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NCWIT Heroes is a series of magazine-style audio interviews highlighting women entrepreneurs in information technology (IT) careers. 

NCWIT Heroes are women innovators from startups, small companies, and non-profits, whose ideas and products are changing the way we think, work, play, and communicate. Listen as these successful, creative, and technical women discuss their lives and their work – how they first get involved with technology, why they chose to be entrepreneurs, and what advice they would give to young people interested in IT or entrepreneurship. The series is sponsored by the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance with support from EMC.

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Entrepreneurial Heroes Interviews

Lena West

Interview with Lena West

November 17, 2008

From blogging to Facebook, Lena West, CEO of xynoMedia, helps hi-growth companies make sense of everything they're hearing about social media and the best ways to use these online outlets to their advantage.

Jessica Jackley

Interview with Jessica Jackley

September 28, 2008

Jessica is a remarkable social entrepreneur who is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of www.kiva.org -- the first peer-to-peer micro-lending website. Kiva connects lenders with entrepreneurs from the developing world, empowering them to rise out of poverty.

Lee Kennedy

Interview with Lee Kennedy

September 17, 2008

Lee's got some great advice for getting kids interested in IT and entrepreneurship. In fact, you might want your kids to listen to this interview.

Shellye Archambeau

Interview with Shellye Archambeau

September 5, 2008

Shellye Archambeau offers three great pieces of advice for entrepreneurs: only do what you're passionate about, create an informal network of advisers, and test your ideas before you launch.

Jean Kovacs

Interview with Jean Kovacs

August 19, 2008

Jean Kovacs is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Sterling Commerce, responsible for driving global strategic alliances, including the AT&T strategic relationship, and all corporate marketing and communications.

Audrey MacLean

Interview with Audrey MacLean

July 30, 2008

Audrey MacLean has a unique track record for entrepreneurial success as a founder, CEO, seed investor, and board member.

Kristin Asleson McDonnell

Interview with Kristin Asleson McDonnell

July 15, 2008

When Kristin McDonnell and the LimeLife team thought about what they wanted our cell phones to be able to do for us, more fun and more help were at the top of the list: more games and downloadable content like recipes, horoscopes, and lifestyle tips; less blood, bullets, and galactic aliens.

Margaret Wallace

Interview with Margaret Wallace

November 27, 2007

Margaret Wallace grew up in a "gadget" household, and as an undergraduate she studied the intersection of technology and culture.

Bambi Francisco

Interview with Bambi Francisco

October 26, 2007

As a journalist, Bambi Francisco has always loved being at the intersection of innovation, information, technology, and media.

Jeanette Symons

Interview with Jeanette Symons

October 19, 2007

NOTE: We are deeply saddened by Jeanette's tragic death in a small plane crash on Friday, February 1, 2008. She was a true technology pioneer and we hope her life will continue to inspire others. For Jeanette Symons, motherhood proved to be good for business. Her kids helped her come up with the idea for her award-winning social networking site, imbee.com.