With tech industry calling for veracity and diversity, women have taken the lead and are successfully carrying out some of the most influential roles around the world. Here are the top 10 women leaders who are making their mark in technology and driving technical innovations.
- Jessica Naziri, TechSesh
A technology expert, Jessica loves to help tech companies and startups capture their niche markets. Also a content strategist, longtime influencer and media personality, Jessica is the founder and CEO of TechSesh, a website offering information on stylish wearable tech, tech tips, gadget and app reviews, and has several followers who are passionate about both style and technology. With an aim to elucidate technology and to make it more accessible, Jessica uses media strategy development and brand positioning to put technology in front of influencers.
- Dara Treseder, FileMaker, Inc.
Senior marketing executive in Silicon Valley. Dara Treseder holds the position of Senior Global Head of Demand Generation at FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary. With the sole goal of improving human experiences, Dara sits on the board of the Public Health Institute and uses her passion for innovations to resolve public health and women’s issues. She is also the co-founder of NeuBridges, an innovation consultancy, and has successfully trained 1,000+ entrepreneurs in growth markets around the globe.
- Gail Carmichael, Shopify
Gail is an educator, computer scientist and blogger who is currently heading the External Education Team for Shopify. The team works towards making the experience of learning computer science and computational thinking better for everyone. She extended her innovations and help set up the Carleton Women in Science and Engineering and loves to sharing her joy of technology and computer science with girls and women.
- Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code
The executive director as well as the founder of Black Girls Code, Kimberly was awarded as “Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion” and is one of the most influential women in tech education. Founded in 2011, the education nonprofit focusses on teaching girls of color to design mobile apps and also imparts computer programming training and robotics development skills along with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. Black Girls Code was started with an aim to increase the number of minority women in all technology fields by educating and empowering them. Kimberly has received numerous awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service. She was also honored by the White house in 2013 as a “Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion.”
- Ekta Sahasi, Konica Minolta
Vice President of the US Business Innovation Center (BIC) for Konica Minolta in Silicon Valley, Ekta Sahasi is successfully managing the firm’s transformation by leveraging the startup ecosystem. A techie by heart and intellect, Ekta work towards expanding the company’s grip in new territories. She is an active investor and advisor in Silicon Valley, and helps startups expand their wings by offering solutions that are highly valuable in Asian and other global markets.
- Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Vice President C at Kleiner Perkins, Mary Meeker leads the digital growth equity team that focuses on explosive and disruptive Internet companies. A visionary at par, she knows which technology best will serve the Internet trends. She has also made significant investments in tech companies like Twitter, Instacart, Houzz, and Slack.
- Espree Devora, WeAreLATech.com
Having carved a seat for herself, Espree is known for seminars on interactive content and social media for CBS, Disney, and more. She started her first online company before graduating and has never looked back again. She helps in creating and assisting startups and offers a visionary tech guidance to help business ideas reach out to the world.
- Cam Kashani, COACCEL
The “Godmother of Silicon Beach”, Cam Kashani is an expert speaker with the US State Department. Having worked with 4,000 entrepreneurs and over 700 startups, her motto is to focus on the use of technology to refine business and drive a global economy that thrives on “WE”, not “ME.” COACCEL is her third company which offers a unique three-month program set on building powerful, mindful leaders.
- Robyn Forman, Zoomdata
Vice President of Marketing for Zoomdata, Robyn has helped create industry’s fastest visual analytics for Big Data platforms. She has also worked as Vice President of Global Marketing for Searchmetrics.
- Erica Baker, Slack
Erica is one of the founding members of Project Include, and has successfully created inclusive environments in STEM fields for women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups. Project Include identifies the difficulty tech companies’ face in implementing meaningful diversity and creating corporate cultures. The focus of the set is chiefly on working with management division of tech startups to initiate changes promising broad impacts. An engineer at Slack Technologies. Erica Baker banks on, logic, and coding to solve life’s biggest puzzles and problems.