Revolutionaries: An Evening with Marissa Mayer

About This Episode



It’s been quite a journey for Marissa Mayer – from Wisconsin’s Wausau West High School to Stanford University and then Google (to now Yahoo!). Mayer, the former Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google, oversaw product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products and curated the Google Doodle program, celebrating special events on Google's homepage around the world.

As the company's first female engineer in 1999, Marissa played an important role in developing Google’s culture. Her contributions have included overseeing the look-and-feel of the company's iconic homepage and founding the Associate Product Manager program, which has hired over 300 of the company’s future leaders.

Join NPR Correspondent Laura Sydell for a wide-ranging conversation about the educational choices Mayer made, her early role models and mentors, and her continuing role as a mentor – to the next generation of computer scientists as well as women entrepreneurs.

Revolutionaries is the Computer History Museum´s acclaimed speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. The audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

*Recorded at the Computer History Museum January 12, 2012