In a field with many male leaders, it is important to remember that not just men rule the technology workforce. Many women have led companies to great success, and have proven that they are just as capable of being at the head of this technological revolution.
These women have faced many roadblocks and many instances of denial from people along the way, but eventually unlocked a world of profit. Let’s take a look at some of the most successful and important women in the tech field today, who have defied stereotypes and risen against adversity.
Susan Wojcicki: Helping YouTube Rise to the Top
As the CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki has seen huge success and has risen to the top of her field. She has been with Google since its earliest founding and was actually the company’s 16th employee.
Wojcicki played a large role in helping Google purchase YouTube and she has been YouTube’s CEO since 2014. It is important to take note of her personal influence on two of the most dominant companies on the Internet. With her leadership, YouTube has hit great heights and is growing rapidly.
Wojcicki is a prominent figure in both Google and YouTube and the successes of these businesses could not have been achieved without her.
Ginni Rometty: Leading IBM with Grace
After Ginni Rometty became the CEO of IBM in 2012, she led the company to develop their initiatives even further. Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 and has worked her way up to the title of Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
Bloomberg named her one of the 50 Most Influential People in the World and Fortune has named her one of the Most Powerful Women in Business. These titles hold a lot of importance in the business world, and Rometty is clearly raising the bar for women in the technology field.
Rometty established a program that creates thousands of job opportunities for high school students in addition to workforce “returnship” programs making it easier for new mothers to come back to work. The tech field is lucky to have Ginni Rometty’s determination and dedication, inspiring people every day.
Meg Whitman: Born to be a CEO
This particular CEO is one with a long history of work experience and diverse job titles. Meg Whitman has held important job titles while working for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Bain & Co., Walt Disney Co., eBay, Hewlett-Packard (also known as HP), and many more.
Meg Whitman has been the CEO of multiple companies throughout her career and yielded a lot of recognition for her many positions in several large businesses. Meg Whitman is now the CEO of a company called Quibi, a mobile streaming service that is launching in 2020 and already has millions of dollars dedicated to it. With her CEO expertise, there is no doubt that Meg Whitman will ultimately succeed with her new startup.
Marissa Mayer: Success Doesn’t Stop
In the earliest stages of her career, Marissa Mayer was the 20th Google employee and the first female engineer in the company. After her time with Google, she entered business with Yahoo! and took over as the CEO in 2012, when the company was going through a difficult time maintaining their success.
Later on, Mayer helped with the sale of Yahoo! to Verizon for almost $4.5 billion but later went on to pursue a new path. Marissa Mayer co-founded a company called Lumi Labs, which is still in its early stages of development.
With her proficiency in the business world and her CEO skills, we are all patiently waiting for what entrepreneurial fame Marissa Mayer will encounter next.
Ursula Burns: Breaking Barriers and Reaching New Heights
As a CEO with another honored title, Ursula Burns is the former CEO of Xerox and the current CEO of VEON. Most importantly, Burns holds the reputation of being the first African-American CEO to be at the head of an S&P 500 company.
Ursula Burns is on both Forbes’ list of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018 and America’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018, making her an important figure in the tech world and an extremely notable CEO in our society. At the beginning of her career, she was a mechanical engineering intern at Xerox and has built her career upwards and reached incredible success. Burns was honored by U.S. President Barack Obama, by helping with the national White House program on STEM and held the vice-chair position on the President’s Export Council in March 2010. Burns is pursuing her career as a CEO and also serves on Uber’s Board of Directors.
By maintaining her career and showing the world that hard work and determination will yield success, it’s hard not to be inspired by Ursula Burns.
Your Kid Can Do It Too…
We all want the best for our kids, and the future of tech can sometimes become overwhelmed with just one type of person. If the technology field ever seems widely dominated by the same demographics of people, just remember that no matter what, your child can achieve success.
Creativity, patience, and passion will lead to a successful and happy future where anyone can be anything if your kid just puts their mind to it. Start letting your child pursue their dreams today by signing up for our online, interactive coding courses.
Set your children up for success and see what they can achieve and maybe one day your daughter will be on this list of influential CEOs.