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
Some years ago my eye was caught by an e-mail from the European enterprise architecture leader. The e-mail contained a request for an IT architect who could help with a critsit in Russia. I responded to the e-mail writing that not only am I a certified architect, specialised in performance engineering and infrastructure design but … More Politics does not solve any problems…
Yesterday’s newspaper featured a story about the life and work of a female Dutch politician who had been active in the Dutch social Democrat party, Sonja van der Gaast – Bakker Schut. She was a convinced feminist and activist and knew how to motivate and activate her environment like no-one before…. However, the necrology said … More No talent for submission…
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!
I have a phantastic coach, who helps me outline my goals and frame the ghosts from the past. She encouraged me to share my personal story in this blog to inspire young women to pursue a technical career and never to give up no matter what roadblocks turn up. In one of my previous blog … More How to be a role model part 3 – Father and daughter
In one week I received two requests to present to a group of technical professionals as a role model! One request came from my good friend Nnenna Elkins, one of the leaders of the Women in Technology initiative in IBM in the Nordics; the other request came from Paridhi Verma, the communication manager of our … More How to be a role model – continued (1)
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
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
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
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
As a child I was fascinated by fairy tales. I have read all the fairy tales I could find – Grimm, Andersen, 1001 nights and many more. In retrospect I wonder what it was that I loved so much about those stories. It was not just the happy endings – most of the Andersen stories … More Do you want to be a princess, a frog or a witch?