Sandy Lerner: Second Impressions
Thursday September 20, 2012
Sandy Lerner read from her new book Second Impressions, inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and talked about her journey to write the book.
Sandy Lerner was part of the team that developed the first commercial router while studying for a master’s degree in statistics and computer science from Stanford University, later to co-found Cisco Systems in 1984. A campaigner for animal rights, she founded Urban Decay Cosmetics, which spot-lighted animal testing. Lerner now owns and operates Ayrshire Farm, 2,000 acres of certified organic and certified humane farms in Virginia, whose mission is to farm sustainably and profitably, promoting the benefits of locally produced, humanely raised meats and organic produce to the consumer community through education and outreach. Included in her numerous achievements is the establishment of the Chawton House Library which houses The Centre for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing, 1600-1830, located at the Elizabethan manor house in Hampshire that was once owned by Jane Austen’s brother. An avid reader and scholar on Jane Austen, Lerner spent 26 years writing “Second Impressions.”