Sales Director at Sun Microsystems Inc. in Southfield; Founder of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT), and President of the MCWT Foundation. Bayer and her team develop a range of programs for the MCWT Foundation, which is dedicated to correcting the dramatically growing gender disparity in information technology fields. Bayer has been with Sun Microsystems for 14 years in various leadership roles. She currently leads a team that spans 16 countries, bringing creative technology solutions and premium customer service to Sun's top customers and sparking innovations in their products and services while helping them to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Her previous posts at Sun included chief architect for the global GM account and regional systems engineering manager for automotive and telecommunications. Before Sun, Bayer served as regional systems engineer for Amdahl Corp. and product development manager at Control Data Corp. One of her innovations at Control Data is the product now known as NetBackup from Veritas. Bayer was named a Top Michigan Woman in Computing in 2003 and a Midwest Technology Leader in 2008. She also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Lawrence Technological University in 2007. She has mentored younger women through the MCWT and Menttium (an organization that provides mentoring), where she has been an advisory board member as well. Bayer volunteers with Destination Imagination, an international creative problem-solving organization for youth and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). She received her bachelor's in computer science and math from Central Michigan University and her MBA with Distinction from Lawrence Technological University.