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Thought leaders and trailblazers – Meet 44 incredible women in tech

Founded in 1910 and officially recognized by the UN in 1977, International Women’s Day (IWD) exists to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere and as a ‘call to action for accelerating gender parity’. It started out with Clara Zetkin, who voiced the idea at an international conference of working women in Copenhagen. There were 100 women in attendance from over 17 countries and they unanimously agreed.

Here at Revolent, in recognition of IWD celebrating its official 44th year, we’ve highlighted 44 exceptional women working in the cloud.

See their stories for yourself below

Christine
Marshall

Christine is a four times certified Salesforce Evangelist and writer at Salesforce Ben. A regular speaker at Salesforce events, Christine also leads the Bristol Salesforce Admin group, is a Salesforce Platform Champion, and has her own blog, The Everyday Admin

“I always thought that I had to be very nice and people had to like me in order to have any influence. I now realize I neither need nor want everyone to like me. I am happy to speak directly and with authority, even if it makes others uncomfortable (often their discomfort speaks volumes about their own issues and insecurities). Remember: Your education, ethnicity, or gender has no bearing on your technical expertise and professionalism. In every setting, strive to own your seat at the table. You earned it, so embrace it.”

Susannah
St-Germain

Susannah St-Germain is a Colombian-American Technical Architect at Odaseva, an ISV providing data protection, privacy, and operations for some of Salesforce’s largest customers. Susannah is actively involved in the Salesforce Community as a Co-Lead of the Boston Admins User Group, the Director of Ladies Be Architects, and a RAD Women Code coach. Susannah is a Salesforce MVP, Golden Hoodie Recipient, and is 20 times Salesforce certified.

“As I progressed in my career I realized that I would need to put myself out there and test my knowledge by asking for feedback. For me, this was really scary at first. Would asking someone to validate my understanding of something be seen as a weakness? But, over time, I learned that this is actually the quickest way to learn and improve your skills. Even better? Go outside your close network and ask for feedback from someone who you admire in your field. Finding someone who will give you real honest feedback on your skills is invaluable.”

Amanda Beard-Neilson

Amanda has worked with the Salesforce platform since 2007 in both end-user and consultancy roles across many industry sectors, including media and financial Services. She specialises in digital transformation and change management and promotes successful adoption of digital strategy for customers and their customers.

Amanda is a Salesforce MVP, a leader of the Salesforce London Admin Community Group, and a co-organiser of the London’s Calling Conference. She has multiple Salesforce certifications, is a Trailhead Triple Ranger, an international conference speaker (including Dreamforce) and authors the blog, Diary of a SaaSy girl.

“In 2013 my back broke and I went from being a fitness bootcamp attendee to someone who couldn’t run. It was painful even to sit, so I lived on painkillers. After six months and an MRI, I needed surgery. Two screws, a pin, and several bolts were drilled into my vertebrae. It was a long recovery, but after 12 months my X-ray showed new bone growing.

Returning to bootcamp, I was anxious that my legs would detach somehow. Instead, I learned to run and jump again – a personal goal that took months to achieve. Nowadays I truly value my independence and ability to run, jump, and breathe without pain.”

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Nabila
Salem

Nabila joined the Board of Tenth Revolution Group in 2020, and as President of Revolent is responsible for leading on the creation of talent. Nabila has accrued 15 years of leadership experience in professional services, tech recruitment, and marketing in the UK and USA. Nabila plays an active role in encouraging, supporting, and promoting diversity in the workplace and was recognized in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 List 2019.

I’ve worked with various founders throughout my career, my father and my mother both started their own businesses when I was young and have been my role models. One thing I’ve always done is observe the behaviors of leaders around me to identify what inspires me (and what doesn’t). You can learn as much from ineffective leaders as you can from effective ones, as long as you can consciously differentiate. To get to the top with integrity you have to go the extra mile, say no when needed and work incredibly hard. There is no quick way. 

Erica
Windisch

Erica started working in cloud computing technologies as far back as 2002 and has been in the industry ever since. Starting out supporting web hosting environments, Erica released one of the first Platform as a Service (PaaS) products in 2003, which greatly improved the technological infrastructure of certain online platforms, before founding a cloud hosting solution for developers in 2006. Erica was also one of the earliest contributors to OpenStack, as far back as 2011, and uses her experience to build clouds for enterprises, focusing on architecture, infrastructure, and operations.

Dianne
Marsh

Dianne has worked in a variety of positions, ranging from an independent software consultancy and software company business ownership, to her most recent position, Director of Device and Content Security at Netflix, where she is responsible for ensuring the continuous integration, delivery and deployment of all the tools used by Netflix’s engineers to the AWS cloud. Dianne also spent 13 years as the President of SRT Solutions, and describes herself as ‘interested by the challenges of cross-functional collaboration’ when working in the cloud.

Hiroko
Nishimura

Hiroko is a Technical Instructor and Technical Writer. She founded awsnewbies.com in 2018 as part of her studies for the AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam, which was required for her career move from Special Education Teacher to Helpdesk Engineer. She also created the ‘Introduction to AWS for Non-Engineers’ courses in partnership with LinkedIn Learning in 2019 and became an AWS Community Hero in 2020.

“Throughout university, people made one thing clear to me: I’d never be independent. On the one hand, I was graduating with an M.Ed. in Special Education. On the other, I was recovering from brain surgery at 22. I was told that no reasonable employer would hire me so, after graduation, I packed a suitcase and moved to NYC to work as a Junior Helpdesk Engineer.

Now? I teach AWS and Cloud Computing to people from non-traditional technical backgrounds and love it!

I’ve embraced my limitations and strengths: I don’t work or live like a neurotypical ‘healthy’ person, but also don’t need to prove myself or hide my disabilities. Nothing is going to stop this disabled woman from chasing her dreams.”

Dr Denis
Bauer

Dr Denis Bauer is an internationally recognised expert in artificial intelligence. She is passionate about improving health by understanding the secrets in our genome using cloud-computing technology. She is CSIRO’s Principal Research Scientist in transformational bioinformatics and Adjunct Associate Professor at Macquarie University. She keynotes international IT, Life Science and Medical conferences and is an AWS Data Hero.

Dr Bauer has developed open-source bioinformatics software to detect new disease genes and developed computational tools to track, monitor, and diagnose emerging diseases, such as COVID-19.

“As someone who loves thinking outside the box, I often come up against the ‘that’s not how we do things around here’ mentality. Fortunately, as a Data Scientist, there’s nothing more rewarding than letting data make the argument for why even established practices need updating every now and then.”

Lucy
Mazalon

Lucy is the Head Editor & Operations Director at Salesforce Ben. After being involved with the blog for a number of years, she decided to make it a full-time role. She is also the Founder of THE DRIP a blog dedicated to Salesforce marketing automation, which merged with Salesforce Ben in late 2017. Lucy is six times Salesforce certified, co-leads the London B2B Marketers User Group and, in 2020, was named a Salesforce Marketing Champion.

“In my early career, I had a manger who made my work life challenging — even unbearable. She was critical, intrusive, and temperamental. Consistent work would receive inconsistent feedback. If I asked for guidance or clarification, I would be told to use my initiative. When I used my initiative, I would be scolded for it. Eventually, the working relationship turned very sour. Ultimately, I am grateful for what it did give me — a thick skin, the habit of covering all bases, and the ability to better manage others’ reactions in business.”

Anna
McDougall

Anna is a full-stack developer with a passion for JavaScript and is popularly known as ‘the dev who used to be an opera singer’. She currently works as a Junior Software Engineer at Novatec Consulting GmbH, and writes as a tech blogger. Anna also creates content on YouTube and is a fan of attending and speaking at public speaking events. Her YouTube covers all manners of topics, including opera singing, job tips, and hilarious parodies of popular songs – with a developer-inspired twist! You can find her on twitter, here

Jocelyn DeGance Graham

A LinkedIn ‘Top 10 Compassion Award’ winner and Business Journal ‘Top 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley’, Jocelyn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hire-Pathways, a Future of Work non-profit. She sits on several boards, including the Holberton School of Software Engineering, Conectifi, and BoH, and is a founding member of FirstBoard.io, a collective committed to increasing the representation of women on boards and at the highest levels of corporate governance.

Jocelyn has spent the majority of her career advising high potential technology start-ups, including rent.net (acquired by Move Group) and Cloudability, as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, and Accenture.

Ellie
Wu

Ellie is the Senior Director of Customer Experience Transformation at SAP Concur, a company providing spend management solutions that encompass travel, expense, invoice, and compliance. Before moving to SAP Concur, Ellie led Community Experiences at TEDx Seattle. She has a particular interest in ‘organizations and people with complex problems’, is a member of Pipeline Angels, and sits on the Board of Advisors for Women in Cloud, a community-led economic development initiative dedicated to supporting female technology entrepreneurs.

Helen
Anderson

As her work with Kiwibank and frequent blogging shows, Helen is a passionate advocate for Data Analysts and is well known within the data community for writing beginner-friendly AWS blog posts, with the aim of making data and technology more accessible. She also mentors those who are new to tech and (as a woman in tech and a career switcher) she takes particular interest in inspiring those who are underrepresented in the industry.

“2021 is my sixth year in tech and I’ve come a long way. I started as someone who crashed databases with inefficient code, now I upskill those who were ‘me’ six years ago. Career change isn’t easy, but taking a staggered approach and keeping the end goal in sight will get you there.

My advice for women this International Women’s Day is: Be fearless. Put yourself forward to lead a project. Take on something new. Back yourself. If you don’t shout about your achievements, who will? 

Finally, lift others up. You don’t have to be a manager to lead.”

Zoe
Cunningham

Zoe is an award-winning technology professional currently working as a Director at Softwire. She won the 2019 Business Leader of the Year at the UK Women in IT Awards and has been selected by the BBC as the ‘Brightest Woman in Britain’. On top of this, Zoe has published three books; ‘Galvanising the Geeks’, ‘Networking Know-how’, and ‘An Actor’s Life for Me’, which outline her approach to technical project management.

“Achievements can seem impossible until they’re done. One Saturday in 2009, I made a five year career plan. I’d heard the mantra ‘we overestimate what we’ll achieve in a year and underestimate what we can be done in five’, so I decided to aim higher. I knew our company wanted to grow by 15-20% a year, so I mapped what that would look like after five years: bigger, sure, but also with new roles. One of these roles was a Managing Director who reported directly to the founders. By 2012 I was appointed to this ‘new’ role. Looking backwards, it seems easy. It was not!”

Eloise
Lloyd

Eloise is an advertising technology specialist with a demonstrated history in tech, having worked at Austereo and Nine Entertainment. Eloise has worked at Salesforce for five years and currently leads the APAC Talent Alliance, a division in Salesforce dedicated to generating and connecting certified talent with Salesforce’s partner organizations.
“The biggest challenge I’ve faced was switching industries. I moved from FMCG in Sales and Operations to technology. I remember walking into the interview with my future employer and instantly knowing I wanted to work there. I took a chance, prepared hard, and threw everything at it. I got the job and I’ve never looked back. I once heard that our generation have the chance to try two or three careers. It’s true. I’ve reinvented myself twice now and I’m a better employee and manager as a result. My biggest advice would be: Take the challenge, be persistent, try new things.”

Sharon
Williams

Previously an Investment Analyst working in Hedge Funds, Sharon is now a tech guru with over 13 years’ experience at Microsoft, Amperity, and Remitly. She describes her specialty as ‘creating and implementing strategies and tactics to achieve audacious business goals’, and helped establish Microsoft as a leading provider of cloud services. Currently working at Amperity, Sharon is fully responsible for any and all dealings with AWS and, at Remitly, she helped to launch and incubate ‘remittance corridors’ around the world.

Shelly
Gore

Shelly is a proven leader in cloud-based ERP systems, having designed and implemented several architectures such as NetSuite Advanced Manufacturing, NetSuite OneWorld, EDI, and WMS. She specializes in creating and implementing targeted roadmaps that are unique to a corporation’s exact requirements, while maximizing best-of-breed technologies and ROI. The goal of her work is to bring clarity, simplicity, and focus to complex processes within the cloud. At A Bigger View, a joint initiative between ISG and a global network of top professionals, Shelly supports businesses to add value to their proposition and create a reliable ‘path forward’ into the future.

“As a freshman at university, I struggled with calculus. I studied hard and still felt defeated. I asked my college counsellor to change my major and enrol me in easier classes. He agreed, but only if I researched different study paths and explained to him why the move was good for me. Putting into words who I was and what I wanted from life (and how studying fit in) gave me the clarity I needed to realign my life. A week later, I did change my major. However, instead of taking an easier course I switched to something even harder, but more aligned with my passions.”

Debbie Forster, MBE

After 20 years working within education, Debbie joined E-skills UK, the national IT Sector Skills Council, to lead their educational programs. Next, she became Co-CEO of Apps for Good, an award-winning education charity, supporting them to grow their two UK centres to almost 1000 globally. Debbie is a recognized figure in diversity, tech, and education, and has been named ‘Most Influential Woman in the UK IT Sector’ by Computer Weekly, and was awarded an MBE in 2017 for ‘Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development’. In 2019 Debbie was also named ‘Diversity Leader of the Year’ by the Women in IT Awards.

Gemma
Blezard

Gemma is an award winning blogger, tutor, and Salesforce MVP, and is the CEO of The Architech Club, a Salesforce certified consulting partner. She has been awarding the coveted golden hoodie, and writes about ‘Salesforce and funny stories in a life that barely stands still’ on her blog.

“Challenge is something I know a lot about. I’m a woman in tech, mother, founder, and CEO. But my biggest challenge was cancer. I never thought I’d have to face it at such a young age, and definitely not twice. Many things got me through; the love of my daughter, my family, my friends, and sheer determination. But the Salesforce Community was a real source of support – I could talk to people who’d been through it. Ultimately, the community was there to lift me up, which is why I’m so passionate about giving back to the ecosystem.”

Chaitra
Vedullapalli

Chaitra is an author, Co-Founder, President, and speaker at events such as TEDx and the United Nations. A sitting member on both private and non-profit boards, including the Microsoft Alumni Network and PACE, Chaitra is a Co-Founder and the CMO of Meylah Corporation, which focuses on helping customers to modernize their business with cloud solutions. She is also the Co-Founder and President of Women in Cloud, a community-led economic development initiative to support female technology entrepreneurs.

“The biggest challenge I had to overcome was dealing with the lack of access for women in the tech. When I started my career, leadership consisted of men who held all decision making power. This is largely the reality we currently experience everyday, and very few talk about economic access. This inspired me to take active measures towards inclusion and economic access, for all the women who have had a similar journey. Women in Cloud is the answer to the biggest challenge I have faced, and we are trying to ensure equitable economic access for women in technology to eliminate gender bias from leadership to boardrooms.”

Vicky
Rodgers

Vicky is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Administrator, Consultant, Instructor, and 17 times certified Microsoft Professional. She founded MS Dynamics Certified, an online course that offers preparation material for Microsoft Dynamics 365 certifications. As a consultant, Vicky also provides diagnostic and re-implementation services to various end-users who have experienced a poor implementation. As an expert in what-not-to-do with Microsoft implementation, Vicky is a pro at making sure her students learn from others’ mistakes.

“2020 arrived with many major challenges. Between March and November, I transitioned from an employee to a self-employed individual. Coming from a family of government employees, it was difficult to move away from having a ‘safe job’. At the same time, my spouse and mother had serious health scares and my spouse lost family to COVID. Despite this, I obtained my Solutions Architect and my Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) designation that year. If I had to sum up the lesson 2020 taught me: You may not choose  the hands that you were dealt, but you can make the most out of it.”

Kimberly
Bryant

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to ‘changing the face of technology’ by introducing girls of color to technology and computer science. Kimberly has been nationally recognized as a thought leader for her work in increasing opportunities for women and girls in tech and has received numerous awards for her work with Black Girls CODE, including the prestigious ‘Jefferson Award for Community Service’ for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. Kimberly was also named one ‘25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology’, by Business Insider.

Jo
Peterson

Jo is the Vice President of Cloud and Security Services for Clarify360. Her engineering team focuses on cloud optimization, cloud security, and security as a service offerings. An Engineer by trade, Jo is a 2016-2020 CRN Women of the Channel Recipient. She is also a member of Forbes Technology Council and was listed as listed Jo as a ‘Top 100 Thought Leader and Influencer’ by Thinkers360. Jo is also an Air Force Vet and the founding Co-Chair of cloudgirls.org. 

“Sometimes the best way to use a lemon is to make lemonade. In 2010 a peer and I started Cloud Girls. This was the lemonade. At this time, cloud was an emerging technology. I’d created Cloud Girls because, as an engineer with multiple certifications and an MBA, I was asked to join a group of industry leaders to explore this new technology and surprise surprise, I was the only female. I was also asked to be the “Secretary” and take monthly meeting notes. That was the lemon. Instead, Cloud Girls was born to help women grow, give back, and support each other.”

Manon
Buettner

Manon is an accomplished data centre and cloud analyst practitioner, with twenty years’ experience in data centre and cloud transformation, service provider selection, and hybrid IT strategies for mid-market and enterprise businesses. She founded Nuvalo in January 2010, parlaying her vast expertise with service providers into the role of trusted advisor to IT Executives. An expert voice on cloud-enablement and IT business management, Manon is a popular featured speaker at data-centre and cloud-trade events. She is also the Co-Founder and CFO of Cloud Girls, a vendor-neutral community of female technology advocates fostering female thought leaders in next-generation technology.

Glenda
Birch

Glenda started her IT career 10 years ago in the health sector. She describes herself as ‘having a natural pull towards sales’ and has been especially successful in helping customers achieve their goals and objectives through the use of technology. In the past two years, Glenda has brought her two passions together: leadership and delivering customer outcomes, as a Managing Partner of Salesforce at DXC.

“During 2020, I was navigating running a P&L during a pandemic while supporting a sister-in-law who had been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive type of ovarian cancer. That year forced me to stretch and adapt in ways like never before, while at times feeling like I was heading to a dark place. No one can prepare you for that. However, I feel I discovered myself as a leader and individual. I started being more open with my teams and turned to meditation, journaling and exercise. These things are now part of my everyday, and have helped me process the loss of my sister-in-law.”

Kesha
Williams

An award-winning software engineer and technology leader, Kesha teaches others how to transform their lives through technology. You can find her featured by Forbes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Oracle for continuous contributions to the technology community. Her pioneering work in AI earned her the honour of ‘AWS Machine Learning Hero’ and ‘Alexa Champion’ from Amazon. A sought-after public speaker, Kesha has received numerous awards, including ‘Mentor of the Year’ from WomenTech Network and the ‘Innovator’ award from Hospitality Technology. 

“For years, I accepted society’s definition of success, which included making a lot of money and moving up the career ladder. When I hit the glass ceiling, I felt like an absolute failure and considered leaving tech many times. Eventually I realized that I had to define what success looked like for me, not others. For me, as long as I’m helping others on their journey in tech, I have achieved my purpose in life, which is the true definition of success!”

Dal
Bamford

Dal is the Chief Customer Officer of Tenth Revolution Group. Daljit has worked in the technology sector for 19 years; her previous role as Chief Customer Officer (UKI) at Salesforce saw the Oxford graduate work with senior leaders across the business spectrum to help them transform their companies, as well as mentoring the individuals who help power them.

“In 2006, I remember reading a headline announcing that Indra Nooyi had been named as PepsiCo’s 5th CEO. For me, that was a pivotal moment, an Indian woman being appointed CEO of a globally recognized brand. Indian women were not raised to become CEO’s. They were raised to be wives and mothers. Indra not only broke that stereotype, but went onto earn phenomenal accolades. For me, her story lit a career aspiration. In the following years, I ventured further into tech. In July of 2020, I found myself humbled and delighted when I was asked to join Tenth Revolution Group as CCO, my first ever Board position.”

Veronika
Kolesnikova

Veronika is a Senior Software Engineer, two-times Microsoft MVP (AI), public speaker, and Boston Azure co-organizer (the oldest Azure user group in the world!) She is passionate about backend web development and AI, and works mainly with Microsoft technologies such as C#, .NET, Xamarin, and Azure. Veronika describes herself as ‘keen for a challenge’, particularly when learning new development tools and languages. She also prioritizes sharing knowledge and experience with the cloud community and, to that end, gives talks at user group meetings, code camps, as well as local and national conferences.

Funmi
Adewodu

Currently an iOS engineer at Spotify, Funmi initially started out in Accounting. Seeking a career change, she taught herself to code through a web development course with Code First Girls. She was then invited by a friend to a hackathon event put on by digital-only bank, Starling Bank. Funmi has described the experience as ‘interesting and terrifying’, feeling that she did not have enough coding experience yet. However, Funmi’s talent was immediately noticed and she was offered the position of Software Engineer.

Kathryn
Finney

Named an ‘Influential Woman in Tech’ by Inc. Magazine, Kathryn made her mark as an entrepreneur, social media visionary, ‘Women In’ advocate, investor, writer, and television correspondent. In April 2020, she founded The Doonie Fund to help encourage other black women entrepreneurs to build their businesses despite COVID-19, and donated $10,000 personally to the cause. In just six weeks the fund grew to over $150,000, which has now provided micro-investments to over 1,500 businesses owned by black women.

Maribel
Lopez

Maribel is a tech industry analyst, speaker, writer, and business advisor for Lopez Research, where she creates content to educate companies on today’s most powerful tech trends, including artificial intelligence, mobile, cloud, and edge-computing. Her main focus is helping companies understand and navigate digital transformation. An author and Co-Founder of the Emerging Technology Research Council, Maribel has worked with companies such as Motorola, IDC, Shiva Corporation, and Forrester Research, providing strategic advice, speaking opportunities, and market research services.

Bhuvaneswari
Subramani

Bhuvaneswari has been an AWS Community Hero since 2019 and is the Director of Engineering Operations at Infor, a software company focused on business applications for organizations delivered via cloud computing as a service. Bhuvaneswari is a specialist in Cloud Computing, DevOps, and Performance Testing and a 20-year veteran of the tech industry. Alongside this, she is a Community Leader of Bengaluru’s AWS User Group, a regular speaker at AWS industry events, and guest lectures at engineering colleges across India.

Hannah
Dawson

Hannah is the Founder and CEO of Futrli, an award-winning cashflow prediction and planning software designed for small businesses and accountants. She founded Futrli after nearly losing a previous business due to poor understanding of cash-flow and, with that experience, she now drives the product and platform vision at the company. With 150 million businesses out there and a ~50% fail rate, Hannah wants to ‘reverse this stat’. Hannah was also chosen as one of the Maserati 100 ‘2019 Cohort of Entrepreneurs and Innovators’.

Louise
Lockie

Louise first entered into the world of Salesforce in late 2012 and, after what she describes as a ‘bumpy first year’ on the platform, became a Salesforce MVP. She is also a Platform Champion, Women in Technology London Leader, and a London’s Calling Organiser. Her blog, Louise Lockie’s Letters from London, covers administrative skills, experiences of women in tech, presentation and training skills, and personal development.

Rokeya
Jones

Rokeya is an engineering force and a powerhouse deal closer. As the CEO of over 10 years to her successful small business, AGNM, Inc., she continues to thrive by providing best in class services to tenants residing in Class A high-rise commercial buildings. In her corporate role, Rokeya is a Principal Level Executive who pushes the limits of programming for next generation strategic designs of new product services worldwide. Her reputation speaks for itself as a innovative leader for engineering new business models. She is best known for her work at Microsoft, Disney (Magic Band), IBM, and Verizon Wireless. She’s also a keen philanthropist, with her main outlet being The Have Not Story.

Margaret
Valtierra

Margaret is a Program Manager for the Cloud Service team at Morningstar, where she manages their AWS relationship and promotes cloud skills and best practices. Previously, she was a Solutions Engineer at BreakFree Solutions, where she spearheaded cross-functional agile teams and was responsible for managing and securing new services for big data projects in AWS. Margaret has organized and led the Chicago AWS User Group since 2013 and is a member of the Global AWS Community Day Core Team. Margaret is also a co-organizer for DevOpsDays Chicago and an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.

Astrid
Clout

Astrid is a Managing Director for Accenture and a seasoned Salesforce Delivery Lead who specializes in large-scale, transformation programs. With over 16 years of Salesforce implementation knowledge (and associated processes), she is motivated by delivering solutions that ‘bring about measurable organizational value’. Astrid also has over 20 years of experience across IT generally, in multiple industries such as financial services, wealth management, medical technology, telecommunications, retail, marine, transportation, events management, and more.

Tiffany
Spencer

Tiffany is a seven time certified Salesforce professional and a Salesforce MVP with over 12 years of experience leading digital transformations for small-to-large corporations using the Salesforce platform. She is the Founder of HBCU force, the COO of Esor Consulting Group, and the President of Black Orlando Tech, a non-profit organization working to inspire and train over 10,000 minorities to enter tech by 2025.

Charlene
Hunter

Charlene is the CEO of Coding Black Females, a non-profit organization founded in 2017 that provides opportunities for Black female developers to meet familiar faces, develop themselves, network, receive support and build relationships. Coding Black Females also offers members regular meetups with a focus on empowerment and learning, such as this digital meetup to celebrate their fourth birthday on IWD. With a decade of experience in Software Development and an specialty In Java, Charlene has worked with a long list of companies including Detica, Charlutions Ltd., and Made Tech.

Jessica
Macpherson

A Salesforce certified Admin, Trailblazer, and Ranger, Jessica is the CEO of St Kilda Mums (also known as Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums). She established St Kilda Mums in an effort to utilize existing resources to improve the lives of families in need, by working with existing support services and helping families donate equipment they may no longer need to families that desperately do. Jessica also runs a volunteer program that is open to people from all walks of professional life and expertise, to help aspiring developers and interested parties gain valuable experience with the Salesforce platform.

Kristen
Miller

Alongside founding four companies in the Home Décor industry, Kristen is the CEO and a Co-Founder of Stylyze, ‘the first Merchandising-as-a-Service Platform built exclusively for Home and Fashion verticals’. At Stylyze, Kristen’s mission is to provide a platform for retailers that enables them to accelerate their product roadmap and build in capabilities that would have been impossible without them. Kristen is also an active member of several women in technology communities in Seattle, including Women In Cloud. She is also a public speaker, covering topics such as retail innovation and entrepreneurship.

Teri
Radichel

Teri is the CEO of 2nd Sight Lab, a cloud security training organization that specializes in helping companies stay safe in the cloud. She is renowned for her authority in the cloud security field, having written for Light Reading and Infosecurity Magazine, and has multiple cybersecurity certifications, including the GSE. Teri is the Founder of the Seattle AWS Architects and Engineers Meetup and frequently delivers talks at conferences like RSA, AWS re:Invent, AWS re:Inforce, and IANS Security Forums. She is also a recipient of the SANS Difference Makers Award.

Gillian
Armstrong

Gillian is a Solutions Architect working in Cognitive and Serverless Technologies. She has a particular interest in Conversational AI and over a decade of experience in software engineering, having worked with many technologies across the full stack. Gillian describes herself as someone who thrives when ‘discussing technology, making ideas a reality, sharing her learning at conferences, and blogging’. She is currently working to understand the new paradigms that Cognitive Technologies are bringing to human computer interaction, and how serverless technology is changing how we think about and design software.

Vicky
Seno

Vicky is a Computer Science Professor with over two decades of experience in IT. She teaches AWS-related courses at Los Angeles’ Santa Monica College, primarily covering topics like Computing Services, Networking, and Security. Vicky also helped develop an AWS Cloud Computing college degree and has helped train staff from countless colleges in the region, in an effort to create more educational options for those looking to learn more about AWS. She is an AWS Container Hero and Co-Organizer of SMC’s AWS Cloud Day Conference, as well as an AWS Cloud Faculty Ambassador.

For the 44th official International Women’s Day, we asked 44 women working in the cloud “what was one challenge you overcame, that you never thought you would?” 

See their stories for yourself below

Christine
Marshall

Christine is a four times certified Salesforce Evangelist and writer at Salesforce Ben. A regular speaker at Salesforce events, Christine also leads the Bristol Salesforce Admin group, is a Salesforce Platform Champion, and has her own blog, The Everyday Admin

“I always thought that I had to be very nice and people had to like me in order to have any influence. I now realize I neither need nor want everyone to like me. I am happy to speak directly and with authority, even if it makes others uncomfortable (often their discomfort speaks volumes about their own issues and insecurities). Remember: Your education, ethnicity, or gender has no bearing on your technical expertise and professionalism. In every setting, strive to own your seat at the table. You earned it, so embrace it.”

Susannah
Kate

Susannah St-Germain is a Colombian-American Technical Architect at Odaseva, an ISV providing data protection, privacy, and operations for some of Salesforce’s largest customers. Susannah is actively involved in the Salesforce Community as a Co-Lead of the Boston Admins User Group, the Director of Ladies Be Architects, and a RAD Women Code coach. Susannah is a Salesforce MVP, Golden Hoodie Recipient, and is 20 times Salesforce certified.

“As I progressed in my career I realized that I would need to put myself out there and test my knowledge by asking for feedback. For me, this was really scary at first. Would asking someone to validate my understanding of something be seen as a weakness? But, over time, I learned that this is actually the quickest way to learn and improve your skills. Even better? Go outside your close network and ask for feedback from someone who you admire in your field. Finding someone who will give you real honest feedback on your skills is invaluable.”

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Nabila
Salem (TBC

Nabila joined the Board of Tenth Revolution Group in 2020, and as President of Revolent is responsible for leading on the creation of talent. Nabila previously worked at FDM Group and IBM and has accrued 15 years of leadership experience in professional services, tech recruitment, and marketing in the UK and USA. Nabila plays an active role in encouraging, supporting, and promoting diversity in the workplace and was recognized in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 List 2019.

“I always knew I was a leader, but becoming one with integrity, as a woman, was a real challenge. I’ve worked with various founders throughout my career, my father and my mother both started their own businesses when I was young. One thing I’ve always done is observe the behaviors of leaders around me to identify what inspires me (and what doesn’t). You can learn as much from ineffective leaders as you can from effective ones, as long as you know which is which. To get to the top with integrity you have to go the extra mile, stand out from the crowd and work incredibly hard. There is no quick way.” 

Amanda Beard-Neilson

Amanda has worked with the Salesforce platform since 2007 in both end-user and consultancy roles across many industry sectors, including Media and Financial Services. She specialises in digital transformation and change management and promotes successful adoption of digital strategy for

customers and their customers.

Amanda is a Salesforce MVP, a leader of the Salesforce London Admin Community Group, and a co-organiser of the London’s Calling Conference. She has multiple Salesforce certifications, is a Trailhead Triple Ranger, an international conference speaker (including Dreamforce) and authors the blog, Diary of a SaaSy girl.

“In 2013 my back broke and I went from being a fitness bootcamp attendee to someone who couldn’t run. It was painful even to sit, so I lived on painkillers. After six months and an MRI, I needed surgery. Two screws, a pin, and several bolts were drilled into my vertebrae. It was a long recovery, but after 12 months my X-ray showed new bone growing.

Returning to bootcamp, I was anxious that my legs would detach somehow. Instead, I learned to run and jump again – a personal goal that took months to achieve. Nowadays I truly value my independence and ability to run, jump, and breathe without pain.”

Erica
Windisch

Erica started working in cloud computing technologies as far back as 2002 and has been in the industry ever since. Starting out supporting web hosting environments, Erica released one of the first Platform as a Service (PaaS) products in 2003, which greatly improved the technological infrastructure of certain online platforms, before founding a cloud hosting solution for developers in 2006. Erica was also one of the earliest contributors to OpenStack, as far back as 2011, and uses her experience to build clouds for enterprises, focusing on architecture, infrastructure, and operations.

Dianne
Marsh

Dianne has worked in a variety of positions, ranging from an independent software consultancy and software company business ownership, to her most recent position, Director of Device and Content Security at Netflix, where she is responsible for ensuring the continuous integration, delivery and deployment of all the tools used by Netflix’s engineers to the AWS cloud. Dianne also spent 13 years as the President of SRT Solutions, and describes herself as ‘interested by the challenges of cross-functional collaboration’ when working in the cloud.

Dr Denis
Bauer

Dr Denis Bauer is an internationally recognised expert in artificial intelligence. She is passionate about improving health by understanding the secrets in our genome using cloud-computing technology. She is CSIRO’s Principal Research Scientist in transformational bioinformatics and adjunct associate professor at Macquarie University. She keynotes international IT, Life Science and Medical conferences and is an AWS Data Hero.

Dr Bauer has developed open-source bioinformatics software to detect new disease genes and developed computational tools to track, monitor, and diagnose emerging diseases, such as COVID-19.

“As someone who loves thinking outside the box, I often come up against the ‘that’s not how we do things around here’ mentality. Fortunately, as a Data Scientist, there’s nothing more rewarding than letting data make the argument for why even established practices need updating every now and then. So sometimes you just have to make your own luck, like my group now bringing academic-grade analytics to the industry through on-demand cloud services.”

Hiroko
Nishimura

Hiroko is a Technical Instructor and Technical Writer. She founded awsnewbies.com

in 2018 as part of her studies for the AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam, which was required for her career move from Special Education Teacher to Helpdesk Engineer. She also created the ‘Introduction to AWS for Non-Engineers’ courses in partnership with LinkedIn Learning in 2019 and became an AWS Community Hero in 2020.

“Throughout university, people made one thing clear to me: I’d never be independent. On the one hand, I was graduating with an M.Ed. in Special Education. On the other, I was recovering from brain surgery at 22. I was told that no reasonable employer would hire me so, after graduation, I packed a suitcase and moved to NYC to work as a Junior Helpdesk Engineer.

Now? I teach AWS and Cloud Computing to people from non-traditional technical backgrounds and love it!

I’ve embraced my limitations and strengths: I don’t work or live like a neurotypical ‘healthy’ person, but also don’t need to prove myself or hide my disabilities. Nothing is going to stop this disabled woman from chasing her dreams.”

Lucy
Mazalon

Lucy is the Head Editor & Operations Director at Salesforce Ben. After being involved with the blog for a number of years, she decided to make it a full-time role. She is also the Founder of THE DRIP a blog dedicated to Salesforce marketing automation, which merged with Salesforce Ben in late 2017. Lucy is six times Salesforce certified, co-leads the London B2B Marketers User Group and, in 2020, was named a Salesforce Marketing Champion.

“In my early career, I had a manger who made my work life challenging — even unbearable. She was critical, intrusive, and temperamental. Consistent work would receive inconsistent feedback. If I asked for guidance or clarification, I would be told to use my initiative. When I used my initiative, I would be scolded for it. Eventually, the working relationship turned very sour. Ultimately, I am grateful for what it did give me — a thick skin, the habit of covering all bases, and the ability to better manage others’ reactions in business.”

Anna
McDougall

Anna is a full-stack developer with a passion for JavaScript and is popularly known as ‘the dev who used to be an opera singer’. She currently works as a Junior Software Engineer at Novatec Consulting GmbH, and writes as a tech blogger. Anna also creates content on YouTube and is a fan of attending and speaking at public speaking events. Her YouTube covers all manners of topics, including opera singing, job tips, and hilarious parodies of popular songs – with a developer-inspired twist!

Ellie
Wu

Dianne has worked in a variety of positions, ranging from an independent software consultancy and software company business ownership, to her most recent position, Director of Device and Content Security at Netflix, where she is responsible for ensuring the continuous integration, delivery and deployment of all the tools used by Netflix’s engineers to the AWS cloud. Dianne also spent 13 years as the President of SRT Solutions, and describes herself as ‘interested by the challenges of cross-functional collaboration’ when working in the cloud.

Jocelyn DeGance Graham

A LinkedIn ‘Top 10 Compassion Award’ winner and Business Journal ‘Top 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley’, Jocelyn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hire-Pathways, a Future of Work non-profit. She sits on several boards, including the Holberton School of Software Engineering, Conectifi, and BoH, and is a founding member of FirstBoard.io, a collective committed to increasing the representation of women on boards and at the highest levels of corporate governance.

Jocelyn has spent the majority of her career advising high potential technology start-ups, including rent.net (acquired by Move Group) and Cloudability, as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, and Accenture.

Helen
Anderson

Helen Anderson is a passionate advocate for data analysts and is well known within the data community for writing beginner-friendly AWS blog posts with the aim of making data and technology more accessible. She also mentors those who are new to tech and – as a woman in tech and career switcher – she takes particular interest in inspiring those who are underrepresented in the industry. She currently works at Kiwibank and is a frequently writes for her blog.

“2021 is my sixth year in tech and I’ve come a long way. I started as someone who crashed databases with inefficient code, now I upskill those who were ‘me’ six years ago. Career change isn’t easy, but taking a staggered approach and keeping the end goal in sight will get you there.

My advice for women this International Women’s Day is: Be fearless. Put yourself forward to lead a project. Take on something new. Back yourself. If you don’t shout about your achievements, who will? 

Finally, lift others up. You don’t have to be a manager to lead.”

Zoe
Cunningham

Zoe is an award-winning technology professional currently working as a Director at Softwire,  one of the Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Work 2020’. Zoe won the 2019 Business Leader of the Year at the UK Women in IT Awards and has been selected by the BBC as the ‘Brightest Woman in Britain’. Zoe has published three books; Galvanising the Geeks, Networking Know-how, and An Actor’s Life for Me, which outline her approach to technical project management.

“Achievement can seem impossible until they’re done. One Saturday in 2009, I made a five year career plan. I’d heard the mantra ‘we overestimate what we’ll achieve in a year and underestimate what we can be done in five’, so I decided to aim higher. I knew our company wanted to grow by 15-20% a year, so I mapped what that would look like after five years: bigger, sure, but also with new roles. One of these roles was a Managing Director who reported directly to the founders. By 2012 I was appointed to this ‘new’ role. Looking backwards, it seems easy. It was not!”

Sharon
Williams

Previously an Investment Analyst working in Hedge Funds, Sharon is now a tech guru with over 13 years’ experience at Microsoft, Amperity, Remitly, and other tech and cloud services. She describes her specialty as ‘creating and implementing strategies and tactics to achieve audacious business goals’, and helped established Microsoft as a leading provider of cloud services. Currently working at Amperity, Sharon is fully responsible for any and all dealings with AWS and, at Remitly, she helped to launch and incubate ‘remittance corridors’ across the glove, collaborating with product, marketing, and customer success teams to drive growth for the business.

Eloise
Lloyd

Amanda has worked with the Salesforce platform since 2007 in both end-user and consultancy roles across many industry sectors, including Media and Financial Services. She specialises in digital transformation and change management and promotes successful adoption of digital strategy for

customers and their customers.

Amanda is a Salesforce MVP, a leader of the Salesforce London Admin Community Group, and a co-organiser of the London’s Calling Conference. She has multiple Salesforce certifications, is a Trailhead Triple Ranger, an international conference speaker (including Dreamforce) and authors the blog, Diary of a SaaSy girl.

“In 2013 my back broke and I went from being a fitness bootcamp attendee to someone who couldn’t run. It was painful even to sit, so I lived on painkillers. After six months and an MRI, I needed surgery. Two screws, a pin, and several bolts were drilled into my vertebrae. It was a long recovery, but after 12 months my X-ray showed new bone growing.

Returning to bootcamp, I was anxious that my legs would detach somehow. Instead, I learned to run and jump again – a personal goal that took months to achieve. Nowadays I truly value my independence and ability to run, jump, and breathe without pain.”

Shelly
Gore

Shelly is a proven leader in cloud-based ERP systems, having designed and implemented several architectures such as NetSuite Advanced Manufacturing, NetSuite OneWorld, EDI, and WMS. She specializes in creating and implementing targeted roadmaps that are unique to a corporation’s exact requirements, while maximizing best-of-breed technologies and ROI. The goal of her work is to bring clarity, simplicity, and focus to complex processes within the cloud. At ‘A Bigger View’, a joint initiative between ISG and a global network of top professionals, Shelly supports businesses to add value to their proposition and create a reliable ‘path forward’ into the future.

Debbie Forster,
MBE

After 20 years working within education, Debbie joined E-skills UK, the national IT Sector Skills Council, to lead their educational programs. Next, she became Co-CEO of Apps for Good, an award-winning education charity, supporting them to grow their two UK centres to almost 1000 globally. Debbie is a recognized figure in diversity, tech, and education, and has been named ‘Most Influential Woman in the UK IT Sector’ by Computer Weekly, and was awarded an MBE in 2017 for ‘Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development’. In 2019 Debbie was also named ‘Diversity Leader of the Year’ by the Women in IT Awards.

Chaitra
Vedullapalli

Chaitra is an author, Co-Founder, President, and speaker at events such as TEDx and the United Nations. A sitting member on both private and non-profit boards, including the Microsoft Alumni Network and PACE, Chaitra is the co-founder and CMO of Meylah Corporation, which focuses on helping customers to modernize their business with cloud solutions. She is also the Co-Founder and President of Women in Cloud, a community-led economic development initiative to support female technology entrepreneurs.

“The biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome is dealing with the lack of accessibility for women in tech. When I started my career, board rooms were filled with men in suits who held all the decision-making power. Sadly today, for the most part, this is still the reality. However, it has inspired me to take active steps towards inclusion and access for all women who have experienced this. Women in Cloud is the answer to the biggest challenge I have faced, we are trying to ensure equitable economic access for women in technology to eliminate gender bias from top to bottom.”

Gemma
Blezard

Gemma is an award winning blogger, tutor, Salesforce  MVP and is the CEO of The Architech Club, a Salesforce certified consulting partner. She has been awarding the coveted golden hoodie, and writes about ‘Salesforce and funny stories in a life that barely stands still’ on her blog.

“Challenge is something I know a lot about. I’m a woman in tech, mother, founder, and CEO. But my biggest challenge was cancer. I never thought I’d have to face it at such a young age, and definitely not twice. Many things that got me through, the love of my daughter, my family, my friends, and sheer determination. But the Salesforce Community was a real source of support – I could talk to people who’d been through it. Ultimately, the community was there to lift me up, which is why I’m so passionate about giving back to the ecosystem.”

Vicky
Rodgers

Vicky is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Administrator, Consultant, and Instructor who is a 17 times certified Microsoft Professional. She founded MS Dynamics Certified, an online course that offers preparation material for Microsoft Dynamics 365 certifications. As a consultant, Vicky also provides diagnostic and re-implementation services to various end-users who have experienced a poor implementation. As an expert in what not to do with Microsoft implementation, Vicky is a pro at making sure her students learn from others’ mistakes.

“2020 arrived with many major challenges. Between March and November, I transitioned from an employee to a self-employed individual. Coming from a family of government employees, it was difficult to move away from having a ‘safe job’. At the same time, my spouse and mother had serious health scares and my spouse lost family to COVID. Despite this, I obtained my Solutions Architect and my Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) designation that year. If I had to sum up the lesson 2020 taught me: You may not choose  the hands that you were dealt with, but you can make the most out of it.”

Kimberly
Bryant

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to ‘changing the face of technology’ by introducing girls of color to technology and computer science. Kimberly has been nationally recognized as a thought leader for her work in increasing opportunities for women and girls in tech and has received numerous awards for her work with Black Girls CODE, including the prestigious ‘Jefferson Award for Community Service’ for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. Kimberly was also named one ‘25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology’, by Business Insider.

Manon
Buettner

Manon is an accomplished data centre and cloud analyst practitioner, with twenty years’ experience in data centre and cloud transformation, service provider selection, and hybrid IT strategies for mid-market and enterprise businesses. She founded Nuvalo in January 2010, parlaying her vast expertise with service providers into the role of trusted advisor to IT Executives. An expert voice on cloud-enablement and IT business management, Manon is a popular featured speaker at data-centre and cloud-trade events. She is also the Co-Founder and CFO of Cloud Girls, a vendor-neutral community of female technology advocates fostering female thought leaders in next-generation technology.

Jo
Peterson

Jo is the Vice President of Cloud and Security Services for Clarify360. Her engineering team focuses on cloud optimization, cloud security, and security as a service offerings. An Engineer by trade, Jo is a 2016-2020 CRN Women of the Channel Recipient. She is also a member of Forbes Technology Council and was listed as listed Jo as a ‘Top 100 Thought Leader and Influencer’ by Thinkers360. Jo is also an Air Force Vet and the founding Co-Chair of cloudgirls.org. 

Glenda
Birch

 Glenda started her IT corporate career 10 years ago in the Health sector, after spending the prior 10 years in various management roles in Radiology & the Private Surgical space. She describes herself as ‘having a natural pull towards sales’ and has been particularly successful in helping customers achieve their goals and objectives through the use of technology. In the past  two years, Glenda has brought her two passions together: leadership and delivering customer outcomes, as a Managing Partner of DXC Technology Company System Partners.

“During 2020, I was navigating running a P&L during a pandemic while supporting a sister-in-law who had been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive type of ovarian cancer. That year forced me to stretch and adapt in ways like never before, while at times feeling like I was heading to a dark place. No one can prepare you for that. However, I feel I discovered myself as a leader and individual. I started being more open with my teams and turned to meditation, journaling and exercise. These things are now part of my everyday, and have helped me process the loss of my sister-in-law.”

Kesha
Williams

An award-winning software engineer and technology leader, Kesha teaches others how to transform their lives through technology. You can find her featured by Forbes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Oracle for continuous contributions to the technology community. Her pioneering work in AI earned her the honour of ‘AWS Machine Learning Hero’ and ‘Alexa Champion’ from Amazon. A sought-after public speaker, Kesha has received numerous awards, including ‘Mentor of the Year’ from WomenTech Network and the ‘Innovator’ award from Hospitality Technology. She currently works as a Principal Training Architect with A Cloud Guru.

“For years, I accepted society’s definition of success, which included making a lot of money and moving up the career ladder. When I hit the glass ceiling, I felt like an absolute failure and considered leaving tech many times. Eventually, eventually I realized that I had to define what success looked like for me, not others. For me, as long as I’m helping others on their journey in tech, I have achieved my purpose in life, which is the true definition of success!”

Veronika
Kolesnikova

Veronika is a Senior Software Engineer, two-times Microsoft MVP (AI), public speaker, and Boston Azure co-organizer (the oldest Azure user group in the world!) She is passionate about backend web development and AI, and works mainly with Microsoft technologies such as C#, .NET, Xamarin, and Azure. Veronika describes herself as ‘keen for a challenge’, particularly when learning new development tools and languages. She also prioritizes sharing knowledge and experience with the cloud community and, to that end, gives talks at user group meetings, code camps, as well as local and national conferences.

Dal
Bramford (TBC)

Dal is the Chief Customer Officer of Tenth Revolution Group. Daljit has worked in the technology sector for 19 years; her previous role as Chief Customer Officer (UKI) at Salesforce saw the Oxford graduate work with senior leaders across the business spectrum to help them transform their companies, as well as mentoring the individuals who help power them.

In 2006, I remember reading a headline announcing that Indra Nooyi had been named as PepsiCo’s 5th CEO. For me, that was a pivotal moment, an Indian woman being appointed CEO of a Globally recognized brand. Indian women were not raised to become CEO’s. They were raised to be wives and mothers. Indra not only broke that stereotype, but went onto earn phenomenal accolades. For me, her story lit a career aspiration. In the following years, I ventured further into tech. In July of 2020, I found myself humbled and delighted when I was asked to join Tenth Revolution Group as CCO, my first ever Board position.

Funmi
Adewodu

Currently iOS engineer at Spotify, Funmi initially started out in Accounting. Seeking a career change, she taught herself to code through a web development course with Code First Girls. She was then invited by a friend to a hackathon event put on by digital-only bank, Starling Bank. Funmi has described the experience as ‘interesting and terrifying’, feeling that she did not have enough coding experience yet. However, Funmi’s talent was immediately noticed and she was offered the position of Software Engineer.

Kathryn
Finney

Named an ‘Influential Woman in Tech’ by Inc. Magazine, Kathryn made her mark as an entrepreneur, social media visionary, ‘Women In’ advocate, investor, writer, and television correspondent. In April 2020, she founded The Doonie Fund to help encourage other black women entrepreneurs to build their businesses despite COVID-19, and donated $10,000 personally to the cause. In 6 weeks the fund grew to over $150,000, which has now provided micro-investments to over 1500 businesses owned by black women.

Bhuvaneswari
Subramani

Bhuvaneswari has been an AWS Community Hero since 2019 and is the Director of Engineering Operations at Infor, a software company focused on business applications for organizations delivered via cloud computing as a service. Bhuvaneswari is a specialist in Cloud Computing, DevOps, and Performance Testing and a 20-year veteran of the tech industry. Alongside this, she is a Community Leader of Bengaluru’s AWS User Group, a regular speaker at AWS industry events, and guest lectures at engineering colleges across India.

Maribel
Lopez

Maribel is a tech industry analyst, speaker, writer, and business advisor for Lopez Research, where she creates content to educate companies on today’s most powerful tech trends, including artificial intelligence, mobile, cloud, and edge-computing. Her main focus is to help companies understand and navigate digital transformation. An author and Co-Founder of the Emerging Technology Research Council, Maribel has worked with companies such as Motorola, IDC, Shiva Corporation, and Forrester Research, providing strategic advice, speaking opportunities, and market research services.

Hannah
Dawson

Hannah is the Founder and CEO of Futrli, an award-winning cashflow prediction and planning software designed for small businesses and accountants. She founded Futrli after nearly losing a previous business due to poor understanding of cash-flow and, with that experience, she now drives the product and platform vision at the company. With 150 million businesses out there and a ~50% fail rate, Hannah wants to ‘reverse this stat’. Hannah was also chosen as one of the Maserati 100 ‘2019 Cohort of Entrepreneurs and Innovators’.

Louise
Lockie

Louise first entered into the world of Salesforce in late 2012 and, after what she describes as a ‘bumpy first year’ on the platform, became a Salesforce MVP. She is also a Platform Champion, Women in Technology London Leader, and a London’s Calling Organiser. Her blog, Louise Lockie’s Letters from London, covers administrative skills, experiences of women in tech, presentation and training skills, and personal development.

Margaret
Valtierra

Margaret is a Program Manager for the Cloud Service team at Morningstar, where she manages their AWS relationship and promotes cloud skills and best practices. Previously, she was a Solutions Engineer at BreakFree Solutions, where she spearheaded cross-functional agile teams and was responsible for managing and securing new services for big data projects in AWS. Margaret has organized and led the Chicago AWS User Group since 2013 and is a member of the Global AWS Community Day Core Team. Margaret is also a co-organizer for DevOpsDays Chicago and an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.

Rokeya
Jones

Rokeya is known as a visionary product leader for business solutions, who specializes in bridging the gap for customers when creating new proof of concepts, market disruptions, and implementing new solutions company wide. She is best known for her work at IBM, Verizon Wireless, Walt Disney World, and (most recently) at Microsoft. Rokeya is an expert public speaker and Strategic Program Manager who is passionate about embracing a culture that invites everyone to the table.

Astrid
Clout

Astrid is a Managing Director for Accenture and a seasoned Salesforce Delivery Lead who specializes in large-scale, transformation programs. With over 16 years of Salesforce implementation knowledge (and associated processes), she is motivated by delivering solutions that ‘bring about measurable organizational value’. Astrid also has over 20 years of experience across IT generally, in multiple industries such as Financial Services, Wealth Management, Medical Technology, Telecommunications, Retail, Marine, Transportation, Events Management, and more.

Tiffany
Spencer

Tiffany is a 7 times certified Salesforce professional and a Salesforce MVP with over 12 years of experience leading digital transformations for small-to-large corporations using the Salesforce platform. She is the Founder of HBCU force, the COO of Esor Consulting Group, and the President of Black Orlando Tech, a non-profit organization working to inspire and train over 10,000 minorities to enter tech by 2025.

Teri
Radichel

Teri is the CEO of 2nd Sight Lab, a cloud security training organization that specializes in helping companies stay safe in the cloud. She is renowned for her authority in the cloud security field, having written for Light Reading and Infosecurity Magazine, and has multiple cybersecurity certifications, including the GSE. Teri is the Founder of the Seattle AWS Architects and Engineers Meetup and frequently delivers talks at conferences like RSA, AWS re:Invent, AWS re:Inforce, and IANS Security Forums. She is also a recipient of the SANS Difference Makers Award.

Charlene
Hunter

Charlene is the CEO of Coding Black Females, a non-profit organization founded in 2017 that provides opportunities for Black female developers to meet familiar faces, develop themselves, network, receive support and build relationships. Coding Black Females also offers members regular meetups with a focus on empowerment and learning, such as this digital meetup to celebrate their fourth birthday on IWD. With a decade of experience in Software Development and an specialty In Java, Charlene has worked with a long list of companies including Detica, Charlutions Ltd., and Made Tech.

Jessica
Macpherson

A Salesforce certified Admin, Trailblazer, and Ranger, Jessica is the CEO of St Kilda Mums (also known as Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums). She established St Kilda Mums in an effort to utilize existing resources to improve the lives of families in need, by working with existing support services and helping families donate equipment they may no longer need to families that desperately do. Jessica also runs a volunteer program that is open to all works of professional life and expertise, to help aspiring developers and interested parties gain valuable experience with the Salesforce platform.

Kristen
Miller

Alongside founding four companies in the Home Décor industry, Kristen is the CEO and a Co-Founder of Stylyze, ‘the first Merchandising-as-a-Service Platform built exclusively for Home and Fashion verticals’. At Stylyze, Kristen’s mission is to provide a platform for retailers that enables them to accelerate their product roadmap and build in capabilities that would have been impossible without them. Kristen is also an active member of the several women in technology communities in Seattle, including Women In Cloud. She is also a public speaker, covering topics such as retail innovation and entrepreneurship.

Gillian
Armstrong

Gillian is a Solutions Architect working in Cognitive and Serverless Technologies. She has a particular interest in Conversational AI and over a decade of experience in software engineering, having worked with many technologies across the full stack. Gillian describes herself as someone who thrives when ‘discussing technology, making ideas a reality, sharing her learning at conferences, and blogging’. She is currently working to understand the new paradigms that Cognitive Technologies are bringing to human computer interaction, and how serverless technology is changing how we think about and design software.

Vicky
Seno

Vicky is a Computer Science Professor with over two decades of experience in IT. She teaches AWS-related courses at Los Angeles’ Santa Monica College, primarily covering topics like Computing Services, Networking, and Security. Vicky also helped develop an AWS Cloud Computing college degree and has helped train staff from countless colleges in the region, in an effort to create more educational options for those looking to learn more about AWS. She is an AWS Container Hero and Co-Organizer of SMC’s AWS Cloud Day Conference, as well as an AWS Cloud Faculty Ambassador.

We’d like to thank the fantastic women of the cloud for sharing their stories. Today, in the tech sector, there is a lot of work to be done towards gender parity. In 2011, women accounted for just 16% of all IT professionals and that number has not changed in a decade. At Revolent, we want to change that.  

Roughly 30% of the Revolent organization identify as female, which rises to 50% at senior management. We have forged strategic partnerships to access pools of female talent, and are helping to create a network of future female leaders and trailblazers in tech. 

Find out more about how we are creating a more diverse cloud workforce.
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