October 15, 2014

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Lisa Doerner



How to Advance a Career as a Woman in Technology

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - On October 28, Digital Rochester will host a panel of senior IT leaders to discuss the career challenges women in Information Technology face, as well as strategies to overcome those challenges and ultimately further a technology career. Women on the panel have achieved career success despite obstacles. The panel also includes the perspective of a man committed to supporting women in his organization.


Jeanne Casares, CIO at RIT, will lead the discussion of personal stories on the following topics:

  • How have the panelists succeeded in a primarily male dominated field?
  • How has rapidly changing technology influenced their career path?
  • How have they succeeded in closing the salary gap and in salary negotiations?
  • How mentors have played a role in their journey.
  • What they would do differently looking back on their career.


  • Anne Bell, VP Enterprise and Corp Applications, Xerox
  • Dan Canzano Former VP Information Technology, Paychex
  • Guylaine DiSalvo,  EVP  consilium1
  • Kim Sowers Director, Application Development, RIT
  • Diane Trentini, VP Marketing and Sales, Optimation Technology, Inc

Women in Technology Leaders Roundtable will take place on October 28 from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Ballroom 384 at the City Grill. Tickets are $30 for Digital Rochester supporting members, $35 for nonmembers. Networking will follow the panel discussion. Registration is available online at


The eventis sponsored by Diana Apostolova of AXA Advisors. With the extensive support of a premier worldwide organization behind her, Diana is passionate about helping women achieve their financial goals. Financial services include personal attention to asset accumulation, wealth preservation and retirement planning.



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