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Speaker Spotlight: Q&A with Sheila Jordan, CIO @ Symantec

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Sheila Jordan speaks to us about her role in the tech industry and shares her thoughts on Women of Silicon Valley, taking place May 2-3 in San Francisco.

Sheila Jordan is Chief Information Officer at Symantec, previously serving as Senior Vice President, IT, at Cisco, and a Senior Vice President with Walt Disney World.

As an established thought leader and a preeminent voice on the elusive goal of achieving work-life balance in the hyper-competitive world of Silicon Valley, Sheila shares her experience as a working mother, the benefits that come with it, and how she chose to kiss the guilt goodbye in her inaugural literary effort, You Are Not Ruining Your Kids: A Positive Perspective on the Working MotherSheila is based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and 2 children.

Sheila will be sharing her wisdom in a session entitled 'What Is The Future of Work/Life Balance?' at 15:20 on May 2 at Women of Silicon Valley. She will be delving into how the future new work model might look and how we start thinking more about balance. The issue of work/life becoming increasingly central to the evolution of work, as employees log more and more hours and stay connected long after physically leaving the office.


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We caught up with Sheila ahead of the conference, here's what she had to say. 

Why have you decided to get involved with Women of Silicon Valley?

It’s a community that represents women in tech in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is the toughest technology hub, so this opportunity to bring them together (at one conference) is super exciting.

What will people learn from listening to your talk?

My hope is they’ll learn tips and tricks to manage your life. I don’t necessarily believe in the traditional "work-life balance"; I think that is a myth, but I do think there are ways to have work-life integration. There are ways to have a great family life while still exceeding at work, and so I hope they can take this away from my tips and tricks.

What are you most looking forward to at Women of Silicon Valley?

Seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Who is your female tech inspiration? What have they done and why do they inspire you?

Every woman in tech is my inspiration; it’s not just any one person, but every single female in tech. And it’s how we’re embracing this industry. Women possess the compassion to change the conversation. Technology works when we have diverse perspectives that are collaborative in nature, and that's what women in tech bring to the table.

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What’s a typical day like for you?

My day is split into thirds. 33% is operations, running the business and my team, 33% in strategy planning, and 33% in customer and outward focus. So, any given day is about balancing those three priorities. But, in Information Technology (IT), there are so many things that come up that are just simply unpredictable. So, most days, my plans are changing, which often leads me to re-plan the day on the fly. As the CIO of a tech company, you’ve gotta be ready for that.

Are you working on anything exciting at the moment that you’d like to share with our readers?

The conversions of digital transformation with security. Digital transformation is about customizing customer interactions, and as it becomes more automated, you have to think about security throughout the entire customer journey.

What advice would you give to women who want to pursue a career in tech?

Go for it! There’s nothing more exciting and challenging. You have to love change, but, in my opinion, (tech) is the epicenter of every business strategy.

Unite with tech superheroes like Sheila Jordan at Women of Silicon Valley 2019

Taking place over 2 daysWomen of Silicon Valley boasts over 50 sessions100 speakers, and 1,500 attendees. Be inspired by the ecosystem's most influential women in technology, network with like-minded female founders, liaise with top Silicon Valley tech companies and enhance your skills portfolio in a thought-provoking atmosphere. Don't miss out!


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