The discussion of a lack of women in the technology field has snowballed in popularity as technology becomes more and more a part of our everyday lives. Though it is clear that women face major barriers to enter the technology industry, there are many who have successfully overcome those hurdles with flying colors and have gone on to become leaders in their fields.
Some women have gone on to become successful leaders for tech companies. Leaders such as Marissa Meyer (CEO of Yahoo!) and Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) are household names in many circles. Sheryl Sandberg has recently released her first book addressing business leadership and increasing female presence in high industry.
Meyers and Sandberg have been featured in the Time 100, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Both of these women (and many others) have the influence and power of any male business leader and are a very visible example of what woman can achieve in tech.
But there are other ways to influence tech besides leadership. Leah Jamieson is the current Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University and former President/CEO of the Institute of Electronics and Engineers. Her position in education gives her a lot of reach into developing tech culture in a more gender-neutral direction, arguably a more important goal than tech leadership.
Leah was recently mentioned in aninterview by Keith Krach, a veteran tech CEO and current leader of Docusign. Keith Krach is widely considered a success in tech startups, and when asked in an interview at Silicon Valley about women in tech Leah Jamieson was his first response as a great role model for Purdue students.