Having spent her early life half way around the world and in a different culture, author Liang Xi Downey shares with readers the varied set of life and professional experiences on her path. Her college education was in electrical and electronics engineering, but Downey’s career has been much broader than that. She is also experienced in sales, marketing and business development; worked on business and investment strategies for start-ups; in companies with only a few employees; and for major companies, such as IBM and General Motors. Downey came to know IEEE in in the late 1980s, while studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She quickly learned that “IEEE” represented technical authority and professional prestige. Downey is very active in both the IEEE Technology Engineering Management Society (TEMS) and IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE). She has had leadership positions in both for some years, on a global level. Her involvement has led to such cutting-edge initiatives as the IEEE Blockchain Future Initiative, and the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge.