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Linda Scherr

Linda Scherr is the program director of IBM Women in Technology. Scherr joined IBM in 1973 in Kingston, New York and has spent the majority of her career in the development, marketing, and management of high-end systems software.

Management positions have included middle management in a development laboratory, product management for several software products, and corporate headquarters assignments. She has also served as executive assistant to two of IBM’s top technical female executives, Ellen Hancock and Linda Sanford.

In 1995, Scherr coordinated the activities of the IBM Women’s Executive Task Force, and in 1997, formulated the IBM Women in Technology Steering Committee, which she now chairs. This group of women technical leaders strives to foster an environment within IBM that supports the contribution and growth of IBM’s technical women and encourages girls and women to enter and remain active in technical careers.

Scherr has spoken on the subject of women in technology at a number of conferences and networking events and has been interviewed for a number of publications including Working Mother, Network World, CIO, and Diversity Careers in Engineering magazines. In October of 1999, Scherr testified before the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development (CAWMSET).

Scherr holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Syracuse University. She is married and the mother of a 10-year old (future engineer!) daughter.


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