First job: Data entry clerk
Worst job: All jobs are learning experiences. I never thought of any of my previous jobs in this light.
Biggest break: Created a Help Desk Center for staff and faculty at La Sierra University
Secret to your success: Attention to detail and caring about your team
Advice to other women in business: You’ll always win with perseverance – even if you are in a male-dominant industry.
What percentage of your family/friends really understand your business: 50 percent
How you explain what you do for a living at a cocktail party: I run a software company that develops and sells enterprise-management applications. Our software helps businesses manage and monitor the health of their voice network – phones, mobility, instant messaging and all of the applications/devices that support them.
Starting as an intern at Tone Software, Balarezo worked her way up the ladder at the privately held company and, after a dozen years, shattered the glass ceiling to land the president’s job in a male-dominated industry. In the two years since, she’s guided Tone through a successful transition to become a global provider of network monitoring and management solutions for converged telecommunications and IT infrastructures. This year, Tone has already rolled out two initiatives to give customers technology solutions that provide flexibility and cost savings – with more to come.
OC METRO'S 20 WOMEN TO WATCH FOR 2011
Carol A. Taylor | Staci Brillhart | Kay S. Napier | Eve Lowey
Julie Lim | Kate Klimow | Monica Wise | Marcy McKenna
Victoria Wade | India Hynes | Farrah Emami | Lisa Wolter
Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila | Shirley Balarezo
Renee P. McLeod | Laura Khouri | Alyson Noël
Brenda Brkusic | Cathy Thomas | Sue Swenson
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