In a male dominated technology industry, women are not only leaving their mark but also leaving many behind. After spending over a decade in the industry, women CIOs feel that while the number of women taking up technical roles has increased over the years, representation in the C-suite level still remains lower.\u00a0\u00a0\nAccording to NASSCOM the total representation of women in the C-suite level remains at\u00a0one percentage.\nHowever, Ritu Madbhavi, CIO of FCB Ulka Advertising, feels that women are not only well represented but also have made their mark in terms of representation in the C-suite.\n\u201cWe see a good representation of women at the C-suite level as well now. Conscious efforts were taken over the years to make sure this number is increased and achieved. We now see a lot of women at the C-suite level. We can say we have reached a mark in terms of women representation,\u201d said Madbhavi.\n\n\n\n\n\u201cI clearly see that there\u2019s a glass ceiling for women CIOs. Women should ensure that they leverage their knowledge, education, inert perseverance and the encouragement they get from various fields to reach the top.\u201d\n\n\n\n\nVeena Vasanth\nSenior Director-Infotech, Biocon\n\n\n\n\nGlory Nelson, Senior VP, IT, Spicejet, believes that 'to be honest' and 'not to get into a mind-set of expecting differential treatment for being woman' are the keys to reaching the C-suite league.\nHowever, there are some important lessons which every CIO-aspirant woman should know. Some of the top tips on how to reach C-suite league shared by the top women executives says 'being focused' and 'balancing work and home chores' are key to success.\nSeema Gaur, the Executive Vice President and\u00a0Head of\u00a0IT, Iffco Tokio General Insurance company, believes one should earn respect by job performance and\u00a0not by any other favours; and should not be cowed down by the word female or woman. Being focused\u00a0on your job and tasks, at the same time maintaining cordial relations with all at the workplace, irrespective of gender plays an important role in keeping you ahead in the game.\nShe also adds, \u201cStrike a balance between work and home to have peaceful family life. Be a dedicated mother and home maker along with focus on career. Because a happy and contented family life is must for any success in career.\u201d\nThe Indian women CIOs want more women CIOs to come up, and are willing to give away tips to the path of achievement. Yet they haven\u2019t been able to groom any potential CIO candidate from their own company. While all the women are enthusiastic about getting the next one in the line, probably the fact that a glass ceiling still exists could be a reason for them not being able to take it forward.\n\n\n\n\n"'To be honest' and 'not to get into a mind-set of expecting differential treatment for being woman' are the keys to reaching the C-suite league."\n\n\n\n\nGlory Nelson\nSenior VP, IT, Spicejet\n\n\n\n\nVeena Vasanth, Senior Director-Infotech, Biocon, says, \u201cI clearly see that there\u2019s a glass ceiling for women CIOs. Women should ensure that they leverage their\u00a0knowledge, education, inert perseverance and the encouragement they get from various fields to reach the top.\u201d\nGaur believes a potential women CIO should update her knowledge and skill sets with the fast changing technology to stay abreast with the latest in IT, and also aim high and never feel oneself inferior to others in any respect. She said, \u201cNo second line female exists in IT in my organization yet, although juniors are being encouraged and motivated to aim high.\u201d\nNelson too has not yet groomed any women to be a potential CIO in future. Although she believes, being honest to the job that you are doing and taking an extra step without any hesitation to make the workplace better. The other important tip for women who wants to come into C-suite is to consider them on par with male counterparts and not to get into a mind-set to expect differential treatment\u00a0for being women.