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WITI Women | Irene Dec

Irene DecIrene Dec
Vice President, Information Systems
The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Irene Dec, vice president, Information Systems, joined Prudential in 1981 in Information Systems. Currently, Dec is Prudential's Year 2000 Program Manager, leading Prudential's Year 2000 Company-wide Program Office, which includes all Prudential systems, infrastructure, and external relationships with clients and business partners.

In 1998 Dec was named one of "25 IT People to Watch" by ComputerWorld and selected as one of 26 "Intriguing Woman of New Jersey Business" by Business News. Dec was also one of the first three honorees inducted into the Year 2000 Hall of Fame (sponsored by SPG Conferences & Expositions and the Society for Information Management). She was also profiled in the 1999 Women in Science and Technology Month, sponsored by Women in Technology International. Dec has presented at over sixty Year 2000 conferences and seminars and consulted with other major U.S. companies and government agencies. She has been quoted in publications and technical magazines including Beyond Computing, CIO, ComputerWorld, InformationWeek, PC Week, and Year/2000 Journal. She has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and on CNN News discussing Year 2000 issues.

Dec received her BS and MS in mathematics from Montclair State University, New Jersey. Before joining Prudential, her previous work experiences included teaching mathematics, both at a high school and at a college level. Dec is a member of the World Future Society, Project Management Institute, ACM Association for Computing Machinery, NAFE National Association for Female Executives, and IEEE Association for Computing.

Irene Dec answers these questions:
1. What was your first job in technology?
2. Who has been your most significant mentor? Why?
3. What has been your greatest challenge and what strategies did you use to overcome obstacles?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to women beginning their careers in technology?
6. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?

On the lighter side:
1. If you could have dinner with any 2 people (living or not), who would they be?
2. What was the last book you read? What books do you love to recommend?
3. If you were to choose a different profession, what would it be?
4. What is your definition of success?

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