Marissa Mayer: Women in Artificial Intelligence

As Stephen Hawking once said, “Ai Is Likely To Be Either The Best Or Worst Thing To Happen To Humanity“, and one of the first developers of this technology was born on 30th May 1975 to Margret and Michael Mayer, Marissa Mayer. Being a shy child at first, she excelled in both academics as well as extra-curricular activities. She joined Stanford University to become a pediatric neurosurgeon, but switched to symbolic systems and went on to do her MS in computer science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, she was not only a fine academician but also a distinguished ballet dancer and a vigorous social worker.

Currently, she is a co-founder of Lumi Labs and has many AI patents under her name. She started her career with an internship at SRI International at Menlo Park and Ubilab. She bagged her first job at Google from 1999-2012, popularly known as employee no. 20 and distinguished for her work. She used to write codes and oversee a team of engineers, climbing the ladders of success to become Vice President of Search Products and User Experience. She has had key roles in Google AdWords, Maps, Images, Books, News, Gmail, Product search among others. 

After such a long tenure at Google, Mayer was appointed as CEO of Yahoo! where she proved her mettle not only as an IT executive but an excellent manager as well, like tripling the stocks of a failing company. Like a true professional she continued to do her job at par with excellence, being the best in both her personal as well as professional front. She resigned from her post in June 2017 after Yahoo! was sold to Verizon.

Since then she has been involved in Lumi Labs with a former colleague dealing with AI and consumer media. She is also involved in many businesses as well as non-profit boards like Walmart, National Design Museum among others, and actively invest in AI development. She continues to carry out her philanthropy; something she considers close to her heart and has does since college.

Besides all these, she has acquired a flair for teaching from her mother and has been doing that since her college days. She was also a mentor at Google for Associate Product Manager (APM) program and even received the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award from Stanford.