Indeed Prime is committed to constant innovation and disruption in tech, and we’re proud to further efforts of inclusion, equality, and diversity within the industry. We’re thrilled to showcase some top women leaders in tech to inspire you.
Rachel Sibande is a Malawian computer scientist (currently pursuing a PhD in computer science from Rhodes University), STEM educator, and founder of mHub, Malawi’s first-ever technology hub focusing on building young tech entrepreneurs and enhancing youth development in business and technology. mHub then matches its graduates with companies across the country. Rachel is an alumna of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative and was named by Forbes as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa.
Brianna Wu is a game developer and anti-online harassment activist. She is head of development at Giant Spacekat, a company she launched after being inspired by the introduction of Unreal for iOS. She wrote “Choose Your Character” for The Magazine, which outlines her company’s culture, as well as “No Skin Thick Enough: The Daily Harassment of Women in the Game Industry” for The Polygon. She is currently assembling a campaign team to run for Congress in 2018.
Jocelyn Leavitt is the CEO and co-founder of Hopscotch, an iOS app that lets children design, code, and share their own art and games. She advocates for people in the humanities to gain some exposure to STEM, and for coding skills to be incorporated into core school curriculums (read her full interview with Mondo here). She has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and believes that not having a technical background should never keep people from innovating within the space.
Yoky Matsuoka has worked as head of innovation at Google, VP of technology at Nest over UX and the learning aspects of the Nest thermostat and Apple working on their health business. She is a 2007 MacArthur Fellow (commonly known as the Genius Award) and has done extensive work in neuroscience and robotics to create more realistic prosthetics. She is now back at Nest as CTO and is president of the YokyWorks Foundation.
Ama Marfo is the co-founder of Airfordable, an online travel platform that provides flexible payment plans to allow travelers to book flights at a fraction of the total airfare. She is one of Geeks Gone Global’s 25 Powerful Entrepreneurs to Inspire and Celebrate Women Entrepreneurship, has managed fintech solutions for fortune 500 companies like Discover and Sony, and has been interviewed on behalf of people of color in tech.
Susie Armenta is the CEO of AppGenius, an app that delivers app recommendations, lists and searches based on your personal history, interests and likes using a machine learning algorithm. Susie prides herself on being a woman who has never let her age or gender get in her way, and has managed and consulted over 20 successful projects after starting as an iPhone app developer.
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and, in 2010, became the first South Asian and Indian American woman to run for Congress. She advocates for female leadership to focus on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, the subject of her book Women Who Don’t Wait in Line.
Becky Blalock is a thought leader in the IT and utility industries. As senior VP and CIO for Southern Company, Becky brought recognition to the company as one of the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO Magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld. She currently serves as a member of several corporate boards and is the author of Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge, which Forbes says “takes over where Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” falls short.”
Alaina Percival is a chocolate-lover and hiker who has visited over 60 countries and is currently the CEO of Women Who Code, which has grown to serve over 80,000 women in 20 countries and 60 cities globally. Alaina has appeared at Belfast Technology Conference, Grace Hopper, Columbia University’s Social Enterprise, and MIT’s Venture Capital and Innovation Conference. She has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, on reasons why more women should work in the tech industry, and to the Huffington Post. She has appeared in Forbes, Wired (in response to companies like GoDaddy instituting change for more gender equality), TechRepublic, and The Glass Hammer.
Danielle Curcio is a VP of engineering, formerly chief software engineer, at Raytheon hoping to inspire diversity on the next generation of engineers with her success. She oversees over 6,000 engineers working on products such as the world’s most advanced air and missile defense system (Global Patriot Solutions) and Air and Missile Defense Radar for the Navy and influences cuts in government spending, overseas threats, and cyber security in the defense industry. She speaks about her experience and enthusiasm for engineering regularly to student groups and has collaborated in developing mentorship programs in order to encourage women and girls to pursue technical careers.