Aicha Evans, Zoox: "Marie Curie, French Nobel Prize winner/physicist. Every time it's tough as a woman in high-tech, I remind myself she did not have it easy. Nelson Mandela; I would love to have dinner with him if it were possible. And Andy Grove, one of the Intel founders."
Kelly Bysouth, International Automotive Components Group: "My dad is my hero. He was kind of an unsung hero. He died in 2011. He and my mom both really instilled a work ethic in me and that's just something that I see is so rare now. I try really hard to instill this into my own kids. But he was just an unsung hero, just completely selfless and did everything for his family. He was the type of guy that I don't think ever took a sick day in his life. Whatever success I have is because I had that work ethic at a very, very young age."
Tekedra Mawakana, Waymo: "My mom grew up in Collins, Miss., this teeny town south of Jackson. She had me very young. She had just turned 18 two weeks earlier. She's this beautiful, strong woman who poured every ounce of love and every hope and dream she had into me. She was a makeup artist and worked in the fashion industry, but more than anything, she was this cheerleader-in-chief. Whatever was going on she'd be my first call. Even though we didn't live in the same place, she'd be, like, 'What time's your fight? What are you going to wear?' I really am getting this chance to live out some of her dreams."