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Monday, March 31, 2008

25 Key Female Players in the World of Technology

As time rolls on, technology is only growing, and with it comes many career paths--some conventional, others not so much. Women are taking advantage of this in droves, creating their own web businesses, digital firm and enterprises as well as serving as the Queen Bee, taking already established companies even further through means of technology. Here, we present the key players.


Carly Fiorina

Fiorina now sits on the board of Cybertrust, a computer security firm, and also serves as the director of the Revolution Health Group. Having worked in various capacities for Marcus & Millichap, as well as computer conglomerate Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina’s name is in bold face in the world of technology. Best known for her work at HP as CEO, Fiorina has been named the most powerful woman in business by Fortune magazine several years running.



Marissa Mayer
Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at Google, Mayer was the first female engineer to be hired by the massive search engine company. Starting out as lead for the user interface and web server teams, she is now overseer of product release for the multitude of new services and devices Google is developing. If Google releases a new product, Mayer is the one who decided it was ready.


Dr. Lydia W. Thomas

As president and CEO of Noblis, a non-profit science and technology strategy organization, Dr. Thomas oversees the direction of the company’s activities in each and every aspect. Working with governments on the local, state and federal level, Noblis works to insure the well-being of homeland security for the U.S., from public safety and health to protection of our forests and natural bodies water.



Anita Borg

After attending technology conferences for years, Borg realized how few women attended the conferences. In 1987, she began a running email list of women interested in the field. This became Systers, a forum for women who work in technology to interact via the Internet, allowing them to exchange ideas, to lend support to one another, and to call attention to future conferences. Systers was a key tool in the development of women in technology and computer programming, allowing women to interact and help raise awareness for those in the industry. She has also teamed up with Google for the Anita Borg Scholarship to encourage students to pursue careers in technology.


Susan Decker
President of Yahoo! Inc., Decker also serves on the board of directors for Intel, Costco, and Berkshire Hathaway. At Yahoo!, Decker is in charge of all global business operations. She has also run Yahoo's Advertiser and Publisher Group. Prior to that, she was Yahoo!'s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Decker holds BS Degrees from Tufts University in computer science and economics as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Meg Whitman

Perhaps one of the most influential and innovative women in technology is Whitman. Serving as the President of eBay since 1998, Whitman has taken the company from just under 30 employees to well over 10,000. She also serves on the Board of Directors for both Proctor & Gamble and DreamWorks Animation, both whom she worked for before taking eBay to new heights. Consistently making Forbes' Top 100 list, eBay continues to grow on a yearly basis making them the number 1 online auction site in the world.



Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz was the CEO of Autodesk, maker of the popular AutoCAD software, for 15 years. She was appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology where she made recommendations and helped influence technology and the R&D agenda for the US governement. She has been recognized for her contribution to the technology world and received awards numerous times throughout her career.



Cali Lewis
Not involved with software or hardware Cali Lewis made her mark on the technology world in the area of podcasting. Together with her husband, Neil, she started GeekBrief.tv where Cali reviewed new, interesting, and cool gadgets, and covered the occasional technology news story. Within a few months the show became wildly popular, reaching millions of downloads. The two quit their day jobs and now do multiple podcasts for Podshow, partially owned by former MTV VJ Adam Curry.



Annalee Newitz
Analee Newitz is a journalist who covers science and technology and its impact on society. She is deeply involved in the open source and hacker communities through periodicals such as Wired and Popular Science and numerous online websites. She was also a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).




Sheila Savar

In 2002, Savar created Savar & Associates, a consulting firm helping companies achieve better client service practices. Originally the company offered workshops and seminars and now offers speaker engagements that promote conflict-resolution in the workplace as well as leadership training. Clients worldwide depend on Savar & Associates to better train their employees creating a strong work morale, inevitably leading to an vast increase in productivity. With previous positions at Xerox and Simplex, Savar knows what it takes to run with the Fortune 100 companies.


Kathy Albarado

President of the company , Helios HR, Albarado has worked for 20 years in HR with nearly every size firm imaginable. With a focus on long-term employee retention, and creating a productive work environment, it’s no wonder Helio is well on its way. Albarado has developed Helio HR to help companies build a successful HR infrastructure with her tried-and-true methods of human resource practices. Originally known as Helio Concepts, Albarado’s company underwent a name change in 2006 to reflect their new ventures and renewed sense of self.



Morgan Webb
Morgan Webb is true hardcore gamer who writes a game column for FHM Magzine. She is also an online video podcaster for X-Play and Webb Alert, where she covers Internet- and technology-related news. Morgan began her career behind the camera as a producer and researcher for The Screen Savers. Her likable on-screen presence and popularity with the viewers made her a regular guest host before starting her own video podcast.


Charlene Li

Charlene Li is an analyst at Forrester Research where she covers Internet portals, search engines , technology, and social computing. Prior to working at Forrester, Charlene was a journalist at the San Jose Mercury News. She is frequent lecturer and sought-after panelist for technology and society issues.


Nomi Bergman

As the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development for Advance/Newhouse Communications, Bergman is in charge of several divisions, including Strategic Initiatives and Broadband Data Services. In this position, Bergman works to move Advance/Newhouse in the right direction in terms of technology. Bergman began in computer programming and consulting in the early part of her career, and later became heavily involved in IT, landing her the position she currently has with Advance/Newhouse.



Mary Ann Davidson

As the Chief Security Officer of Oracle Corporation, Davidson oversees the assessments, incident handling and evaluations for the company. Having served in the Navy, Davidson has received the Navy Achievement Medal, and represents the company on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Information Security Analysis Center (IT-ISA).



Kim Jones
Jones is the Vice President of Global Education, Government and Health Sciences at Sun Microsystem., A 2006 Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame inductee, she is involved in driving policy initiatives for education on the web, and often speaks before Congress. She has over 20 years experience in technology. Prior to working at Sun she worked at Wang Laboratories and Xerox.


Dr. Joy Hughes

Hughes works as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at George Mason University. Her work has won countless awards for its improvement on technology-related education on the university level, and serves as a benchmark for other prestigious schools across the country. Working to better assist those who were educated pre-Internet, she has tapped into resources that can utilize education to fill the countless jobs available in IT on an annual basis. She has also been named to Rider University’s Science Hall of Fame.


Barbara Liskov

Currently working at MIT as the Ford Professor of Engineering, Liskov was the first woman to be granted her PhD in Computer Science by Stanford University. On the forefront of creating several programs in here career, Liskov is most recognized for her work developing CLU, a programming language support and data abstraction, and the very first of its kind. She also worked to create Thor, an object-oriented database, and Argus, the first high-level language that was able to support the implementation of existing computer programs. She is also a member of America’s Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.


Jill Stelfox

As the CEO of DefyWire, Stelfox has a simple motto, “Pay it forward.” It’s with this technique that she has continued to stay on top of her game regardless of times when the world of technology seemed to be flailing. Her educational software company consistently develops new and exciting ways to create school safety, most recently with the creation of the Mobile Guardian Safety Suite, which allows schools to track a child from the moment they get on a school bus in the morning until the moment they arrive safely home that afternoon. Schools throughout the northern U.S. have begun to implement Mobile Guardian Safety Suite, and with school safety constantly being questioned in the headlines, DefyWire will only continue to grow.


Dr. Adele Goldberg

Dr. Golberg is the creator of Smalltalk-80, a programming language that was once used worldwide by companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple, and DEC. She is now the founder of Neometron, Inc., a company seeking fresh ways to research and understand technology management. Dr. Goldberg is the recipient of many awards including PC Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement award.


April Young

A strong force in the world of technology for over a decade, Young has seen the rise of Washington, D.C. as a central zone for the industry. Focusing on high-tech business and economic development for the area, Young has worked in various capacities only to have others take note of how she can improve their own companies. Now as Comerica Bank's mid-Atlantic senior vice president, Young also works with organizations who grant microloans to starter businesses in impoverished countries; shetravels on a yearly basis to contribute her time and know-how to these start-up companies.


Debra Ruh

For over two decades Ruh has worked on implementing, improving, and refining technology for schools and business all over the world. Her company,TecAccess, which focuses on the accessibility of informative technology products, was awarded the Freedom Initiative award by U.S. Department of Labor and the Lighthouse International Employer of the Year award for granting jobs to those with vision impairments. Ruh has also spoken worldwide about her endeavors. She has been featured in many media outlets, and is committed to utilizing the skills of the disabled in corporate America.



Lauren Kirby
As winner of the 2007 Women in Technology Lifetime Achievement award, Kirby is the president and founder of TurnAround, LLC. Able to break down complex ideas to simple steps is her tactic which allows a business owner to reach out to their client in the most effective manner. Her innovative concept of a company that helps companies become more successful through technology has made TurnAround, LLC a go-to for small companies about to take a bigger step worldwide. Kirby first ran the company as a part-time business for nearly 15 years before taking the plunge in 2006, and developing TurnAround, LLC as her full-time career. Since then, the company has prospered, growing quickly and adding services to offer their client.


Dede Haskins

Named the Vice President of Cigital in 2004, Haskins has worked in technology her entire life, primarily with software development and various professional services. As President of Women in Technology, she works alongside other great minds in her field, seeking out the innovative movers-and-shakers who continue to raise the bar in the world of tech-savvy women.



Linda Berdine

Founder of G&B Solutions, Berdine has created a company aware of client needs, that has quickly become the solution for many business owners who need help moving in the right, next direction. Through web solutions, IT infrastructure, and enterprise architecture, G&B solutions helps mold the future for small business owners who need an extra set of eyes and ears for successful further development.




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