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Monday Tech Motivation #1: Profiling Valerie E. Taylor

Welcome to the first-ever edition of the Artificially Intelligent Monday Tech Motivation! Today I’m profiling Valerie E. Taylor

This article is a little pick me up to start your week in tech with a little bit of motivation.

This segment will be profiling inspiring people working in tech from across the board and sharing why they can be a source of inspiration. In addition to this, I’ll share some of the key takeaways I believe are relevant for each of us as we navigate our own lives in tech – no matter where we are currently.

For this my first profile, let me introduce Valerie E. Taylor.

Who is Valerie E. Taylor?

Valerie E. Taylor is Director at Argonne National Laboratory, USA. She has also been Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. This position is in addition to several other senior roles in various academic institutions.

Most impressively she has co-authored over 100 papers in the field of computer science!

The receiver of numerous awards including Pathbreaker Award from the Women in Leadership, Valerie E. Taylor is also the Executive Director of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT).

CMD-IT seeks to develop the participation of minorities and people with disabilities in the IT workforce in the United States.

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Why does she inspire me?

I don’t know how closely you were reading the bio but Valerie E. Taylor has co-authored over 100 papers!

That is an incredible body of work by anyone’s standard!

If that’s not an inspiration, I don’t know what it.

Furthermore, Valerie is an example of how you can rise to the top of the academic world in tech. When you are constantly reading about how challenging getting to the top is for women and people of colour in tech, it’s great to have Valerie as an example of what’s possible.

What we can take from Valerie E. Taylor’s story?

I think the most important lesson we can take from Valerie E Taylor’s career is that you can do it!

Looking back through her impressive portfolio, it is clear to see how hard work has paid off. Furthermore, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t be able to get to the level you want to within tech.

You just have to be willing to try.

Thank you, Valerie E. Taylor, for inspiring us!

Read more about inspiring Women in Tech here.

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