Noreen Krall

Vice president and chief litigation counsel, Apple Inc.

Krall is at the center of technology and law, overseeing litigation matters and strategy for Apple. It’s a job that requires legal expertise and tech knowledge—both of which she has. Krall has a masters in computer information systems and she started her career as an engineer at IBM.

What’s your biggest pet peeve related to working in the tech sector?

That people *still* haven’t learned to not “reply to all” when mistakenly included on an email chain.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be …

Retired.

I can’t wait until we invent …

A “time-turner,” for those days when you could use just a few extra hours.

What’s the most valuable career advice anyone’s ever given you?

Always surround yourself with people you can learn from. If you are not learning you are not growing.

No. 1 survival tip in a work crisis:

Keeping up with my early morning runs.

Favorite way to kill time on a cross-country flight?

Reading opinions and decisions, and watching reruns of Modern Family.

In 50 words or less: what can be done to tackle tech’s gender gap?

Strong female role models dedicating time and talent to inspire girls in elementary school and junior high to pursue careers in science and technology.

One word people use to describe you:

Energetic.

—David Ruiz