Remember when computers and technology were regarded as a man’s field of interest, where females had no business? This has changed over time, most drastically in the 2000s. Now there are countless executive women in technology-related job positions all over the globe. However, this article is going to focus on five in particular.
Tracy Chou is currently the senior engineer at Pinterest. She started as an intern for both Google and Facebook. Facebook eventually offered her a job position, which she turned down for an opportunity to work as Quora’s second in command engineer.
Beyond her job at Pinterest, Tracy also manages a project called “Where are the numbers?”, which demands large technology companies to release accurate hiring statistics in regards to gender, in order to ensure the playing field is fair. While Tracy doesn’t have a background as involved in technology as the two women below, her path is important due to the fact she is still quite young (26) and already a senior engineer and a very large and successful company.
Sandy Carter is IBM General Manager and Ecosystem Development. She is in charge of IBM’s overall association with autonomous programming merchants (ISVs), which contributes to more or less one-third of IBM’s total income. In addition, she also handles the relationship with those who make up IBM’s industry-heading biological system of influences, the development, academic, and venture capital communities.
Their main focus is centered around basic regions of business topics such as cloud, social, and analytics. It is recorded that these areas of business have the potential to bring in a trillion dollars of profit by 2015, which makes it clear that IBM believes that Carter is the right person for the position if they’re comfortable with placing her in a role responsible for that much of their potential revenue.
Carter helped establish the WITI (Women in Technology International) Global Executive Network (GEN) program for women executives. Carter is also a member of the American Management Association (AMA), WITI Executive Advisory Council, the Global Advisory Board of the World Brand Congress, and the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Inner Circle.
Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Sheryl Sandberg was named on the Forbes of most powerful women as well as on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list.
She was once the chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury but later worked at Google as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations.
Her experience in government was displayed in the 2019 court probe of Facebook’s role in the election meddling scandal. She authored a bestselling book called “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” The book explores many themes in the professional world such as sexism, feminism, and gender inequality.
Currently, reports estimate Sheryl Sandberg’s net worth to be over $1.7 billion, which is largely comprised of stock holdings. She used to serve as a board member of Starbucks, Brookings Institution and Ad Council. But Sandberg now serves on the board of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, SurveyMonkey, the Center for Global Development and V-Day.
Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of Youtube. She has been an activist for gender equality in Silicon Valley. She increased the number of female employees at YOutube by 6% which is substantial considering Google’s only 1% increase in female employees over the same time period.
Susan received her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, studying in history and literature and graduating with honors in 1990. She also earned her Master’s of Science in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993 and a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998.
In 1999, she joined Google as their first marketing manager and tenaciously worked to senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce. In that section of the company, she was instrumental in the introduction of AdWords, AdSense and Google Analytics. She was the overseer of Google Video before suggesting that the company acquire the Youtube startup.
In 2006, she initiated the $1.65 billion purchase and followed that up the next year by another large acquisition of $3.1 billion to purchase DoubleClick. In February 2014, Susan Wojcicki was appointed as CEO of YouTube. The following year, she was named on Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015. Susan often speaks about the importance of having a work-life balance which is interesting, considering that she has 5 children. Wojcicki is estimated to have a net worth of nearly $500 million.
Ginni Rommetty is a former chair, president, and CEO of IBM, as well as the first woman to head the company. During her tenure as CEO, she received much acclaim such as being named on Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential People in the World, Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Time’s 20 Most Important People in Tech and Forbes’ America’s Top 50 Women In Tech.
Her focus as CEO was to shift IBM’s direction on analytics, cloud computing, and cognitive computing systems. She initially joined IBM as a systems engineer in 1981 and subsequently climbed up the corporate ladder into global sales, marketing, and strategy. AS general manager of IBM’s global services division, she negotiated IBM’s purchase of PricewaterhouseCoopers IT consulting business in 2002 and become known for integrating the two companies.