What she thinks – my mother: the Booth Babe interview

March 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

Former "Booth Babe" on the cover of Redmond Channel Partner Magazine Jan. 2009

Today my mom was interviewed by IT World who is profiling 20 high-profile women in IT. She says she doesn’t belong there. I think she does, here’s why. While she had to talk about her own path in her technology career she couldn’t resist talking about Gen INC and how she hopes girls will realize as I have that there is sooooo much out there we can do. Gaming is a perfect example because now game publishers know the fastest growing segment of the gaming population are female. Girls and women inevtibaly want more of a plot, emotion filled and meaningful relationship in their character development and who better to write the storyline and produce it than women. Her overall theme was that she blazed her own trail along with millions of other women so we wouldn’t have to feel like tech was too geeky for us. After all as she embarrassingly revealed (and wouldn’t let me until now) that she got into technology because she was a “booth babe” 26 years ago. With that she wanted to make sure she and her comrades empower the next generation so we can step comfortably in their well worn shoes.  The technology world needs us and with it will come exciting opportunities to be creative, travel and get paid to do it.  How smart is that.

She’s had so many firsts as a woman in technology for herself it’s almost as if there isn’t any challenge she wouldn’t attempt and she’s been recognized here and there, yet she reminds me that she used to cry at the first hint of a scolding.  Oh and did I mention she’s a second degree black belt in karate and a double silver medalist on the word circuit in martial arts fighting? 

You’ve come a long way from your day as a booth babe. Ada Lovelace would be proud.

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Entry filed under: Future Leaders of IT.

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