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Case Studies

female exhibitor at primavera 2014The Women in IT initiative is all about encouraging and supporting women to excel in their careers.

If you are a woman working in the IT sector – we want you to become an example to others.

By submitting a short piece of real – world information, including both the good and the bad, other women at all levels will learn and benefit from your experience.

Become an ambassador for women in the IT sector and tell us your story.


Kren Jenx 

Karen Jex

Karen is currently a Database Administrator working closely with some of the organisation's project teams to create and manage Oracle databases both in development and production environments.


Find out why Karen is involved in IT.


Ann Sjökvist

Ann Sjökvist

Ann is currently an Oracle Standard Edition Advocate but has been involved in IT since the 1980s and has been fortunate to have held a variety of different roles.

Find out what Ann has learnt


Prasanti Madireddi

Prasanti is Senior Director - EBS Quality Assurance at Oracle. She loves her job and recommends identifying your strengths and selecting a role that fits well.

Find out about Prasanti's experiences

Lisa Dearney-Davison

Lisa Dearney-Davison

Lisa is an Information Architect Director at Oracle and would encourage anyone who gets excited about aspects of IT to just go for it.

See Lisa's story

Loubna Hadid Open Insight Women in IT

Loubna Hadid

Loubna co-founded Opening Insight 11 years ago. Today she leads a team of consultants in the USA & UK on PeopleSoft implementations and upgrades from inception to delivery. She finds working in IT diverse, fulfilling and exciting.

Find out more about Loubna's career 

Ana Perez

Ana Perez

Ana manages a team of 100 at Oracle who deliver projects to Oracle customers using Technology products. She studied Engineering, but took advantage of the IT boom when she finished university.

Find out why Ana would recommend IT as a career path

Debbie Bryne

Debbie Byrne

Debbie manages the Service Delivery Team at LSC where they deliver IT and applications support. She came to IT by accident after being asked to programme a computer in a previous role. She then enrolled in university and studied part time for five years on several IT courses culminating in a Masters Degree in IT.

Find out what Debbie did after this

Cathryn Heatherington

Cathryn Hetherington

Cathryn is a member of PwC's consulting team in the Oracle Technical area and undertakes various roles during system implementations, upgrades and transformation projects. She believes it's good to have a mix of genders on a team and women should not be put off by a career in IT.

Find out more about Cathryn's career

Gemma Knights

Gemma Knights

Gemma project manages delivery of client back office transformation projects involving Oracle Financials at PwC. She has found being a women in IT challenging at times, but very rewarding.

Read more about Gemma's story

Maria Colgan

Maria Colgan

Maria is a Master Product Manager for the new Oracle In-Memory Database option. She was good at Maths and Physics at school and found her calling when working for the Real-World Performance Team at Oracle. 

Read about what advice Maria would give to someone looking for a role in IT

Elke Phelps

Elke Phelps

Elke is a Senior Principal Project Manager with Oracle E-Business Suite. She has worked with Oracle from her first job after graduating with a degree in Computer Science.

Find out more about Elke's story

Fiona Martin

Fiona Martin 

Fiona is an Oracle Alliance Executive and got into IT by accident. Her aptitude was recognised and she went from strength to strength. She recommends IT to anyone as it has a variety of roles to suit different skill sets.

Read more about Fiona's IT career

Nadia Bendjedou

Nadia Bendjedou

Nadia is Senior Director for Product Strategy, Oracle E-Business Suite where she helps customers understand the value of the product.

Find out more about Nadia's career

Jackie Rose

Jackie Rose

Jackie got into IT by accident. After starting out as a secretary she has gone on to do 'all things customer' including Head of Customer Engagement at LexisNexis UK.

Working in this industry has given her many opportunities both in terms of career progression and meeting fantastic people in the industry.

Read more about Jackie's story

Milena Gerova

Milena Gerova

Milena is a Project Manager who manages IT projects in Financial, Health Care and Government areas and was inspired to take up a career in IT by her parents. She is also President of the Bulgarian Oracle User Group.

Find out more about Milena's experiences as a woman in IT here 

Sarah Cleaver
Sarah Cleaver, Oracle DBA

Sarah first got into IT by accident and now does an a diverse job mainly involving production DBA and project work.

Find out how Sarah finds working as a woman in the IT sector here

Iloon Ellen-Wolff

Iloon Ellen-Wolff, Senior Principal Technical Engineer/Global Technical Lead Application Express

Iloon is a member of the Platform as a Service (Paas) readiness team, who test Application Express in the cloud. She also works in Oracle Support as Global Technical Lead for Application Express, and works closely sustaining engineering, product development and product management from the Application Express team.

Read more about Iloon's experiences here

Debra Lilley

Debra Lilley, DCL, Director

Debra helps organisations to understand how the Oracle offerings can make them more successful.

Read more about Debra's fascinating story

Susan Shaw

Sue Shaw, Group Lead, ERP Solutions

Sue is responsible for maintaining a multi-year vision (people, process and architecture) to support the ERP Solutions area at Cenovus Energy. ERP Solutions is responsible for operational support of Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and IBM's Maximo and their related applications. She manages a variety of teams, over 50 people.

Read about Sue's journey in IT and her advice to others

Heli Helskyaho

Heli Helskyaho is the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy and Kantamestarit Oy

Heli is also the president for Oracle User Group Finland and the ambassador/spokesperson for EOUC (EMEA Oracle usergroups Community). She is also an Oracle ACE Director.

Find out more about how Heli ended up working in IT

Lonneke Dikmans

Lonneke Dikmans, Managing Partner Vennster

Lonneke is a consultant and managing partner at Vennster. She is a certified BPMN professional who specialises in integration and SOA/BPM solutions. Besides acting as a solution architect and technical lead, Lonneke advises companies that are setting up Service Oriented Architectures.

Find out about how Lonneke got into IT and her experiences in the industry

Kellyn Pot'Vin

Kellyn Pot'Vin, Consulting Member of Strategic Customer Program

As the Consulting Member of the Strategic Customer Program Team focused on Enterprise Manager, Kellyn supports customers and her team on implementations of special projects with the Enterprise Manager and OPsCenter products. She assists in the direction of future enhancements and features that benefit Oracle's vision of the future. 

Read about how Kellyn has succeeded as a woman in IT