How to be a role model

Being a role model leads to a sense of responsibility and the desire to be perfect. Unfortunately reality is not perfect. … More How to be a role model

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Outstanding!

When I was just hired, the project most people in the Uithoorn laboratory in the Netherlands were working on was the development and maintenance of DOS. Yes that means Disk Operating Systems and no, it was not the Microsoft system that ran on early PC’s. It ran on medium-range IBM mainframes, big blue boxes in … More Outstanding!

The pride

Many years ago, I guess it must have been around 2004, when we still used to organise large kick-off events at the start of the year I was invited to attend a kick-off event in the London Tower Thistle hotel next to Tower bridge. With two other technical women from my department I traveled from … More The pride

The no asshole rule

Although you would expect civilized behavior to be the standard in Western European corporate life, it is amazing how often people end up in abusive and intimidating situations at work. I captured some of the unpleasant incidents that I personally experienced in short case studies. The students of the ‘Taking the stage’ curriculum that we … More The no asshole rule

Work/Life balance

Rosie, my new mentee, has entered my company through an acquisition in the healthcare sector. Once per month we arrange a mentoring phonecall. We discuss topics such as “how to find your way within IBM?”, “what professional career path fits best?”, “what professional networks to join?” etcetera… During our last call she suddenly said : … More Work/Life balance

Blue Woman

Thank you Lydia, for the opportunity you gave me to write something about my experience as a woman in IT! Most of my stories are old, because I am old. I hope you can smile a bit about how odd things were in the 19-seventies and –eighties. Maybe you can also cry a bit about … More Blue Woman