‘Not in the Club’: Alumna to relate her journey through ‘biased world’ of corporate boardrooms

Janet Pucino
Janet Pucino

Women represent more than half of the labor pool in the United States. While a number have risen to top levels in corporate U.S.-based organizations, statistically they are exceptions at the executive levels and in boardrooms.

Even when women reach the uppermost echelons in business, they seldom become members of “The Club” to which their male counterparts belong; “The Club” is the group that values its members’ contributions and surrounds them with a social network of power that leads them to opportunities and financial success.

The Women’s Resource Center will welcome NIU alum Janet Pucino to speak on the unique challenges women encounter as they advance toward executive positions while revealing candid, real-life experiences that challenge the biases and barriers.

Pucino’s presentation, including a break-out session, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

A highly experienced information technology executive, Pucino has designed and implemented leading technologies across a broad range of industries, including media and entertainment, financial services, health insurance and technology.

During her career, she has held many senior level positions. She was a corporate VP and the highest-ranking female executive in the IT division of a globally recognized media and entertainment conglomerate. While there, she became an executive sponsor for a women’s affinity group that focused on career development for women across the company, an experience that formalized her interest in mentorship and professional development for women.

Reserved seating is required as space is limited. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 13, to Lisa Schmidt at lschmidt@niu.edu.

For more information, call (815) 753-0320 or email women@niu.edu.

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