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Padmasree Warrior Inducted into WITI’s Hall of Fame

posted Oct 23, 2010, 1:19 AM by Diana Rohini LaVigne   [ updated Oct 23, 2010, 1:19 AM ]


SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Motorola Padmasree Warrior was inducted Sept. 27 into the highly-regarded WITI Women in Technology International Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency here. With over 400 attendees at the 12th annual event, Warrior was selected, along with three other recipients, for this prestigious award created to highlight the extraordinary achievements and contributions of women in science and technology.

Warrior, noted as a “rising star” by Fortune magazine, is currently responsible for Motorola’s $3.7 billion research and development investment, and leads a global team of 26,000 engineers. According to her bio, she is credited with “crafting much of Motorola’s strategy around seamless mobility and to deliver easy uninterrupted access to everything people want in a flatand mobile world.” The Economic Times recently ranked Warrior as the “11th Most Influential Global Indian.”

Warrior first became involved with WITI approximately a decade ago when she was in the audience watching other inductees receive their recognition. She admitted during her acceptance speech that back then she had never thought she’d be up on that stage accepting an award herself.

Each of the inductees was featured in a short film highlighting their professional achievements,followed by an introduction from a colleague, and then a short speech was given by theinductee before receiving the award.

During her address, Warrior spoke about inspiring the next of women in science and technology, but also added that “you don’t have to play golf to get to where you want to get to,” indicating that woman can act like women and still break through the glass ceiling. After all the awards were presented, Warrior extended a second generation RAZR phone to all the inductees as a special gift from her employer.

Warrior lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Mohan Warrior, who is the president andchief executive officer of Alfalight, Inc., with their young son. According to her husband, who was featured in the film highlighting her lifetime of success, they met when they were teenagers and formed a lifelong friendship and marriage over the years.

Warrior, raised in southern India, received a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineeringfrom the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi before moving to the United States where she received her Masters of Science in the same subject from Cornell University. In addition to Warrior, Dr. Wanda Austin, president and CEOelect of National Systems Group; Helen Greiner, co-founder and chairman of iRobot; and Lucy Sanders, co-founder and CEO of the National Center for Women and Technology, were inducted this year into the WITI Hall ofFame. In 2005, Indian-born Neerja Raman was bestowed the same honor.

For more information on WITI and its Hall of Fame, visit their Web site at www.witi.com.