Years before Ellen Hancock became one of the highest-ranking women in technology, she was a young New Yorker with two math degrees, reviewing career options. The future seemed to be in computer science and applications like the burgeoning space program.
Problem: “I knew nothing about space and I didn’t know anything about computer science,” she says. She set her sights on computer-science giant IBM, acing the entrance test.
A 29-year career followed, then stints as COO of National Semiconductor and CTO of Apple.
Now, Hancock is making a generous gift of $1 million to support Santa Clara’s Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation—to give future brilliant leaders interdisciplinary exposure to fields of the future.
Says Hancock: “The way the sciences and other disciplines will reinforce each other is very healthy.”