The 8 most powerful women in the Technology industry today.

The 8 most powerful women in the Technology industry today.


1. Sheryl Sandberg:
Current Designation: COO, Facebook. She also happens to be the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the organization.

Education: Sandberg graduated summa cum laude with a B.A.  in Economics from Harvard Colleges in 1991,where she was also awarded the John H. Williams Prize for being the top graduating student in Economics. She later enrolled in Harvard Business School from where she earned MBA with the highest distinction.

Work Experience:
At Harvard, she co-founded ‘Women in Economics and Government’. She later worked at World Bank, under Larry Summers, Chief Economist of the World Bank, who was her thesis ad-visor and mentor in college. After graduating from B-School, she worked at  McKinsey & Company, as the Management Consultant for a year, before making her big break at Google, where she joined as the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations. After quitting Google after 7 years of  being responsible for online sales of Google’s advertising and publishing products as well as for sales operations of Google’s consumer products and Google Book Search, she was recruited by Facebook to oversee their Business Operations.

What else? 
She also is a named board member at The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development, and V-Day. In 2013, she released her first book – ‘ Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’ which has sold more than one million copies since its launch. She is also known for her #BanBossy Campaign, where she advocates for women to take up more leadership roles in Silicon Valley and otherwise.

2. Marissa Mayer:
Current Designation: President & CEO, Yahoo

She started off as a pre-medical student at the prestigious Standford University, but soon changed her major to Symbolic Systems. She graduated with B.S. Honors in 1997, and then later completed her M.S. in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence. She was awarded an honoris causa doctorate degree by Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009, for her contribution in the field of Search.

Work Experience:
She was an intern at SBI Internation, Menlo Park, California, and at Ubilab. After her graduation she received 14 job offers which included one from  Carnegie Mellon University and another from McKinsey & Company. She was one of the first 20 employees at Google, where she was recruited as an Engineer. She soon went from writing code, to becoming Product Manager, then Director of Consumer Web products, and finally Vice President of Search Products and User Experience in 2005. In 2012, she took her current position as the CEO in Yahoo.

What else?
During her tenure at Google, she taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford. She also helped students of East Palo Alto Charter School.

3. Avni Shah
Current Designation:  Director, Product Management, Google

She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.Sc in Computer Science.

Work Experience:
She has been working with Google since 2003, where she heads the development of Chrome, and has worked in the past on Google Notebook and Google Toolbar.

What else?
She was one of the two women who took the stage at the Moscone Centre at the Google I/O Developer Conference this year. She introduced the working of Chrome with the newest version of Android L.

4. Nadine Harik:
Current Designation: Engineering Manager, Pinterest

Education: She has a Bachelor’s from Stanford University.

Work Experience: She was the Senior Software Engineer at Google, where she handled Adwords – ads on Youtube and Google Apps.

5. SusanWojcicki
Current designation: CEO, YouTube

Work Experience:
She graduated from Harvard University with an honours in Literature and History. She then received her M.Sc in Economic from University of California, Santa Cruz and her MBA from  UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Work Experience:
She held a Marketing profile at Intel, and then proceeded to work as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company, R.B. Webber & Company. After this, she became Google’s first Marketing Manager in 1999, and then subsequently got promoted to senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce, where she worked with DoubleClick, Goohle Analytics, Ad Sense, AdWords and Google Video,. She is credited as the founder of Adsense, from which Google derives majority of its revenue.

What else?
Google started in her garage. Yes, you read it right. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out, by setting their first office in Susan’s garage.

6. Erica Lockheimer
Current Designation: Director, Growth engineering, LinkedIn

Work experience: Before LinkedIn, she served as the Director of Growth Engineering at Good Technology, a mobile security solutions provider. As part of one of the very powerful teams at LinkedIn, Erica worked on creating the mobile web optimized version of the LinkedIn registration experience for iPhone and Android devices, by leveragingthe existing server side architecture from the desktop experience with the
addition of server side device detection to present the user with an optimized UI that uses jQuery and jQuery Mobile.

What else? She supports Iridescent, a national science education non-profit organization that brings exciting, high-quality, hands-on science to underserved children and their parents.

7. Roxxane Varza
Current Designation: Startup Lead, Microsoft

Education: She is trilingual, and  completed her Bachelors from UCLA. Shethen went for Masters from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

Work Experience: Prior to Microsoft, she worked for several European startups and was also the Editor of TechCrunch France. She also co-founded the French and British chapters of Girls in Tech and is the co-organizer of the Failcon Paris conference. More recently, she co-founded, a European tech publication. She also worked for the French government’s foreign direct investment agency in San Francisco helping fast-growing startups develop their activities in France. She was the Content director at Carmine, and handled Communication at Shopcade.

What else? This amazing quote that she said in an interview with Huffington post:

People have these stereotypes in their head, that when you present something to women, maybe they are not as quick to ‘get it’, or that unless you present it with shoes, they won’t like it! I would often meet with a company and they would say to me ‘I want to demo my product for you’ and then they would say, ‘oh what should we use? Shoes, or dresses?’

8. Emily White:
Current Designation:COO, SnapchatEducation: She is an alumni of Vanderbilt University, U.S.Work Experience: Before Snapchat happened, Emily headed Business Operations at Instagram, before which she worked as Facebook on Mobile Business Development and Partnerships. Not only this, she started out as the Director, Sales and Operation at Google in 2009, and was promoted to handle Emerging Businesses the very next year.You should check out:
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