5 Tech Women Creating Real Change

5 Tech Women Creating Real Change


possibleHey, my team and I have been doing lots of work in the women in tech field lately, especially since I'm supporting the Women Who Tech TeleSummit and Startup Challenge. While I'm supporting these efforts, I figure it's important for us to continue highlighting women who are creating real change on the ground.

These 5 tech gurus are the real deal:

1. Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, Founder & Executive Director at ChickTech

Janice has a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University.  In the past, Janice has run Embla Consulting, a marketing and business consulting firm for small businesses.  She was also co-founder of trovi, a seed-stage tech startup located in Portland, Oregon.

Janice strongly believes that the diversity and strengths that women can bring will push high tech to even more impressive heights.  Her inspiration for creating ChickTech came from her own experiences in computer engineering and the realization that the percentage of women in engineering isn’t going to get higher by itself.

2. Jane Silber, Chief Executive Officer at Canonical

Jane has over 20 years' experience in business development, operations and software management. Before becoming Canonical’s CEO in 2010, Jane held VP roles at Canonical, Interactive Television Company, and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

3. Ann Miura-Ko, CoFounding Partner at FLOODGATE

At FLOODGATE, Ann's investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, radical science, and big data. She currently sits on the boards of Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Ayasdi, Inscopix, Nirvana Energy Systems, Rise and CSS. She was previously a board member of TaskRabbit and Lyft. In addition to serving at FLOODGATE, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. Prior to joining FLOODGATE, Ann worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company.

Ann grew up in Palo Alto, California (her father is a rocket scientist at NASA) and, as a result, was exposed at an early age to the world of startups, technology and venture capital. She developed an early passion for robotics and went on to major in electrical engineering at Yale University where she received her BS degree. For her senior project, she was part of a five person team that designed four robots to autonomously play soccer which competed at the Robocup competition in Paris, France. She lives in Menlo Park with her husband and three kids.

4. Tanya Menendez, CoFounder and CMO at Maker's Row

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tanya studied technology and its socioeconomic impacts on rural economies at UCSD. Conducting a number of studies on financial technology advancements in Oaxaca, Mexico, she co-authored “The Economics of Migration”, published by the University of California. Shortly thereafter, Menendez joined the Google Strategy and Integration group advising on internal system operations.

In 2011 Menendez partnered with Matthew Burnett on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. While at The Brooklyn Bakery, she came up with the idea to create a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers. Combining her experience in operations / automation with her CoFounder’s experience in global manufacturing, they started Maker’s Row.

5. Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO at Pipeline Fellowship

Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.

Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Newsweek, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com’s “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.” Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Fortune highlighted her as one of the “55 most influential women on Twitter.”

What women in tech do you see making a real difference in the world? And if you're interested, register for the Women Who Tech TeleSummit and apply for the Women Startup Challenge, where you can win up to $50K for your startup or nonprofit (no strings attached).

You can also check out all the other women in STEM lists my team and I have made…



Stephanie Sandberg

Craig, love that you guys are doing this — it represents the kind of deep, informed and committed effort that will help bring about change for women in tech, and in business, and therefore in better solutions for everyone. Yay.
– Stephanie

samantha walravens

Wonderful post! Thank you for highlighting these amazing women in tech. I am writing a book that will tell the stories of women who are changing the technology landscape. It's called Geek Girl Rising: Unleashing the Power of Women in Tech. Please let us know about women we need to include in the book at our website — http://www.geekgirlrising.com

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