Shelly Blakeman thrives on knowledge-sharing, curiosity and drive.
She can code (she earned a B.S. in computer information management). She can execute (certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Agile Scrum Master). She can teach (instructor in the AIM Institute Emerging Leaders Program). She can write (currently working on her first book). And she can lead (she’s a vice president within enterprise portfolio delivery services for Bank of the West).
In more ways than one, she can lead.
Blakeman has honed her leadership skills through 20 years working in IT for various companies, often as one of few women in the department.
“The tech landscape has been pretty rough for women historically,” Blakeman said. “Going back to my early days, I was one of not very many women digging into tech.”
In the Beginning: a Search for a Stable Industry
Early on, Blakeman worked in the customer service department at Ford Motor Credit…