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"The Top 25 Blacks in Technology"

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". . . With a Ph.D. in Solid-State Chemistry, Cheryl L. Shavers learned early on as a child growing up in Phoenix that understanding chemistry and science would give her the leverage she needed to succeed. This credo has led her from private industry to implementing policy as Undersecretary for Technology in the Department of Commerce.
Althorugh Shavers served as Undersecretary for only 18 months, she was able to influence Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to enact the laws to protect intellectual properties and companies seeking to do business in that country. She also revamped many of the procesdures and policeis on the Technology Subcommittee of the U.S.- Egypt Partnership for Economic Growth, bridging the way for companies such as Intel, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and others to work there. She's done the same in Israel, Korea, and China. "When we can put those kind of policies in place it means we can level the playing field. It's more rewarding than just making another dollar; it's helping people live a better life....." - Black Enterprise

"Choosing Our Future"

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". . . Dr. Shavers' report explores three of the technology frontiers for the 21st century: nanotechnology, biotechnology, and networking and computing. Most experts agree that we are in the earliest stages of understanding nanotechnology and th effects of the human genome on biotechnology. We have been able to harness computers in a networked fashion for several decades now, but, but in truth, we have only begun to appreciate the possibilities. . . " - Norther Virginia Technology Council Magazine

"Shavers Pushes Egypt Toward High-Tech Innovation"

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". . . . When she (Dr. Shavers) worked for Intel, Shavers specialized in conducting assessments of emerging technologies, overseeing Inte's investments in high-tech companies around the world. That experieince made her realize that countries have to define their IT aspirations interms that make sense for them, both economically and culturally.
"In the United States industry standards are determined in most cases by open competition," said Shavers. "In a non-democratic type of environment, international standards can be set by the government, so some countries can actually leapfrog in certain technologies and get a foothold that way, even through they happen to be emerging conomies."
Some might say that's placing too much faith in new technology to solve problems that existed before anyone ever heard of IT. Not Shavers. "History shows that business goes on no matter what," she says. "People trade goods even if there's a major war going on. In terms of IT, I think economics and politics in the Middle East are on parallel paths, and it's just a matter of time before they converge. There will always be problems. But everyone wants to move forward. And that's what we're working toward.". . ." - PHARAOHS

"Use Net Technology as a Tool, say Expert"

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". . . .Small businesses will increasingly treat technology as a utility, turning services on and off as required, an interntional expert has predicted.
Cheryl Shavers a senior technology advisor to the US government, said the concept of "IT-on-demand" would become commonplace within a few years, allowing more small companies to take advantage of technology.
Dr. Shavers said many compaies began using technology with the primary objective of reducing costs through automating or streamlining business systems.
However, the real benefits came from the increase in productivity that technology could provide.
Dr. Shavers will outline her thoughts about technology and business at a major international event, IBM Focus in Syndey on April 10 and 11. . . " - The Australian IT

"Ten Elected to Women's Hall of Fame"

Ten educators, researchers and executives are charter honorees named to the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. The women were selected on the basis of their contributions to science and technology. The inductees are Ruth Amonette, Eleanor Baum, Jaleh Daie, Barbara Grant, Stephanie Kwolek, Misha Mahawald, Linda Sanford, Cheryl Shavers, Sheila Widnal, and Chien-Shiung Wu. Five are educators or involved in research, and seven hold Ph.D degrees. - Computer Industry Daily

"Black Pioneers in the High-Tech World"

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". . . Still other triumphs can be found in government, where a Black woman, Cheryl L. Shavers, Ph.D., was confrimed as U.S. Undersecreatry of Commerce for Technology. "Technology is the last frontiers where you can be certainly judged by ability and talent," she says. . . .
Shavers, who has worked in serveral engineering and management positions at large technology companies, says that instead of embracing the theory of digital divide, she believes in encouraging people to welcome technological opportunity. "The biggest challenge is not believing the hype but believing in yourself," she says. . . . - Ebony


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Cheryl L. Shavers, Ph.D. is the CEO of Global Smarts, Inc., a global business advisory firm with a focus on technology and innovation in the developing world and the former Underscretary of Commerce for Technology in the Clinton Administration.

She is also a Director on the board of Rockwell Collins, a leader in the design, production and
support of communications and aviation electronics solutions for government, and commercial customers worldwide, as well as the Director of Strategic Investments and Relationships at Media Tech Capital Partners, a private merchant bank providing corporate finance and advisory services, focused on a broad range of technology industry sectors.

Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit institution.

Previously, confirmed by the 106th Congress to become the Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology at the Department of Commerce, Dr. Shavers oversaw the Commerce Department’s Technology Administration and the Office of Technology Policy, as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Technical Information Service and the Office of Space Commercialization.

As Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Shavers also served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce in forming new policies and program initiatives in the areas of science and technology.

The Technology Administration is the federal government’s focal point for working in partnership with U.S. industry to improve America’s commercial and industrial innovation, productivity, and economic growth.

Additionally, she served as the Department of Commerce’s representative to the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on National Security, the Committee on International Science, Engineering & Technology and the Committee on Technology, as well as coordinated the Clinton Administration’s Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program.

Internationally, Dr. Shavers served as a member of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission (USISTC), is a former member of the USISRC Executive Committee, served as Co-Chair of the USISTC Joint High Level Advisory Panel, is a
former member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation, the former Co-Chair of the Technology Subcommittee under the U.S.-Egypt Partnership for Economic Development, and was a frequently invited participant on the U.S.-South Africa Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-Russia Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-China Joint Management Committee and the U.S.-Japan Joint High Level Committee.

Dr. Shavers holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry, both from Arizona State University, and an Honorary Master’s degree in Engineering Management from California Polytechnic State University. She is also a practicing registered Patent Agent with the Patent & Trademark Office of the Department of Commerce.

Dr. Shavers has over 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry in various engineering and managerial positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Varian Associates and Intel Corporation.

Before she was nominated by former President Bill Clinton to be Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Shavers headed investment strategies for the Microprocessor Sector Group within Intel Capital where she led technology assessments of emerging technologies, structured strategic business alliances and oversaw domestic and international equity investments and/or acquisitions of high-tech companies.

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shavers is a highly regarded technical and business expert and sought after national and international speaker on issues of technology, business and policy for both the private sector and foreign governments. She is also the former producer and host of Technology’s Edge, a radio talk program broadcast on Business Radio AM570 WWRC in Washington D.C., a former weekly columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and a former member of the board of directors for the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation.

Among her numerous awards, Dr. Shavers is also a 1998 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and an inductee in the International Women in Technology Hall of Fame, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. In 1999 and 2005 She received Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for her work in the community and for her business leadership. Dr. Shavers was recently honored with the 2005 Compass Award from the Women’s Leadership Exchange and currently serves as a board member of the Anita Borg Institute, which is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and girls in science and technology.

Dr. Shavers lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughter and young twin sons.