Beating the Odds: Winning Strategies of Women in STEM

Beating the Odds shares the challenges and triumphs of women in STEM and the often frustrating barriers they face in the workplace. Barriers that those of us — women and men — who support their advancement are all too familiar with. These are the experiences, in their own words, of female engineers and scientists who beat the odds to advance to director, vice president, or C-level engineering, technical, and scientific positions. Beating the Odds puts you in the shoes of women who have risen to success in the STEM field. And, it shares strategies we’ve found to help technical women overcome these barriers, beat the odds, and find personal and professional success.

Patty Rowland Burke, Kelly Simmons

Patty is an Innovation and Venture Catalyst with CCL, focused on leadership trends and new service innovation.  Prior to joining CCL, she was an innovation and corporate venture capital consultant working with venture capitalists, startups and global corporations. She was previously VP Marketing at Symantec and at start-up Ramp Networks where she led marketing and corporate positioning strategy from product introduction to NASDAQ IPO and acquisition.   Patty was an instructor for CalTech Industrial Relations and advisor to entrepreneurial programs at California College of the Arts/Design MBA and San Jose State University Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.  Patty has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and currently resides in San Jose, California

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