Top Women in Technology

Women make history every day.

They’re doing it in the world of technology. Women lead from the head of the boardroom table. They also lead in the lab and behind the monitor as coders. They’re advocates of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and proponents of inclusion and excellence.

They’re in your community, too.

It’s no coincidence that Women’s History Month and Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science & Engineering Month both happen in March. Women make significant contributions in technology, often with creation and operation of systems we don’t see – but feel the impact from.

Here are 8 women greatly impacting the tech world.

Sunny Washington

CEO, Ardusat
Salt Lake City

Sunny Washington began her career as a branch manager for U.S. Bank. She wanted to see more inclusion for girls in science, technology, engineering and math, so she founded an educational technology company called Ardusat. It introduces girls to the world of technology through space by preparing students and teachers to create code that’s sent to satellites in orbit.

Alex Cameron

Founder and CEO, Signature Social Marketing Consulting
San Diego, CA

Alex Cameron says on her website, Signature Social, she always wanted to own a business.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Virginia Commonwealth and studied Coursera, Foundations of Business Strategy at the University of Virginia.

A love for digital marketing and social media led to teaching opportunities among colleagues, and eventually into entrepreneurship. Her company helps clients create marketing strategy through knowledge, direction and accountability.

Christine Anderson-Cook

Project Leader, Complex System Health Assessment
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Anderson-Cook won the ASQ Statistics Division William G. Hunter Award in 2012. In part, it recognizes her as an innovator, integrator, and implementer. Anderson-Cook specializes in high-performance computing, regarding supercomputers and the algorithmic software they run.

Such computers produce optimal answers despite the presence of conflicting objectives.

Anderson-Cook earned bachelors’ degrees in Math (University of Waterloo) and Education (University of Western Ontario). Her master’s degree in Statistics is from University of Toronto, and she has a doctorate from Waterloo in Statistics.

Kim Brown

Vice President, Information Technology & Systems

Brown, chairs the Colorado Technology Association’s Women in Technology program. The organization promotes girls’ participation in STEM, offers a network of professional development, and brings together women’s corporate tech networks for collaboration.

Brown’s leadership in technology led directly to IT systems that produced cost savings, on-time project management and profitability increase at Arcadis. Brown, a University of Missouri-Kansas City alumna, led technological advancements at other companies before Arcadis, involving business applications, IT process, and records management.

Amy Gori

Web Developer, Adwerx
Raleigh, NC

Amy Gori is a former Ruby on Rails instructor who began her career in higher education, working as assistant dean for undergraduate curricula for the University of North Carolina. She transitioned to tech as a volunteer web coordinator for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club.

As many other prominent women in tech, Gori credits a local branch of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit that teaches women web and software development, for her job transition. She now works as a web developer for Adwerx, a Durham, N.C., startup that assists real estate agents with local marketing.

Lori Nguyen

President, HiTech Las Vegas LLC
Las Vegas, NV

Lori Nguyen, CEO of Diamond Group Marketing, founded the Las Vegas Women in Technology awards. They’re given for Woman of the Year, Rising Star, Entrepreneur, Community Service, and Mentor.

Nguyen is also President of HiTech Las Vegas, a company that connects local businesses for commerce, partnerships and business education.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Fox University in Business Management and Organizational Leadership.

Kim Skanson

Lead, Global Infrastructure at Cargill
Minneapolis, MN

Kim Skanson served as senior director of enterprise architecture for Target before leaving for a lead position at Cargill, a food/agriculture consulting company that teams with communities to reduce environmental impact of growing and producing food. She brought 20 years of experience in IT for agriculture, financial services, and retail and she became an advocate of technology for business growth.

Skanson graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with a master’s in Information Technology. She also graduated magna cum laude from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management.

Marianna Budnikova

Software Engineer, Microsoft
Boise, Idaho

Budnikova, a Russian immigrant, founded the Association for Computing Machinery while at Boise State University, where she earned a master’s degree in computer science. The organization’s mission is to educate women and girls about opportunities in the computer science field and provide networking with other women programmers.

A winner of the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, Budnikova teaches classes with Girl Develop It Boise. That organization furnishes lower-cost technology classes for women.

While at her former employer, tech firm MetaGeek, Budnikova built troubleshooting software for wireless routers. She’s an advocate not only for women in tech, but for immigrants to the U.S.