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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

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.

Anousheh Ansari

Interview with Anousheh Ansari

October 12, 2007

On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer.

Marketta Silvera

Interview with Marketta Silvera

September 20, 2007

Marketta Silvera is an accomplished visionary, entrepreneur, and chief executive in the voice technology, Internet and telecommunications industries.

Judy Estrin

Interview with Judy Estrin

September 13, 2007

For Judy Estrin, an interest in science and technology is in the blood: her older sister is an MD; her younger sister is a professor of computer science; and her parents both have PhDs in electrical engineering.

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