Step at a Time

Confidence. Some women just seem to have it.  Breezily walking into any situation, comfortable and unafraid no matter what happens because they know that they can handle it. They believe in themselves and their abilities…
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