This Week’s Women in Technology Thought Leader: Kitty Chaney-Reed, NCR Corporation

With 20 years of results driven leadership experience with fast paced technology companies, Kitty Chaney-Reed is an inspiring leader, whose passion is building high performing teams and helping others develop into successful leaders.

Kitty joined NCR Corporation in 2011, and is now the Senior Finance Director, Global Leader of Order to Cash, NCR Corporation, and serves on the WIT Incorporated Board of Directors.

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across the retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology industries. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with 30,000+ employees and does business in 180+ countries.

A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, with a BA in Business Administration & Finance, Kitty has been a long-time supporter of the mission of Women in Technology.

“Women are a critical part of the STEM community.  The fact that there aren’t more of us in senior leadership roles and in  C-level positions is becoming a real business issue for this country when it comes to keeping up with the rest of the world.  Studies show that cities like Atlanta are becoming more and more diverse each year.  According to the studies, in the next 20 -30 years, women and minorities will make up the majority of our incoming work force.  Additionally, studies show that companies with a gender diverse management mix have higher profits and revenues than those that are not as diverse.  I took the quote that follows from an online article I read on gender diversity: “Do better companies hire more women, do women choose to work for more successful companies, or do women themselves help improve companies’ performance? The most likely answer is a combination of the three.”   I am betting that the writer is correct,  it’s all three – and if that is the case, we need to do all we can to position women to enter the workforce and compete fiercely.  Through programs like WIT on Campus and  WIT Careers, Women in Technology is doing its part to prepare young women in Atlanta to step into STEM roles and contribute at a very high level.  That’s a mission I can get behind! – Kitty Chaney Reed

Kitty has also been chosen to participate in the prestigious Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 – A nine-month program where participants learn more about Metro Atlanta by participating in retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours. They have the opportunity to critically examine themselves as leaders, challenge themselves to find ways to be more effective in their leadership roles and to build relationships of trust and mutual understanding with each other.

In 2015, Kitty received the Georgia Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, which recognized her as an individual that excels in her field and exhibits leadership excellence in the private or public sector, and for demonstrating leadership and a commitment to her community while exhibiting the highest ethical standards and professional excellence.

Kitty received the 2013 Women in Technology, Women of the Year Award in the Enterprise Business Category – Recognized for outstanding career accomplishments, community involvement and her demonstrated commitment to growing and developing talent at NCR and in the metro Atlanta area.

Kitty is also affiliated with the National Society of Human Resources, National Help Desk Institute, the Boys and Girls Club of America as well as active in her church and other civic organizations.
More About Kitty:

  • LinkedIn: Kitty Chaney-Reed
  • Currently Reading: I read for fun as well  education so I am reading a couple of great books: Private Paris, by James Patterson (one of my favorite non-fiction authors); Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coats (on the NY Times best seller list for the last 40 weeks)
  • Best Advice You’ve Ever Received: The best advice I have ever received was from my mother – she always says “First impressions are critical.  When you step out of the door, you better be at your best, because you won’t get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Orginally published on Atlanta Daybook