Mass High Tech (MHT), an online publication that follows the most recent technology industry news, launched a feature column that spotlights females that have accomplished noteworthy achievements in the business technology industry. This feature, titled Women to Watch, accepts nominations for innovative female business and technology leaders in fields such as telecom, software, hardware, advanced energy, electronics, medical devices, IT, nano, robotics, and networks and communications. MHT’s Women to Watch is a celebration of women’s achievements that decades ago were primarily male-dominated industries; it honors women in business technology as innovators in their field and as multitalented role models to future generations of technology and science oriented women and girls.
Women up for nomination are professionals in the tech industry in the Northeast; additional criteria to be eligible for nomination includes having a degree in engineering or science, and at least five years of managerial or technical experience in science and business technology related field. From a business perspective, these Women to Watch must exhibit outstanding leadership in successfully heading up campaigns for innovative new technologies, as well as demonstrating other classically valued business management skills such as creative problem solving and the capacity to make consistently savvy business enterprise decisions.
Most recently, high tech female business entrepreneur Jill Becker was honored as a feature story in the Women to Watch section of MHT. Jill Becker’s accomplishments as one of many women in the business technology industry starts with her interest in high tech research; this ingenuity coupled with her entrepreneurial drive led her to realize the demand for nanometer-scale thin films on behalf of high tech industry researchers and corporations, as a means to cost effectively and efficiently complete their work. She built her business from scratch, literally constructing her first product with her own two hands.
One of her most laudable assets as a female innovator in the technology industry is her knowledge of the field coupled with her capacity as a entrepreneur and business woman to not only develop a product but to market it successfully based on her existing knowledge of science technologies. Moreover, the article applauds Becker’s pursuit of her entrepreneurial high tech business career while simultaneously managing the challenges of motherhood. While the norm for women in business is to put their careers on hold during pregnancy, her tenacity as a professional is all the more noteworthy because her responsibilities as a mother only fueled her high tech entrepreneurial ambitions; her refusal to choose between her maternal life and business life makes her a progressive role model for successful business oriented women both in and outside of the high tech business realm.