“Right now is a great time to be a woman in tech – but there’s not enough women in tech.”
–Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, on CNET
Whether it’s in the design or manufacture of new technologies, or providing solutions and services around the application of those technologies in the enterprise or consumer market, Marissa Mayer’s words ring true.
That’s what Softchoice’s Leading Women Initiative is all about: empowering women to become leaders in the technology industry. Launched earlier this year, the Leading Women Initiative is part of a broader diversity initiative at Softchoice with the focus to recruit and retain top talent. In addition to partnering with Dress for Success, the Leading Women Committee also hosts events throughout the year, like a recent networking event with Girls in Tech Toronto featuring Softchoice co-founder Jone Panavas as guest speaker.
In celebration of Softchoice’s Leading Women Initiative, and our own women in tech, we wanted to celebrate five other women who have proven technology is a boys’ club no more.
1. Meg Whitman – President & CEO, HP
Consistently found on “Most Influential/Powerful Women in Business” lists, Meg Whitman stands out in the technology industry for her keen business acumen. She is admired for her leadership at HP in putting employees first and for leading HP towards success. Before HP, Whitman also helped build success at eBay as the company’s CEO.
2. Cher Wang – Chairwoman & Co-founder, HTC Corp.
As the founder of both VIA Technologies and smartphone giant HTC Corporation, Cher Wang is not only a leading businesswoman, but also a strong advocate for women in the workforce. Wang co-founded the ABAC Women’s Forum, which focuses on empowerment of women in the workforce and seeks to inspire young women.
3. Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg is the woman who helped Mark Zuckerberg turn Facebook into the social networking giant that it is today, making her one of the world’s youngest self-made female tech billionaires. Another strong advocate for women in the workforce, Sandberg made headlines recently for pledging half of her fortune to charity as part of The Giving Pledge.
4. Ursula Burns – CEO, Xerox
To see the results of perseverance and commitment, look no further than Ursula Burns. Joining the company as an intern, Burns made her way to the top of the corporate ladder, learning key skills and business understanding along the way. Following her mother’s advice that “where you are is not who you are,” Burns exemplifies how hard work and self-confidence leads to success.
5. Marissa Mayer – CEO, Yahoo
From Google to Yahoo – Marissa Mayer stands out as an industry-leading executive. She was Google’s first female engineer, and she regularly advocates for women in technology. As a testament to her success, Mayer has received a number of accolades, including the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader Award in 2010, and being named to both Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women and TIME’s 100 People lists in 2013.