Donna Dubinsky, 1999

Dubinsky, the first woman to earn induction into the IT Hall of Fame, graduated from Yale and Harvard Business School before joining Apple Computer in the early 1980s. By 1984, Apple had promoted Dubinsky to U.S. product distribution manager, a role that saw her support and oversee all of the company's dealer relationships. When Apple president Steve Jobs wanted to adopt a new manufacturing process that would do away with its six regional warehouses, however, Dubinsky threatened to resign if an outside task force were to assess her distribution unit. Ultimately, she kept her promise, leaving to serve as CEO of PDA manufacturer Palm and later co-founding Handspring.