President and CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Telle Whitney never anticipated that she would keep her position as President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology when she first took the role in 2002. But what began as a temporary position while the institute searched for a replacement for Anita Borg, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1999 and passed away in 2003, soon blossomed into a career for Whitney.
Founder and CEO, CaringBridge
Before there was Facebook, MySpace, or Tumblr, there was CaringBridge, an online community that serves up free, easy-to-create websites for people dealing with health crises. CaringBridge was created in 1997 after friends of founder and computer scientist Sona Mehring has a premature baby.
MobileActive doesn't build applications itself. It's both an online and offline meeting place for people working in this space. For example, it can link someone in India working on a project to help slum dwellers find job opportunities through SMS messages with someone working on a similar project in another part of the world.
Policy Manager, Africa for Google
In 2006, Ory Okolloh Ushahidi co-founded Mzalendo.com ("patriot" in Swahili) to keep an eye on the Kenyan Parliament. The site tracks details about MPs such as voting records, debate contributions, and attendance history, creating a record of every motion made on every parliamentary bill, allowing Kenyans to stay abreast of legal developments and discussions as they happen.
CEO, Public Radio International
While hand-wringing over school lunches and Happy Meals continues apace, Alisa Miller's concerned about another kind of nutrition deficiency in America. "There are very few voices in the U.S. news making global-local connection," says Miller. And as CEO of Public Radio International she's working hard to find the antidote to what she calls our news nutrition deficiency.