In this week’s Women Talk Tech episode, our guest is Elaine Montilla, the Assistant Vice President and CIO for information technology at The Graduate Centre, the City University of New York, a Forbes Technology Council member and contributor, and an AMA Women’s Leadership Centre presenter.

How women in tech can thrive in a male dominated workplace

Elaine shares her journey as an immigrant in the United States at 16, to a tech leader in STEM learning. She provides insight on three ways to thrive in a male-dominated workplace, beginning with assertiveness, forgetting the tendency to people please, and prioritize networking.

She is an accomplished senior executive with two decades as an IT leader in higher education. Elaine is also a TEDx speaker and the founder of5xminority.com, a blog and social media brand dedicated to empowering women and minorities, especially in tech.

As a representative of several minority groups, one of her main goals is to highlight the need for diversity in the field of Technology and to expand STEM learning opportunities to all children equally. Elaine described herself as a professional unicorn and a powerful Latina who represents the value of diversity and inclusive corporate culture in a typically male-dominated field.

“We don’t see ourselves. There are not that many Latinas that are CIO’s and I see this as my responsibility, now that I’ve been given this position, to leave breadcrumbs in a way and make sure that I’m helping others.”

In Elaine 2019 TEDx talk, Elaine focused on the value of mentoring women and minorities in tech. As a woman of colour and member of the LGBTQ+, she wants to be a voice for minorities in tech, urging that the message of diversity and mentorship is heard. 

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About Elaine Montilla

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Elaine moved to New York at 16 to attend University. During a workplace program in college, working in the computer lab helped other students inspire Elaine to enter a technology-based program. She received her computer information systems degree and her Masters in Business Management and leadership.

Elaine is skilled in Educational Technology, IT Strategy, Management, System Deployment, and Project Portfolio Management. Many recognize her for staff professional development, change leadership, and talent for communicating with diverse groups.

She is an accomplished senior executive with two decades as an IT leader in higher education. Elaine is also a TEDx speaker and the founder of 5xminority.com, a blog and social media brand dedicated to empowering women and minorities, especially in tech.

Elaine is currently the Assistant Vice President and CIO for information technology at The Graduate Centre, CUNY, a Forbes Technology Council member and contributor, and an AMA Women’s Leadership Centre presenter.

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