In Digital Guardian’s Debra Danielson and Connie Stack, chief technology officer and chief strategy officer respectively, you have two very different, but equally inspiring career evolutions.

Granted, neither went to work with much interest in computers. Danielson started out in engineering, and Stack in marketing. But that changed relatively quickly. Danielson became a developer after realizing she was, in her words, "the world's crappiest QA person." She spent 15 years hand coding and then transitioned to IT management. And Stack fell in love with data while working in retail, seeing first hand the power of information after launching a co-branded credit card with PNC National Bank. She would get reports and reports about customer buying habits and thought, as she put it, "this is where I want to spend my time."

Both say they were often the only women in leadership meetings once they made the transition to tech. But both are also relatively encouraged by what they’re seeing more recently: women at the helm of companies, even if the road to get there took more work, and companies seeking women hires, even if sometimes to accommodate societal pressures.

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