Hey, there are some women in the tech sector who really get stuff done. My team and I really wanted to highlight some disruptors who we haven’t featured before. They’re the real deal.
- Susan Buck, Co-Founder of The Women’s Coding Collective
A programmer, designer, and educator with over 15 years of web development experience, Susan began her education in digital media at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and UNC Asheville’s Multimedia Arts and Sciences program.Susan co-founded The Women’s Coding Collective (WCC), an educational initiative aimed at helping more women excel in programming and web development.While working on the WCC, Susan also teaches web development at the Harvard Extension School. From 2007-2012, Susan was the senior developer with San Francisco-based Photojojo where she built and maintained an ecommerce platform.
- Brigitte Daniel, Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc.
// For over 30 years, Wilco has provided affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities as well as commercial, governmental, and educational institutions, in Philadelphia. As edIQ’s new CEO, Brigitte will address the challenges in urban education and specific underserved student educational needs through the offering of an “educational technology kit” that includes an affordable mobile devices and specialized educational content from established and unique content providers.Brigitte received a 2011 Eisenhower Fellowship where she traveled to India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia to explore and cultivate global relationships in developing emerging technologies that benefit Wilco’s unique low-income marketplace in Philadelphia.In addition, these initiatives led to Brigitte being re-appointed to the Federal Communications Commission Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age.
- Lis Pardi, Founder of LadyNegotiator.com
// Lis founded LadyNegotiator.com as an online resource for women preparing for negotiations. She also works on interfaces for healthcare, games, retailers, and libraries, and is the Treasurer for PhillyCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in human-computer interaction, user experience, usability, and other related disciplines.
- Rebecca Miller-Webster, Founder and co-organizer of Write/Speak/Code
// Write/Speak/Code’s a conference teaching women developers the skills to become thought leaders, conference speakers, and open source contributors. Rebecca’s active in the Ruby community as a speaker, open source contributor, and co-organizer of the Gotham Ruby Conference.Rebecca is currently a teacher at Dev Bootcamp, and spent the last 10 years building software in a variety of languages for large corporations, non-profits, and start-ups, including as VP of Engineering for an early-stage start up in NYC. Rebecca also co-organizes GORUCO and makes Patterned.
- Zakiya Harris, Co-founder of Hack The Hood, Impact Hub Oakland, Grind for the Green, and Earthseed Consulting
// Zakiya is a social change strategist, artist and educator. She works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, environmental education & creative transformation.Hack the Hood provides training in multimedia and tech skills to youth who then work on real-world consulting projects with locally-owned businesses and non-profits.The organization recently won a $500,000 grant through the Google Bay Area Impact Challenge.
- Rebecca Braglio, Founder of ThePhillyDog.com
// When it came to dog owners and the dog service provider community, Rebecca saw that there was a huge disconnect. It occurred to her one day that Philadelphia needed a website that people could visit to find out where they could take their dog, what to do with their dog on the weekend, where the dog parks were, what fundraising events were going on…just a “one-stop-shop” kind of place to get information, and ThePhillyDog was born.ThePhillyDog.com has been recognized as a “Top 20 Dog Sites” in 2009 and 2012, and is a Top 100 Winner of the Start-Up Nation “Savvy in Social Media” award for building rapport and relationships in the community.
- Rashmi Sinha, CEO & Co-Founder of SlideShare
// Rashmi focuses on product strategy and design. She has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Brown University, and conducted research on search engines and recommender systems at U.C. Berkeley.Before SlideShare, Rashmi co-founded user experience consulting company Uzanto, and built MindCanvas, a game-like software.
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Who would you add to this list?
Gina Trapani, Developer · Founder · Writer. She co-founded and lead development on ThinkUp, a social data insights engine. She also built ToDotText.
What an interesting list, and lots of thing for me to follow up on that I hadn’t heard of before, thanks!
Thanks for sharing, I just followed everyone.
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Assuming you are looking for US-based and don’t need obvious names (e.g. Ginny Rometty, Sheryl Sandberg etc.):
Jessica Livingston, co-founder YCombinator
Jennifer Pahlka, ED at Code For America
Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code
Jaleh Bisharat, SVP Marketing at Elance-oDesk…previously at Amazon, OpenTable, Jawbone
Katie Mitic, Co-founder RocketMail (became YahooMail), Founder Sitch, eBay board member, former exec at Facebook and Palm
Gwynn Shotwell, COO at SpaceX
Candice Brown Elliot, invented Pen-tile display used on all Galaxy phones
Cynthia Brezeal, MIT emotive robots
Deborah Theobald, Vecna
Lady Ada, Ada Fruit
Meagen Eisenberg, VP of Demand Gen @Docusign
Marion Marschalek, Malware Analyst of Cyphort
Justine Aitel, CSO of Dow Jones
Adrienne Porter Felt, UI Security Lead of Google Chrome
Yan Zhu, Staff Technologist of EFF, maintainer of HTTPS Everywhere
Kristin Paget, Hacker Princess of Tesla Motors
Dawn Cappelli, Dir of Insider Risk Mgmt of Rockwell Automation
Craig, Thank you for providing some of the most invaluable resources.