Early in my career, I had loads of excuses for not getting a mentor. Only people who want to be CEOs have mentors, right? Doesn't your mentor have to be some old wizened, eccentric dude who takes you under his wing after a chance meeting, sits on a dozen boards and runs his own wildly successful company from the back of a chauffeured limousine?
This new paradigm has opened ears to women's voices in the traditionally male-dominated tech field. In this new world order, women are finding opportunities and rewards by offering perspectives that build out more diverse -- and successful -- high tech companies. In fact, 2013 could very well be labeled the Year of the Woman in Technology.
NMSI reports that men over age 25 held 87 percent of bachelor's degrees in engineering fields. Only 23 percent of workers in STEM-related jobs are women, yet women make up 48 percent of workers in all occupations. The higher you go on the corporate ladder, the lower these numbers become. You don't need to be a math whiz to see that these numbers don't add up.