Tech Divas! Black Women In Tech You Should Know

May 1, 2014  |  

The lack of diversity in the tech sector has been bandied about over the past few years with the gap slowly closing. Last year Business Insider started tracking the most important black people in tech and continues with its most recent release of the list of 46. Black women even lag behind here with just 10 women who made the cut.

Denise Young Smith, the head of HR over at Apple, tops the list. Smith landed the job in February and she leads the $471.5-billion company’s worldwide human resources division. In total, Apple employs more than 10,000 people.

Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx, Startup Box: South Bronx. Carter just launched Startup Box, a new startup incubator and tech education center in South Bronx to encourage entrepreneurship.

Kimberly Bryant is included because of her work with the organization she founded, BlackGirlsCode. Through the six-week program, BlackGirlsCode teaches basic programming, and gives underrepresented youths the opportunity to learn about robotics, and other technological concepts.

When Angela Benton founded NewMe Accelerator in 2011 with co-founder Wayne Sutton it was the goal of creating an accelerator targeting minorities. “Prior to NewMe, Benton launched BlackWeb2.0, an online publication for African-Americans interested in technology and new media,” reports BI.

While Condoleezza Rice isn’t known for her skills in tech, she has become a trailblazer in the arena. The NSA adviser and former secretary of state was recently named to the board of directors of online storage startup Dropbox, becoming one  of very few blacks on any of the boards of the major tech firms.

Education tech founder Heather Hiles was able to get past the bureaucracy and get schools and institutions on board with her company Pathbrite, which raised an additional $4 million. And as of March 2013, Pathbrite’s new learning platform was in more than 100 universities and school districts.

Having got her start working at Apple, Sarah Kuns is now an investor board member at Venture For America, a program whose mission is to help talented college graduates gain experience in the startup world, in December 2013.

As COO of TaskRabbit, Stacy Brown-Philpot oversees the operations of the San Francisco-based startup that runs an online marketplace for outsourcing errands and tasks. Prior to this she worked at Google for nine years and eventually at Google Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence.

Erin Teague is the director of product management at Yahoo, which is valued at around $36.9 billion. Teague had been the growth product manager for the mobile-only social network Path for two years where she really made a name for herself. She is responsible for the company’s incredible user growth in 2013. “In the spring, the app was growing by 1 million new users per week. It hit the 10-million-user mark in April,” reports Business Insider. Teague also worked on the product team at Twitter.

Lisa Lambert is the VP and Managing Director of Software and Services at Intel Capital. Having joined the company in 1997, she began as a product marketing manager eventually rising in the ranks.

Click through to Business Insider to see the whole list.

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