Meet madge meyer
Madge was born in Shanghai, China and grew up with 3 sisters in Shanghai - while her parents and her younger brother moved to Hong Kong, because of her father’s new business location. Her mother always told the 4 girls that “You can do everything boys can do. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do it.” Moreover, her parents sent all their girls to the best private school in Shanghai. So, all of them received the best education during their early years. At that exceptional school, the teachers helped students to develop self-confidence and positive thinking.
One lucky summer, all 4 girls were officially granted the opportunity to leave Shanghai for Hong Kong. After they arrived in Hong Kong, their mother hired a language tutor, who taught them some English, and they were all sent to the United States for their college educations. As an undergraduate, Madge majored in Mathematics and Chemistry at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, and is commemorated as the 2010 Honoree on their College of Business Wall of Fame. She also continued her graduate study in Mathematics at St. Louis University - until IBM launched her IT odyssey, one memorable summer, in New York City.
IBM hired her as a Scientific Programmer, and assigned her to their NASA Orbital Space Program, developing onboard software programs for 3 space flights. Madge was the only female Scientific Programmer on this team. As a Chinese woman, working in a male-dominated field, she was competing with many very bright and confident colleagues. She experienced many challenges and turning points during her career. However, these challenges made her a stronger and more resilient person. She learned from her NASA experience about Innovation, Speed and Zero-defect Execution, which became her guiding principles throughout her career.
She subsequently advanced through several executive positions at IBM. Then, later on, Madge also served as First Vice President for Merrill Lynch’s Enterprise Technology Services - before joining State Street Corporation, as Senior Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services in 2001. By 2003, Madge was promoted to Executive Vice President, and became the first Chinese female to earn an EVP title at State Street. Later, Madge became their “Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer & Technology Fellow” at State Street Corporation. She also represented State Street on assisting MIT Collaborative Initiatives for bringing innovative solutions to problems broadly ranging from global sustainability to health, education, and veterans’ reintegration.
Madge has been recognized with 16 personal awards and honors for her industry and community achievements, including Bank Systems & Technology “Elite 8 Innovators” and Bank Technology News “10th Annual Innovators List,” which both honor executives who leverage innovation for competitive advantage. She was also initiated as a Simmons School of Management 2013 Chapter Honoree, into the International Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She has been named as “Woman of the Year for 2013/2014” by the National Association for Professional Woman (NAPW). The International Women’s Leadership Association (The IWLA) also named her A Woman of Outstanding Leadership in 2013. Under her leadership, Madge’s teams at State Street were also recognized with 32 industry awards for innovation and excellence, including 12 IT environmental sustainability honors.
Now, Madge - as a public speaker, award-winning author, and the founder of “Madge Meyer Consulting, LLC” - is known for her unique yet practical approach to advancing innovation and leadership throughout entire organizations. Her book, which is entitled “The Innovator’s Path” and subtitled “How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business as Usual”, was published by John Wiley & Sons, and became a 2014 Axiom Business Book Award winner in the Success/Motivation/Coaching category.
She is currently a Trustee for the Boston Children’s Museum, a member of the DNA Medicine Institute Business Advisory Board, a member of the Global Advisory Board of Finance & Risk Management International School of Renmin University of China, and also several advisory boards for venture capital and non-profit institutions.
Madge believes passionately in making innovation “Business-as-Usual” – continually developing and implementing new ideas and solutions that create business value and increase competitive advantage.
Now, look back upon Madge’s career - at all the challenges she overcame, the goals she exceeded, the recognition she earned, the lessons she learned and the joy and humor she had. She has indeed achieved far beyond both her parental and her personal expectations!!!