There’s a lot of talk right now about empowering women in the workforce, and for good reason. People are generally now more aware of the job inequality that impacts women on a daily basis. However, we still have a long way to go, and the IT sector is no exception. The National Center for Woman & Information Technology (NCWIT) reports that while women hold 57% of all professional occupations, they only hold 26% of all professional computing jobs. Additionally, only 19% of Computer and Information Sciences bachelor’s degrees in 2016 went to women.
Change obviously doesn’t come overnight, but it’s still important to recognize the power and influence women have in the IT world – specifically, in cloud computing. In celebration of International Women’s Day and in honor of Women’s History Month, we at Solutions Review salute these five women who are major influencers and figureheads in the cloud world.
Jocelyn DeGance Graham
As the CEO and co-founder of CloudNOW (Cloud Network of Women), Jocelyn is a key figure in women’s professional development in the cloud space. She founded CloudNOW with the goal of providing women in cloud computing with the resources to share knowledge and grow professionally. The Business Journal named her one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley and CRN called her one of the 100 Most Influential Women in IT. In addition to CloudNOW, she is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Holberton School of Engineering. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to consider Lydia one of the most important figures in the entire history of cloud computing. She is a Distinguished VP and Analyst at Gartner where she has been writing about IT trends since 2000. She was one of the first analysts to cover cloud computing, specifically with a focus on IaaS, and how it intersects with all facets of IT. Gartner awarded her with the title of Analyst of the Year in 2010 and she was named one of the Top 10 Women in Cloud by CloudNOW in 2013. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
With over 25 years of IT experience, Majula is a veteran professional in the cloud world. She previously worked at Cisco in various positions from 1993 to 2015 and was also on the Advisory Board of VeloCloud. Currently, she serves as Salesforce’s Senior VP of their Customer Success Group. In 2013, she was named one of the Top 10 Women in Cloud by CloudNOW. She also regularly acts as a keynote speaker for various conferences and events around the globe delivering speeches on cloud computing. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Mary Beth Westmoreland
Mary Beth has over 30 years of software engineering experience and is currently the Senior VP and CTO of cloud service provider Blackbaud. Blackbaud provides cloud software and solutions to organizations dedicated to doing public and social good – nonprofits, charities, foundations, etc. The company frequently cites Mary Beth as being instrumental to Blackbaud’s transformation into the company it is today. The National Diversity Council named her one of the 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. Follow her on LinkedIn.
Michelle is the co-founder and COO of Cloudflare and a Canadian immigrant who moved to the U.S. to study at Harvard Business School. She met her fellow Cloudflare co-founders there and traveled with them to Silicon Valley to start the business in 2009. Michelle was named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 in 2017 and a 2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has helped Cloudflare grow tremendously, with $182 million generated in funding since it began and a current value of $3.2 billion. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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