We’ve Come A Long Way!

Thursday, March 28, 2013
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We live in an amazing time. Until recently we called this the “new millennium”; well, okay, for over a dozen years now, but… how much things have changed over the last 40 years. The roles for women have really been evolving.

When I grew up (late 60’s and early 70’s), we didn’t have computers, cell phones or tablets. We had pens and pencils and big, clunky phones to communicate with one another. TV shows included the Brady Bunch and Charlie’s Angels.

It was the time when women were beginning to step forward and take charge in baby steps. Words like “women’s lib” were popping up and more and more women were heading into the work force fulltime. There was no such thing as texting to learn about what your friends were doing.

That was then and this is now. In the new millennium we have women who are CEOs of large corporations, senators, and even a Secretary of State. However, the tech industry is still lagging a bit behind.

[ScanSnap] If you were asked to describe yourself, what are the first three words that pop into your head?

[Passionate, accountable for my actions and truthful (even to a fault). These are what I call  “Diva Truths”. I want to be a good role model and encourage other women to follow their true path, freely. I am a business owner and my company name is Sharp Tongued Consulting.]

[ScanSnap] Where do you find your motivation?

[My motivation is my sobriety. I have been clean and sober since 10/1/83 when I hit bottom at the age of 22. As a woman, in recovery, I have been given the gift to start my life over. It is now my responsibility to do the right thing and honor this new chance. And a duty to support other women to in being the best they can be, no matter what.]

[ScanSnap] What organization do you admire for empowering women in tech?

[Lorene] App Camp For Girls is an amazing organization!

App Camp for Girls wants to address the gender imbalance among software developers by giving girls the chance to learn how to build apps, to be inspired by women instructors, and to get exposure to software development as a career.

I’m all about tech, empowerment and being a good role model for what a woman can do. I’m proud to call myself a Girl Geek. Let’s ring a bell and have girls show their geek self. Wouldn’t it be cool if one of the students created a new app for ScanSnap?

Do check out App Camp for Girls. Jean MacDonald is a pioneer in this project and can be reached at jean@appcamp4girls.com

Lorene Romero (@lorener) is the President of the North Coast Mac Users Group in Santa Rosa, CA. She is also a full-time Travel Agent.