Information Technology: It's Not Just a Guy Thing

Nine women who found great careers in high tech.

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How they got started

Their careers have spanned decades as they rose to jobs ranging from managing engineering departments and corporate security to running high-tech firms and university programs. Here's where these nine women got their starts...and here's the story of how they've gotten where they are today.

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Sherita Ceasar - Vice president of cross-platform applications and engineering services, Comcast

Early job: Technician at GE, later Magnavox.

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Eva Chen - Founder and CEO, Trend Micro

Early job: Engineer at Acer Computer in 1980s

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Maria Cirino - Co-founder of Boston-based venture-capital firm .406 Ventures

Early job: Sales and marketing at Lotus Development

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Grace Egan - Vice president, engineering product management, Time Warner Cable

Early job: Prodigy Services coordinating teams deploying technical infrastructure.

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Vicki Hamilton - Senior vice president VP Turner Broadcasting System Operations and Strategy Group

Early job: Proof operator and data entry

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Emma McGrattan - senior vice president of engineering at Ingres

Early job: Engineer at networking gear company Retix

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Rhonda MacLean -- Founder of consultancy MacLean Risk Partners

Early job: In the 1970s sold Lanier Business Products' first line of programmable business equipment.

Related story: Rhonda Maclean on making security a shared responsibility

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Patricia Titus - Chief information security officer at Unisys

Early job: Systems administrator at Auspex Systems

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Dena Haritos Tsamitis - Director, Carnegie-Mellon University's Information Networking Initiative

Early job: Eli Lilly Internet analyst; designed the pharmaceutical firm's first intranet

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