Overcoming Challenges

Founded by CRN in 1997, the IT Hall of Fame recognizes the technical innovation, business acumen and career accomplishments of the outstanding men and women who most shaped and transformed the industry during the Information Age.

Seven women – a combination of powerful leaders, tech pioneers and creative thinkers – are among the more than 110 people inducted into the IT Hall of Fame, which CRN founded in 1997. It has been administered by CompTIA since 2010. These honorees include Admiral Grace Hopper, who spearheaded the development of COBOL and the compiler, hard-charging Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz and Software Spectrum co-founder Judy Odom.

In the slide show that follows, CRN looks at each of these seven women, the challenges they overcame and their lasting impact on the IT industry.