What can they do?
What power do they have?
What can they change?
What can they build?
They said women can’t work in technology..
This has to change!
Here’s the list of 50 WOMEN IN TECH for anyone who doubts their superpower!
Dr. Fei-Fei Li
A pioneer of artificial intelligence with an impressive Twitter following, Dr. Fei-Fei Li is another one of today’s most influential women in technology. Dr. Li was born in Beijing, China, and moved to the U.S. with her mother when she was 16. She studied physics at Princeton and went on to receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Caltech.
The Stanford professor co-founded AI4ALL, a nonprofit aimed at improving diversity in the field of AI. But she’s most known for her work on the ImageNet project, a database of over 15 million images. In layman’s terms, the database helped “train” the first computer to recognize and understand what’s in a picture. In her TED Talk on the project, Dr. Li stated, “Little by little, we’re giving sight to the machines. First, we teach them to see. Then, they help us to see better.”
Whitney Wolfe Herd
Wolfe Herd, CEO at Bumble recently became the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire when Bumble IPOed, but it certainly was no easy road for her to get there. She didn’t have a STEM degree or well-connected parents, and she started her career in tech just 5 years ago. She leads Bumble, a dating app where 100 million women have signed up to make the first move. But that’s not all that sets Bumble apart from its competitors. The company has taken a firm stance against any form of body shaming, worked with Texas lawmakers to outlaw the unsolicited sending of lewd images, and showed no tolerance for misogyny on its platform.
Ways to democratize access to data
Ujjyaini Mitra is Chief Data Officer at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited. She goes beyond ‘Best in Class’, and is passionate to build ‘Next in Class’ innovative solutions for businesses using design thinking, innovation, and AI. She has over 14 years of rich Leadership experience in establishing Data as a Culture at large organizations. Her work experience is spread over the Globe across industries – Digital Media & Entertainment, E-commerce, Telecommunication, just to name a few. In a nutshell - Ujjyaini is a strong people leader with in-depth domain expertise.
Kimberly Bryant started the Black Girls Code in 2011. The struggle to find a diverse computer programming course for her daughter in the Bay Area inspired the nonprofit, which now has the mission of teaching a million girls of color how to code by the year 2040.
Having studied electrical engineering in college, Bryant said, “I didn’t want my daughter to feel culturally isolated in the pursuit of her studies as I had as a young girl. I didn’t want her to give up on her passions just because she didn’t see anyone else like her in the classroom.” Among a long list of other well-deserved accolades, Bryant was named a Champion of Change by the White House and received the Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institute
Jane Frankland is an award-winning entrepreneur, international speaker, and best-selling author. She focuses on business strategy and high performance in cybersecurity and is a world authority on attracting and retaining women in this field. She has been named a UNESCO trailblazing woman, as the third most influential person in cybersecurity in the UK, and is a top twenty global influencer. Jane has over 23-years of experience in cybersecurity, has built and sold her own global hacking firm, and served in executive positions at leading cybersecurity consultancies.
After 8 years as LinkedIn’s vice president of Corporate Development, Emilie Choi joined Coinbase in 2018 as its vice president of corporate and Business Development. Since then, she has been promoted to COO and president of the popular cryptocurrency exchange start-up. While she wasn’t always a believer in the future of cryptocurrency, she played a fundamental role in securing $325 million in funding that helped the company score an $8 billion valuation in 2018.
No-code tech boosting diversity
Jennifer Stirrup is the Founder and CEO of Data Relish, a UK-based AI and Business Intelligence leadership boutique consultancy delivering data strategy and business-focused solutions. Jen is a recognized leading authority in AI and Business Intelligence Leader and a Global keynote speaker. She is also an award-winning and internationally recognized digital transformation influencer.
Next on our list of the top women in tech is Cathy Hackl. Hackl is best known for being one of LinkedIn’s Top Tech Voices and the host of the Future Insiders podcast, where she keeps listeners in the know about emerging technologies that could change the world as we know it, such as 6G and smart contact lenses.
Hackl is also a world-renowned speaker and influencer who tweets often about all things tech, with a focus on augmented and virtual reality. As if she couldn’t get any cooler, she’s the brains behind the world’s first holographic press release and has worked with brands like UPS and HTC on how to best leverage AR and VR technologies.
Celene Osiecka is a Practice Lead & Senior Director, Conversation Design at 7.ai and a Conversational AI Leader. She is passionate about allowing humans to interact with technology in the most effortless, memorable, and engaging experience possible, via technologies like conversational interfaces. She leads a team that designs conversations, interfaces, and customer experiences and develops strategies that create the best user experience possible and architects information to make it easily accessible while taking complex things and communicate them simply. Celene holds 16 years of experience in conversational AI, cognitive science, chatbots, machine learning, analytics, product and user experience, and customer insights.
Kate Bradley Chernis
Kate Bradley Chernis is the Founder & CEO of Lately, which uses AI to automatically transform long-form content like blogs, podcasts, and videos into dozens of "smart" social posts it learns will yield the highest engagement from your audience. Kate served 20 million listeners as Music Director and on-air host at Sirius/XM. She’s also an award-winning radio producer, engineer, and voice talent with 25 years of national broadcast communications, brand-building, sales, and marketing expertise.
Reshma Saujani is a New York Times bestselling author and the brains behind the famous TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection.” The daughter of refugees graduated from Harvard University and Yale Law School. In 2010, she became the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress.
“When I lost, I wanted to continue to make a difference,” Saujani says. “I figured the best way that I could do that is by creating opportunities for girls.” Two years later, she started the nonprofit, Girls Who Code, aimed at increasing the number of women in the computer science field.
Bindu Narayan is the Senior Manager (Advanced Analytics and AI) at EY. She is an analytics professional with a passion for mentoring and solutions. What drives her is developing analytical solutions and products with a clear market value proposition. She believes there is a lot that organizations can and should do with data. She specializes in Team Management and Delivery, Predictive Modeling, Statistical Modeling, and Machine Learning
Bringing communities together with tech
Lakshya Sivaramakrishnan is a Technical Program Manager at Google. She manages the Women Techmakers Program in India. She is a Data Science enthusiast building tech expertise in Machine Learning and Google Cloud. She enjoys nurturing communities and empowering women to join, thrive, and lead in the tech industry.
Creating a roadmap for digital transformation
Harita Gupta is the SVP, Head APAC - Sutherland Global. She holds over 25 years of experience in managing Large teams, Global customers, and P&L responsibilities. Harita is a results-focused senior manager who sets high standards for her teams and leads them to success through her diligent approach. She specializes in conceptualization skills, Customer handling, Operational Excellence & People management.
Ellen K. Pao
We couldn’t create a list of the top women in tech without including Ellen K. Pao. Pao served as the CEO of Reddit prior to co-founding Project Include – a nonprofit focused on improving diversity in the tech industry. She often speaks publicly on issues like sexism in Silicon Valley.
Pao entered the public spotlight in 2012, when she filed a $16 million lawsuit against her former employer, a venture capital firm, for gender discrimination. Despite ultimately losing the case, Pao stirred up much-needed conversations in the tech world and detailed her experience in her memoir, “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change.”
What solves complex AI problems?
Zehra Cataltepe is the Co-founder of TAZI.AI, which is a Gartner Cool Vendor in Core AI Technologies. She has been recognized as the Woman Entrepreneur of the year 2020 and 2019. She Helps to create AI expertise within the insurance company so that you can create your solutions for the complex and dynamic insurance world. She also holds expertise in insurance companies to reduce claim fraud and increase profitability, and increase customer retention using creating one-click deployed, explainable and actionable solutions.
Anna Maj is the Senior Advisor for Truffle Capital. She’s an expert at the European Innovation Council. Previously FinTech Leader at PwC. Recognized as one of the TOP10 Women in FinTech 2020 and Top 25 Women Leaders in Financial Technology 2019. 20 years of experience in the European banking and payments industries, with a focus on CEE (PwC, Citigroup, T-Mobile, PayTel, mBank). Particular expertise in the field of innovative payment solutions, digitally enabled financial products (open banking, conversational AI), acquired in the strategy, innovation, product management roles. She Introduced one of the first online payment gateways in the CEMEA region as well as the first digital wallet and mobile payment platform. Managed the implementation of the first mobile banking app and the first local mobile payments initiative.
Ginni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then, she has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy. Under Rometty’s leadership, cognitive computing is a key focus for the organization. She continues to drive IBM to lead in this space and be competitive in the digital age. In her 35-year career at the company and during four years as CEO, chairman, and president, she has led spending programs for data analysis software and skills, cloud computing, and IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology.
Designing effective conversational interface
Maaike Groenewege is a Conversational consultant, Conversational linguist, Content Architect, and Founder of Women in Voice NL. At Convocat, she focuses on all aspects of sustainable chatbot and voice assistant implementation. From project management and platform selection to content strategy and conversation design. Having worked as a technical writer in aviation for 14 years, she believes that creating a chatbot, knowledge base or any other information product is not the hardest part. The real challenge is in creating great content experiences through continuous maintenance, improvement and innovation, and building organizations that make this possible.
Maria Luciana Axente
Maria Luciana Axente is the lead for Responsible AI & AI for Good at PwC UK. She leads the implementation of ethics in AI for the firm on three-level at an organization, product/team, and individual level partnering with industry, academia, governments, NGO, and civil society. She helps PwC harness the power of AI ethically and responsibly while acknowledging the benefits and risks in many walks of life. Maria is also a globally recognized AI ethics expert one of 100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics 2019 and 2020.
Topping virtually every list of female tech CEOs is Susan Wojcicki. Google’s sixteenth employee and initial marketing manager, Wojcicki contributed to the development of Google Images and AdSense as she rose up the ranks. The Silicon Valley native and mother of five eventually suggested the acquisition of YouTube and became its CEO in 2014.
“Tech is an incredible force that will change our world in ways we can’t anticipate. If that force is only 20 to 30% women, that is a problem,” Wojcicki has said. We love the bold stance she takes against gender discrimination in her oped pieces
Karla Taboada is the founder of Domitila Technologies. She is an AI education leader, Changemaker, and AI & Data Science Specialist. She’s passionate about helping people and organizations reach their full potential while positively impacting society by increasing the access and tools to learn and apply the latest technological advancements. She is also interested in educating children about AI, and its impacts on society to promote human-centric AI.
Tackling model drift in Machine Learning
Romina Sharifpour is an AI/ ML Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS). She has helped many clients in building innovative and progressive corporate strategies fostered by advancements in data science and AI and has worked as a technical and strategic leader- executing across disciplines to engage senior stakeholders through robust analytics solutions with an emphasis on cutting-edge technology. Her leadership qualities and strategic vision are amplified by her experience in building and managing high-performing teams, coaching, and mentoring in tandem with her endeavor to stay up to date with the relevant advancements in the field.
Controlling AI bias and fairness
As a Media and Communications Specialist, Nazareen has consulted on, experienced, and directed the workings of online and corporate communications and marketing across a variety of industries like tech, education, agriculture, and retail, over the last 15 years. She recently began her journey towards becoming an AI ethics officer to strengthen the AI African Report research team at tech social enterprise Socially Acceptable, where she is the CEO and Founder. In addition to consulting, she also provides face-to-face training and entrepreneurial mentorship and has produced and anchored a variety of television and radio shows in the past few years.
Recently appointed the nation’s top intelligence official, Haines is the first woman in US history to lead the US Intelligence Community. We recently discovered that Haines has lived quite an intriguing life. She spent time at an elite judo academy in Japan, loved rebuilding cars and airplanes, and even ran an independent bookstore and café with her husband in the 90s. She’s also held several positions in government including serving as deputy chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, National Security Council legal advisor, deputy director of the CIA, to name a few.
Digging deeper into “The Adaptation Advantage”
Chris is the author of The Adaptation Advantage. She had documented, influenced, and predicted the impact of technology on business and society for over 30 years.
As a journalist, analyst, executive producer, and startup mentor, she has witnessed firsthand the transformation brought about by digital innovation and was among the first to identify emerging technology trends, including the rise of web applications, early smartphone technologies, and social media.
She now spends her time curating and advising communities of entrepreneurs, journalists, and technology thought leaders as they navigate toward an empowering digital future.
Nell serves as the Senior Scientific Advisor to The Future Society, Senior Fellow to The Atlantic Council, and holds Fellowships from the British Computing Society, and Royal Statistical Society, among others.
Her public speaking has inspired audiences to work towards a brighter future at venues such as The World Bank, The United Nations General Assembly, and The Royal Society.
In sharing her knowledge as an AI Faculty at Singularity University and as an author of Machine Intelligence courseware for O’Reilly Media, she realized the importance of protecting human rights and putting ethics, safety, and the values of the human spirit into AI
The problem with algorithms: Who’s responsible for AI bias?
Joanna is the Professor of Ethics and Technology at Hertie School who specializes in natural and artificial intelligence. Her current research focuses on accountability for and transparency in AI and understanding the cultural and technological impact of the cooperation between digital technologies and humans. This includes economic and political behavior, and national and transnational governance, and the political economy and technology regulation.
In her research for Systems AI, Joanna looks for methods that promote the ease and safety of developing AI. She believes good systems AI makes autonomy easier to build, understand, control, and account for.
Can we eliminate algorithmic bias?
Tulsee is the product lead for Google’s efforts in ML Fairness and Responsible AI, driving a deeper understanding of how we can build user experiences that are diverse, inclusive, and ethical. Her goal is to drive a human-centered approach to the development of machine learning-based technology and experiences so that we build systems that can truly work for everyone. She developed an expertise in product management for machine-learning products, with a particular focus on AI ethics in policy & product development
The 3D's of Digital Transformation
Linda Grasso is Chief Operating Officer at Digital Business Innovation, an Italian Innovative Startup active in the world of R&D Consulting. Linda strongly believes in empowering Women in Tech. She is an experienced Management Engineer in the world of digital transformation. She has always been passionate about this innovative phenomenon and started by pursuing a career that combines emerging technologies and engineering doctrine.
Adriana Tica is an expert marketer and copywriter, with 10 years in the field, most of which were spent marketing tech companies. She is the CEO of Copywritech, a digital marketing agency that helps clients all over the world with copywriting, social media marketing, and marketing strategy. In October 2019, she also launched Copywritech, a digital marketing agency that provides copywriting, SEO content writing, and strategy services to companies in the tech industry.
Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach
How to tackle the Deepfake future
Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach is a technology strategist experienced in the domain of the high-tech ecosystem and is the leading author for "The Artificial Intelligence Imperative”. She’s able to structure partnership agreements with global technology companies offering a competitive advantage. She inspires and motivates people and relies on powerful analytics to solve problems and facilitate rapid decision-making. Dr. Anastassia trains corporate boards of Fortune 500 in cybersecurity and data technologies.
Kate Crawford is an Australian author and thought leader on the social impacts of AI and machine learning – something we should all be paying more attention to. Her argument for banning the use of facial recognition technology, at least for now, is very compelling.
She wrote in The Wall Street Journal, “Today’s AI is extraordinarily powerful when it comes to detecting patterns but lacks social and contextual awareness. It’s a minor issue when it comes to targeted Instagram advertising but a far more serious one if AI is deciding who gets a job, what political news you read, or who gets out of jail.”
Crawford helped pioneer the AI Now Institute, a research institute at NYU, and serves as a senior researcher at Microsoft. Fun fact: she co-founded a record label and was previously part of an electronic music duo that released three albums.
Dr. Sarah-Jayne Gratton is a leading technology evangelist, specializing in emerging technologies and covering trends in artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, agritech, digital transformation, and mixed reality.
As a digital strategist and technology influencer, she has worked with brands across the world to build both their professional and social capital.
She has worked on influencer campaigns for Oracle, Siemens, Ericsson, Vodafone, and IBM and has even covered Wimbledon and the Tour de France from an underlying technology perspective. She has been listed as one of the top five 5G influencers on Twitter.
Gina is the founder of SocialKNX, a digital marketing & social media management agency, the FABULOUS NEW COWORKING SPACE, and The Village Workspace. She has been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 24 b2b marketers to follow in 2019.
Gina is a social media marketing speaker, blogger, and podcaster. She has run a successful marketing agency for 24 years, studied new tech trends, and incorporates it all into her businesses, so she understands how to use these tools to build the business. She shares the best practice ideas and practical information that people can apply immediately and then she makes it fun along the way.
Ardath Albee is a B2B Marketing Strategist and the CEO of her firm, Marketing Interactions, Inc. She applies over 30 years of business management and marketing experience to help companies with complex sales create eMarketing strategies that use contagious content platforms to turn prospects into buyers. She has got huge clients like Cisco, Adobe, Autodesk, BMC Software, Dell Secureworks, Core Media, Radius, Accuity Brands, SYKES, SEEBURGER, Deluxe, Transunion, Steelwedge & Demandbase. She's also the author of eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale, and Digital Relevance: Developing Marketing Content and Strategies that Drive Results.
Moving from traditional to digital
Smitha Hemmigae is the Head of Marketing at ANSR. She is also the Co-Founder of Your Philanthropy Story, which covers dynamic and innovative stories of philanthropy through interviews of common people and corporates. Smitha is a highly motivated visionary, and performance-driven marketing executive with over 16 years of success in developing highly successful and award-winning marketing programs for the technology services industry. She has been recognized for the thought leadership and networks that she has built within the marketing and business community.
A nationally recognized scholar and thought leader, Danah Boyd founded her own research institute to address the ethical and legal implications of emerging technologies. She also currently serves as a partner researcher for Microsoft.
Boyd studied at Brown, MIT, and Berkeley. She attributes the fact that she survived high school to a misogynistic classmate who once told her that girls couldn’t “do science.” From then on, she was determined to prove him wrong. Today, her work includes countless thought-provoking publications on topics such as accountability in machine learning and media manipulation.
Fostering public sector innovation
Ann Dunkin is the Chief Technology Officer, State & Local Government at Dell Technologies, she is also the Former CIO of US EPA & Santa Clara County. She is a highly experienced and versatile leader specialized in delivering exceptional business results, creating high performance and accountable cultures, and taking organizations to the next level of productivity and effectiveness. Develops and leads world-class cross-functional and global organizations across diverse industries.
Priyanka Roy is the Head of Data & Artificial Intelligence at Intergen. She’s passionate about solving business problems with technology. In her 15 years of international experience across India, Germany, the USA & New Zealand, she has helped businesses make better decisions and improve performance by unleashing the power of their data through Business Intelligence & Analytics. Along the way, she has lead, built, and mentored teams to design and deliver Data and AI solutions.
End-to-end tech implementation
Mandisa Makubalo is a well-seasoned, highly professional business leader, and the founder of Unlimited Experiences SA, a consultancy with a focus on optimizing Customer Experience Management through change management and business continuity planning. With over 15 years of experience in customer environments in industries ranging from petrochemical, all the way to telecom and retail, she has taken these industries to new heights. She’s passionate about Strategy Design with a focus on solving business challenges and is a Member of the Cape Town CXPA network and a judge for the 2020 CX awards.
Namrata is a highly inclusive, culturally aware, and accomplished senior leader, who has run, coached, and mentored large teams in the Financial services industry. Across organizations such as Credit Suisse, Citibank, and Prudential. Namrata has extensive exposure across asset management, retail banking, trust banking, and insurance, in the areas of Digital Engagement & Marketing, Digital Customer Experience, Customer Segmentation, Customer Journey Mapping, Operations & Technology.
Joanna Stern is an award-winning journalist with a refreshing take on consumer technology, best known for her column at The Wall Street Journal. Stern was a founding member of The Verge who built their product review program from the ground up. You may have seen her discussing the latest tech news on CNBC.
Why do we love her? Her articles offer her bold perspective and helpful advice on the smartest ways to use modern tech.
Kamales Lardi is the Chief executive officer of Lardi and Partner consulting. She has been ranked as one of the top 10 digital transformation experts in the world by Thinkers 360.
She has over two decades of experience advising companies across various industries in mobilizing successful business and digital transformation initiatives, from strategy to execution.
Empowering your business with AI
M. Nadia Vincent has extensive experience in leading high-profile digital transformation projects and programs in Fortune 100 organizations from start to finish. She has created the digital transformation success formula as the approach for a 360° business transformation. She has been recognized as one of the top 10 Global Thought Leaders in Digital Transformation, Business Continuity, Leadership, Covid-19 Business Response by Thinkers 360. Thinkers360 has also recognized Nadia as a Global Thought Leader in Business Strategy, Innovation, and Change Management. She’s also regarded as a global expert in IT Change & Transformation Projects by PMI
Digital ethics and transformation
Hessie Jones is a seasoned digital strategist and privacy technologist, she continues to challenge the notion of complacency. She advocates for data rights, sovereignty, and human-centred AI through ethical distribution strategies. In her 20-year journey, she ventured into start-up technologies: privacy, security, data targeting: behavioral and ID profiling, martech, and industry experience in advertising, banking, and digital technology. Her current focus is on Data Privacy, Identity, Sovereignty, and Ethical AI as data breaches and data misuse become more commonplace.
Exploring international technology transfer
Aleksandra is an associate Professor at Kozminski Uni. She was the Former MIT Research Fellow and future Harvard Senior Research Fellow. She has a Ph.D. in Artificial intelligence and is interested in new technologies, sustainable technological growth, and media studies as well as critical theory and system/organization theory. Her current specialization is in wearable tech.
Conversational Intelligence in FinTech
Lilia Stoyanov is the CEO at Transformify. She is a fintech and digital transformation expert, she is also a professor at Zigurat Business School, and an expert evaluator Horizon 2020 at the European Commission. She holds expertise in Financial Services, Payments, Blockchain, Strategy, go-to-market, PR, and Marketing.
While her childhood friends played with Barbie dolls, Katie Moussouris spent most of her time learning how to program on a Commodore 64 that her mom gave her in the third grade. She was the first female in her high school to take AP Computer Science, and around that time she developed an interest in hacking. Moussouris chose to use her hacking chops for good and eventually became a pioneer of cybersecurity. She now helps businesses and government agencies defend themselves against digital threats. Her portfolio includes work for the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft. But the real reason she made it on our list of the top women in tech? One of her life goals is “to help make the internet safer for everyone.” For that, we thank you, Katie.
Dr. Dorothea Baur is the owner of Baur Consulting AG, where she advises companies, non-profit organizations, and foundations, on ethics, responsibility, and sustainability- with a focus on environmental, social, and corporate governance and responsibility, finance, tech & data privacy. She identifies opportunities and risks at the interface between business, technology, society, and the environment while developing innovative strategies and an effective approach to ethical questions.
We chose each of these powerhouses after combing through the biggest tech businesses, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations for their contributions to AI, virtual reality, cybersecurity, and other sectors, as well as their work to advance women's inclusion in tech. Above all, these incredible leaders inspire us to believe in a brighter future.
As we continue to act with purpose, we should evaluate the opportunities we have in our organizations and professional networks to give women more access, the potential for advancement, and meaningful work.
Let us not fade to gray, but instead encourage a rainbow of perspectives and experiences within our teams!
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