Women Invent: 100 women in tech whose names you need to know


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We’re celebrating 100 top women in tech with our latest Women Invent 100

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Role models deserve recognition, and every time you cite a woman in tech, you’re furthering the message that this industry isn’t just for the boys.

Celebrating 100 women in tech

Women in tech are not so rare that they can’t be found, recognised and recalled for reference. It’s easy to rely on famous figureheads such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg when referencing the tech industry and, indeed, as easy to trot out the same reliable names every time a discussion about women in tech rolls around.

That’s not to diminish anyone’s achievements – you’ll find some instantly recognisable faces below – but we do a disservice to the multitude of women in this industry by allowing so many to exist in relative obscurity.

For three years, Silicon Republic’s Women Invent series has celebrated women in science, technology, engineering and maths and shared their stories. Armed with research telling us about the importance of role models to inspire more women into these fields, we published the first Women Invent 100 in 2014, featuring women across all STEM disciplines both from and working in Ireland.

Women Invent 100: celebrating leading women in tech

Today, we celebrate 100 women in tech from around the world – and we’re glad to say we had to specialise in the T in STEM because of the sheer wealth of suitable candidates. (Look out for more coverage to follow on the leading lights in the other disciplines.)

We found powerful and inspiring tech leaders from home and abroad, as well as phenomenal founders spanning the spectrum of opportunity in tech, plus amazing advocates directly working to change the face of the industry.

We were spoiled for choice, and this list is by no means definitive or based on ranking. It is a diverse collection of names for you to store in your memory bank (or bookmark in your browser) in order to ensure women in tech are part of a broader industry conversation – the kind of inclusive conversation you can expect when many of these women come to Dublin for Inspirefest this summer.

Have a suggestion for a wonder woman in STEM we need to know about? By all means, tell womeninvent@siliconrepublic.com or tweet @siliconrepublic.

Jamila Abass
__________
PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Jamila Abass
CEO and co-founder,
M-Farm
mfarm.co.ke
Angela Ahrendts, Apple
__________
INSPIRING LEADER
Angela Ahrendts
SVP,
Apple
apple.com
Mags Amond AMAZING ADVOCATE
Mags Amond
Irish ambassador,
EU Code Week
codeweek.eu
Sophia Amoruso PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Sophia Amoruso
Founder,
Nasty Gal
nastygal.com
Isis Anchalee AMAZING ADVOCATE
Isis Anchalee
Founder,
#ILookLikeAnEngineer
ilooklikeanengineer.com
Dr Sue Black AMAZING ADVOCATE
Dr Sue Black
Founder,
Techmums
techmums.co
Anne Boden PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Anne Boden
Founder and CEO,
Starling Bank
starlingbank.co.uk
Kimberley Bryant AMAZING ADVOCATE
Kimberly Bryant
Founder and director,
Black Girls Code
blackgirlscode.com
Margaret Burgraff INSPIRING LEADER
Margaret Burgraff
VP,
Intel
intel.com
Ursula M Burns INSPIRING LEADER
Ursula M Burns
CEO,
Xerox
xerox.com
Safra Catz INSPIRING LEADER
Safra Catz
Co-CEO,
Oracle
oracle.com
Aparna Chennapragada INSPIRING LEADER
Aparna
Chennapragada
Director, Google Now
google.com
Tracy Chou, Pinterest INSPIRING LEADER
Tracy Chou
Software engineer,
Pinterest
pinterest.com
Emer Coleman INSPIRING LEADER
Emer Coleman
Chair, Open Data
Governance Board
data.gov.ie
Cora Creed, Universal Music Group INSPIRING LEADER
Cora Creed
VP, Universal
Music Group
universalmusic.com
Edel Creely INSPIRING LEADER
Edel Creely
Group MD,
Trilogy Technologies
trilogytechnologies.com
Weili Dai, Marvell Technology Group INSPIRING LEADER
Weili Dai
Co-founder, Marvell
Technology Group
marvell.com
Gaia Dempsey PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Gaia Dempsey
Co-founder and VP,
Daqri
daqri.com
Guan Dian PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Guan Dian
Co-founder and VP,
PatSnap
patsnap.com
Caroline-Dowling-thumbnail INSPIRING LEADER
Caroline Dowling
Division president,
Flex
flextronics.com
Caroline Faulkner, Pramerica INSPIRING LEADER
Caroline Faulkner
Senior MD and CIO,
Pramerica
pramerica.ie
Una Fox, The Walt Disney Company INSPIRING LEADER
Una Fox
VP, The Walt
Disney Company
thewaltdisneycompany.com
Cindy Gallop PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Cindy Gallop
Founder,
MakeLoveNotPorn
cindygallop.com
Melinda Gates AMAZING ADVOCATE
Melinda Gates
Co-founder,
Gates Foundation
gatesfoundation.org
Diane Greene speaking at a UC Berkeley event recently. Image via YouTube INSPIRING LEADER
Diane Greene
SVP,
Google
google.com
Cathriona Hallahan, Microsoft INSPIRING LEADER
Cathriona Hallahan
Ireland MD,
Microsoft
microsoft.com
Julia Hartz INSPIRING LEADER
Julia Hartz
Co-founder,
Eventbrite
eventbrite.com
Aisling Hassell INSPIRING LEADER
Aisling Hassell
Head of CX,
Airbnb
airbnb.com
Fidelma Healy INSPIRING LEADER
Fidelma Healy
COO,
Gilt
gilt.com
Ann-Marie Holmes, Intel INSPIRING LEADER
Ann-Marie Holmes
VP,
Intel
intel.com
Amy Hood INSPIRING LEADER
Amy Hood
CFO,
Microsoft
microsoft.com
Arianna Huffington INSPIRING LEADER
Arianna Huffington
Co-founder,
Huffington Post
huffingtonpost.com
Anne Marie Imafidon at Inspirefest 2015. Photo by Robbie Reynolds/Conor McCabe Photography AMAZING ADVOCATE
Anne-Marie Imafidon
Co-founder and CEO,
Stemettes
stemettes.org
Abigail Johnson INSPIRING LEADER
Abigail Johnson
CEO,
Fidelity Investments
fidelity.com
Peggy Johnson INSPIRING LEADER
Peggy Johnson
Executive VP,
Microsoft
microsoft.com
Margaret Keane INSPIRING LEADER
Margaret Keane
CEO,
Synchrony Financial
synchronyfinancial.com
Cathy Kearney, Apple INSPIRING LEADER
Cathy Kearney
Country manager,
Apple Ireland
apple.com
Ana Keating, Rational Group INSPIRING LEADER
Ana Keating
Director,
Rational Group
intel.com
Ann Kelleher, Intel INSPIRING LEADER
Dr Ann Kelleher
VP,
Intel
intel.com
Nora Khaldi, via Inspirefest PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Dr Nora Khaldi
Founder and CSO,
Nuritas
nuritas.com
Martina King INSPIRING LEADER
Martina King
CEO,
Featurespace
featurespace.co.uk
Céline Lazorthes, via Twitter PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Céline Lazorthes
Founder and CEO,
Leetchi.com
leetchi.com
Jess Lee, via Fortune Live Media on Flickr PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Jess Lee
Co-founder and CEO,
Polyvore
polyvore.com
Holly Liu, via LinkedIn PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Holly Liu
Co-founder and CDO,
Kabam
kabam.com
Bethany Mayer INSPIRING LEADER
Bethany Mayer
CEO,
Ixia
ixiacom.com
Marissa Mayer INSPIRING LEADER
Marissa Mayer
CEO,
Yahoo
yahoo.com
Fionnuala Meehan INSPIRING LEADER
Fionnuala Meehan
MD of SMB sales
EMEA, Google
google.com
Kathryn Minshew, via Wikimedia Commons PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Kathryn Minshew
Co-founder and CEO,
The Muse
themuse.com
CoderDojo Foundation CEO Mary Moloney at Inspirefest 2015. Photo by Robbie Reynolds/Conor McCabe Photography AMAZING ADVOCATE
Mary Moloney
Global CEO,
CoderDojo Foundation
coderdojo.com
Hazel Moore, via Inspirefest PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Hazel Moore
Co-founder and chair,
FirstCapital
firstcapital.co.uk
Regina Moran, CEO, Fujitsu UK and Ireland INSPIRING LEADER
Regina Moran
UK and Ireland CEO,
Fujitsu
fujitsu.com
Joan Mulvihill, CEO, Irish Internet Association INSPIRING LEADER
Joan Mulvihill
CEO, Irish
Internet Association
iia.ie
Catheryne Nicholson PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Catheryne Nicholson
Co-founder and CEO,
BlockCypher
blockcypher.com
Norma O’Callaghan, EMEA finance director, Trend Micro INSPIRING LEADER
Norma O’Callaghan
EMEA finance
director, Trend Micro
trendmicro.com
Olive O'Driscoll, CEO and co-founder of AventaMed PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Olive O’Driscoll
Co-founder and CEO,
AventaMed
aventamed.com
Marguerite O'Grady, Kemp Technologies INSPIRING LEADER
Marguerite O’Grady
MD for EMEA,
Kemp Technologies
kemptechnologies.com
Anne O'Leary INSPIRING LEADER
Anne O’Leary
CEO,
Vodafone Ireland
vodafone.com
Jennifer Pahlka, via Wikimedia Commons AMAZING ADVOCATE
Jennifer Pahlka
Founder and director,
Code for America
codeforamerica.org
Monica Parker PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Monica Parker
Founder,
Hatch Analytics
hatchstrategy.com
Michelle Peluso INSPIRING LEADER
Michelle Peluso
Chief strategic adviser,
Gilt and HBC
xerox.com
Lucy Peng, CEO, Ant Financial Services INSPIRING LEADER
Lucy Peng
CEO, Ant
Financial Services
alipay.com
Alaina Percival AMAZING ADVOCATE
Alaina Percival
CEO and board chair,
Women Who Code
womenwhocode.com
Monisha Perkash, CEO and co-founder of Lumo Bodytech PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Monisha Perkash
Co-founder and CEO,
Lumo Bodytech
lumobodytech.com
Melanie Perkins, Canva co-founder PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Melanie Perkins
Co-founder and CEO,
Canva
canva.com
Louise Phelan, PayPal INSPIRING LEADER
Louise Phelan
VP global operations
EMEA, PayPal
paypal.com
Ruth Porat INSPIRING LEADER
Ruth Porat
CFO,
Alphabet
abc.xyz
Shelly Porges AMAZING ADVOCATE
Shelly Porges
Entrepreneurship
advocate
twitter.com/shellyporges
Zhou Qunfei INSPIRING LEADER
Zhou Qunfei
Founder,
Lens Technology
hnlens.com
Anne Ravanona, GlobalInvestHer founder and CEO AMAZING ADVOCATE
Anne Ravanona
Founder and CEO,
Global Invest Her
globalinvesther.com
Jemma Redmond PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Jemma Redmond
Founder and CEO,
Ourobotics
weare3dbioprinting
humans.org
Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Danae Ringelmann
Co-founder and CDO,
Indiegogo
indiegogo.com
Ginni Rometty INSPIRING LEADER
Ginni Rometty
CEO,
IBM
ibm.com
Elizabeth Rossiello PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Elizabeth Rossiello
Founder and CEO,
BitPesa
bitpesa.co
Sheryl Sandberg INSPIRING LEADER
Sheryl Sandberg
COO,
Facebook
facebook.com
Dr Anita Sands INSPIRING LEADER
Dr Anita Sands
Board member,
Symantec
symantec.com
Niambh Scullion AMAZING ADVOCATE
Niambh Scullion
Co-founder,
CoderDojo Girls
coderdojo.com
Accenture's Ellyn Shook. Image via Accenture INSPIRING LEADER
Ellyn J Shook
CHRO,
Accenture
accenture.com
gwynne-shotwell-crop INSPIRING LEADER
Gwynne Shotwell
COO,
SpaceX
spacex.com
Megan Smith INSPIRING LEADER
Megan Smith
US CTO,
The White House
whitehouse.gov
Dr Cristina Soviany PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Dr Cristina Soviany
Founder,
Features Analytics
features-analytics.com
Lauren C States, Harvard University INSPIRING LEADER
Lauren C States
Fellow,
Harvard University
advancedleadership.
harvard.edu
Debra Sterling AMAZING ADVOCATE
Debra Sterling
Founder and CEO,
GoldieBlox
goldieblox.com
Regina Sullivan, Accenture INSPIRING LEADER
Regina Sullivan
Executive VP,
Fidelity Investments
fidelity.com
Kara Swisher INSPIRING LEADER
Kara Swisher
Executive editor,
Re/code
recode.net
Nina Tandon PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Nina Tandon
Co-founder and
CEO, EpiBone
epibone.com
Minerva Tantoco INSPIRING LEADER
Minerva Tantoco
CTO,
New York City
nyc.gov
Niamh Townsend INSPIRING LEADER
Niamh Townsend
Ireland GM,
Dell
dell.com
Google's Lorraine Twohill. Image via Google Capital INSPIRING LEADER
Lorraine Twohill
SVP,
Google
google.com
Vicky Twomey Lee AMAZING ADVOCATE
Vicky Twomey-Lee
Co-founder,
Coding Grace
codinggrace.com
Katharine Viner INSPIRING LEADER
Katharine Viner
Editor-in-chief,
The Guardian
theguardian.com
HTC chair and CEO Cher Wang. Image via Flickr/Robert Scoble INSPIRING LEADER
Cher Wang
Co-founder and CEO,
HTC
htc.com
Padmasree Warrior INSPIRING LEADER
Padmasree Warrior
US CEO,
NextEV
nextev.com
Amy Webb PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Amy Webb
Founder and CEO,
Webbmedia Group
webbmediagroup.com
Meg Whitman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Image via HPE INSPIRING LEADER
Meg Whitman
CEO,
HP Enterprise
hp-enterprisesolutions.com
Judith Williams, Dropbox INSPIRING LEADER
Judith Williams
Global head of
diversity, Dropbox
dropbox.com
Susan Wojcicki INSPIRING LEADER
Susan Wojcicki
CEO,
YouTube
youtube.com
Maggie Wu. Image via Alibaba INSPIRING LEADER
Maggie Wu
CFO,
Alibaba
alibaba.com
Malala Yousafzai AMAZING ADVOCATE
Malala Yousafzai
Co-founder,
The Malala Fund
malala.org
Katharine Zaleski PHENOMENAL FOUNDER
Katharine Zaleski
Co-founder,
PowerToFly
powertofly.com
Jane Zavalishina INSPIRING LEADER
Jane Zavalishina
CEO, Yandex
Data Factory
yandexdatafactory.com

Women Invent is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Intel, Open Eir (formerly Eircom Wholesale), Fidelity Investments, Accenture and CoderDojo.

Inspirefest is Silicon Republic’s international event connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM. Join us again from 30 June to 2 July 2016 for fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity. Get your Early Bird tickets now.

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