New site, same great material! Hi everyone and welcome to the LDC Women in Tech series. We are now available on the Madame Noire platform and happy to be part of the site fam.
It’s all about bringing you info on some of the most powerful execs in the tech arena, start-up moguls-in-the-making and major players in the digital arena. Why? Because African-American women actually out-index in so many instances regarding digital. For example, more than any other demo in this country, we lead the pack in frequency of accessing Twitter via a mobile phone (source: Pew Research). So since we are lovers of such platforms, we should begin to get to know who is behind them. And as a thought-leader in the tech space, it’s my pleasure to spotlight these women in order to provide you with insight, encouragement and knowledge. I’m also glad to bring this series to light in order to provide greater recognition to them which other media outlets seem to miss offering to them. Here we go with the first:
Marilyn Crouther, Vice President of Finance, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services
LDC: I love to usually start off with a little background, so first, where did you attend college?
MC: I attended Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.
LDC: What was it like for you?
MC: I had a truly awesome college experience. Mississippi State University (MSU) provided a strong sense of community within the relatively small town of Starkville, MS. My college years were very busy, I participated in campus organizations such as Student Affairs and Residence Life. I joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., served as the Chairperson for MSU’s Black Awareness Committee that helped bring the author of Roots, Alex Haley, to the campus and I worked in retail. MSU was a good fit for me and my family academically and geographically. The University was just two hours from my family home, which was far enough to enable me to grow into an independent young woman, but close enough to allow me to go home when needed. Additionally, MSU offered a strong engineering, mathematics and accounting curriculum. I was able to thrive in my math and computer courses while developing interpersonal leadership skills from my involvement in various organizations. I look back on my college experience fondly due to the rich education gained and life-long friendships that were fostered.