Women In Tech: IBM’s Phaedra Boinodiris

TechWire teamed up with Triangle to interview Phaedra Boinodiris. 

WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAM JOB?

“As I was born into a family of Trekkies and technologists, the thrill of exploring space was always a major call for me. Becoming an astronaut was always my childhood dream job. It’s not too late is it?”

WHO AND/OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOU MOST IN PURSUING A CAREER IN TECHNOLOGY?

“My family influenced me most in pursuing a career in technology. My grandmother had 5 daughters who all studied the sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Engineering). Oddly enough, in turn, those 5 daughters ALSO had 5 daughters. Both of my parents worked in technology and as young children, my sister and I were always encouraged to play with technology and think about what problems technology could solve.”

WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE FOR WOMEN TODAY WHO ARE INTERESTED IN TECHNOLOGY AS A PROFESSION?

“I think that the biggest obstacle for women today is that it is very hard to BE what you can’t SEE. Meaning that it is more important than ever to expose young girls and women to other professional women already working in technology. Young girls and women need to hear their voices, their stories about their journeys. These stories need to be diverse and inclusive because there is not just one journey, not just one story. More professional women in tech should keep this top of mind when they are asked to present at conferences, at museums, and at schools. And they do not need to wait until they are President of a company in order to do so.” Read More

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