Help Fast Company Find the Most Influential Women In Tech 2011

Two years ago, Fast Company compiled a list of the Most Influential Women In Tech, in part to recognize the disadvantages that women in technology face--proper recognition being just one of them. We continued in 2010 with a second list, and now we're readying a third.

In the past two years we've featured Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Rashmi Sinha, Co-founder and CEO of Slideshare; Morgan Romine, Team Captain of Frag Dolls; Amber Case, a cyborg anthropologist; Jill Tarter, Director, SETI; Clara Shih, founder of Hearsay Labs; and many others. The idea, as always is that these women bring a unique brand of thought to the tech space, whatever business they're running at the time we feature them. And our coverage of women in tech flows from the pages of our magazine to our website and back again. Case in point: our December/January issue which features Chloe Sladden, who manages Twitter's media partnerships, on the cover (it goes on sale next week). 

Now it's time to begin putting together the 2011 list of influential women in tech, and this is where we'll need your help--since there are those who still believe there aren't any recognizable women in the tech industry. We're opening a call for nominations, and we're accepting them through all forms of social media, using the hashtag #wit11.

Here's how to submit a nomination:

  1. Leave a comment on this post
  2. Write a blog post (use #wit11 so that we can find it)
  3. Tweet (use #wit11 so that we can find it)
  4. Leave a comment on our Facebook Page
  5. Tag a photo on Flickr or video on YouTube (use #wit11 so that we can find it)
  6. A check-in (on services like Miso and GetGlue, but also on Foursquare and Gowalla, etc. -- again using #wt11. keep in mind, these may be a little harder for us to find as their data isn't necessarily open to listening tools).

Be sure to include as much of the following information as possible: name, title, and why you're nominating the person. A link to their website, blog, work, Twitter, etc. would also be helpful.

To take a deeper dive on who made the lists in the past, visit:

Most Influential Women In Technology 2009

Most Influential Women in Technology 2010

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296 Comments

  • Jennifer Lee

    Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA, continues to be a major influencer in health tech, especially as a leading proponent of consumer-generated health. She is instrumental in fostering the growth of health tech as the cofounder and director of Health 2.0, an international conference program that has broadening reach in patient communities, healthcare fields, as well as scope by providing services such as a startup accelerator, news division, webcast division, team of esteemed advisors, and developer challenges. The program also runs code-a-thons and developer challenges. Indu’s combination of backgrounds in medicine, business, and tech makes her a valuable player in the emerging health tech industry. She has worked as an entrepeneur-in-residence for consumer health and wellness investment fund, Physic Ventures. In addition, she served as vice president of healthcare and biomedical research at Gerson Lehrman Group, president of biotech and consumer consulting firm Etude Scientific, and director of outcomes research at Quorum Consulting, Inc. By providing a unique forum for the industry to discuss, showcase, and receive council on the leading edge digital media, web, and mobile technologies in healthcare; she is undoubtedly a key influencer.

  • Hamed Shahbazi

    I would like to nominate Shahrzad Rafati for this recognition.

    Shahrzad is the dynamic 31 year old Founder and CEO of Broadbandtv Corp a media and technology company that helps content owners who have had a significant amount of their video assets pirated and uploaded by users, reclaim their lost control and monetization rights on any pirated video assets. What this means is that she monetizes the pirated clips and shares revenues back with the owner of the content. successfully! Customers include include companies such as the NBA (National Basketball Assoc).

    Shahrzad is a new kind of entrepreneur... one that I have seen you profile quite a few times. She recently launched a video portal called "Watch and Give" (www.youtube.com/give <http: give="" www.youtube.com=""> ) which is an ad-supported aggregated video portal on YouTube for non-profits. Its both brilliant and simple. you watch a video belonging to a non-profit and the ad revenue attributable to that view is shared between YouTube, the non-profit and Broadbandtv.

    All together, her various video monetization efforts are yielding more than 1.2 Billion advertising impressions per year and growing.

    You can learn more about Shahrzad's company by visiting www.broadbandtvcorp.com or checking out this video interview of her: http://digitalpuck.ca/videos/c...

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  • Damien Mills

    The nomination of Boeing’s Jean Chamberlin, Debbie Rub and Shelley Lavender is well earned recognition for true leaders and influencers in technology. These three women lead Boeing units at the absolute forefront of technology development and engineering excellence, building the products that allow the U.S. and its allies are better defend against tyranny, and that allow millions devastated by disasters around the world to receive the humanitarian aid they need. Jean, Debbie and Shelley stand out amongst the “Most Influential Women in Technology” because their influence extends beyond the hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by their programs and the billions of dollars of economic impact; they lead the development of technology that saves lives and defends nations and citizens around the world every single day.

    Damien Mills
    The Boeing Company

  • Elaine Brabant

    I am thrilled that Boeing’s Jean Chamberlin, Debbie Rub and Shelley Lavender have been nominated for your Most Influential Women in Tech list! It truly is amazing when you consider the enormous impact these women have on the systems used to defend our country and its allies. Even more striking, though, are the skills they posses as leaders. Each of them exude energy and confidence. They speak well but listen even better. They ask good questions, and they genuinely care not only about the people they serve but those who serve them. I think it’s safe to say they are role models not only for me but for the thousands of people they lead. I look forward to your 2011 list and hope to see Jean, Debbie and Shelley’s name among those you honor.

    Elaine Brabant
    The Boeing Company

    #wit11

  • William Barksdale

    I know this list is about the most influential women in technology. But I've worked for one of the most influential people in technology - The Boeing Company's Jean Chamberlin. Whether it is her leadership on the critical C-17 airlift aircraft program or in the most scrutinized acquisition competition in the defense industry's history (US Air Force's tanker replacement program), she has displayed an amazing ability to think strategically, execute tactically, and truly care about each and every Boeing employee in the process. This rising star in the aerospace industry embodies all that is important - high character, tremendous loyalty, and selfless committment to her family, friends and company.

  • Donna Morton

    Small but huge mission start up CEO's need to be counted, know a bunch of them, am one . . .

    Unreasonable Institute for a huge list of women around the globe reinventing what business means . . .

    Donna Morton
    First Power

  • Sanna.Ratnavel

    I would like to nominate Dr. Satwant Kaur, author of Intel’s Strategic
    Technologies book: “Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent
    Environments” for the Most Influential Women in Technology.

    Satwant is an outstanding candidate for the award because she has made
    broad and deep contributions to technology, industry and customers.
    She has worked at all technology levels, starting as an R&D engineer
    at HP to the CTO of the Emerging Technologies Group of a billion
    dollar plus technology enterprise, TIBCO. Satwant is an ambitious and
    energetic technology leader and a pioneer whose ability to visualize
    the future has enabled her to build industry-leading technology
    solutions, which are now generating multi billion dollar revenues for
    her employers.

    Satwant has provided strong technology leadership at some of the
    world’s largest technology companies. In her most recent position, Dr.
    Kaur is a platform strategist in the Intel Architecture Group at
    Intel. Prior to joining Intel, Satwant was the CTO of the Emerging
    Technologies Group at TIBCO Software. She was also Director of
    Development at Symantec, and Chief Technology Architect of Quest
    Software. She was a research faculty member in the Computer Science
    Department of IIT, Delhi. Satwant served on the Advisory Board at
    Panacea Software, and was also a consultant on the Thomson-Reuters
    Insight Expert Network. Satwant's pioneering inventions include the
    first small scale industries capacitor manufacturing robot, a root
    cause analysis and event correlation engine, reduced interoperability
    (RI) technologies for architectures, validation, and testing. She
    holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of
    Technology, Delhi. Her M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Mobile
    Internet Protocols are from Oakland University, MI, USA.

    Her achievements include the following:
    • Book “Intelligent Environments” Exhibited in IIT Delhi Golden
    Jubilee Celebration Exhibition, 2010
    • Technology Innovation Award from Executive-VP, Intel, 2009
    • Outstanding Women Award by Intel, 2009
    • Featured on Intel IAG magazine/Intel Circuit, 2008
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2007
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2006
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2003
    • Best Paper Award: “Mobile IP and Implementation of Regional
    Registration”, IEEE EIT conf, 2001
    • “Extraordinary Ability” by U.S. government, the highest immigration
    category, 2000
    • 1st Capacitor Manufacturing Robot for small scale industries, 1990
    • "Best Scientist Award”, CSIR National Lab, 1988
    • 1st Artificial Intelligence Expert Systems for diagnosis of distress
    in concrete, 1986
    • 1st Natural Language Interfaces to databases on codal provisions, 1986
    • 1st Prolog Compiler implementation for knowledge encapsulation, 1986

    The URL for Satwant’s book (on Intel web site) is:
    http://www.intel.com/intelpres...

    Sanna.RATNAVEL
    Member,
    Board Of Governors,
    Engineering Council Of India,
    New Delhi.

  • Garrett Kasper

    I wholeheartedly support the nomination of the Boeing "Trifecta" of Shelley Lavender, Debbie Rub and Jean Chamberlin as the ‘Most Influential Women In Tech 2011. Each of these women run incredibly important divisions inside Boeing. Essentially, they are each responsible for running a decent-sized company within the BIG company. Shelley Lavender is responsible for managing programs for several technologically superior fighter aircraft programs such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, F-15 Strike Eagle, F-22 Raptor and T-45 Goshawk. Jean Chamberlin manages a variety of critical airlift and refueling programs such H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey, C-17 Globemaster III, International Tanker and NewGen Tanker. Debbie Rub is responsible for making smart bombs even smarter, as the VP of Boeing's Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems division. Debbie also manages several missile programs such as the Harpoon anti-ship missile system and the SM-3 kinetic warhead (which is the technical equivalent of designing a bullet to hit a bullet at hypersonic speeds in the exo-stratosphere). Remember the Feb. 20, 2008, shoot-down of that wayward satellite? That was Debbie's team who built the kinetic warhead for that SM-3 missile. Debbie also manages incredible new unmanned and optionally-manned technologies such as the A-160T Hummingbird, ScanEagle and Integrator, and the UH-6 Unmanned Little Bird. Together, these three women inspire and lead thousands of aerospace engineers, rocket scientists and expert technicians in dozens of locations across the U.S. Their leadership, experience, vision and tenacity is what allows their people to provide the absolute best products for our warfighters on today's ever-changing battlefields.

  • Nidhi Singh


    I would like to nominate Dr. Satwant Kaur, the author of Intel’s Strategic Technologies book 'Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments' for the Most Influential Women in Technology.

    Satwant has provided strong technology leadership for some of the world’s largest technology companies. Currently a platform strategist in the Intel Architecture Group at Intel, Dr. Kaur has worked at all technology levels at a number of the most respected companies in the information technology industry and has been a research faculty member in the Computer Science Department of IIT, Delhi. Satwant is a creative and energetic technology leader and a pioneer whose ability to visualize the future has enabled her to build industry-leading technology solutions.

    Nidhi Singh
    Lead Software Engg.
    Interglobe Technologies Ltd.

  • Chris Chadwick

    As President of Boeing Military Aircraft, I could not be more proud of Jean, Shelley and Debbie. They truly represent what Boeing is all about -- technology, innovation, engineering excellence -- with an ever present focus on their respective teams and their customers. They are the perfect canidates for FAST Company's "Most Influencial Women in Technology." Not only for the impact they make everyday on the lives of the thousands of employees they lead and mentor, but also for the value they deliver to our nation -- providing the most advanced aircaft and weapon systems to the women and men who don the cloth of our nation. I can think of no greater responsibility. We at Boeing are proud of their accomplishments.

    Chris Chadwick
    President
    Boeing Military Aircraft
    #wit11

  • John Williamson

    I would like to support the nomination of Shelley Lavender, Debbie Rub and Jean Chamberlin of Boeing as the Most Influential Women in Tech for 2011. As leaders in the world's largest aerospace company, their influence extends well-beyond the thousands of employees in their organizations. Their innovative spirit drives the development of technology that saves lives every day and the capabilities provided by their businesses protect people and communities around the globe.

    http://www.boeing.com/bds/pdf/...

    John Williamson
    Boeing

  • Conrad Chun

    Reposting to correct the link:
    The Boeing Company nominates three women in a single entry as the ‘Most Influential Women In Tech 2011.’ Shelley Lavender, Debbie Rub and Jean Chamberlin run Boeing divisions employing thousands of researchers, software developers, engineers and other technical professionals, and all have come from technology backgrounds themselves. Representing a company that is known for innovation, these women produce products that allow the United States and its allies to mobilize tons of humanitarian and military materiel, refuel aircraft in flight, monitor enemy activities without putting aircrews in harm’s way, and strike enemy positions with a suite of weapons that uses appropriate firepower to destroy intended targets while minimizing collateral damage. Working with customers, employees and the communities where Boeing does business, these women and the products they develop and produce are instrumental in defending the United States, a nation that, over more than 200 years, has nurtured (and continues to produce) some of the greatest technological innovations in human history.

    http://www.boeing.com/bds/pdf/...

    Conrad Chun
    The Boeing Company
    Defense, Space & Security Communications

    #wit11

  • Conrad Chun

    The Boeing Company nominates three women in a single entry as the ‘Most Influential Women In Tech 2011.’ Shelley Lavender, Debbie Rub and Jean Chamberlin run Boeing divisions employing thousands of researchers, software developers, engineers and other technical professionals, and all have come from technology backgrounds themselves. Representing a company that is known for innovation, these women produce products that allow the United States and its allies to mobilize tons of humanitarian and military materiel, refuel aircraft in flight, monitor enemy activities without putting aircrews in harm’s way, and strike enemy positions with a suite of weapons that uses appropriate firepower to destroy intended targets while minimizing collateral damage. Working with customers, employees and the communities where Boeing does business, these women and the products they develop and produce are instrumental in defending the United States, a nation that, over more than 200 years, has nurtured (and continues to produce) some of the greatest technological innovations in human history.

    http://www.boeing.com/bds/pdf/...

    Conrad Chun
    The Boeing Company
    Defense, Space & Security Communications

    #wit11

  • Allison Dew

    It is with great enthusiasm that I add my recommendation for Erin Nelson’s consideration for Most Influential Women in Tech. While she was the CMO at Dell, I was a member of Erin’s leadership team and had the opportunity to work closely with her as she led a significant transformation effort across Dell and within marketing.

    Dell is a measurement oriented and organizationally diverse culture. And as a result, previous efforts to reinvigorate the brand or drive marketing-led change have floundered in the face of our inherent skepticism and need to drive consensus. But instead of fighting the environment, Erin took a different approach; she looked for ways to take the best of Dell and carry it forward while evolving from within. I believe that this approach to leveraging our strengths and addressing our weaknesses – all while building towards really lofty goals for Dell – will ultimately prove much more transformative than some of the traditional wins so many CMOs focus on.

    Erin takes a similar approach to leadership and mentoring. Many leaders at this level expect the organization to conform to them and their leadership style. What’s so unique about Erin is that she invested a significant amount of time and energy in working with people from across the organization to build on their strengths, to help them thrive within Dell and to help them be successful at their career goals – whatever those are. This seemingly straightforward approach requires a level of dedication, focus, self awareness and compassion that are actually quite hard to find at all, not to mention in someone who has achieved so much so early in their career.

    Finally, what I think makes Erin so rare is that she has shown commitment to long-term development of talent. Early on in her tenure as CMO – in the height of the recession - she carved out budget and staff to invest in talent and development for marketing. There was huge skepticism within our internal marketing community that this would be the first budget item for us to cut and that we had ‘seen this before but nothing ever comes of it.’ But in the face of both this budgetary pressure and skepticism, Erin continued to champion this effort. She drove a logical discussion that increasing the efficacy of our marketing talent would increase our return on investment but that it would take time. And while it is early days we are starting to see the benefits of that investment in both skills and employee engagement with Dell.

    I count myself lucky to have worked so closely with Erin. The change we are driving is not always easy but over the long-term I believe it will be tremendously rewarding both personally and professionally.

    Thanks, Allison Dew
    Director, Global Insights, Dell

  • MUKESH

    I would like to nominate Dr. Satwant Kaur, author of Intel’s Strategic Technologies book: “Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments” for the Most Influential Women in Technology.
    Being in Auto Manufacturing industry, our goal is to manufacture the cutting edge automotive equipment with world class engineering. Satwant’s book on Future intelligent Environments is just the kind of technology vision and strategic direction that industrial engineering community needs to build more innovative automotive and automotive equipment.
    Any automotive has hundreds of embedded systems. An embedded system is a system that has intelligence built in for computing and decision making. These special purpose computing systems have tightly integrated hardware and software, connected to environment via actuators and sensors.
    Satwant’s discusses Robot Vehicles in her book - “Transitioning Embedded Systems to Inetlligent Environments”
    Satwant has shown how to build both Intelligent Vehicles and Intelligent Roadways in her book on Intel Technologies
    Thanks,

    Mukesh Kumar Goel
    Plant Head
    KML SEATS

  • Rajiv Agrawal

    Please accept my nomination for Dr. Satwant Kaur, author of Intel’s Strategic Technologies book “Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments” for the award of Most Influential Women in Technology.

    Dr. Kaur is an outstanding candidate for the award because she has made broad and deep contributions to technology, industry and customers. She has worked at all technology levels, starting as an R&D engineer at HP to the CTO of the Emerging Technologies Group of a billion dollar plus technology enterprise, TIBCO.

    Some of her achievements include:
    • Book “Intelligent Environments” Exhibited in IIT Delhi Golden
    Jubilee Celebration Exhibition, 2010
    • Technology Innovation Award from Executive-VP, Intel, 2009
    • Outstanding Women Award by Intel, 2009
    • Featured on Intel IAG magazine/Intel Circuit, 2008
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2007
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2006
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2003
    • Best Paper Award: “Mobile IP and Implementation of Regional
    Registration”, IEEE EIT conf, 2001
    • “Extraordinary Ability” by U.S. government, the highest immigration
    category, 2000
    • 1st Capacitor Manufacturing Robot for small scale industries, 1990
    • "Best Scientist Award”, CSIR National Lab, 1988
    • 1st Artificial Intelligence Expert Systems for diagnosis of distress
    in concrete, 1986
    • 1st Natural Language Interfaces to databases on codal provisions, 1986
    • 1st Prolog Compiler implementation for knowledge encapsulation, 1986

    Thanks and regards,

    Rajiv Agrawal, Ph.D.,
    General Manager, R&D, PTC Software (I) Pvt. Ltd.
    http://www.ptc.com

  • Rajiv Khanna

    I would like to nominate Dr Satwant Kaur, author of Intel's Strategic Technologies boo: "Transtioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments" for the Most Influential Women in Technology.
    One of Satwant’s early pioneering inventions is her Robot for manufacturing capacitors in small scale industries.
    Today Satwant is helping create and build Intelligent Environments which Bring Robots to Our Service
    In her book based Strategic Technologies she has shown how to use Intel Technologies for building Intelligent Environments.
    Satwant presented her vision of future in her Keynote at IEEE Embedded Systems Event, 2010.
    In Satwant’s vision of future, Robots are no longer autonomous entities that learn and adapt themselves to a world made for humans. In intelligent environments, robots interact with devices distributed throughout the environment and get across heterogeneous information by means of communication technologies. Instead, in Satwant’s vision of future, service robots enrich all parts of people’s lives and are the foundation of intelligent environments. They will help us perform tasks that are dangerous, dirty, repetitive, or remote. Specialized robots will be used in every field including medicine, space, agriculture, firefighting, hotels, and entertainment. Unlike traditional industrial robots performing repetitive tasks inside protective laser curtains, service robots will interact with people in natural environments to perform various services. Satwant has shown how the computing trends of today namely, the smaller size, higher performance, ruggedness, and standardization have brought this closer to reality.
    Satwant has 101 visionary scenarios of future that she shows how to build!!
    One of her astounding vision scenario is the Robot Swarms in the Blood Stream.
    Satwant’s Robot swarms are inspired by ant swarms. Their collaborative action is also inspired by chains of events that lead to fertilization between the one of countless sperms and the egg. Micro- or nano-robots are injected into the blood and swim in our blood stream to diagnose deadly diseases, deliver drugs locally, and cleanse the blood stream of contaminations. They are so tiny that they can get into the tiniest places or be dispersed in their millions. They are harmless and driven by intelligence and a sense of purpose. Once their purpose is done they leave the blood stream. Each tiny robot by itself cannot complete the overall mission, but by shared communication between countless robots of the swarm, there is a coherent and collective delivery of the overall purpose. They can swim in the blood, they can measure the internal pressure of blood and of vessels, and they can do the local malignant cell treatment. For example, a robot swarm can look for a microbe in the blood stream. When any one robot finds the microbe, it locks onto it. It then releases a molecule that diffuses away the rest of robot swarm. It can then release a chemical payload, or mix two chemical reactants from different compartments itself. They do controlled precise delivery of a drug to the place where it is needed, rather than dosing the whole body.
    I am happy to be living in the age that is enabled by Satwant’s technologies.

    Thanks

    Rajiv Khanna

    General Manager
    SKH Metals
    (Auto Components Manufacturing Company supplying to Major Car OEM's)

  • Anjan Ray

    I would like to nominate Dr. Satwant Kaur, author of Intel’s Strategic Technologies book: “Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments” for the Most Influential Women in Technology. The URL for this book (via the Intel web site) is: http://www.intel.com/intelpres...

    Satwant is an outstanding candidate for the award because she has made deep, sustainable and long-horizon contributions to technology, industry and consumers of technology, both present and future. She has worked at all technology levels, starting as an R&D engineer and working her way to the position of CTO of the Emerging Technologies Group of a billion-dollar-plus technology enterprise. She is an ambitious and energetic technology leader and a pioneer whose ability to visualize the future has enabled her to build industry-leading technology solutions, which are now generating multi billion dollar revenues for her employers but - more importantly - shaping the way future generations of technology developers view the inter-relationships between technology and human operating environments.

    Satwant has provided strong technology leadership at some of the world’s largest technology companies. In her most recent position, Dr. Kaur is a platform strategist in the Intel Architecture Group at
    Intel. Other roles along her career path have included Director of Development at Symantec, and Chief Technology Architect of Quest Software.

    Satwant's ground-breaking inventions include the first small scale industries capacitor manufacturing robot, a root cause analysis and event correlation engine, reduced interoperability (RI) technologies for architectures, validation, and testing.

    Some of her achievements include:
    • Book “Intelligent Environments” Exhibited in IIT Delhi Golden Jubilee Celebration Exhibition, 2010
    • Technology Innovation Award from Executive-VP, Intel, 2009
    • Outstanding Women Award by Intel, 2009
    • Featured on Intel IAG magazine/Intel Circuit, 2008
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2007
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2006
    • Gartner's Magic Quadrant: Inventions of CA Event Correlation for 2003
    • Best Paper Award: “Mobile IP and Implementation of Regional Registration”, IEEE EIT conf, 2001
    • “Extraordinary Ability” by U.S. government, the highest immigration category, 2000
    • 1st Capacitor Manufacturing Robot for small scale industries, 1990
    • "Best Scientist Award”, CSIR National Lab, 1988
    • 1st Artificial Intelligence Expert Systems for diagnosis of distress in concrete, 1986
    • 1st Natural Language Interfaces to databases on codal provisions, 1986
    • 1st Prolog Compiler implementation for knowledge encapsulation, 1986

    Thanks and regards

    Anjan Ray, Ph.D.
    Honeywell

  • Stacy

    I further support Laura McFarlane’s nomination for the 2011 Most Influential Women in Technology. Laura has spent her career learning about the impact of technology on consumers and how it’s transforming lives.

    As VP of Strategy, Laura is the driving force behind SapientNitro, one of the world’s largest integrated marketing and technology services firms. Laura’s strategic direction and aptitude for predicting technology patterns and consumer trends have infused SapientNitro with the ability to create 21st century marketing solutions for its clients, such as Mars, Johnson & Johnson and Capital One. Last year, she brought her visionary expertise to the world’s most notable industry audience as a speaker at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, where SapientNitro unveiled the world’s first-ever smile-activated ice cream vending machine.

    Laura is a pioneer in leveraging social media to augment more traditional research approaches. She has been instrumental in establishing the company’s data and analytics practice and its community intelligence practice, which provides clients with the tools needed to “crack the social media code,” to create meaningful digital engagements and communication programs for consumers.

    By researching paths that lead to human connection, Laura uncovers ways for brands to connect to target audiences via the technologies they’re already using in revolutionary ways. She frequently uses “sentiment mapping” to pioneer more robust digital communications. She is able to look geographically at social media outlets to map emotions of towns and even entire countries. Based on a town’s level of happiness, brands can interact accordingly.

    Laura’s holistic understanding of traditional and non-traditional technology and the interplay between them has helped shape marketing strategies for world-renowned brands. I believe that she is one of the most influential women in technology today, and I am honored to support her nomination.

  • Rajnish Gupta

    To further support nomination for Dr. Satwant Kaur, here are some weblinks on her

    #1: Intel link to Satwant's book (published by Intel), 2010 - "Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments: A Journey through Evolving Technologies"
    http://www.intel.com/intelpres...

    #2: IEEE link to Satwant's Keynote at IEEE Embedded Systems, 2008 - "Future Trends in PC Computing & their SoC Implications"
    http://www.gistl.com/2008/SYST...

    #3: IEEE link to Satwant's Keynote at IEEE Embedded Systems, 2010 http://www.gistl.com/2010/Futu...

    #4: EE Times link to Satwant's Tech paper: "Intelligent Environments for Transportation"
    http://www.eetimes.com/electri...

    #5: Intel link to Satwant's Tech Paper - "A Vision of Intelligent Environments"
    http://www.intel.com/intelpres...

    #6: EE Times link to Satwant's Tech paper: "Intelligent Environments Bring Robots to Our Service"
    http://www.eetimes.com/electri...

    #7: EE Times link to Satwant's Tech paper: "A Vision of Intelligent Environments"
    http://www.eetimes.com/electri...

    #8: Advisor article on Satwant's work: "Use the Advanced Correlation Engine to Monitor Your Enterprise"
    http://my.advisor.com/doc/0892...

    #9: Advisor article on Satwant's work: "Advanced Correlation Engine helps get to the root of system problems."
    http://my.advisor.com/doc/0825...

    #10: More than 3000 web links to Satwant's book review These 3000+ web links come up in Google search with title "Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments"

    Thanks
    Rajnish Gupta
    Manager, Software Engineering
    Brocade Communications