Women all over the world are taking a stance and establishing a name for themselves in various multinationals, including the most advanced tech firms. WTM brings you wise words from five savvy women who are shaping the face of tech as we know it.
“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”
Sheryl Sandberg is the CEO of Facebook and embodies the empowerment of women. She balances the high-profile job alongside bringing up her family. Previously, she managed Google’s online sales and also worked with former US president Bill Clinton. In 2015, she donated USD31 million in Facebook stock to a charitable fund.
“I love taking an idea to a prototype and then to a product that millions of people use.”
CEO of the world’s largest video sharing platform, YouTube, since 2014, Wojcicki initiated the acquisition of the video giant by Google. She urged her bosses at Google to purchase the video site, which they did in a USD1.65 billion deal. Now YouTube has more than one billion unique visitors a month and is valued at an estimated USD70 billion.
“Problems are good, as long as you solve them quickly.”
Estimated of having a net worth of nearly USD2 billion, the current CEO of Hewlett Packard is best known as heading online auction site eBay. During her time there, she raised the company’s net worth from USD5.7 million to USD8 billion right before she left eBay. In 2008, she was also cited by The New York Times as among the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States.
“I grew up in a physical world, and I speak English. The next generation is growing up in a digital world, and they speak social.”
Eminently known for reshaping fashion brand Burberry into a digitally-savvy, international powerhouse, Ahrendts is now the senior vice president for Apple Inc. Named as one of the highest paid chief executives at a FTSE company, she took time to celebrate artistic uses of the machines instead of them just being utilised as computers.
“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
Virginia Marie ‘Ginni’ Rometty is the current chairwoman, president and CEO of multinational technology company IBM, becoming the first woman to head the organisation. Rometty continues to drive efforts to transform IBM into a viable model for the digital age, trying to cut the company’s losses and get back on track. Her estimated net salary in 2014 was close to USD20 million.