Founder, Women In Technology International
We might not be talking about women in technology if not for the stupendous advocacy of Carolyn Leighton. After founding her own technology consultancy, Criterion Research, in 1985, Leighton noticed that women like her were working in an often-hostile all-male industry, an environment she's described as "toxic."
President, COO, Co-Founder, JESS3
Over the past few years, digital agency Jess3 has received an increasing amount of notice for its creative implementations of interactive media.
Cher Wang isn't just one of the richest people in Taiwan, she is also one of the world's leaders in smartphone technology. The company Wang founded, HTC, makes more than one out of every six smartphones currently on the American market. HTC's secret? Creating products directly for major brands such as Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in reaction to perceived customer needs.
Vice President of Consumer Products, Google
Marissa Mayer is a geek. As the former VP of search product and user experience at Google, Mayer helped launch more than 100 products and features on the site, including Gmail and, most recently, Google Instant. Now, heading up geographic and local services, she's overseeing some of the company's biggest overhauls in search and innovations in social.
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Heralded as the Queen of the Net back when we stilled called it "the Net," Mary Meeker has continued to wear the crown long after the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. As a top tech analyst at Morgan Stanley during that time, she became well known for her prescient support of companies from Amazon and Google to eBay and Yahoo, and for her groundbreaking "Internet Report," published in 1995, a bible to any investor of the era.