On Another Note – Role Models

Published on December 18, 2015

A conversation with Inside Bauer’s Amanda Sebesta led to this modest list of women who inspire us at the cross section of business and technology.

Ada Lovelace, Hedy Lamar, and Grace Hopper from a previous post are joined by leading figures at The Fed, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, HP, and IBM.

Janet Yellen is the Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve. Megan Smith serves the US’ chief technology officer. There is Sheryl Sandberg serving as Facebook’s COO; CEOs Susan Wojcicki at YouTube, Ginni Rometty at IBM, Marissa Mayer at Yahoo!, Meg Whitman at HP.

Let’s not forget the powerful image UH is communicating to its students and the community altogether through the work of Chancellor and President Dr. Khator and Bauer’s Dean and Professor Dr. Ramchand. We had TDECU president and CEO Steph Sherrodd and NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison speak on campus in further highlighting the role of women in STEM.

If you look at the intersection of business, technology and pop culture, Beyoncé Knowles and Taylor Swift have been disruptive forces reshaping the music industry. Not only do they empower girls and women of all ages with their message, but they also impact how we purchase, listen to, and talk about music.

We can monetize online videos, rely on social media marketing and crowdfunding because of the success of women like Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), and “Queen of the Geek’s” Felicia Day who connect to customers (fans en masse) through means that did not exist 10 or even 5 years ago.

Posted Under: Innovators, MIS & Pop Culture

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