SAN FRANCISCO – Girls In Tech, an organization focused on empowerment, engagement, and education of women in technology, announces the appointment of ten new outstanding business leaders to its Board of Directors. All ten members are CEO’s or Senior Executives in their field.
The new Girls in Tech board members are:
- Monique Morrow, CTO, Evangelist New Frontiers Development and Engineering at Cisco
- Fran Maier, Board Director of G.E. Capital Bank, Founder of TRUSTe, and Co-Founder of Match.com
- Darrell Mockus, CTO, CPP Innovation Labs
- Bev Crair, VP and General Manager, Storage Group, Intel
- Elizabeth Davidson, Co-Founder, Diamius Multinational
- Denise Terry, CEO and Co-Founder, EmbraceHer Health
- Donna Boyer Chief Product Officer, Blurb
- Lori McLeese, VP of Human Resources, Automattic
- Lawdan Shojaee, CEO, Axosoft
- Jonathan Abrams, CEO, Nuzzel
Their combined skills will be a major asset to the Girls in Tech Global Organization. With their love for mentorship, high-powered executive tenure in the STEM space, successful entrepreneurship endeavors, major international relations, and most importantly, amazing life experiences to share, this group has a combined leadership resume’ that is unmatched.
“I am very excited to be a Girls in Tech Board member as I believe very strongly that we have the opportunity to be bold and to transform this world together for girls and women in technology,” says Monique Morrow, CTO, Cisco.
Here are some highlights of their accomplishments:
Monique Morrow – Top 10 influential women in I.T. (2014), holds 7 patents with more pending, has been in Engineering with Cisco since 2000, and has a degree in French
Fran Maier – Co/Founder at Match.com, Advisor to many amazing companies, Stanford Graduate, Former Executive Director, CEO, Board Chair & President at TRUSTe and Board Director at GE Capital Bank
Darrell Mockus- Former CTO at Samsung Accelerator, Senior Partner at Predictive Research Group, and former engineer at Live Nation
Bev Crair – Has worked for Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and Unisys, now employed by Intel since 2010, holds a Pepperdine MBA, standing member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering
Elizabeth Davidson – Co-Founder of Diamius Multinational, member of Sir Richard Branson’s Advisory Counsel for the XTC Academy, which empowers visionary entrepreneurs, award-winning author of Funky to Fabulous: Surefire Success Strategies for the Savvy, Sassy and Swamped, and a featured Huffington Post Columnist
Denise Terry – 10x Startup Entrepreneur with 20 years experience leading product and marketing for disruptive technology companies and early stage startups across mobile, voice, cloud, consumer Internet
Donna Boyer – Worked at companies such as Yahoo!, DigitalThink, Personify, Hyperion, and Harvard Business School, Loves Ed Tech, holds over 21 years of Product Management experience
Lori McLeese – World traveler, B.A. in Early Childhood Education and M.A. in Teaching, Former Chief People Officer at Room to Read
Lawdan Shojaee – Currently helping build Arizona’s tech eco-system, Chair at A.T. Still University, holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and has over 800 hours logged at the controls of a single engine plane
Jonathan Abrams – Co/Founder and Former CEO of Friendster, Socializr, and HotLinks, co/Founder of Founder’s Den
“We’re confident that our hand-picked selection of new Board members will carry our organization to new heights,” says CEO and Founder of Girls In Tech, Adriana Gascoigne, “Now more than ever, we’re focused on the future development of high-impact programming and curriculum to further enhance women’s professional aspirations in technology.”
Girls in Tech is entering a challenging and exciting time, as discrimination in education and equality in the workplace continues to be an issue and the demand for technological innovation continues to rise. We have a tradition of high-quality programming, curriculum and activism related to empowerment, and engagement and education of women working in technology.
“I can’t wait to put my energy and my efforts towards GIT, and together, help shift the perceptions of females in the industry. Together, we can help change the landscape for our next generation,” says Lawdan Shojaee, CEO of Axosoft.
These ladies will be bringing their skill sets and tenured expertise to the table– encouraging and enhancing current Girls in Tech programming, creating greater brand awareness, growing multiple chapters all around the world, helping drive fundraising campaigns, offering guidance on key operational management tasks, bringing major real time issues and opportunities within tech to the forefront, and of course, advocating the Girls in Tech brand and mission!
They will also support (4) main programs within the organization:
- Lady Pitch Night Competition
- Catalyst Conference
- GIT Bootcamps
- GIT Hackathons
Girls in Tech is the largest global organization in the sector, creating awareness of the need to recognize women’s contributions to technology and promoting women working in the workforce. With over 47 active chapters and approximately 22,000 members, the organization provides Global Classroom courses, coding and design boot camps, confidence-building and product development, entrepreneurial and leadership programming, business pitch competitions, hackathons, networking events, conferences, and sponsors young girls in high school and middle school to participate in STEM workshops.