Information Technology: It?s not just a guy thin

Nine women who found great careers in high tech

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.

Sherita Ceasar

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

Early job: Technician at GE, later Magnavox.

Eva Chen

Eva Chen -- Founder and CEO, Trend Micro

Early job: Engineer at Acer Computer in 1980s

Maria Cirino

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

Early job: Sales and marketing at Lotus Development

Grace Egan

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

Early job: Prodigy Services coordinating teams deploying technical infrastructure.

Vicki Hamilton

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

Early job: Proof operator and data entry

Emma McGrattan

Emma McGrattan -- senior vice president of engineering at Ingres

Early job: Engineer at networking gear company Retix

Rhonda MacLean

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

Patricia Titus

Patricia Titus -- Chief information security officer at Unisys

Early job: Systems administrator at Auspex Systems

Dena Haritos Tsamitis

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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