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NWW Weekly Connection

March 19, 2023
The Woman Who Helped Make It Possible To Hear On Zoom

Though many of us may have been somewhat resistant to use web conferencing such as Zoom in the past, preferring to meet in person (which is totally fabulous, when possible), we began to see the light during the pandemic.

New World Women was able to expand our sisterhood across the globe because of our ability to connect and hear one another clearly on Zoom.

Many of our NWW Luminary teachers share their wisdom beyond their local geography because of this technology, too.

Each day, people can connect with loved ones because of the technology developed by one woman.

Since Black History Month was celebrated last month and this is Women's History Month, we were
pleased to learn about Dr. Marian Croak.

Engineer Dr. Marian Croak was born in New York City in 1955 and worked on advancing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies, converting voice data into digital signals that can be easily transmitted over the internet rather than using traditional phone lines.

Just to name a few of her contributions, Dr. Croak:
- has more than 200 U.S. patents!
- is a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.
- received awards for her text-to-donate technology which raised $130,000 in relief funds during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, $4 million in text donations after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
- is a former board member for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, Catalyst; the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
- is Vice President of Engineering at Google.

Thank you, Dr. Marian Croak, for using your extraordinary gifts to help us all be connected and heard clearly—using technology!

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