The furor that erupted in the media this week in response to a Google employee’s manifesto that claimed women aren’t biologically suited for high tech careers got me to thinking, and reflecting, on my own 25+ years in the high tech world.
I began working on this post by trying to list all the female superiors, mentors, co-workers and subordinates I’ve had over the years who have had a positive impact on my own career. But, that list quickly became quite long; and so I quickly set aside that effort.
Besides, while recalling my old friends and co-workers brings back many fond memories for me, it would be meaningless to you, the reader. I also did not want to risk missing someone, and wasn’t sure how some of my long ago co-workers would feel to see their name popping up here without warning (or permission). So, I’ll just say that I could not have been who I was in the IT world, and the man I am now, if it hadn’t been for them. To each and every one of of them I give a deep and heartfelt (though anonymous) “Thanks.”