Beena Jacob

Chief Technology Officer, Donoma Software

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Follow your dreams and break the stereotypes

What do you do?

I lead the effort in bringing innovative solutions to market which provide insights into complex communications data (instant message, email, calls, audio etc.) for information governance, productivity measurements or for improving operational efficiency.

Why did you choose this field?

My mom has been the biggest and most significant influence on my life. Being a math major herself, she initiated my interest in math and it became my favorite subject in school. I started to love analyzing various formulae and equations in math and solving complex problems.
My dad is an economics/law major. He is the most generous and kind-hearted person I know. He taught me the value of education. My love for math steered me towards engineering. During my undergraduate (civil engineering) years I happened to enroll in a computer science program and it opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities that STEM offers.
When I got accepted into Temple University for a master's program in computer science, I decided to take up the opportunity. It surprised me that I was the only female or one of the few in my graduate degree classes compared to the CS classes in India. Although the gender gap has improved since then, we certainly need more women to enroll. It has been 20+ years since I've been working in this field and the journey so far has been fun and challenging with constant learning and growing.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Being an executive member of the Forbes Technology Council
Getting featured on Forbes.com - Expert panel publication
Being an Inventor/Patent Holder

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in this field for the following reasons:
Challenging: The constant technology transformation and being able to work with emerging technologies is intellectually stimulating.
Societal impact - Able to innovate and have an impact on society
Satisfaction - The satisfying feeling when ideations are turned into successful solutions.

Best advice for next generation?

Follow your dreams and break the stereotypes

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S.Lewis

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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