Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

March 2016 marks the 29th year of Women’s History Month being designated as a national observance – recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of women. And while the definition of womanhood in America has changed over time, the efforts and initiatives taken by women to improve their lives and their country remain unwavering, regardless of the added challenges and hurdles they had to overcome.

Building the foundation for a country takes strong voices and creative innovators, and there is no shortage of women throughout our history who have made significant contributions… right up to and including powerful, accomplished women today. For Women’s History Month we chose to spotlight four women who are currently making history in their own unique ways. These women dominate in arenas of computer programming, design, entrepreneurship, and mass media. They are inspiring future generations of women to pursue their dreams in fields that are traditionally male-dominated.

Women in technology

Michal Tsur — Co-Founder of Cyota, President and Co-Founder of Kaltura

Dr. Michal Tsur is an experienced entrepreneur with many years of knowledge of technology startup work. She co-founded Cyota, a world-leading provider of security and anti-fraud solutions to financial institutions.

She is also the President and co-founder of Kaltura, the developer of an open source video platform, powering video and media management, publishing and monetization for leading media companies, universities and enterprises.


Tammarrian Rogers — Director of Engineering at Snap, Inc.

Snap, Inc. has grown into a lot more than an app where the pictures disappear these days, and Tammarrian Rogers is helping to make the company’s continuing evolution run smoothly. As director of engineering, Rogers oversees the teams. responsible for the final experience and stability of the core Snapchat app.

Before landing at Snap, during her 20-year career at Microsoft, she led teams in the Office, Online Services, and Windows Divisions, and was responsible for overseeing numerous programs and initiatives designed to improve efficiencies and code quality.


Sheryl Sandberg — Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg’s a role model for anyone—yes, women and men—who aspires to be successful. She’s currently the Facebook’s COO and the first woman to sit on Facebook’s board.

Sheryl is also an accomplished author. Her book, Lean In: Woman, Work, and the Will to Succeed which strives to promote gender equality, is one of the most popular business books of the decade. Even managing to spark its own movement.


Kimberly-Bryant-Bio-picKimberly Bryant — Founder of Black Girls Code, Electrical Engineer

There’s no secret code here, Kimberly Bryant’s goal is simple – increase the number of girls of color that innovate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Her belief is that it is “not lack of interest but lack of access” to programs and tools that teach STEM subjects that is alienating women of color. In 2011, Bryant started Black Girls Code, an organization to provide after school programs and workshops to young girls so they can learn and improve their skills in computer programming and coding. Check out Black Girls Code for more information about Kimberly’s passion project.


Women in business

Marie-Forleo-Bio-PicMarie Forleo — Entrepreneur at MarieForleo.com, Online Marketer, Business Mentor

Listed on Forbes.com “Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs”, MarieForleo.com is a motivational gateway to the enterprise of Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur. As a business mentor, Marie strives to help other young women meet their business goals with online marketing strategies, organized campaigns, and a philosophy deeply rooted in integrity for a product, not just for potential profits. Her marketing and training programs fund four non-profit organizations that support women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Read more about Marie.


Mellody Hobson – President of Ariel Investments

Living proof that hard work can pay off, Mellody worked her way from intern to president at Ariel Investments, the largest minority-owned investment firm. She has also shattered stereotypes to become chairperson and member of high-powered boards— from Starbucks to DreamWorks Animation.

When she’s not in the boardroom, Mellody also makes sure she gives back.  She works with a variety of civic and professional institutions which include serving as board member of the Field Museum, the Chicago Public Education Fund and the Sundance Institute.


Katie Moussouris — CEO and founder of Luta Security

As the CEO and founder of Luta Security, Katie Moussouris advises companies, lawmakers, and governments on the benefits of hacking and security research to help make the internet safer for everyone.

Moussouris’s most recent work was in helping the U.S. Department of Defense start the government’s first bug bounty program, called “Hack the Pentagon.” Essentially, inviting people to try to hack into their systems and then report software vulnerabilities that have the potential to be exploited. Her earlier Microsoft work encompassed industry-leading initiatives such as Microsoft’s bug bounty programs and Microsoft Vulnerability Research.


Women in design

Ayse-Birsel-Bio-picAyse Birsel – Co-Founder of Birsel + Seck Design studio, Award-Winning Industrial Designer

Turkish-born Ayse Birsel applies the aesthetic elements of her homeland to create simple and beautiful industrial designs for organizations throughout the world. Her award-winning work is found in permanent collections at the MOMA and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through her design studio, Birsel + Seck, she inspires clients and young designers to challenge traditional design rules with her Deconstruction:Reconstruction™ model. Through her book, Design the Life You Love, and course-work she inspires non-designers to use design to create a life they find more meaningful. Learn more about the impact Ayse has had on design.


Susan Kare — Graphic Designer

We don’t often think about the people who make our screen experiences work so well. Susan Kare was the designer who helped bring the Apple computer to life with her typography and iconic graphic design skills.

She shaped many of the now-common interface elements of the Mac, like the command icon.

Utilizing a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision, her icons communicate their function immediately and memorably, with wit and style.


Women in media


Arianna Huffington – Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, Prolific Author and Blogger

Born in Greece, Arianna Huffington studied economics at the University of Cambridge in Britain before moving to the U.S. Initially a conservative commentator, Huffington would shift parties to liberal politics and eventually start The Huffington Post in 2005. Today the “HuffPost” sees roughly 86 million unique visitors each month. In addition to her work in political commentary, she’s a prolific author and co-author, having penned over 29 books on a variety topics of successful blogging, government, and lifestyle improvement. Her political opinions, her published work and her presence in media make her an extremely powerful role model for young women driven to work in media. More about Arianna.


Women at Hibu

Laura DementLaura Dement — Vice President of Marketing at Hibu

How long have you been at Hibu? Have you worked in any other departments? Where did you work before Hibu?
I have been with this part of the company for 20 years. Prior to that, I was with the Telco portion of the company…and before that, I was one of the owners of Ruffalo Cody and Associates. I managed the Inside Sales team for many years and moved into the Marketing role in 2013.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I love the variety — no two days are the same. Also being part of a team with such a clear vision and definition of success makes coming to work everyday fun and rewarding! We own our plan and you can feel the entire company paddling in the same direction, that is as good as it gets for me professionally.

Give one piece of advice to someone aspiring to get to your position.
Work hard, act with integrity and be willing to take the bumps along the way. Nothing worth having comes easy, personally or professionally. Understand there are going to be tough times — and that is where your dedication to working hard and acting with integrity will get you through.

Also, don’t take yourself too seriously — laugh and make others laugh, care about the people you work with and value the fact that the customer is the one paying you — those things keep everything in perspective.

Outside of Hibu, what do you like to do?
Visit our grown daughter, spend time hanging out as a family, read, travel.

What’s your favorite local business?
Now that is too hard! Cedar Rapids has so many cool local businesses! Coffee shops, restaurants, clothes stores, wine shops….we are very fortunate to have a strong local community feeling and our small businesses are a big part of that experience.

Lisa Mercado — Hibu’s Regional Sales Director for the Long Island (#strongisland) / NYC Region

How long have you been at Hibu?
18 years, yep I started when I was 12 ?.


Have you worked in any other departments? 
I worked in the Training & Recruiting department for 2 fabulous years, I was part of a terrific team and made wonderful friendships, not to mention the fact that the work was so rewarding.

Where did you work before Hibu?
I sold Xerox copiers and before that health club memberships for Bally’s.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing my team win! Sales is a tough gig…it takes a hard work, tenacity, and consistency, just to name a few. So when I see someone’s hard work paying off I feel great. No better feeling than getting a call from a rep or manager to share what a great sales call they just had or how well their client’s campaign is performing….you can hear their smile on the phone and hopefully, they can hear mine

Give one piece of advice to someone aspiring to get to your position.
Make yourself the obvious choice. You do this by not only exceeding your goals but also by anticipating what needs to be done and then getting it done before you are asked. Always look for and implement solutions….everyone is always quick to point out the problems but few deliver working solutions. Let someone know when they are being awesome!

Outside of Hibu, what do you like to do?
Workout, dance, sing badly—to all my friends’ chagrin – and spend time with family.

What’s your favorite local business?
The Sampler BK, in Bushwick Brooklyn and Original Pizza on Ave L, and Harbor Fitness in Mill Basin also in Brooklyn. I grab a drink, have a slice and then have to go to the gym to workout, lol. I live in Brooklyn, can you tell? ? “Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way!!”

Angie Corcoran
Angie Corcoran — Vice President of Human Resources at Hibu

How long have you been at Hibu? Have you worked in any other departments? Where did you work before Hibu? 
I have worked for the company for 21 years. My first position was Associate Manager of Benefits. Prior to Hibu, or McLeod Publishing as it was back in the day, I worked for McGladrey and Pullen as Junior HR Consultant for a short time. Before McGladrey’s, I was living the college life.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
It’s tough to pick out just a couple of things because I enjoy my job so much. I would have to say having the opportunity to talk to and interact with such incredible people every day it at the top of the list. I love giving advice to employees who are aspiring to move forward in their careers and subsequently watching them succeed (whether it be an internal employee or a potential recruit). I love helping employees work through challenges in the workplace and watching the plan that we develop together be successfully put into action.

Give one piece of advice to someone aspiring to get to your position.
Surround yourself with positive role models who will push you to be the best you can be. Take it upon yourself to become an expert in your field. Work hard and smart so that you can maintain a healthy work/life balance. Take time to give back to the community in which you live and work. Be nice to people — no one likes a meanie!

Outside of Hibu, what do you like to do?

  1. Spend time with my husband Mike, my daughter Kyleigh and my son Cooper.
  2. I attend as many concerts as I can. Kid Rock and Kenny Chesney are my favorites — as a matter of fact, I might be a tad bit obsessed with Kid Rock.
  3. Shop

What’s your favorite local business?
Cooper’s Place in Ryan, Iowa.


L. Antoinette Ward


L. Antoinette Ward — Associate Vice President of Marketing Strategy at Hibu

How long have you been at Hibu? Have you worked in any other departments?

I’ve been at Hibu for 5 ½ years. Since joining Hibu, I’ve worked in our prior Global organization as a director within the Affinity team and a member of our Product marketing organization before taking on my current role within Marketing.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Being able to directly and immediately contribute to our company’s growth through the daily contributions of my team.

Give one piece of advice to someone aspiring to get to your position.

  1. Never wait to be told to do something.  Get things done without being asked.
  2. Always act & think as if you’re in the position you’re aspiring to obtain.
  3. Be consistent with your work quality.

Outside of Hibu, what do you like to do?
I enjoy shopping, going to the spa, exploring wineries and spending time with my husband.

What’s your favorite local business?
Peter Kate Boutique (in Delaware) & Rescue Spa (Philadelphia) and B.L. Ward & Associates, LLC (Delaware).

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