International Women’s Day 2019: Celebrating Influential Women in Technology, Nonprofits, and Beyond

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International Women’s Day 2019: Celebrating Influential Women in Technology, Nonprofits, and Beyond

Melinda Gates. Sheryl Sandberg. Malala Yousafzai. The list of influential women changing the tech industry, improving the nonprofit sector, and ensuring we see more women in leadership roles continues to grow. With that in mind, we’re celebrating “Balance for Better” this International Women’s Day (IWD) to build a gender-balanced world.

Balance means more women leading in government, in the C-suite, in nonprofits and on company boards. But, creating balance starts with galvanizing a culture of diversity, understanding, and appreciation. So that’s where we’re starting today. In honor of International Women’s Day 2019, we’re highlighting three women who are elevating the nonprofit sector, innovating industries through technology, and making a positive impact on the world each day.

3. Connie Ballmer, Philanthropist and Co-Founder of Ballmer Group

Who She Is:

Connie is the co-founder of the education-focused organization Ballmer Group. The philanthropic group harnesses the power of philanthropy and community activism to support children in K-12 education. As an advocate for children, Connie aims to give underserved children the resources they need for a successful future.

Why She Rocks:

Connie’s passion for using technology for good has led to groundbreaking advancements in furthering education and support for youth from all backgrounds. With a vision to create a better future for every child, Connie and Ballmer Group are modernizing the way nonprofit organizations interact with young constituents. Moreover, they’re using technology to bring that vision to life each day.

How She Creates #BalanceforBetter:

For individuals and communities to thrive, equal opportunity to education should be the rule, not the exception. As a result, Connie and Ballmer Group advocate for support in and beyond the classroom to keep children engaged and excited about education. Most importantly, they strive to give every student equal access to resources, and, therefore, more opportunities in school, at work, and in life.

2. Alice Steinglass, President of Code.org

Who She Is:

Alice is the president of Code.org, a nonprofit organization that expands access to computer science education in schools. Code.org emphasizes the importance of participation in the tech industry. Additionally, the organization encourages women and underrepresented minorities to learn about programming.

Why She Rocks:

Before taking on her leadership role at Code.org, Alice managed teams for several technology organizations, including Xbox 360 and Windows. As a Harvard University graduate, she holds a degree in computer science – only 20 percent of degree holders are women.

How She Creates #BalanceforBetter:

While there’s demand for bright young minds in the technology industry and computer programming fields, there’s low participation from women. For example, almost half of Code.org’s students are young girls or minorities, but only 12 percent of engineers working today are female. Consequently, Code.org aims to inspire students through updated curriculums and an initiative called Hour of Code. In short, this one-hour event encourages anyone to try one hour of coding. And to date, 50 percent of participants are female.

1. Kristin Nimsger, CEO of Social Solutions

Who She Is:

Finally, no list of influential women would be complete without Kristin Nimsger, our CEO. Kristin sits on the board for Susan G. Komen and strives to change the world and make a positive impact each day. What’s her unique superhero power? She’s never satisfied. Kristin believes in striving to be the best no matter what she’s doing. Whether she’s working on improving her lap time when racing cars or running the team at Social Solutions, she demands the best from herself and those around her.

Why She Rocks:

Kristin has an open-door policy at Social Solutions and believes that everyone, at every level of the organization, has a voice that should be heard. For example, she schedules roundtables with each Social Solutions team to share ideas, address questions, and listen to feedback regularly. These discussions range from high-level, business strategy brainstorms to more specific, culture-related requests (ask for more coffee flavors in the breakroom and you shall receive). In the age of texting, emails, and telecommuting, Kristin prefers to build rapport face-to-face with each Social Solutions team member.

How She Creates #BalanceforBetter:

Women make up less than half of C-suite members in the U.S. But Kristin is one of four women on Social Solutions’ leadership team continuing to close this gender gap. And, she is an advocate and leader who is passionate about empowering nonprofits throughout the world with technology. To that end, we are proud to be part of her vision this International Women’s Day, and every day.

IWD and #BalanceforBetter: A Global Effort

In short, achieving balance is not just a woman’s challenge. Above all, it’s a global challenge and a community effort. Beyond International Women’s Day, we can all uplift, educate, and celebrate the countless women who continue to shape our future.

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