4. Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
My mother. She is a tireless worker, and very creative. She raised three children on her own, earned masters and doctorate degrees, and built a career as an artist and educator along the way. She always makes me feel so special.
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to women beginning their careers in technology?
Think beyond your little niche. Sometimes it's hard to picture how lines of code are part of a much bigger picture, ending in an application that affects a human being's life in some way, but thinking at the human level improves the daily experience for all of us. Plus, it makes you more a visionary than just a technician, so you are more valuable in the job market.
6. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?
Genetic modification will change the way we view healthcare in a big way. We're so close to being able to help end the suffering of millions of people. On the negative side, I think that as technology infiltrates our daily lives deeper and deeper, our quality of life will suffer dramatically. We're so electronically connected, yet we have such trouble communicating in simple ways with the people in our lives who should really matter.
Dana Todd 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 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. What was the last book you read? What books do you love to recommend?
3. If you couldn't do what you are doing now, what profession would you choose?
4. What is your definition of success?