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WOMEN’S INSURANCE
NETWORKING GROUP
March 13, 2015
Welcome!
IN CONJUNCTION
WITH
Co-Hosted by Aon and CNA
Margaret Resce Milkint
Managing Partner
The Jacobson Group
David Mendelsohn
Managing Partner
DLA Piper
In 2011,Margaret Re...
William Waas
Chairman and CEO
Illinois Technology Foundation
The Illinois Technology Foundation is a
not-for-profit organi...
Connecting female technology professionals
from around the globe, to discuss, collaborate
and celebrate the contributions ...
Cracking the
Glass Ceiling:
Building
Female
Technology
Careers
A panel discussion moderated
by Margaret Resce Milkint and
...
“Right now is a great
time to be a woman in
tech, but there's not
enough women in tech.”
-Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
Moderators: Margaret Resce Milkint
David Mendelsohn
Panelists: Arti Arora
Marisa Cabrera
Cynthia Clarke
Deanne Hettich
Jef...
Margaret Resce Milkint
• Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group
• Handles executive management and
actuarial searches global...
David Mendelsohn
• Chicago Office Managing Partner,
DLA Piper
• Provides global regulatory and
compliance advice to
organi...
Arti Arora
• Special Projects Manager, Aon
Corporation
• Has extensive experience in product
management and governance.
• ...
Marisa Cabrera
• IT Rotational Associate, CNA
• Has worked as a business analyst
supporting human resources in
both large ...
Cynthia Clarke
• Chief Information Officer, Mesirow
Financial
• Graduate of the University of
Illinois College of Engineer...
Deanne Hettich
• Vice President of Operations, Aon
Exchange Solutions
• Has held a number of technical,
operational, and p...
Jeff Hughes
• Vice President – Information
Technology, CNA
• Began his career with the US Naval
Reactors Program, designin...
Danelle Kent
• Business Analyst, SWC
Technology Partners
• Has extensive experience in
quality assurance analysis.
• Recip...
Despite making up 56% of the U.S.
workforce, women hold just 25% of
IT positions.
What are some of the barriers you
faced ...
Men outnumber women 4 to 1 or
more in the technology sector.
How did you decide to make your
career within technology? How...
The insurance industry is more
aged and more tenured than the
general economy. In addition, it
has a public perception as ...
According to the LA Times, as many
as 50% of women working in STEM
will leave over time due to hostile
work environments.
...
With computing jobs expected to double
by 2020 to 1.4 million, the industry is
expected to face a dire shortage of
talent....
"Now we're in an age where technology
is mandatory, and we wanted young girls
to have this understanding and know
how to b...
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people
limit themselves to what they
think they can do. You can go as
far as your mind lets yo...
“All of us—men and women—
will never attain our full
potential so long as half of us
are not afforded the same
choices and...
“Be in charge of your own career
destiny. Be bold and vocal about
what you want to do. Seek
knowledge and leverage your
ne...
“Pursue experience relentlessly
inside and outside of work. Get out
of your comfort zone to learn and
try new things, then...
“Whatever the past has been,
you have a spotless future.”
– Unknown, provided by Marisa Cabrera
Pick your own journey, carve
your own path and always look
forward to new adventures. On
your way, find good mentors
and d...
Roundtable
Discussion
Having women on tech teams has
proven to boost problem-solving and
creativity. In fact, ROI is 34% higher
for tech compani...
In 2009, just 18% of undergraduate
computing degrees in the U.S. were
awarded to women, compared to
37% in 1985.
What can ...
What action items
or strategies are needed to
further engage women in the
technology field? Within
insurance? Education?
Looking back on your career, is
there anything you wish you might
have done differently?
What advice or insights would you...
Thank you!
A special thank you to Deanna
Kosaraju and Global Tech Women.
We are honored to be a part of the
2015 Voices Gl...
Thank you!
Thank you to our co-hosts, Aon and CNA!
Thank you to Joyce Webb and Anjana Dalal
for their support and assistan...
Thank you!
Special thanks to our panelists, Arti Arora,
Marisa Cabrera, Cynthia Clarke, Deanne
Hettich, Jeff Hughes and Da...
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Panel: Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Growing Female Technology Professionals - Voices Live Chicago 2015

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Location: Aon
200 East Randolph
Chicago, IL USA
12-2pm CST

Panel: Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Growing Female Technology Professionals
Will be streamed on Spreecast and WebEx from 12-2pm CST on Friday, March 13th

Moderators:
Margaret Resce Milkint, Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group; WING Co-Founder; ITF Board Member
David Mendelsohn, Managing Partner, DLA Piper; WING Co-Founder

Panelists:

Danelle Kent, Consultant¸ SWC Technology Partners
Danelle is a Certified Project Management Professional (NU) with 4+ years of combined experience in detail oriented technical writing and quality assurance analysis. She currently supports full software lifecycle by facilitating different functional roles including quality assurance analyst, business analyst, and technical writer.

Arti Arora, Aon

Deanne Hettich, Vice President Practice Leadership, Aon Hewitt

Cynthia Clarke, CIO, Mesirow Financial

Jeff Hughes, Vice President Information Technology, CNA

Marisa Cabrera, IT Rotational Program Participant, CNA

Abstract: Despite the strides made recently for women in business, female tech professionals continue to be outpaced by their male counterparts. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s Innovation Economy Outlook survey, less than 50 percent of technology companies have women in the C-suite or serving on the board of directors. Only 19 percent of CIO positions for Fortune 250 companies are held by women.

In fact, the gender disparity among technology professionals seems to be increasing in spite of recent gains throughout the workplace. Fewer women are joining the tech workforce and the numbers of female students studying technology is in decline—today only 18 percent of computer science majors are women, compared to 37 percent in the mid-1980s. Add in a continued wage imbalance and a high turnover rate for female tech professionals mid-career and it is clear that there is work to be done. How can we encourage more women to join the technology field and insurance technology in particular? What can be done to break down the barriers to success as a female technology professional?

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Panel: Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Growing Female Technology Professionals - Voices Live Chicago 2015

  1. 1. WOMEN’S INSURANCE NETWORKING GROUP March 13, 2015 Welcome! IN CONJUNCTION WITH Co-Hosted by Aon and CNA
  2. 2. Margaret Resce Milkint Managing Partner The Jacobson Group David Mendelsohn Managing Partner DLA Piper In 2011,Margaret Resce Milkint and David Mendelsohn launched WING to provide a platform for women in the industry to find support and grow. Today, WING provides a unique opportunity for networking among more than 500 of the insurance industry’s female leaders and enlightened males nationwide.
  3. 3. William Waas Chairman and CEO Illinois Technology Foundation The Illinois Technology Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of the technology talent pipeline in the State of Illinois. The foundation is focused on developing and retaining the best IT talent and leadership in Illinois by bringing real-world career opportunities to the classroom.
  4. 4. Connecting female technology professionals from around the globe, to discuss, collaborate and celebrate the contributions of women in technology. Learn more about Global Tech Women and the Voices Global Conference at: http://www.globaltechwomen.com/
  5. 5. Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Building Female Technology Careers A panel discussion moderated by Margaret Resce Milkint and David Mendelsohn
  6. 6. “Right now is a great time to be a woman in tech, but there's not enough women in tech.” -Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
  7. 7. Moderators: Margaret Resce Milkint David Mendelsohn Panelists: Arti Arora Marisa Cabrera Cynthia Clarke Deanne Hettich Jeff Hughes Danelle Kent
  8. 8. Margaret Resce Milkint • Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group • Handles executive management and actuarial searches globally for the Jacobson’s retained search practice. • Co-founded WING, a platform for networking among the insurance industry’s female leaders and enlightened males and is on the steering committee for the Insurance Supper Club (ISC), which provides a network and forum for senior women in the insurance industry on a global basis.
  9. 9. David Mendelsohn • Chicago Office Managing Partner, DLA Piper • Provides global regulatory and compliance advice to organizations internationally. • Represents insurers, reinsurers, brokers, and other clients on a wide-range of transactions. • Co-founded WING, a platform for networking among the insurance industry’s female leaders and enlightened males.
  10. 10. Arti Arora • Special Projects Manager, Aon Corporation • Has extensive experience in product management and governance. • Successfully managed the development and deployment of several large scale programs ranging from setting up data centers to launching global applications. • Currently managing the launch of a unified Intranet across all Aon locations.
  11. 11. Marisa Cabrera • IT Rotational Associate, CNA • Has worked as a business analyst supporting human resources in both large and small projects. • Currently works as a project manager supporting large finance projects. • Holds her bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois. Received her MBA from Purdue University in May 2014.
  12. 12. Cynthia Clarke • Chief Information Officer, Mesirow Financial • Graduate of the University of Illinois College of Engineering. • Has worked in the financial services industry throughout her career to develop technology strategies that include the integration of vended applications and proprietary development.
  13. 13. Deanne Hettich • Vice President of Operations, Aon Exchange Solutions • Has held a number of technical, operational, and process management leadership roles in her career in benefits administration. • Currently works as part of Aon’s Active Health Exchange business, leading the operational activities that support scaling and continually improving the growing exchange business.
  14. 14. Jeff Hughes • Vice President – Information Technology, CNA • Began his career with the US Naval Reactors Program, designing nuclear power plants for the US Navy’s submarine and aircraft carrier fleets. • Currently leads CNA’s Systems Development and Vendor Management. • Graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s in Nuclear Engineering before attending the University of California for his master’s in Nuclear Engineering. Received his Ph.D in Nuclear Reactor Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  15. 15. Danelle Kent • Business Analyst, SWC Technology Partners • Has extensive experience in quality assurance analysis. • Recipient of the Illinois Technology Foundation’s Fifty for the Future Award. • Holds her bachelor’s degree in English Literature Studies and Pre-Renaissance History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently attending Northwestern University for a master’s in Information Systems Management with an anticipated graduation date of June 2015.
  16. 16. Despite making up 56% of the U.S. workforce, women hold just 25% of IT positions. What are some of the barriers you faced in entering the technology field? What can be done to break down these barriers?
  17. 17. Men outnumber women 4 to 1 or more in the technology sector. How did you decide to make your career within technology? How were you supported? Did you have an early experience that was particularly meaningful in your technology career?
  18. 18. The insurance industry is more aged and more tenured than the general economy. In addition, it has a public perception as “boring” and “behind-the-times.” How can we build excitement around a career in insurance? Do you see insurance technology as a way to promote the industry? What are the dynamic innovations that IT is focused on today?
  19. 19. According to the LA Times, as many as 50% of women working in STEM will leave over time due to hostile work environments. Have you experienced a “hostile” work environment? What role can “enlightened males” play in creating a more inclusive workplace? Tell us about a mentor or sponsor and how they touched your career?
  20. 20. With computing jobs expected to double by 2020 to 1.4 million, the industry is expected to face a dire shortage of talent. How can organizations ramp up their recruitment of young female technology professionals? Millennials in general?
  21. 21. "Now we're in an age where technology is mandatory, and we wanted young girls to have this understanding and know how to build an app.” -Peta Clarke, Technical Lead at Black Girls Code How can we encourage more young girls to embrace a future in STEM? How can we start growing the next generation of technology talent?
  22. 22. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash, provided by Danelle Kent
  23. 23. “All of us—men and women— will never attain our full potential so long as half of us are not afforded the same choices and opportunities.” – Jeff Hughes
  24. 24. “Be in charge of your own career destiny. Be bold and vocal about what you want to do. Seek knowledge and leverage your networks to get the experiences you want to have. Taking risk and being uncomfortable is a great indicator that you are developing and growing.” – Deanne Hettich
  25. 25. “Pursue experience relentlessly inside and outside of work. Get out of your comfort zone to learn and try new things, then put yourself in the position to lead or be a substantial contributor. Just because it is not on your resume doesn’t mean you are not superbly qualified for the job.” -Cynthia Clarke
  26. 26. “Whatever the past has been, you have a spotless future.” – Unknown, provided by Marisa Cabrera
  27. 27. Pick your own journey, carve your own path and always look forward to new adventures. On your way, find good mentors and don’t forget to pass on your learnings to others. -Arti Arora
  28. 28. Roundtable Discussion
  29. 29. Having women on tech teams has proven to boost problem-solving and creativity. In fact, ROI is 34% higher for tech companies with more women in management. How can we encourage more women to pursue a leadership position in technology? How can we break down the barriers to success?
  30. 30. In 2009, just 18% of undergraduate computing degrees in the U.S. were awarded to women, compared to 37% in 1985. What can we do to rebuild interest in technology as a career for the next generation of female professionals?
  31. 31. What action items or strategies are needed to further engage women in the technology field? Within insurance? Education?
  32. 32. Looking back on your career, is there anything you wish you might have done differently? What advice or insights would you give your younger self?
  33. 33. Thank you! A special thank you to Deanna Kosaraju and Global Tech Women. We are honored to be a part of the 2015 Voices Global Conference.
  34. 34. Thank you! Thank you to our co-hosts, Aon and CNA! Thank you to Joyce Webb and Anjana Dalal for their support and assistance! Thank you to Aon for their beautiful space!
  35. 35. Thank you! Special thanks to our panelists, Arti Arora, Marisa Cabrera, Cynthia Clarke, Deanne Hettich, Jeff Hughes and Danelle Kent. See you in the fall! Be sure to join the Women's Insurance Networking Group (WING) on LinkedIn

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