A Celebration of
Women's History Month

International Women's Day & Women's History Month

Women's History Month is celebrated during the month of March and is a nationally recognized affair that highlights the contributions of women's efforts in history and society. Women's History Month’s genesis is tied to the first International Women's Day. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California inaugurated Women's History Week, an event centered around International Women's Day (March 8th).

A few years later, the idea had caught on with communities, school districts, and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The following year, Congress passed a resolution establishing a national celebration. In 1988, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

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atgSHE: SHE stands for Successful, Happy, and Equal. We want ATG to be a place where every person can feel that way, especially women.

This year, International Women's Day will be celebrated with the 2020 theme, #EachforEqual. The 2020 theme is drawn from the notion of 'Collective Individualism'. We are all part of a whole; our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets have an impact on our larger society.

So why does Women's History Month & International Women's Day matter?

Despite progress, women are still not receiving equal pay, there's a lower ratio of women-to-men in government positions, and education is still being withheld from women in places across the globe. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

The United Nations sums up Women's History Month eloquently, "A time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”

International

Women's Day

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Trailblazing Women of STEAM

Get to know the women of ATG who come from a STEAM background.

Science

Technology

Engineering

Art

Math

TRAILBLAZING

Women of Science

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Meg Vogler

ATG Senior Consultant
Rochester, NY

Why I went into science:

I didn’t intend to go into a science career, although I did well in those subjects in school. I went to college for business management, but after getting my MBA, the various positions I held in sales operations relied heavily on technology. I became the go-between for the sales organization and IT, the person who translated business needs to the technical teams and explained the options and limitations back to senior leaders in the business. This was all before I had ever heard of “Business Analyst” as a career.  

At one of those jobs, I was asked to implement Salesforce.com to replace a variety of contact management systems. I took that very basic understanding to another company a couple of years later and became a Salesforce Administrator full-time. I immediately loved it – I could smooth out processes, improve communication and make the lives of the users so much easier. It was the perfect combination of sales operations and my love of solving puzzles and finding creative, logical solutions to business problems. 

How I've applied my science background at ATG:

I’m still fairly new at ATG, so I haven’t had the chance to apply a lot yet.  But I’ve learned a lot already, building upon the foundation of Salesforce sales and service cloud knowledge I brought with me.  To understand CPQ and Billing requires a good understanding of process flows, how objects relate and how data gets transformed through the process.  In turn, I’ve used that new knowledge on the projects I’ve been involved in so far, along with my understanding of the platform and the logic needed to configure it.  

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Tram (Alex) Tran

Business Systems Analyst
St. Louis, MO

Why I went into science:

Since I was 15, I've been interested in math, biology and chemistry. Moreover, my family's background is banking so I have some influences on the business side as well. Thus, when I came to Saint Louis University, I wanted to find a degree that had both business and science. That’s how I chose a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management. The “science” side of the degree focuses on technology and mathematical subjects, while the “business” side focuses on increasing profit, decreasing fixed assets, and increasing class flow.

How I've applied my science background at ATG:

The technology course work at SLU helps me learn faster and think more critically when it comes to new software such as Salesforce CPQ. Learning different software always give me curiosity and excitement. Moreover, I use my experiences as a data analyst and my Excel skills to find answers/suggestions for clients. If we narrow down to one thing I learn from SCM, it is “continuous improvement” and I apply this to my work and my life.  

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Hawa Sira Bagayogo

Data Engineer
Overland Park, KS

Why I went into science:

From an early age, I have always been passionate about technology, mathematics, and physics. When I was little, I was telling everyone that I would work at  NASA and be a coder (developer). I was always intrigued by how things worked the way they do, what is running behind the obvious; this curiosity mainly led me to choose a major in Science where I could broaden my knowledge in science and sharpen my skills. After graduating from High School, I decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in Telecommunication Networking Engineering at HETEC University. I then decided to pursue a Master's degree in Science in Cyber Security at the University of Nebraska - Omaha so I could acquire knowledge in security (which I think is an absolute must to consider for any business). 

How I've applied my science background at ATG:

As a Data Engineer, I use my background to develop efficient scripts and processes to extract and migrate data from/into the client’s environments. I also make suggestions on projects or scripts written by my peers as needed while unpacking as many learnings from my cyber security suitcase as possible. Being a data engineer combines my passion for data and my curiosity for solving complex problems.  

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Holly Colbert

VP of Delivery
Missoula, MT

Why I went into science:

Biology was the subject in school that interested me most. I loved being outside and studying living things and also understanding how things work.    

How I've applied my science background at ATG:

I have been working in Technology for 22 years. The overlap with the sciences when it comes to analytical problem solving, systems thinking, and having technical aptitude are numerous.   Everything in nature and in technology are a series of interrelated systems and understanding that and how it works applies to everything we do at ATG.  

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Women of Technology

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Karen Paul

Enterprise Architect
Cincinnati, OH

Why I went into technology:

I was always interested in how things work and how to make things, so I thought computer technology would be the catalyst for that in the future.

How I've applied my technology background at ATG:

I have used my technology skills at ATG to help document the process that customers use to create orders and to create bills and how the information flows to all ancillary applications.  

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Betsy Morris

Senior Consultant
Atlanta, GA

Why I went into technology:

I began my career in the financial industry, working with stock and bond traders. More and more customers began opening direct stock trading accounts with e-Trade and Fidelity, and it looked like the brick-and-mortar brokerages were going to be replaced by do-it-yourself shops. It was the perfect opportunity to pivot to an online commodities exchange start-up in Atlanta as a production support tech. My role later morphed into data warehouse work for support and analytics plus Salesforce.com admin for the org. Technology was the only way to stay relevant in the fast-changing landscape of Finance, and my career evolved, whereby I landed smack in the middle of cutting-edge technology. Salesforce.com landed at my feet in ’04, and it has been a part of every job I’ve had since.   

How I've applied my technology background at ATG:

So far, my technology background has come in handy at ATG in understanding customer requirements and business use cases for my first project at ATG. My SFDC background has helped immensely with the Trailhead training (which is AWESOME, by the way).  

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Janice Powelson

Principal Consultant
St. Louis, MO

Why I went into technology:

My father actually suggested Computer Science as a college major for me since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after high school and he felt it was an emerging career at the time. I found I really enjoyed logic, problem solving and the creativity of being able to write code that created something of value to benefit others.  I’ve stayed in technology because it’s fascinating, always changing and provides challenges and collaboration opportunities that inspire me to keep learning and growing. 

How I've applied my technology background at ATG:

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to work in many technology roles and at ATG I’ve leveraged some of them in the roles of Project Manager, Delivery Assurance and Business Analyst to help deliver Quote to Cash solutions to customers on the Salesforce and Gotransverse platforms. I also have a role in Leadership at ATG growing the St. Louis office and developing team members as successful Quote to Cash consultants.  

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Ryann Todd

Implementation Consultant
Great Falls, MT

Why I went into technology:

Technology kind of fell in my lap - I was in school to be a Spanish teacher and decided to go a different route, at which point a friend suggested Management Information Systems (MIS). From the beginning, I was hooked! Especially since University of Montana's MIS program focuses more on configuring and understanding applications, rather than development, I loved that I felt like I was solving a series of puzzles. The challenging but satisfying nature of technology work, the opportunities for lifelong learning, and the ability to work from home while keeping close relationships with my colleagues and clients, is what has kept me in technology. 

How I've applied my technology background at ATG:

ATG is my technology background; my education was really just a primer. To that end, at ATG I developed (and now apply) understanding of not only how to configure the Salesforce Quote to Cash platform, but also all of the surrounding aspects of a project required to ensure that configuration successfully realizes the client's business objectives: project management, requirements gathering and analysis, testing, training and change management. I also work on gathering and organizing the collective organizational knowledge around those areas for use by our Project teams, to enable ATG to scale our delivery capacity without sacrificing quality. Put simply: ATG can do more projects, better.  

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Martha Herrera

Data Engineer
Overland Park, KS

Why I went into technology:

I went into technology when I realized how much easier it makes our daily lifestyle. You never tend to run out of things to learn and that keeps the industry more exciting and invigorating. 

How I've applied my technology background at ATG:

ATG has so far been one of the best places to work. I work with a wonderful group of individuals who all strive to not only grow the company but to also keep the ATG spirit alive!      

TRAILBLAZING

Women of Engineering

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Gracie Sanford

Director, Partner Alliances
Missoula, MT

Why I went into engineering:

I love math and engineering seemed like a much more practical degree than pure math. I’ve always enjoyed making connections, finding patterns, and generally solving problems even though I rarely tinkered or took things apart. I chose mechanical engineering partly because of a charity event I went to socialize the need for access to water in Sudan. I thought this degree would enable me to problem solve creatively away from electronics. Oddly enough, I steered away from software engineering because I didn’t love computers or coding, but here I am at ATG and have enjoyed spending the first three years here doing quite a bit of it for SpringCM!

How I've applied my engineering background at ATG:

I’ve spent much of my time in school and out in the workforce cultivating my problem solving and entrepreneurial skills. Of course this came in handy for client work, but also in building the SpringCM practice. Now, my role is to make connections between our partners and within ATG Cognizant. Now about that office chair that needs assembly….  

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Mary Langguth

Senior Consultant
Missoula, MT

Why I went into engineering:

I learned at an early age that I am fascinated by how things work (or why they don’t work), excited by the thrill of solving complex problems and driven by the goal of helping others. Engineering appealed to me as a career path in which I could combine all of these interests. Also I couldn’t tolerate the sight of blood (or worse) without passing out, so medical school was out of the question

How I've applied my engineering background at ATG:

Each project at ATG is a new problem to solve. I rely on my engineering background (both academic and professional) to analyze how people, processes and technology work together throughout the quote to cash life cycle in our clients’ business. Once our team has analyzed their current state, we engineer elegant solutions to solve our clients’ issues and improve their outcomes. In order to do this, I find myself leveraging a variety of skills and tools acquired through engineering (courses and professions) such as: analysis tools, prioritization tools, technical writing skills and technical project management practices.  

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Priya Marsonia

VP, Advisory & Transformation
Montreal, Canada

Why I went into engineering:

I went into engineering on a dare! I got upset because a male student in the mechanical engineering program at my school said he didn't think I would be smart enough to succeed at engineering. I was in pre-med at the time. I switched faculties that day. That's a seventeen-year-old's decision making capability at its worst, but sometimes, your gut just needs an excuse to do what it knew all along. I always loved building things and looking for patterns to make the world a better place, but had wound up in pre-med to please my parents. All in all, I am happy with my choice, though the decision process could have been more rational.

How I've applied my engineering background at ATG:

I use it at ATG to help large teams envision how to solve software engineering problems with elegant solutions that enable our clients to deliver better outcomes for their customers. I also leverage various models we learned in our courses about the engineering code of conduct, professional practice, engineering economics, program management coursework to deal with the challenges we encounter when negotiating contracts, protecting IP, resolving conflicts, and securing an ROI while rendering complex solutions.  

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Anne Caprez

Advisory Principal Consultant
Missoula, MT

Why I went into engineering:

For my second career, I wanted to study something with a broad application and called for a multi-disciplinary approach. I didn’t consider myself to be particularly adept at mechanical things, so I selected Software Engineering as my course of study. The funny thing is, that it has opened all kinds of interesting paths for me. I have never been bored, always found work that excited me, stretched my abilities, worked with fascinating and talented people, become geographically independent. What a great choice for someone like me.

How I've applied my engineering background at ATG:

Early in my ATG career, I designed the security architecture for a SaaS solution, which was really cool. More recently, I help engineer modern and efficient business practices for QTC clients. ATG’s given me more opportunities than I could have hoped for.  

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Tawnie Sabin

Implementation Consultant
Missoula, MT

Why I went into engineering:

Growing up, I was always drawn to science, art and drafting/shop classes. Partially for the systematic – how do things work content, and partially for the collaborative team approach towards problem solving. It wasn’t until a college visit, in which I was randomly scheduled to attend an engineering overview session, did I even know that a career combining my passions existed – helping others “work smart, not harder." It was a perfect fit – especially as I made it a goal to avoid memorization heavy classes (biology, history, etc.). 

How I've applied my engineering background at ATG:

Empowering others to improve their work is a foundational service we provide our clients. Whether analyzing our internal or clients’ current processes and needs or leading a team to consensus of the solution and adoption approach, I rely on my systems analysis and design background daily as a BA/IC. The ability to balance client needs and project constraints, while facilitating complex conversations has proven to be critical skill set at ATG.   

TRAILBLAZING

Women of the Arts

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Bridget Smith

Senior Consultant
Actor, Vocalist, Flutist, Part-time Comedian
Missoula, MT

Why I went into liberal arts:

It wasn’t until college that I found the courage and the opportunity to pursue my passion in the arts. Before college, I participated in choir and band where I developed my love for music. However, I had always loved theatre. The way theatre told stories, made people feel, laugh, cry, or simply reflect the complexities in life in a way that made sense for a moment while at the same time challenged everything you know to be true. It was the profound, and I knew that I wanted to understand more about it, all of the different components to creating the art form– and in return I unlocked a deeper understanding of self, human connection, communication and the power of storytelling. 

How I've applied my liberal arts background at ATG:

If they say art is a reflection of your true self, I would that it is just as good of a mirror to the complexities of business and the work we do for our clients. No matter the situation, everything we do involves a team of people, aligned under a single goal, simply trying to manage and mitigate risk as much as possible – and doing so with a deadline. Sometimes you are performing on opening night with freshly painted walls or demoing a piece of functionality you just got to work moments before. Sometimes you are performing with an unpredictable cast member who forgets their lines or a client that is juggling multiple priorities at once, not responding to requests in a timely fashion. It boils down to the “art” of knowing and understanding people, process, and acknowledging we all have a “role” to play for us to keep projects moving forward.   

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Kate Pace

Senior Consultant
Missoula, MT

Why I went into liberal arts:

I was fortunate to grow up in a household that valued science and the arts equally – as the necessary pillars of a fully informed and creative life. In high school I was keenly focused on advanced math and science classes, but I pivoted to liberal arts when I started college at Appalachian State. I enjoyed psychology, sociology, and creative writing classes, but one Philosophy & Religion professor inspired and challenged me to think critically about the shared human experience, social evolution, and our collective need for community, art, and ceremony. I graduated with a BA in Cultural Anthropology, which has been an important foundation to build my career on – from customer service representative to science museum director and beyond.

How I've applied my liberal arts background at ATG:

As an innovation and results engine, ATG relies on diversity. We are problem solvers, and our best outcomes are achieved in collaboration. My background in liberal arts has informed my perspective, approach, and communication style. Our organizational success is dependent on technical and analytical skills, but also on our adaptability, our culture, and our rituals.   

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Sarah McHugh

Business Analyst
Missoula, MT

Why I went into liberal arts:

I initially got interested in Environmental Studies due to my fascination with soil science and sustainable development / agriculture. I wanted to work in a career where I could help others, and was good balance between technical education (ie. what is the nitrogen balance of this soil?) and social sciences. For example, I was able to do a summer internship in Ecuador studying the ecological, social, and financial implications of pine tree plantations. This required digging and analyzing soil samples but also going to community meetings to hear how the communities had changed since they had transferred from standard agricultural practices to pine tree plantations. 

How I've applied my liberal arts background at ATG:

Although the content is very different, the skills learned in my education allowed me to identify how best to discuss complex or heated topics in a way that is easily understandable and builds trust. In addition, I believe my education and focus made me keenly aware of how one's background impacts their perspective. I try to bring that into my work here at ATG.  

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Kati Scofield

Digital Marketing Specialist
Overland Park, KS

Why I went into liberal arts:

In college, I focused most of my time trying to convince myself that I was not in love with art. Even though my first love was photography, in the name of practicality I instead explored ‘Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management’ and ‘Communications Theory.’ These subjects didn’t mix well with my dyslexia, and I finally faced the truth: I was born an artist. Like it or not, expression through design is where I truly shined. Once I accepted myself and my limitations, I learned how to leverage my skills in interdisciplinary design to explore and communicate complex patterns – even tackling subject matter that I previously shied away from. It was like I finally turned the light on in the library of my mind, and to my surprise, all the books were wide open and had been right in front of me the whole time. With art, I could not only see them and understand their knowledge, but also use that knowledge to deepen my understanding of the world. 

How I've applied my liberal arts background at ATG:

I apply my background in arts at ATG through obvious tasks like graphic design, but also in less evident ways, like identifying complex patterns and strategically problem solving through observation and attention to detail. Embracing my unique style of thinking, every day I advance in my ability to communicate concepts and ideas with my colleagues. In life, and at ATG, great innovations are born from collaboration of people with varying backgrounds and life experiences. When we come together while remaining curious and receptive to new ideas, creativity is unleashed and new concepts are born, resulting in a product far better than any one of the individual components.  

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Laura Rasmussen

Associate Director of Engineering
Missoula, MT

Why I went into liberal arts:

I had always had a passion for law from a young age. I was mainly interested in social justice issues, so I graduated with a BA in Justice (emphasis on Pre-Law) and minor in Political Science - International Relations. I was headed to Law School and wanted to have a good foundation for entry. Right after college, I moved from Alaska to Seattle to pursue that plan and had a chance opportunity at a start-up Tech firm. I fell in love with Tech and have never looked back (and I never made it to Law School!).

How I've applied my liberal arts background at ATG:

I have been fortunate enough to be able to leverage all aspects of my Arts education at ATG – especially the communication and critical thinking skills I developed in my Law and Poly Sci classes. Whether it's discussing how a client might best mitigate risk on a complex UAT phase, organizing the logistics for joint testing on a production deployment, or leveraging and celebrating the diverse skillset a team member brings to ATG - I draw from all facets of my diverse background. The fact I work somewhere an Arts degree has enabled me to be successful inside the tech industry is icing on the cake!  

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Women of Mathmatics

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Jill Weimer

Implementation Consultant, QA
Missoula, MT

Why I went into mathematics:

I entered college as an Economics major and added a Math major because I couldn't bear the thought of being in my last math class. I've always loved the logical step-by-step problem solving that math entails. In college, I loved combing through theorems to see what I could apply, and how, in order to reach a solution. 

How I've applied my mathematics background at ATG:

Math helps to develop a rational thought process that can be applied in any situation. At ATG, I use this framework day in and day out to solve problems, both technical and non-technical. Math has also built my technical prowess as well, so that I am undaunted when presented with mass amounts of data or a complicated formula. Overall, math has provided a foundation to freshly approach problems, review the data/tools that could possibly be leveraged, and apply those as needed to reach a solution.  

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Anna Gasner

Data Engineer / Technical Consultant
Missoula, MT

Why I went into mathematics:

I have always been drawn to numbers, the logic and beauty of math has intrigued me as long as I can remember. Since I was a kid my only answer to ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ has been a mathematician.

How I've applied my mathematics background at ATG:

My math background took a turn in to Data Science in grad school. At ATG I have been able to use my programming skills to help compile reports for my PM work, and I am about to embark on a project that will use my Master’s project of categorizing textual data to help with employee engagement.  

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Amita Greer

Manager, AIM Training Program
Missoula, MT

Why I went into mathematics:

My undergraduate degree is actually in liberal arts: sociology and women’s studies. I then started working for a small medical communications company and realized that I really enjoyed learning about business processes. I went back to graduate school to get my MBA in finance. I chose finance because it’s a great blend of math and creativity. Finance can be clear cut in terms of how to derive specific answers but there’s lots of creativity in terms of how financial markets work and how you interpret numbers. Before business school, finance was a mystery to me and I also wanted to tackle that challenge of learning something that I thought was beyond my skill. As I went through school, I realized that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. 

How I've applied my mathematics background at ATG:

In general, having a broad knowledge of math and finance is helpful in terms of logical thinking and processes. I definitely use that every day with managing multiple projects within AIM. I also think that blend of logic and creativity that exists in math and finance prepares me for my role as a consultant. You have to follow certain processes but you need to be creative when working in a very ambiguous environment. Overall, understanding finance is also very helpful when evaluating any business.     

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Kristen Owens

Software Engineer
Overland Park, KS

Why I went into mathematics:

The logic and structure of mathematics has always appealed to me - I’m a sucker for a puzzle. There is something thrilling about looking at something big, mysterious, and abstract, and having the ability to break it down into something you understand and can solve, especially the less definitive things, like data analytics and statistical models, were always very fun because I could turn a few gigabytes of data into meaningful insights if I applied the right techniques.  

How I've applied my mathematics background at ATG:

I’ve found I really thrive working on technical problems with an abstract twist. While I’m solving real-world business problems instead of doing proofs or multivariable calculus problems in my job at ATG, Software Engineering has provided me that same opportunity. My logical mindset, and the ability to break a requirement into bite-size chunks have helped me grow quickly in my role.  

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Karen Hebeler

Senior Project Manager
Cincinnati, OH

Why I went into mathematics:

Math was always my strongest subject through grade school and high school. I loved the problem-solving aspect of math, especially algebra. Manipulating the equations and successfully solving for X was always something that I found rewarding. I was a member of the Math Honor Society known as Mu Alpha Theta in high school. I entered the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati as a Math major in 1982 with the goal of becoming a high school Algebra teacher. What better way to share my love of math! 

During my senior year of college, a Computer Science degree became available and I made the move. My plan was to start out in the business world as a programmer, finish up my last two math classes at night for my double major, and then go teach at an all girl’s high school like the one that I attended, when the time was right. My love of programming and all things IT kept me in the business world and I never did finish that second degree and become a teacher, although I strongly considered it a couple of different times. I don’t have any regrets though.

How I've applied my mathematics background at ATG:

Generally people with strong math skills are good at problem solving, have great organizational skills and have strong abilities to reason. We are known as “left brain” people. I would definitely say that these are all characteristics that I have, and they have helped me throughout my entire 34 years in the IT business. These characteristics also help me as a PM at ATG. I use math as a PM not only in the obvious ways of dealing with budgets and resource allocations, but also to help keep the team organized and on task. As a left-brain dominant person, I work well with daily task lists, I can interpret information in a precise and logical fashion, and I feel that I’m rational and logical.  

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