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Megan Smith by Melissa Rondi

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Biography of Megan Smith as a leader in all parts of life, written by Wharton MBA student for a course on leadership from the point of view of the whole person.

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Megan Smith by Melissa Rondi

  1. 1. Megan Smith Leadership Biography by Melissa Rondi
  2. 2. 2 Who is Megan Smith? Early Life/Education Grew up in Buffalo, NY Spent many summers at the Chautauqua Institution Received BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT Career Began career in startups – Apple and General Magic CEO of Planet Out during acquisition of Gay.com Senior exec at Google, Google[x], and google.org Community STEM education advocate Serves on the board of MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices & + Works on engineering projects on the side Family/Self Separated from re/code technology columnist Kara Swisher Mother of two 11 and 14- year-old boys Enjoys biking & traveling
  3. 3.  3rd and 1st female Chief Technology Officer of the United States  Co-founded The Malala Fund, an organization dedicated to impacting girls education and empowerment around the world  Pioneered Google's "Women Techmakers" diversity initiative  CEO of Planet Out during the merger with Gay.com  Participated on the MIT student team that “designed, built and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback in the first cross-continental solar car race” 3 Megan’s Major Accomplishments
  4. 4.  As US CTO, Megan led the team that advised President Obama on many tech topics such as patent reform, privacy issues, and net neutrality  Also worked on regulatory reform to enable entrepreneurs with good ideas to advance those ideas more quickly 4 Service Through Innovation & Technology “I actually think that working in the federal government, or state or local, is one of the most significant things that a technical person can do. It’s real service, and you can affect hundreds of millions of people.”
  5. 5.  Working to change math and science curriculum in order to encourage all children to pursue careers in STEM  Leading an initiative called TechHire to increase the number of women and people of color who have jobs in tech by working with community colleges  Openly out and speaks up about the hatred of gays, specifically religiously based hatred  Visible example of a successful woman in tech 5 Be Who You Are To Effect Change “When you’re gay, you come out of everyday because everyone assumes you’re straight but you have to be your whole self. You just do cuz it will kill you not to”
  6. 6.  Look for companies and organizations that are truly a meritocracy  Seek mentors and sponsors who are passionate about helping other women in tech  “Start with impact and then get to the math”  Think about career in the long run – difficult to know exactly what types of opportunities will present themselves (e.g. US CTO) in the future but can gain the skills and experiences now to be ready for them when they surface  Be open about who you are and look for four- way wins 6 Takeaways and Future Applications

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