Lady in Tech: Top 30 Women in Technology We Should Learn From
Sure you’ve heard of Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer. But you’ll be surprised how many more female leaders rule the show in the male-dominated world of technology. While there are debates whether women in tech need extra support or just to be treated equally, these ladies have already transformed the face of the tech-focused business. So who are they, modern female disruptors backing innovative products and polishing technological services? Let’s find out in Skelia’s article.
How Many Women Work in Tech?
It’s funny how tech, an industry that’s usually the first to react to modern challenges, is so resistant to change when it comes to gender. According to the findings from the Evia’s Women in Technology Initiative, women make up less than 20% of tech jobs in the US. Unfortunately, there are more disappointing figures. Look at the numbers provided by the Women Who Tech community.
30 Inspiring Women in Tech to Watch Today
True, women are still far behind men in the tech domain. But that doesn’t stop these magnificent ladies from reaping the rewards they deserve, no matter the circumstances. Please welcome the forward-thinking tech icons who decided not to wait for the boys’ club to accept them.
Founder of the BCSWomen network and Tech Mums
Sue knows how to combine the roles of a tech evangelist, a government advisor and a social entrepreneur. Her Tech Mums social initiative is worth special mention. Tech Mums fights to change society by teaching women tech skills and helping them find new opportunities, making mothers more respected this way. Read more.
CEO of Include project
Thanks to her rich background as a board director at Flipboard, an interim CEO of Reddit and an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Ellen is developing and fostering a more diverse and inclusive tech industry. Read more.
Product Owner at SAP Conversational AI
This French entrepreneur co-founded RecastAI that features an end-to-end bot platform as well as off-the-shelf customer support bots. Last year, the intelligence bot platform was acquired by SAP. Read more.
Founder and CEO of Aubot
This young technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate has founded an amazing robotics startup. Marita’s Aubot was designed for remote attendance. It helps kids undergoing cancer treatment and people with disabilities virtually attend schools or work. Read more.
Founder at Global Ventures
You might have seen Noor on the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list. She is an ambitious entrepreneur and investor who not only managed to succeed in the male-dominated domain but also in the man-dominated MENA business region. Read more.
President at Didi Chuxing
Liu supports women career aspirations: in 2017, women occupied 37% of tech positions at Didi, China’s largest mobile transportation platform and one of the most valuable startups in the world. Read more.
CEO at Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL)
With an extensive academic background, Dr. Amy Jadesimi successfully manages one of the largest logistics and engineering facilities operating in Africa. Read more.
Jennifer Zhu Scott
Founder and Principal at Radian Partners
With an Applied Mathematics degree and MBA in finance, Jennifer has founded the Radian Partners private investment firm focused on artificial intelligence, blockchain and renewable energy. Read more.
Limor Shmerling Magazanik
Managing Director at Israel Tech Policy Institute
Limor is a data protection and digital economy guru. This lady knows how to bring together government, society and the private sector to promote compliance with data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and digital identity regulations. Read more.
Managing Director at Facebook in India
Before Facebook, Kirthiga worked at Motorola, Silicon Graphics and was VP of a SaaS-based consumer security business unit and India operations at Phoenix Technologies. She used to manage global teams located in the US, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Read more.
Founder and CEO at Everledger
Leanne believes in blockchain as a high-tech bridge between the crypto space and the real world. Moreover, she is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Blockchain Business Council and a co-chair for the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group. Read more.
Senior Director, Business Intelligence at Uber
Komal is one of the most influential tech ladies from India and a board member of the non-profit organization Women Who Code. Komal Mangtani supervised Uber’s donation and the partnership program with the Girls Who Code initiative. Read more.
VP of Growth at Bionic
Christina is renowned as one of the 44 Female Founders to Know. On top of that, Refinery29 declared her one of the Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech. She is also a co-host of the Forbes podcast The Limit Does Not Exist and a freelance writer. Read more.
CEO at Arista Networks
A former Cisco-executive, Ullal is now among the top self-made women billionaires on the planet. Her company specializes in software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments. It’s now valued at over $16 billion. Read more.
Manager of Innovation for Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young
Having joined EY as a graduate in the Corporate Finance team, Shamira had made her way from accounting to tech innovation. With a particular focus on artificial intelligence and natural language, she now leads the development and integration of emerging technologies into the EY practice. Shamira is also a founder of the 1 million women in STEM campaign. Read more.
Managing Director at UKFast
Together with her husband, Gail turned a home-run startup into a leading UK dedicated server and cloud hosting provider. So, don’t be surprised to find Gail Jones among UK’s top 101 Female Founders in Tech. Read more.
Chief Information Officer at Switch, Inc
As a technology and data strategies expert, Missy Young has a profound portfolio in senior sales engineering positions. She is also a wished-for speaker at various conferences and events in the technology world. Read more.
Global CISO at Thales eSecurity
Starting from network and systems administrator roles, Bridget managed to gain the CISSP and CISM qualifications and became an Associate Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. Read more.
CEO at goodbeans
Verena is an enthusiastic entrepreneur with a passion for the online and mobile industry. She leads goodbeans and other tech initiatives for kids and families to make tech and coding fun and more accessible. Read more.
Founder at Snap Fashion
Jenny is a successful entrepreneur that used to be a software developer. She has founded the Snap Tech startup which is currently a part of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem. Read more.
Senior Vice President, Design and Creation Products at Autodesk
Ms. Bunszel started her career in the late 90s, as a co-founder of Linius Technologies, a Massachusetts-based computer-aided design (CAD) software startup. She has been working for Autodesk since it acquired her tech startup in 2003. Now, Amy Bunszel is a reputable executive at a company that’s a household name. Read more.
Chief Innovation Officer and CEO of Business Innovations at GE Ventures
Sue is currently a board member at Align Technologies (ALGN), Illumina, Inc (ILMN) and MIT’s The Engine. Fortune has recognized her as one of 34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care and as one of The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley. Read more.
Co-founder and CEO at Neufund
This lady combines so many roles: a tech entrepreneur, a startup founder and investor, a blockchain enthusiast, a mentor at gazaskygeeks.com and a co-founder of concisesoftware.com. What’s more, Zoe is advising the German and Maltese governments on DLT frameworks. Read more.
Founder and VP at Experior Venture Fund
Along with EVF, which is considered the first women-founded and run VC in Europe, Kinga is a board member of numerous public and private companies including the European Innovation Council, Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development and Polish VC Association. Read more.
CEO at VEON
Although today Ursula occupies several top advisory and consultancy positions, she is best known as a former CEO of Xerox and the first black woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. Here’s an inspirational fact: Ursula had joined Xerox as an intern but managed to occupy leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. Read more.
CEO at YouTube
Susan is one of the most famous female execs. Her previous experience includes successfully promoting and managing Google’s AdWords, AdSense, Google Analytics, DoubleClick and Offers. She is also praised for her charitable initiatives, support of environmental groups and anti-poverty work. Read more.
CEO at IBM
Ginni is not only the first woman to head IBM but is one of the few women who’ve managed to head a company so massive. Fair enough, Bloomberg named her one of the 50 Most Influential People in the World. Fortune also named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Read more.
Amy E. Hood
Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft trusts Amy with one of the most precious and complicated things a business has – its finance. And have probably never regretted that. In the five years since she became CFO, the company’s stock has raised nearly 300%. Read more.
CFO and Executive Vice President at Cisco Systems, Inc
Kelly is a C-suite lady who’s successfully managing the financial strategy and operations of the technology behemoth Cisco. On top of that, she was included in the Business Insider’s list of top 20 women in finance. Read more.
Of course, the list of the leading women in tech could go on and on. But we’ve randomly selected 30 women thought leaders to highlight the varied roles women occupy in the tech world. Irrespective of the nationality, race or background, these exceptional ladies work hard to show the worth of gender equality around the globe. And to their credit, they do it remarkably.