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 | 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 ...

By: SheLeadsTech | January 16, 2019

The 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) will take place from 11-22 March 2019. This yearly event allows the CSW, a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to meet to create global policy to support and empower women and girls. 


Each year the CSW brings UN member states, UN entities and civil society organizations together to collaborate and agree on a conclusion surrounding a theme. At CSW 62, the theme was challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. This year’s theme is social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. All member st...

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