Cheryl Watson: Teaching Is Her Mainframe Compass

Watson & Walker, Inc. CEO and co-founder Cheryl Watson has been an IBM mainframe enthusiast since she discovered her love of computers at Portland State University in 1965. Upon graduation, Watson began her career as a trainee programmer at Consolidated Freightways using 1401/7010 Autocoder, then assembler and COBOL. She was on the system programming team when their first IBM System/360 was installed, and has followed the mainframe’s evolution.

After bouncing around at several software development firms, Watson landed at EDS in 1970, where she worked around the globe as an educator, performance analyst, capacity planner, system programmer, CICS administrator, and more. It was around this time that she heard about SHARE.

Read about Watson’s journey, who was recently recognized for her 40 years of service with SHARE