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Women are building the future of Oracle—and beyond

This March, we’re celebrating the women inside and outside of Oracle who have shaped our lives, our communities, our workplaces, and our society. Throughout the month, we’ll post new videos and stories from our employees, partners, and customers about who inspires them and what “#EachforEqual,” the 2020 theme of International Women’s Day, means to them. We invite you to share your story on social media using #HerStory @Oracle.

 

“There are no more excuses for keeping women from having a seat at the table. We each need to work towards a more equitable society.”

— Christina Cavanna, Vice President of Global Marketing Operations and Chief of Staff

 

Celebrating Oracle customers and employees

We asked some of the women leaders among our customers and employees to tell us who inspired them and why. Here’s what they had to say.

Ana Antonovici Fundulea

Ana Antonovici Fundulea

Team Leader, Social Media Marketing, Oracle

If we show emotion, we're called drama queens. If we are angry, some label us as nuts. Winning in a man`s world is hard, but not impossible. Michèle Mouton is a former rally driver and a true legend in the world of racing, winning four championships. She even participated in Group B, the most dangerous and technical of all rallies, in what was known as the Golden Era of Rallying. Mouton became the first president of the FIA's Women & Motor Sport Commission and the FIA's manager in the World Rally Championship.

For me, this is the perfect motivation and model that the only boundaries are the ones we set ourselves. She inspired me since I was a little kid; everybody laughed that I would never be able to pass the driver’s license test on the first try. But I did. I thought about her when I broke my leg after a 5 km marathon and continued until passing the finish line. The power is within.

Jennifer Kurtz

Jennifer Kurtz

Chief Technology Officer, Vertex

Sheryl Sandberg is my inspiration. After hearing her 2010 TED Talk, I was inspired to lean in and be brave. Personally, she has inspired me to feel a lot less guilty about being a mom and an executive and balancing both. While the balance is hard, knowing others are doing it too, in order to accomplish meaningful work, helps me rationalize I am not alone in this.

My biggest takeaway from her was to sit at the table, not on the sidelines, and make your partner a real partner. Meaning that I have earned my seat; my ideas, input, and direction matter and will be heard. And the person who I spend my life with when not at work, has been a real partner. I could not do what I do without his help and support for me and our daughters.

Sandberg also inspired me to have a sense of humor about a lot of things that don’t always make sense or seem fair, personally and in the workforce.

Anasuya Strasner

Anasuya Strasner

Vice President, Customer Experience, Oracle

The book “The Power of One” and the character in it, Peekay, inspire me because of the depth of humanity he develops as he grows from ages 5 to 17. He learns to persevere despite incredible obstacles but, more importantly to me, he becomes a person of character, a person with humanity, and someone who evolves and takes every lesson and hardship and uses it to be a better person.

Seeing Peekay’s character develop motivates me, connects me with my own childhood experiences and reminds me that it’s the experiences and what you take from them that matter most in the journey of this life.


My favorite quote:
"Let me conclude by saying in my experience the glittering prizes in life come more to those who persevere despite setback and disappointment than they do to the exceptionally gifted who, with the confidence of the talents bestowed upon them, often pursue the tasks leading to success with less determination.” ―Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

Janet Lin

Janet Lin

Senior Director, Customer Engagement Technology, Loblaw Companies Limited

I’m inspired by this passage from Michelle Obama’s “Becoming.”

“I have been a lawyer, I have been a working-class black student at a fancy college. I have been the only woman, the only African-American, in all sorts of rooms. Until recently I was the First Lady of the United States of America—a job that is not officially a job, but that nonetheless has given me a platform like nothing I could have imagined. It challenged me and humbled me, lifted me up and shrank me down.”

For me, this statement is powerful because so much of it is my story, too. I came to Canada, learned English and computer science. I’ve been the only woman in an engineering class of 40 men. Now, I’m in a place where I am heard and seen and respected in my field, and I’m not afraid to be loud for what I believe in. For what I know, it has helped shape my career success.

Because I know it’s now my responsibility to speak for those whose voice is not as loud. Who want the same things as I do.

Michelle embodies this boldness and bravery and authenticity—that’s who she is. That’s what I am striving to be. To be impactful for myself and for others.

Renatta Stepanov

Renatta Stepanov

Social Media Marketing Manager, Oracle Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Many women can inspire you in different ways. Still, when it comes to my passion for motorsport and Africa, Jutta Kleinschmidt (the first and currently the only woman who won the Dakar Rally, the most challenging endurance competition in motorsport) is the one who influences my path.

I was very young when Kleinschmidt won the Dakar Rally and proved that rally raid—and racing in general—can also be a field where women can find joy and show their skills and abilities. Thanks to her attitude about racing, I dared to be codriver for the assistance vehicle in different rally-raid competitions across Africa such as the Morocco Rally, the Tunisia Rally, and the Pharaohs Rally. I was able to help my team and see amazing landscapes that are not common when you go to those places as a tourist. I was not just the press officer—I was also the codriver. And, since 2006, I have even been the sports manager for one of the Dakar Rally competitors, Emanuel Gyenes.

Jutta Kleinschmidt gave me the courage to race, and I finished second in Romania’s Championship. I met her in person a few times and each time, especially now that she’s not racing anymore, she gives me this vibe that it’s just a matter of numbers. If more women dare to follow their passions, we will see a higher number in fields that are currently considered harsh or unreachable. Besides that, for me, it’s also a proof that we need to put passion into everything we do.

Cammila Yochabell

Cammila Yochabell

CEO and Founder of Jobecam

I had so many reasons to be a woman doomed to fail. I was born in one of the poorest parts of Brazil; I was abused in my childhood; I did not have the opportunity to study in the best education centers; and I did not have the luck to get good opportunities. But I've never given up.

All my efforts were due to my mother and my grandmother. They taught me that giving up is not an option; use your pain to transform in learning, to grow! Most importantly, they showed me that our values and character determine the results of our story. I am grateful to have their example in my life and I owe my success to these two brilliant women.

 

“Oracle is a proud supporter of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day—we celebrate both this month. While March is a perfect time to celebrate, we commemorate the achievements of women in our lives every day, along with the courageous women who have influenced history.”

Mary Ellen Kassotakis, Executive Director, Oracle Women's Leadership

Oracle supports women every day

We talked to some Oracle employees on our campuses around the world and asked them to tell us about a woman in their life who has inspired them. Here’s what they had to say. #HerStory

Sarina Price

Sarina Price

Brand Specialist, Oracle

My grandma Cie Cie has always inspired me to push myself out of my comfort zone and share my thoughts. She's allowed me to be confident enough to try to empower those around me as well. Thanks, grandma!

Savita Raina

Savita Raina

Director of Product Marketing, Oracle Cloud

My mother is my inspiration. I’ve seen her strength in the wake of adversity, and her humble and calm demeanor in the most difficult circumstances. What inspires me most about her is her inherent belief in herself. She always tells me, “Believe in yourself, and let no one define who you are.”

Jia You

Jia You

Senior User Experience Designer, Oracle

My mother inspires me to keep learning and adapting to new challenges in life.

Karen Yee

Karen Yee

Senior Global Program Manager, Brand Program Office, Oracle

This one inspires me every day to be a better human, a better person, a better woman. This amazing human is my daughter, Abigail.

Markia Archuleta

Markia Archuleta

Vice President, Application Consulting Sales, Oracle

On the day of my high school graduation, my grandma Julie said to me, “Mi hita, dream big! Remember your Latino upbringing.” My grandma instilled in me a love for family, faith, camaraderie, and a strong work ethic. I took to heart her words of advice. Those strong Latino values have been integral in my personal life as a daughter, wife, mother, and friend and in my professional success as a business partner, mentor, and executive at Oracle."

Paloma De Leon

Paloma De Leon

My journey has largely been inspired by a hard-working, strong, and loving woman—my mother. Her optimism and resilience toward life have led me to have a fighting and grateful spirit. The strong roots upon which she raised me helped instill in me a strong sense of confidence that has allowed me to expand my horizons and take challenges as learning opportunities, all while remaining true to my authentic self. Today and every day, I honor, admire, and look up to my mom.

Colleen Cassity

Colleen Cassity

My flight instructor, Chelsea, whose rigor—combined with her passion for aviation—inspired me to persist through fear, do the work, and revel in the beauty of flight.

Skye Hart

Skye Hart

She was the first woman to fight to wear pants in her Ogdensburg (NY) High School, and she took the case to the State court. She was the first woman to attend college in her family and she went on to get her PhD. She is brilliant, driven, brave, and funny. She is my Mom, and she inspires me in everything I do!

Geetu Bhatnagar

Geetu Bhatnagar

I was truly inspired and humbled in my interactions with Oracle CEO Safra Catz during her visit to India. Her deep sense of integrity and passion for change are very compelling.

Our culture is inclusive. At Oracle, you can be yourself and be accepted. We don’t just respect and value differences—we celebrate them.