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Women have been involved in computers since computers were first envisioned. They are present in all facets of computing and information technology. Despite this, their presence is comparatively small in these fields; see statistics below. When America's first electronic computer, ENIAC, was developed, its programmers were women. Jennifer S. Light's essay, "When Computers Were Women," documents describe the role of the women of ENIAC and outlines the historical omission or downplay of women's roles in computer science history. Some of the world’s most influential and successful women in IT are: 1) EVAN CHEN, CEO of Trend Micro, 2) CATERINA FAKE, Cofounder Flickr 3) MARY LOU JEPSEN, Founder and CEO Pixel Qi 4) MENA GRABOWSKI TROTT, Cofounder and President Six Apart 5) KIM KARIN POLESE, CEO SpikeSource 6) DENA HARITOS TSAMITIS, director of the CMU program, and Joyce Brocaglia.
7) VICKI HAMILTON, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Performance Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 8) GINA BIANCHINI, CEO of Ning
1)EVA CHEN, CEO of Trend Micro,
Trend Micro is a global developer of software and services to protect against computer viruses, malware, spam, and Web-based threats. It is headquartered in Tokyo. Trend Micro was founded in 1988 in Los Angeles by Steve Chang, Jenny Chang and Eva Chen. Steve Chang served as Trend Micro's CEO until 2004 when he was succeeded by cofounder Eva Chen, who had served as CTO since 1996. In addition to its corporate product range, Trend Micro is known for producing the PCcillin family of desktop internet security software, and is the creator of the free online browser-based malware scanner, HouseCall. TrendLabs, Trend Micro's global security threat research, development and support organization, operates in 6 centers worldwide. Trend Micro has over 4000 employees in over 30 countries.
Eva holds a master's degree in business administration as well as a master's degree in information science from the University of Texas, Dallas. She earned a degree in philosophy from Chen Chi University in Taipei, Taiwan. Chen, while studying international business management, was involved in projects at the university's computer lab using an IBM 4381, and she wanted to be the teaching assistant. But the lab teacher said she had to focus on getting a degree in information systems to do that. So she did, and that helped put her on a path to found Trend Micro, becoming its chief technical officer, which eventually involved managing 1,200 engineers. In 2004, Chen became CEO of publicly traded Trend Micro, today one of the larger antimalware security vendors with a global presence. When it comes to sources of inspiration, Chen says she's thankful for a family that voiced belief in what women could do, including her grandfather in Taiwan, a legislator who helped overturn archaic laws there that prohibited women from owning inherited property. Innovation: Innovation is what fuels Trend Micro’s spirit. It’s the very essence by which Trend Micro’s vision becomes reality. And for CEO and co-founder Eva Chen, it is at the heart of everything she has done – and will do – for the transnational company. Ever since its inception in 1988, Eva has helped spearhead Trend Micro’s emergence as one of the world’s most innovative antivirus security companies. Before becoming CEO, Eva served as executive vice president from 1988-1996 and CTO (chief technical officer) from 1996-2004. During that time, she made an indelible mark on the company and the security landscape as a whole. Under her direction, Trend Micro produced a chronology
of industry firsts, from unique products to outbreak management approaches. As a result of her innovation and leadership, she was appointed CEO in late 2004. Vision: In 2003, Eva was acknowledged by Information Security magazine as one of the top five most influential "Women of Vision”. The honor was a testament to her long-standing reputation as one of the security industry’s true pioneers and thought leaders. Her success – and therefore Trend Micro’s success – has always been rooted in her ability to anticipate marketplace challenges and deliver solutions before emerging threats become widespread problems. In many cases, the industry has followed Trend Micro’s lead. For instance, Eva led the migration from desktop security to comprehensive network protection. It was at this time, serving as Trend Micro’s CTO, that Eva helped develop the industry’s first centralized antivirus solutions for gateways, email systems, and file servers. She secured five key patents to anchor these unique solutions. These patents involve innovations in automatic virus detection, virus removal, and security for email and other critical applications. In addition, Eva conceptualized and delivered Network VirusWall, a first-of-its-kind outbreak prevention appliance that protects multiple network segments and servers. To enable customers to leverage these solutions effectively, Eva helped deliver Trend Micro Enterprise Protection Strategy, the industry’s first strategic approach for managing outbreaks across the network. Instead of adhering to the traditional one-size-fits-all approach for desktops, Eva acknowledged the need to address outbreaks as a series of stages that present distinct challenges and require different solutions throughout the network environment. Enterprise Protection Strategy marked the first time any antivirus security company delivered specific solutions to target specific areas of the network at specific stages of an outbreak’s lifecycle. Eva’s prominent role in this innovation reset the industry standard and broadened the value of antivirus security to businesses and consumers alike. Because of Eva’s work in establishing Enterprise Protection Strategy as a trusted, proven approach for defending
against malicious threats, Trend Micro is more than a provider of antivirus products. The company is a trusted partner that leverages rich expertise and customer relationships to provide timely updates now and in the future. Achievement: Throughout her career, Eva has received industry recognition for her achievements in information security. An avid writer and frequent speaker, Eva has delivered numerous keynotes and produced numerous papers and articles on Internet security. Of her many accolades and accomplishments, some of the most prominent include:
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One of the 50 most powerful people in networking, Network World, 2004 One of the top five "Women of Vision”, Information Security, 2003 Tribute to Women in the Industry (TWIN) award, YWCA, 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award, Secure Computing, 2001 Won Judges Award from Secure Computing for "Poison Java", 2000
2) CATERINA FAKE, cofounder Flickr
Caterina Fake is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. Fake was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, attended Smith College, and graduated from Vassar College in 1991. Fake is the co-founder of Hunch, a collective intelligence decision-making system that uses decision trees to make decisions based on users' interests. It launched in June 2009. Prior to Hunch, Fake co-founded Flickr, the popular photo-sharing service developed by Ludicorp in Vancouver, with her former spouse and partner Stewart Butterfield. Flickr was later acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. Flickr ushered in the so-called Web 2.0 integrating features such as social networking, community open APIs, tagging, and algorithms that surfaced the best, or more interesting content. At Yahoo! she ran the Technology Development group, known for its Hack Yahoo! program, a stimulus to innovation and creativity, and Brickhouse, a rapid development environment for new products. Fake resigned from Yahoo on 13-06-2008.
Prior to Flickr, she was Art Director at Salon.com and heavily involved in the development of online community, social software and personal publishing. She joined the board of directors of Creative Commons in August 2008  and in May 2009 received an Honorary Doctorate from RISD. Fake has won many awards, including BusinessWeek's Best Leaders of 2005, Forbes 2005 eGang, Fast Company's Fast 50, and Red Herring's 20 Entrepreneurs under 35. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. She sits on the board of Etsy, and advises many startups and new businesses. Fake currently lives in San Francisco, California and New York.
3) MARY LOU JEPSEN, founder and CEO Pixel Qi
Mary Lou Jepsen (born 1965) was the founding chief technology officer of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), an organization whose mission is to deliver low-cost, mesh-networked laptops en masse to children in developing countries. Jepsen is married to John Conor Ryan, formerly a partner at Monitor Group, who has recently joined Pixel Qi.
Early life and education: Jepsen was born in 1965. She studied Studio Art and Electrical Engineering at Brown, and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences there. She later received a Master of Science in Holography from the MIT Media Lab. Her contributions have had worldwide adoption in head-mounted display, HDTV and projector products. Her PhD work combined rigorous theoretical coupled-wave analysis with lab work, in which she created large-scale, embossed surface-relief diffraction gratings with liquid crystal-filled grooves with high diffraction efficiency in un-polarized illumination. She has created some of the largest ambient displays ever. In Cologne, Germany she built a holographic replica of pre-existing buildings in the city's historic district...and created a holographic display encompassing a city block. She also conceived, built mathematical models of, resolved the fundamental engineering issues, and solved some of the logistics - to create what would have been the largest display ever for mankind: images displayed on the darkened moon. She co-created the first holographic video system in the world at the MIT Media Lab in 1989, where the interference structure of the hologram was computed at video rates, and shown on her hand-made display. This system inspired a new subfield of holographic video and received numerous awards. Her work: OLPC By the end of 2005, she had completed the initial architecture, led the development of the first prototype (which UN Secretary General Kofi Annan unveiled at a UN summit), and signed up some of the world's largest manufacturers to produce the XO-1. By the end of 2007 she had led the laptop through development and into high volume mass production. At OLPC, notably, Jepsen invented the laptop's sunlight-readable display technology and co-invented its ultra-low power management system - and - has transformed these inventions into high volume mass production rapidly. The XO laptop is the lowest-power
laptop ever made, and the most environmentally friendly laptop ever made. The laptop can sustain 5 foot drops, is mesh networked extending the reach of the network by letting signals hop from laptop to laptop. Pixel Qi After 3 years with OLPC, In early 2008 she left OLPC to start a for-profit company, Pixel Qi, to commercialize some of the technologies she invented at OLPC. Her premise: the CPU is no longer important, nor is the operating system. Portables are all about the screen. Typical laptop screens run for about $100 (compared to the CPU which at the low end has hit $10), cause the largest drain on the battery, are difficult to read for hours on end, don't have integrated touch screens and electronics, and aren't sunlight readable. She has started a new company, Pixel Qi, to move forward on screen innovations in these areas using the existing LCD factories as is, but with clever conceptual design changes that allow her company to move from idea to high volume mass production in less than a year, as she did with the screen for the OLPC laptop. Achievement: For her work in creating the laptop, Time Magazine named her to its 2008 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
4) MENA GRABOWSKI TROTT, Cofounder and President Six Apart
Mena Grabowski Trott (born Mena Grabowski on September 16, 1977 ) is a co-founder of Six Apart, creator of Movable Type and TypePad. The company name originates from the fact that Trott and co-founder/husband Benjamin Trott were born six days apart. Trott is president of Six Apart. She helps lead management and business efforts, and endeavors to make the company's products aesthetically pleasing and functionally intuitive. She made her first efforts in web blogging at dollarshort.org in 2001. Movable Type was originally developed by Mena Trott and Benjamin Trott during a period of unemployment in late 2001 for Mena's personal blogging use. Trott was named one of the People of the Year by PC Magazine in 2004. That same year, she was named a member of the "TR 100," (now known as the TR35), an annual award given to leading technology advocates by Technology Review magazine. Since 2001, Six Apart has enabled millions of individuals, media companies and enterprises to create blogs and form rich, interactive communities. It now powers
conversations among passionate people and leading organizations around the globe, and provide services and media solutions to help bloggers to be more successful. 5) KIM KARIN POLESE, CEO SpikeSource
Kim Karin Polese (born November 13, 1961) is CEO of SpikeSource, and was one of the most prominent Silicon Valley executives during the dot-com era. She received a BA degree in biophysics in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington. Polese is a fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Engineered Innovation After a stint at Intellicorp, Ms. Polese spent more than seven years with Sun Microsystems, where she was the original Java product manager who influenced the transition of its internal name of "Oak" to "Java" After leaving Sun in 1996 she co-founded Marimba, a Java-based business, where she served as CEO until 2000, leading Marimba through its public offering in 1999 and bringing it to profitability before selling it to BMC Software for $239 million in 2004. Since September 2004, Polese has been CEO of SpikeSource, a provider of businessready open source solutions. The company was incubated in 2003 at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers by Ray Lane, and launched its first products in April 2005.
Series A and B investors include Intel Capital, and Fidelity Ventures and the Omidyar Network among others. Polese serves on the board of the Global Security Institute, the Long Now Foundation and the University of California President's Board on Science and Innovation. She also serves on the executive council of TechNet, a bipartisan network of executives that promotes the growth of the technology economy and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Polese served on the board of Technorati, Inc. from 2004 to 2006. 6) DENA HARITOS TSAMITIS, director of the CMU program, and Joyce Brocaglia, who heads EWF.
Dena Haritos Tsamitis, heads operations for the Information Networking Institute (INI), a global, interdisciplinary department within the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She oversees the INI graduate programs in information networking (MSIN), information security technology and management (MSISTM), and information technology (MSIT). Under her leadership, the INI has expanded to six locations worldwide.
Dena began her career at Carnegie Mellon in 2000 as an Instructional Technology Design Specialist with the Office of Technology for Education. She consulted on numerous projects involving the integration of technology in education, evaluation of online and distance learning technologies and pedagogies, academic program evaluation, and academic program curriculum design. Additionally, she created and conducted workshops and seminars for faculty on the use of technologies in teaching. She was also instrumental in the evaluation, implementation, support and deployment of the Blackboard course management system at Carnegie Mellon, which made a major impact on how courses are delivered at the university. In the early days of the Web, she was an Internet Analyst for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she designed and developed online educational materials for 30,000 users worldwide. Before joining Lilly, she was a programmer for USX Engineers and Consultants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dena, fluent in Greek, lived in Greece for several years, where she co-founded and operated an English Language Institute. Dena directs education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab, the university's cybersecurity research center. She leads the MySecureCyberspace initiative to teach Internet users of all ages safe "cyberawareness" through a portal, game and curriculum. She guides the education initiatives of the Situational Awareness for Everyone center, which explores ways to improve computer defenses by incorporating models of human, computer and attack interactions into the defenses themselves. Also through CyLab, she serves as Principle Investigator on two NSF-funded programs: the Scholarship for Service (SFS) program and the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP). The SFS program provides full scholarships to highly qualified students pursuing studies in information assurance. The IACBP is an intensive summer program to help build information assurance education and research capacity at minorityserving colleges and universities. Dena is involved in the broader campus community by serving on Carnegie Mellon's strategic planning committee for Globalization and International Initiatives and the university's faculty-led International Committee. She served on the 2005-06 Campus
Fulbright Committee that nominated 14 candidates from Carnegie Mellon for this prestigious award. She is also an adjunct faculty member in Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College, where she teaches core courses in educational technology and distance learning. She created a certificate program leading to the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As a guest speaker, Dena has presented on the topics of cybersecurity and transnational university partnerships at numerous events and conferences. Dena is a member of the Education Advisory Council for the U.S. Air Force's Cyber Innovation Center. In 2008, she earned the Women of Influence Award, presented by Alta Associates and CSO Magazine, for her achievements in information security and education. Dena holds a B.S. in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, M.S. in Education from Duquesne University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
7) VICKI HAMILTON, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Performance Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Vicki Hamilton is Senior Vice President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc, a Time Warner company. TBS, Inc. is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the cable industry. Personal life: Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from The University of Dayton and an MBA from St. Louis University. Mrs. Hamilton currently resides in Roswell, GA with her husband and two sons. Her role: Ms. Hamilton’s role in Turner’s Technology, Strategy and Operations Group is to provide leadership and business insights in the areas of technology operational efficiencies and business prioritization. She partners with finance and business unit leaders in achieving cost savings, where appropriate, as well as facilitating the project
and resource management for large scale, multi-divisional technology initiatives. With more than 20 years of experience in technology, operations and general management, Ms. Hamilton has a proven track record of leveraging technologies and improving operational efficiencies to achieve strong business results. Most recently, Mrs. Hamilton was the Chief Operating Officer at Cinema Screen Media, an entertainment distribution organization where she oversaw sales, business and IT operations. Prior to that role, Mrs. Hamilton worked with the Weather Channel in a variety of executive roles focused on operations, technology and general management. She is active in the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Cable (NAMIC), having served as President and Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter and currently cochairing the leadership development and creative committees; in Women in Technology (WIT), currently as a foundation board member; in GlobalEXECWomen, currently an executive board member; in Synchronicity (not-for-profit theater), currently a board member; and a member of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). She is a Class X fellow of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and works with 100 Black Men of North Metro as a volunteer mentor of mothers whose sons are 100 Black Men mentees.
8) GINA BIANCHINI, CEO of Ning,
Gina Bianchini is CEO of Ning, which she co-founded with Marc Andreessen. Prior to Ning, Bianchini was co-founder and president of Harmonic Communications which was acquired by Dentsu. She has also worked as a Director of Business Development and Investor Relations and she has also held positions at CKS Group and Goldman Sachs & Co. Bianchini holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A from Stanford Business School.
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