Women in IT: A seat at the table

Current: CEO, Yahoo

Former: CEO and executive chairman of the board, AutoDesk; various positions at Digital Equipment Corp., Sun Microsystems, 3M

Impact: Bartz has been credited with growing AutoDesk into a leader in its field of software for architects and builders, while also significantly increasing the company's revenue. Since taking the helm at Yahoo in 2009, she has overseen significant layoffs at the struggling Internet venture. The jury is still out on her performance at Yahoo, but her legacy at AutoDesk is largely positive.

Diane Greene

Diane Greene speaking during the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecom Summit in New York May 20, 2008.
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Current: member, board of directors, Intuit; member, MIT Corporation

Former: founder and CEO of VMware; CEO of VXtreme, various executive positions at Silicon Graphics, Sybase, and Tandem

Impact: Greene co-founded VMware with her husband and leading it to a very successful IPO, but was removed from the office of CEO by VMware's board of directors in 2008; speculation was that the board needed to take action to stop the company's stock from freefalling. Greene was offered another position at the company, which she declined. Since leaving VMware she has joined Intuit's board and is a member of the MIT Corporation, the university's governing body.

Mena Trott

Image credit: Six Apart

Current: Co-founder, Six Apart

Impact: Trott and her husband founded Six Apart in 2001, and were part of the early social networking/Web 2.0 movement. Trott is closely associated with the blogging movement thanks to her company's blogging software that helped bring the Web phenomenon mainstream.

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Current: Senior vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and business development, Linksys division of Cisco

Former: co-founder and CEO of Linksys

Impact: In 1988 Tsao and her husband had the idea for a device that would let multiple PCs share a single printer, and launched Linksys in their garage. In 2003 the company entered the wireless space, and shortly after Cisco acquired Linksys and made Janie and her husband executives at the company. Tsao was the inaugural recipient of the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Leadership, which was awarded to her for her forward vision and ability to spot and capitalize on the next big trend, according to the institute.

Safra Catz

Current: President and member, board of directors, Oracle

Former: CFO, executive vice president, senior vice president, Oracle; various positions with financial institutions including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

Impact: Oracle founder Larry Ellison has credited Catz with his company's successful takeover of PeopleSoft, an 18-month ordeal that put Oracle as the second largest business software maker. Catz was No. 11 on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in 2010.

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10 female IT leaders who have pioneered a path to the C-suite
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Perhaps the most visible mark women have made on the IT industry of late has been in founding and leading technology companies as senior executives. The 10 female IT leaders highlighted here have pioneered a path to the C-suite.
it management, women in it, carol bartz, meg whitman, Safra Catz, Janie Tsao, Mena Trott, Diane Greene, Kim Polese, Padmasree Warrior, Carly Fiorina, Ellen Hancock