Jen Stephan

ZoomSystems’ Jen Stephan Named to Connected World’s Women of M2M

Women continue to make their mark in the world of technology. More women are moving up the ranks and claiming the most coveted positions in the most impressive tech-driven companies in the world. Women are eager to take their place at the head of the table. They are proving to be very comfortable in leadership positions. Women continue to make progress in a host of companies—currently holding 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 4.6% of Fortune 1,000 CEO positions. Admittedly, everyone will espouse how great it is that women are more visible at the highest levels, but there’s no denying that there’s still some work to be done in the world of business.

But it is interesting to note that despite the lack of females in top leadership positions, women make up half of the U.S. workforce. Of that, about 25% represent the technology industry. In the past 50 years alone, women participation in the labor market has climbed more than 20 percentage points, while the U.S. gross domestic product has risen significantly. While the number could always be better, this does show how important a role women play in key areas of math, science, and technology, and this is just the beginning.

In retrospect, all of these top executives share a common goal. They realize that becoming a leader is much more than being put in a leadership role. It demands acquiring the necessary skills and adapting their style to achieve the requirements of the role they have been tasked to do. They do not talk of glass ceilings. They do not talk about a male–dominated world. They don’t want to talk about a lack of support within their owncompanies. They prefer to talk about what they want to achieve and how they can build a more robust community for the upward trajectory of mobile women.

If there is another thing all of these successful women executives have in common it is that they truly enjoy what they do. You might even say they have a love for what they do. These women perform their jobs with such grace and undeterred aplomb. All of these female executives have mastered the art of blending the right mix of both masculine and feminine behaviors. This means balancing the right mix of gender-specific wisdom and self-awareness of leadership style.

Today to be a successful female business leader in this rapidly changing economic climate is praiseworthy and meritorious when mastering this balancing act with what is required. So it’s no wonder these career-driven and tenacious ladies are held in the highest esteem by their peers. It’s also true these powerhouse women are persistent despite the hurdles put before them.

The ladies who appear on the Women of M2M ranking are amazing examples of hard-working individuals looking at the big picture, always willing to take action. We are proud to say they continue to tear down gender barriers and other disparities in todays’ workplace. It was no easy task to uncover these highly respected female business leaders who take their role very seriously and their confidence is actually their lifeblood. Connected World believes it has found the highest M2M achievers. Please join us in congratulating the 2014 Women of M2M.

Marylin Arndt

Orange-France Telecom

Cathy Avgiris

Comcast Cable

Karen Baer


Saraswathi Balasubramaniam

Aeris Communications

Mary Barra

General Motors Co.

Terra Bastolich

NetComm Wireless

Sanida Bratt


Terri Bresenham

GE Healthcare India

Stacey Burr


Sandy Carter


Tamara Chamberlin

Verizon Networkfleet

Sarah Cooper


Laura Crisp

Verizon Wireless

Pam Ferguson

Rogers Communications

Betsy Francis

AT&T Digital Life

Nancy Gioia

Ford Motor Co.

Kristen Hale


Florence Hudson


Peggy Johnson

Qualcomm Technologies

Chandra Krintz

AppScale Systems

Julie Larson-Green


Peggy Lee

Jazz Wireless Data*

Doris Mattingly


Marissa Mayer


Pamela McCauley Bush

University of Central Florida

Desiree Mejia

Location Based Technologies

Linda Mills

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Laura Mitchell

GrandCare Systems

Donna Morrow


Mary Murphy-Hoye


Michelle Pampin

Cambium Networks

Cathy Peng


Tiffany Sargent


Meg Selfe Divitto


Amy Sheng


Patricia Steele


Jen Stephan


Kathy Tan


Sophie Vandebroek

Xerox Corp.

Pat Watkins


Jean Weiss


Meg Whitman


*Acquired by KORE

To read the profiles of the 2014 Women of M2M, please pick up a copy of the April/May 2014 issue of Connected World magazine in print or by downloading the app. Just search for Connected Worldin the iTunes Store or in Google Play.

Celebrating WoM2M Women of M2M
Apr/May 2014
Peggy Smedley, Editorial Director

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