When Trina Alexson looks out across her organization for a next generation leader, the regional vice president with Cisco Systems Canada Co. is not watching for the engineers with perfect attendance or research reports that are completed on time and on budget.
Those are valuable qualities, but the civil engineer turned senior executive says she looks to the pain points in her organization for the rising stars.
“Where there is pain, there are problems to be solved,” she says. “Follow the problems and there are always learning opportunities. It’s problem solvers that really get noticed.”
Alexson was one of four senior female engineers who gathered at the Ericsson Visitors Centre in Kanata outside of Ottawa recently to share employment tips and tricks with 90 women hardwiring their careers in technology. The event was co-sponsored by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) and chaired by Lynda Partner, vice president of marketing with Pythian Inc.