91-Year-Old Woman Finally Lands Her Dream Job In Silicon Valley


A 91-year-old woman has achieved her dream of becoming an inventor by joining an acclaimed Silicon Valley company.

Barbara Beskind designed her first product when she was 10 years old.

She told TODAY,

Beskind would later ask her high school guidance counselor about attending an engineering school only to be shot down because they did not accept women at the time.

So she joined the Army, became an occupational therapist and satisfied her creative side by writing several books and creating beautiful paintings.

It wasn't until two years ago that she decided to take another crack at her childhood goal.

She applied for a job at IDEO, a Palo Alto-based firm mostly known for producing the first mouse for Apple computers.

Beskind said,

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She only works one day a week, but her arrival is celebrated throughout the building each time.

An email gets sent to the entire company informing them that she's there, according to TODAY, and many immediately greet her with hugs.

Beskind's work involves tools for the elderly that she personally tests at home.

IDEO is currently designing prototypes for a walking device she invented called the "trekker."

She told TODAY that she draws strength from her age because it has heightened her ability to adapt.

She said,

Beskind urges her peers to rediscover their identities by delving further into what brings them joy because everyone has the potential to make a difference, regardless of age.

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