10/30/2008: Padma Warrior
Recently the BBC interviewed Padma Warrior, the head of Cisco’s technology department. In the interview, Padma shared her own story and the future she sees for jobs in technology. She has described herself as a woman and a business person. After arriving in this country with only a hundred dollars to her name, Padma has rose high in a male dominated field. Originally she worked for Motorola where she rose through the ranks eventually leading a team of 26,000. Under her influence, Motorola won the US National Medal of Technology. After her success at Motorola, Padma took at job with Cisco where she still works.
Padma has been very successful leading Cisco. Focusing on what she calls precursors, Padma studies trends to develop the most useful technology for the future. Examples include systems to monitor a buildings greenhouse gas emissions and a unified communication system. Part of her success is due to her fun and creative work environment. “I push my team and myself very hard and I also have fun on the way. I play practical jokes on my staff and kid around. Ultimately you have got to enjoy life.” Padma stresses the importance of technology. Technology isn’t cold an sterile it’s a dynamic field with a deep connection to popular culture. As Padma puts it herself, “what is interesting is what can you do with that technology and how can you change what we as human beings are interested in.”
For more on Padma Warrior please read the interview at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7643308.
Don’t forget to take the quiz on blackboard!
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