Founder and President
(profile at the time of induction in 1997)
Pamela Lopker has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of technology as the founder and president of QAD Inc., one of the world's leading producers of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. QAD's software enables manufacturing and distribution companies to track and control every aspect of their business.
Since founding QAD in 1979 at the age of 25, Ms. Lopker has been the company's technology visionary and the prime mover behind the recent implementation of object-oriented software technology in QAD's flagship product, MFG/PRO. The continuous development of MFG/PRO has made it a major player in the open systems ERP arena. Later this year, QAD will extend the use of its object-oriented framework when it announces a new product family designed to support global supply chain management requirements.
"In some other industries that have more traditional ways of operating, it's sometimes hard for a woman to make headway," says Ms. Lopker. "High-tech is fast-moving and fast-growing; nothing is set in concrete. That gives everyone, including, of course, women, a lot of opportunity. I'm delighted to be part of an effort that helps women to be more successful in their careers and make a greater contribution to the success of their companies."
Ms. Lopker was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" for the greater Los Angeles area and is the richest self-made woman in the Forbes Four Hundred.
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