Of the top tech giants in the U.S.–Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft– none has a percentage of women in leadership roles above 30%. Therefore, if we want to increase the number of women in engineering, then we should focus on those who have made it to the very top, and serve as an inspiration to the next generation. With that in mind, here is an introduction to three truly amazing women who are leaders in engineering.
Diane Greene, Google’s Cloud Services’ Senior Vice President
After earning her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont and her master’s in computer science from UC Berkeley, in 1998, Greene and her husband founded VMWare, a company with a now $37-billion market capitalization. In 2016, Google bought Greene’s other start-up, Bebop, a development platform company.
Soon after, Greene became Senior VP at Google Cloud–where she is taking on industry leader Amazon. “I think we have a pretty good shot at being #1 in five years,” she recently said in an interview.
Jessica McKellar, Dropbox Director of Engineering
One of Forbes’ 2017 “30 Under 30” for Enterprise Technology, McKeller graduated from MIT with degrees in chemistry and computer science. In 2012, she founded Zulip, the chat-software company which was acquired by Dropbox just two years later. McKellar joined Dropbox where she works as Director of Engineering–that is, when she’s not writing. That’s right: McKellar has also authored two books on computer engineering.Regarding leadership, she once said:
When engineering management is done right, you’re focusing on three big things. You’re directly supporting the people on your team; you’re managing execution and coordination across teams; and you’re stepping back to observe and evolve the broader organization and its processes as it grows.
Noramay Cadena, Make in LA, Co-Founder
Named one of Business Insider’s 2016 Top 26 Most Powerful Women in Engineering, Cadena was a teenage mother before earning three degrees from MIT. She then worked at Boeing for twelve years, designing technology for the International Space Station. It was then she founded Make in LA, a hardware accelerator and early state investment fund.
She recently told Forbes that her vision for Make in LA is “to attract the best entrepreneurs and startups from around the globe and help them build successful tech-enabled hardware products.”
From electronic clouds to the stratosphere, it’s clear that these women are bringing us all to incredible new heights.