For almost 40 years I have been a writer and editor. During that time, I launched four award-winning publications (CIO Insight, HomePC, Managed Healthcare News and VARBusiness) and one website (Miavita.com). I’m also the co-author of Fast Forward, a book about the impact of the Internet, published in 2000 by William Morrow. During my career I’ve had a strong interest in issues facing women in technology. I served as a board member for Cybergrrl, a site dedicated to transforming women’s lives through technology; organized and ran a leadership group for women students at Columbia University taking part in a business/tech masters program; and moderated a forum for Women in Technology from 2008 to 2011 at CIOZone, a social networking site for technology executives, where I wrote about the challenges women in male-dominated technology fields face. I’ve also taken particular pleasure in my life from mentoring women I have come to know in business and in life.
It has been an honor to work on this project with my wise and kind and experienced Aunt Ellen. I have been a part of many creative births, but none so carefully and surely managed forward as this one. Friendship Dialogues came to me when I was in transition, recovering from a life-changing illness, and searching to find the new ground under my slightly less able feet. Reading these stories of women bravely facing all sorts of sickness and loss, sometimes after a long life of friendship, but often not, has been, perhaps paradoxically, fortifying. I find comfort in their steadfast loyalty to one another, their aching love that endures after death, the pride and generosity with which they gave during life. The lessons of these stories remain the same as those we learn elsewhere, again and again: we are mortal, life is fleeting, love well, women nourish women in a unique and powerful way, actively loving is what matters. I look forward to reading the contributions of other women as the site grows, to hearing their comments, to learning more about the female friendships that sustain us as women and, too, I believe, as a society.
– creative technologist
Annemarie is a creative technologist. As an independent consultant, she works directly with her clients to help them build engaging solutions that will better their business. Over the past 25 years she has created websites, educational games, training tools and marketing campaigns for a variety of clients in non-profit organizations as well as major corporations including Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Sony, Olympus, M&M/Mars and HarperCollins.