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Thanks to a Facebook invite from the inimitable Sandy Kemsley , I learned about Ada Lovelace Day a few months back.

Suw Charman-Anderson, herself a fascinating woman, wrote:

"I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same."

By the way, for those of you, who like myself, weren't sure who Ada is, Suw Charman-Anderson explains: ;

"Ada Lovelace was one of the world's first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built.";

Now as a value-add in my job as an SAP Community Evangelist, I have the privilege of knowing some of the smartest techies on the planet.  So my first and seemingly only challenge in role models was  finding "A" woman... as in limiting myself to a single role model.

I found that approach a tiny bit...well...limiting. And soon realized rather than to try to name every remarkable woman in Technology I know or know of, I could introduce people outside my SAP Community Network and perhaps even inside that community, to some of the women of the community I admire.  So I'll name just a few (okay, now second huge challenge that few limitation) of my local heroines and by linking you to their blogs, tweets, or wiki profiles allow you all the pleasure of discovery or perhaps further introduction.

Bhanu Gupta - I first met Bhanu during SAP TechEd in September 2006, when she attended the first Business Process Expert Day, but I had been a fan of this Business Intelligence nova for a long while before that, as she rapidly became one of the most prolific forum participants on the SAP Developer Network attaining top contributor ranking internationally.  She told a great community story as many of the folks in the community didn't realize she was a woman.

Anne Kathrine Petteroe - Ann also told a great community story of how twitter facilitated our meeting her in the SAP headquarters during an  SCN Meetup in Walldorf - Later, I had the privilege to meet with Anne again when she came to TechEd Berlin 2008 as one of the developers of ESME and a powerful contestant in "Demo Jam".

Moya Watson - Technical evangelist and all around SAP superstar, Moya,  writes like a dynamo and shepherds software solutions to release.  Moya introduced me to the world of digital anthropology through her moya.watson/blog and celebrated women in technology by pointing to the book O'Reilly Goes Live with Women In Technology Series [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] is a tools mentor and community evangelist for Visual Composer - You can do anything.... .  This fellow Israeli who studied industrial engineering garnered comments and followers on her blog posts from every corner of the globe and is a frequent speaker at SAP TechEd.

Ginger Gatling was my teacher and mentor in a number of SAP related technical courses and has been a colleague for over a decade.  Can't say enough good things about the way she transfers knowledge to thousands of people online and at live events.  She has this way of explaining technology that makes you feel "you get it".  She introduced me to Workflow for Suits - TechEd Community Day BoF Session who goes under the code name susan.keohan/blog and who is an active ASUG (SAP User Group) volunteer leader who in turn introduced me to gretchen.lindquist2/blog who has been "working in SAP Security since 1997... the lead configurator and technical support analyst for an SAP partner system in her ERP landscape"  and somehow it seems like I've know forever yet another ASUG leader  Karin Tillotson, Technical Lead for Valero's  SAP Data Archiving Project.

And then, one of my newest ...and perhaps youngest technology heroines, another colleague and community member Jen Robinson whose simple list of places you can find her "Elsewhere", as she proclaims on her wiki profile, belies her depth and maturity and the passionate commitment those activities have her engaging in.

Now since I see my list is already 9 women long and I have about 100 more to go, and I haven't done this in any particular order, I'll conclude with a warm acknowledgment and shout out to the other dozens of techie women in our SAP Community Network, colleagues, mentors, fellow community members whose ranks thankfully are swelling and can be seen coaching Business Expert topics, consulting in the world's largest businesses and organizations, evangelizing education and certification, championing sustainability, mentoring developers and business process experts, managing industry communities, coding solutions, supporting process integrations and representing a world of talented women, who have chosen to follow a career path in technology.  Even if I haven't explicitly named you in this posting you know exactly who you are.