WITI Women | Aliza Sherman
Founder, Cybergrrl, Inc. and Webgrrls International
Aliza Sherman is an Internet thought leader, online marketing expert and
evangelist for the Internet, particularly as a valuable and useful tool for
She is the founder of Cybergrrl, Inc., a new media and entertainment
company focused on the women's marketing online and of Webgrrls®, a
networking group for women interested in the Internet that currently has
over 100 chapters world-wide.
Sherman is also the author of the book, "Cybergrrl: A Woman's Guide to the
World Wide Web" (Ballantine) and is currently working on her next book
through Penguin Putnam for Summer 2000.
She appeared on the cover of USA Today this year as part of a technology
summit, representing the only woman and the only small business owner on
the panel of today's technology leaders including Michael Dell of Dell
Computers and the CEOs of Lucent Technologies, 3Com and Comcast. She also
recently appeared on the cover of Business Startups magazine as their first
female cover subject and will be writing a regular column on
entrepreneurship for the magazine as of February 2000.
She was named one of "The Most Powerful People in Their 20's" by Swing
magazine in 1997 and listed as one of the "Top 50 People Who Matter Most on
the Internet" by Newsweek.
Sherman is an advisor to two nonprofit organizations for girls and several
websites for girls and on the American Association of University Women's
gender and technology task force. She is also on the advisory board for
the Oxygen/Markle Pulse.
She lives in New York City with her two Chihuahuas
Aliza Sherman answers these questions:
1. What was your first job in technology?
2. Who has been your most significant mentor? Why?
3. What has been your greatest challenge and what strategies
did you use to overcome obstacles?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your life?
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to
women beginning their careers in technology?
6. What strategies do you use to maintain balance in your
7. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive
impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?
On the lighter side:
1. If you could have dinner with any 2 people (living or not),
who would they be?
2. If you could only subscribe to 3 magazines, what would
3. What was the last book you read?
4. If you couldn't do what you are doing now, what profession would you choose?
5. Define success in 10 words or less.