By: SheLeadsTech | March 13, 2019

Sarah Orton, CISA, is director of IT risk and compliance at AstraZeneca. She has more than 20 years of IT risk assurance and advisory experience spanning financial services, utilities, professional services, central government and pharmaceuticals. She is vice president of the ISACA® Northern England Chapter board and she leads the ISACA UK and Ireland chapter-wide initiative for SheLeadsTech. She also serves on the ISACA global Women’s Leadership Council. She uses her amassed leadership experience to share with other women how they can empower themselves to lead as well.


Q: What is one of the biggest obstacles you have faced when stepping into a leadership position?
A: Lack of self-confidence. Despite that, with much support, encouragemen...

By: SheLeadsTech | March 13, 2019

Increasing the representation of women in technology leadership and the tech workforce in general is the mission of the SheLeadsTech program, launched in October of 2017. The program recognizes the important roles everyone plays in growing both women’s representation and participation in the tech workforce and relies on support of women and men across the technology sector and beyond. The SheLeadsTech Ambassador program provides a way for anyone to participate in and support SheLeadsTech. This program is for advocates, allies (male or female), sponsors and mentors. It is for human resources (HR) teams that strive to use inclusive language in their enterprise’s job descriptions. The ambassador program is an opportunity for anyone who support...

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By: SheLeadsTech | February 13, 2019

By Sanja Kekic, CRISC, EMBA, OIR, OIRJS, President of the ISACA Belgrade Chapter


International Women's Day is celebrated every year to honor women, their accomplishments in all possible areas of life, and their right to equality and respect.


This day is marked by various artistic performances, concerts, marches, speeches and conferences all over the world, and each of these events is equally unique and inspirational.


Girls, grandmothers, moms, sisters, aunts—every woman feels empowered on International Women’s day, but, in reality, both women and men should feel this way every day.


Where It All Began
It is actually hard to say when International Women’s Day was first celebrated, but, allegedly, its foundation is rooted in 1908, when more than 1...

By: SheLeadsTech | February 13, 2019

Smita Totade, Ph.D., CISA, CRISC, CISM, CGEIT, is a freelance arbitrator and trainer with over 35 years of diverse experience in all aspects of information systems including research, consulting and training in IT, IS audit, IT governance and business continuity management. Totade is no stranger to holding leadership roles, but she had to overcome resistance to her pursuing these roles throughout her career. Totade previously held roles as professor and chief information officer (CIO) at the National Insurance Academy, assistant director at the Central Institute of Road Transport, and director at Sun Hi-Tech Management Development and Research Institute. Totade has volunteered and served on various committees at ISACA® and within the ISACA...

By: SheLeadsTech | January 16, 2019

Retaining professionals in all industries can be a challenge. Jane Whitgift, CISM, MBCS, provides her insight on how to retain technology professionals, especially women, in the workforce. Jane Whitgift is a cybersecurity professional with more than 30 years of experience in IT and 15 years specializing in IT security. She is the owner and principal consultant with Whitgift Security, which she founded in 2013. Her previous experience includes work as a chief information security officer (CISO) with global accountabilities for IT security risk and implementing programs to improve security roles at FTSE 100 companies. She has remained part of the technology industry as she’s adapted to life changes, such as motherhood, and shares experiences ...

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