Top 5 Powerful Women in Tech Industry 2018 07Mar “Who runs the world?” There are many women that have proved gender has nothing to do with talents. In the month of March, we celebrate the special day for every woman in the world. On March 8, it is a day to look back at the progress made and celebrate acts of courage and determination of the greatest women in the history. This 2018, in celebration of International Women’s Day, we have listed some of the most powerful women rocking the technology industry. Top 5 Powerful Women in 2018 1. Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook Sandberg is the Facebook COO, the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors. In 2012, she was listed in Time’s 100 Most Influential People. She became the chief of staff of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and was later employed at Google, serving as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations. She published the book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” Her book explores issues such as feminism and sexism in the workplace. The book also discusses the social and personal barriers encountered with gender equality in the professional world. The book earned positive reviews from the critics, thus, it topped bestseller lists and sold more than one million copies. A recent report suggests Sandberg’s net worth is over US $1 billion. 2. Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of the video-sharing website Youtube. She was appointed in February 2014. She joined Google in 1999 and worked as the first marketing manager and soon became senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce. Wojcicki earned her bachelor’s degree in history and literature at Harvard University, graduating with honours in 1990. Her original plan was to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and work in academia. However, she became more interested in technology. She supervised Google Video for some time. Later on, she proposed that the company acquire Youtube (which at the time was a small startup). Originally, her plan was to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and work in academia but changed course when she became interested in technology. In 1999, she joined Google as their first marketing manager and worked her way up to senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce. 3. Ginni Rometty – CEO, IBM Ginni is the first woman who serves as Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM. Since 1991, she took over important roles at the company and was appointed CEO and President in October of 2011. She has been featured in Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” She held the top spot on the list in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Forbes magazine named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful People” in 2014 4. Meg Whitman – CEO of Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman is the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, an American multinational enterprise information technology company. Meg was named 20th in Forbes’ 2014 list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Just like Rometty who held important roles at IBM, Whitman has a long and varied career as well, serving as an executive for numerous high-profile companies. She was vice president of strategic planning at The Walt Disney Company during 1980. She also worked for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro in the 90s. Then from 1998 to 2008, she served as president and chief executive officer of eBay. 5. Marissa Mayer – CEO of Yahoo! Marissa serves as the current president and CEO of Yahoo! since 2012. Before working at Yahoo!, she worked at Google as an executive and spokesperson for over a decade. In 2013, Marissa was recognized on the Time 100 list. In 2014, Fortune magazine ranked her sixth place in their 40 and under 40 list, and was placed sixteenth on their list of the most powerful businesswoman in the world.