Hi! So you need a pic or bio for me. I'll also address a few other common issues / questions.

If I sent you here and there's something I haven't answered, please let me know.

My Name & Pronunciation

  • First Name: Gayle
  • Middle Name (Maiden Name): Laakmann <---- two n's! Lots of people mess this up. As in at least 25% of speaker bios / articles misspell my name.
  • Last Name: McDowell

How do I pronounce Laakmann?

"Laakmann" is pronounced the way you would expect "Lockman" to be pronounced. Something like "Lockmen". (Not: Lack + man or Lack + men.)

You have so many names! Which name do I use?

I'm an author and a lot of people still associate me with my maiden/middle name. Therefore, when you're writing out my full name, I prefer "Gayle Laakmann McDowell". 

If you're just going to use my last name (for example, during subsequent mentions in an article), then "McDowell" is fine (or "Gayle").


I generally use "Founder/CEO of CareerCup.com" or "Founder/CEO of CareerCup.com and Author of the Cracking the * Interview Series"


Here are some bios of different lengths.

26 words

Founder of CareerCup.com. Tech hiring consultant. Author of Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, Cracking the Tech Career. Former Software Engineer (Google, Microsoft, Apple). 

31 words (including contact info)

Founder/CEO of CareerCup.com. Tech hiring consultant. Acquisition interview consultant. Author of Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, Cracking the Tech Career. Software Engineer (Google, Microsoft, Apple). 


102 words

Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder/CEO of CareerCup.com and the author of Cracking the *interview books (Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career).

Her background is in software development, with a BSE/MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School. She previously worked as a software engineer at Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

In addition to running CareerCup and writing books, she consults with tech companies on their engineering hiring process and with startups to help them through acquisition interviews. 

She can be found online at twitter.com/gaylefacebook.com/gayle, and gayle.com.

Contact Info

You can provide my contact info if you'd like. I usually provide the following in speaker bios:

  • gayle.com
  • gayle <at> gayle.com
  • facebook.com/gayle
  • twitter.com/gayle
  • linkedin.com/in/gaylemcd


These should all be fairly high resolution -- good enough for a website. Just open whichever one you want. You can also download the originals here. That's probably only useful if you need to print at very high resolution.

Book Pictures