As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization.
Meet Kelly Long. She’s the Vice President for Communications, Asia, Pacific & Japan.
What does a Vice President for Communications, APJ do?
Kelly takes a leading role in managing the APJ Communications team and helps promote CA’s brand.
“When you see an article about CA in a business or tech publication (in print or online), or read about a CA solution on a blog by an influencer, or watch a CA spokesperson being interviewed on a news channel or a social platform, or read an analyst’s report that features CA, or attend a town hall, or participate in a CSR program that helps promote STEM or assists young people in underserved communities. That’s all part of what the Communications team does to help build, promote and raise the trust, corporate reputation and awareness of CA.”
Bring What You Bring
At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organization and when speaking to Kelly about what she brings to CA, she told us that her main asset is her passion, experience and social awareness as she believes in delivering value to employees and making a positive impact on the business.
“I love what I do. And, I’ve been doing this for a while. I’ve been fortunate to have worked in different industries, across the region, with colleagues and bosses from around the world. The passion, experience and social awareness would be part of I bring.”
CA APJ Media & Analyst Chinese New Year event
One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders
Kelly believes that in order to lead to the best of our abilities we must be able to see things from both sides of the table; the leader and the follower.
“Lead how you would want to be led.”
My female inspiration
Kelly has many female role models, of which are amongst her family members.
“I can’t name just one. I grew up in a family of strong women. My grandmother ran away from home to further her studies at a time when mainly boys progressed beyond high school. My aunt had her own advertising agency and was a creative director of a few global agencies. My other aunt was a top sales person. My mother is working into her 70s (part-time because she enjoys it and when she’s not at work, she’s holidaying with her girlfriends). I grew up knowing that with hard work and determination, you can achieve your goals in life.”
Women in Leadership qualities
CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Kelly has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.
“Resilient” – Stay the course – embrace challenges, learn and be better.
“Agile” – This is an ever-changing world – be adaptive and be ahead of the change.
“Collaborative” – Success is a team sport – working together and winning together.
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Kelly Long – Vice President, Communications, APJ. Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn here