There are several factors defining the “gender gap” that exists today in the labor market. Differences in the percentage of men and woman in executive positions, the types of industries they choose and income disparities are all rooted in a variety of systematic socioeconomic conditions spanning back through the centuries. In the wake of the women’s movement in the 1960s and 70s, this gap has slowly started to shrink.
That is why it is important to recognize the achievements of female entrepreneurs as a means to instill confidence and pride in other women looking to break into traditionally male-dominated roles and industries, thus keeping that gap shrinking.
One such entrepreneur is Sally Daub, president, CEO and co-founder of ViXS Systems Inc., a provider of semiconductor and high-performance media solutions for the consumer and video service provider industries. She was recently ranked 48th in the 15th Annual W100 Ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs by PROFIT Magazine, a publication covering management issues of small and medium-sized businesses, and Chatelaine, a Canadian provider of media designed for women.
"This year's W100 are a dream group of ambitious, forward-thinking entrepreneurs who defy outdated notions of female entrepreneurship," said Ian Portsmouth, publisher and editor-in-chief of PROFIT. "They are running sophisticated and sizable businesses in challenging industries, and finding new ways to operate and innovate for growth and sustainability."
Since founding ViXS in 2001, Daub has grown the company from a small semiconductor startup to a major technology provider offering smart network multimedia processors for video entertainment services. Prior to her time at ViXS, she served as vice president and chief legal counsel for ATI Technologies (News - Alert), a graphics chip supplier known for its popular line of ATI Radeon graphics cards (later acquired by AMD), where she undoubtedly drew on her experience as a patent attorney both at the law firm Smart & Biggar and Nortel (News - Alert) Networks. She holds a law degree from the University of Dalhousie, specializing in IP licensing, strategy, development, and management, and a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa.
This is not the first time Daub has been lauded for her entrepreneurial expertise and talent. She has received several other accolades, including placement in the Women's Executive Network: Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 and the RBC Women of Influence, Trailblazer Category.
Nevertheless, Daub remains gracious and is committed to continuing her business pursuits.
"It is a great honor to receive this recognition," she said in a statement. "This award is testament to the ongoing commitment of ViXS' employees to be the premier provider of high-performance media silicon solutions for the consumer electronics and video service provider industries."
In pervasively male-dominated industry like information and computer technology, it is no doubt encouraging to see such a successful female entrepreneur continue to maintain such an active role in the ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada) and GSA (News - Alert) (Global Semiconductor Association). And, in light of her continued contributions and demonstrated business acumen, Daub is certainly deserving of the attention.
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