Technology Mentors

Eshe Pickett – Technology and Engineering Mentor : Design Automation Engineer for Intel Corporation

Eshe Pickett – Technology and Engineering Mentor

Design Automation Engineer for Intel Corporation

  • Eshe Pickett is a Design Automation Engineer in the Intelligent Systems Group at the Intel Corporation in Chandler, AZ. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Northwestern University and her Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. In her role as DA, Eshe is responsible for identifying and implementing efficiency solutions for the design environment. She has leveraged her software background to architect automated solutions for generating project indicators, disk usage metrics, and reduced library build times by parallelizing and optimizing serial processes. Eshe’s work on library builds was accepted as an automation paper to Intel’s premier conference on design methodologies: The Design & Test Technology Conference, in 2012. Eshe is an Intel Ambassador and technology advocate.
  • There is never a dull moment in my work. Whether architecting new solutions, adapting existing technology, or managing the demands of multiple teams across the organization, I am busy from the time I arrive, until I leave!
  • I am politically active and like to stay engaged in my community. I enjoy running, cooking, singing, dancing and reading.
  • I enjoy mentoring young women because helping them connect with a passion or expose them to a new and interesting idea is what can spark the desire and determination to continue down a path to success.
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Cynthia D Hollingsworth – Science and Technology Mentor : Coordinator of Instructional Design for Indiana University School of Nursing

Cynthia D Hollingsworth – Science and Technology Mentor

Coordinator of Instructional Design for Indiana University School of Nursing

  • I am the instructional designer for the school of nursing. In that role I support faculty who are teaching web-based courses. I design the courses, develop learning activities and plan learning and assessment strategies. I frequently participate in curriculum planning so get the "big picture" of the curriculum.
  • My job is interesting because I do not have a degree in instructional design. I chose to thoughtfully merge three degrees: AAS in data management, BS in computer information systems design and analysis, and MS in adult education. With this background I can think of education as a system and analyze the components. Every day is different as faculty come to me with questions about software applications or wanting to brainstorm ways of doing thing online that they have done in the classroom in the past. I love that moment when I "see the lightbulb" and they get excited about new possibilities.
  • My hobbies are: photography and flower gardening.
  • I believe that too many girls accept what is told to them about how their paths must be shaped. As a non-traditional student in my undergraduate program, I became assertive in forming my program so that I achieved the results I wanted and needed. I don't think girls are often enough taught that they can know their mind and work toward their goals rather than working within the confines of the box they are given. I believe women and girls are strong and have much to receive and to give whereas we are taught to be acquiescent and bridge builders instead of being able to design the bridges.
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Yvette Brady – Technology Mentor : Senior Project Manager for AT&T

Yvette Brady – Technology Mentor

Senior Project Manager for AT&T

  • I'm responsible for managing and implementing software technology-based solutions for healthcare and educational institutions.
  • Using leading edge technology to address real world problems and produce positive outcomes, makes my job very interesting.
  • When I am not helping others through church and service related activities I enjoy flower gardening and making crafts.
  • Mentoring is an opportunity to give back in a way that I personally benefited from as a young girl. I mentor girls to encourage them to use their skills and talents to impact positive change in the world. I want them to know that they can achieve their personal and professional goals and make a difference in the lives of others.
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Natasha Devroye – Technology and Math Mentor : Assistant Professor for University of Illinois at Chicago

Natasha Devroye – Technology and Math Mentor

Assistant Professor for University of Illinois at Chicago

  • I am a professor at a university. This means I spend part of my time teaching classes, and part of my time doing research on my own, with other professors, and with students. My research is on the theory behind wireless communications, the math that makes our cell phones and WiFi hotspots work.
  • Every day is different: research involves trying to answer questions no one knows the answer to, which is exciting; teaching is equally rewarding and it's great fun helping students learn new things. As a professor, you're also able to "be your own boss" and decide what to work on, as well as when and where (besides teaching hours): it's an incredibly flexible job.
  • My hobbies are: traveling, cocktail-making, scuba diving.
  • I've never seen being a woman in science as being anything unusual: I'd love to see more of us, and hope to set a positive example.
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Carol Toman – Technology Mentor : Distinguished Member of Technical Staff	 for Alcatel-Lucent

Carol Toman – Technology Mentor

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Alcatel-Lucent

Currently a technical writer creating customer manuals for LTE cell radios. Previously a software architect and before that a software developer doing primarily systems work (compilers, database managers, debuggers, operating systems, bootstrap firmware, etc.).
I learn something new every day. My colleagues are professional, cooperative, smart, and nice people.
Amateur radio, geocaching, travel.
In my experience, boys are told that they can do anything and be anything. This message often doesn't reach the girls. Too many start life believing they have limits they cannot break through.

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Annaliese Bratcher – Technology Mentor : Associate Professor, College of Information and Computer Technology, Sullivan University

Annaliese Bratcher – Technology Mentor

Associate Professor, College of Information and Computer Technology, Sullivan University

  • I teach a variety of classes, especially computer technology classes.  Many of the courses are hands-on computer applications classes.  Other courses include Computer Concepts, Systems Analysis and Design, and Project Management in IT.  I teach students of all ages, and all majors.  We have free one-on-one tutoring, small classes, and student clubs.  All of this means that I can really know my students as people and know their name.
  • It is wonderful to learn from students and fellow professors.  A teacher is a lifelong learner.  Information technology is never boring, because new inventions are a constant.  Computer technology can be fun, even the mathematical and design concepts that we study at the university level.  I'm so lucky that my supervisor is a woman who is an amazing computer programmer and a great person.  She is an incredible role model for faculty and students.
  • My son is a tremendous musician (French horn, mellophone marching band, and he sings tenor and baritone).  So, I enjoy watching his marching band, attending vocal concerts, orchestra concerts, and other musical events.  It is fun to be a music fan and support these amazing musicians.  I also enjoy reading -- even old-fashioned books--, television, and movies.  From the youngest age I've been a dog lover too.  Right now we have a very old, very sweet, rescued beagle.
  • I'd love to share insights and encouragement.  I was so fortunate to have help along the way, I'd love to pay it forward and give advice and support, as others so generously shared with me.  Being a woman in a male-dominated field is difficult.  But, if you are a person who understands the physics of the world around you and thinks with mathematical perspectives, or loves technology and invention, then you won't be happy unless you negotiate a way past those challenges.  I also believe that women in STEM can make the world a better place by participating in the invention process.  Last, but not least, women and their dependents deserve a chance at the financial and other rewards that can come from STEM careers.
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Vickie Owens-Rinn – Technology Mentors : IT Program Director for Alcatel-Lucent Technology

Vickie Owens-Rinn – Technology Mentors

IT Program Director for Alcatel-Lucent Technology

  • I do project managing IT projects in a multi vendor environment.  Global teams, virtual team.
  • I like Constant change and learning.
  • My hobbies are: reading, quilting, hiking, skiing, gardening.
  • I would like to be a mentor because people helped me when I was young and I want to give back. Girls need practical advice.
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