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Female Technology Speakers

Female technology speakers

At Leading Authorities, we are often asked for new speakers who can break down the biggest breakthroughs in technology, especially in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, bitcoin, and advanced robotics among others. And increasingly, there is more interest from our clients to hear from female technologists.

17 Female Technology Speakers

If you are looking for a female speaker with a dynamic, tech-focused presentation, here is a list of 17 fantastic options to consider for your next event or meeting:

  1. Dr. Poppy CrumChief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Neuroscientist, Technologist, & Stanford University Adjunct Professor 
  2. Dr. Kate DarlingLeading Expert in Social Robotics & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist
  3. Chitra AnandFormer Head of Communications at Microsoft Canada
  4. Sheryl ConnellyManager of Global Trends & Futuring at Ford Motor Company
  5. Anjali Kumar, Former Google Executive & Former Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker
  6. Samantha RadocchiaBlockchain Pioneer & Co-Founder of Chronicled, Inc.
  7. Clara Shih, CEO & Founder of Hearsay Labs
  8. Elena CorcheroFounder & CEO of Room One
  9. Sophie HackfordFuturist, Researcher, & Speaker
  10. Andy Cunningham, Former Apple Employee, and Founder & President of Cunningham Collective
  11. Bettina Warburg, Founder of Animal Ventures and Blockchain Researcher & Entrepreneur
  12. Lauren Delise Coleman, Digi-Cultural Trend Analyst, MSNBC Commentator, Forbes Contributor, & Inc. Columnist
  13. Kate Ancketill, Innovation Expert and Founder & CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence
  14. Crystal Washington, Social Media Marketing Strategist & Tech Trends Expert
  15. Charlotte Pearce, CEO & Founder of Inkpact
  16. Kimberly BryantFounder & CEO of Black Girls CODE and Aspen Institute Fellow

Keep reading to learn more about each of these fabulous female technology speakers and click on the links below to browse through each of their individual speaker profile pages and find out more about their speaking topics and expertise.

Dr. Poppy Crum

Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Neuroscientist, Technologist, & Stanford University Adjunct Professor 

Dr. Poppy Crum is a visionary futurist and neuroscientist whose work sits at the intersection of technology advancement and human evolution. Highly regarded in both the technology sector and academic circles, she is an Adjunct Professor in Computer Research at Stanford University and the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, a leading global innovator and developer of audio, imaging, and voice technologies. An advocate for the kind of technology that learns more about us as we use it, Dr. Crum works to bridge the gap between rapidly evolving technology and insightful, more effective human interaction. At Dolby, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and the ways we interact with our world, using a deep understanding of human behavior, personalized data, and technologies including wearable technology, immersive technology, AI and machine-learning, and AR and VR to power industry innovation. Dr. Crum’s presentations focus on how personalized technology will continue to shape us as humans, what a future world where we use technology to make ourselves more human, and not less, might look like, and the ways industries and organizations should be thinking about using technology to make human life better.  |  See more on Dr. Crum here.

DR. Kate Darling

Leading Expert in Social Robotics & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

Dr. Kate Darling, one of the world's leading experts in robotics and human-robot interactions, is a research specialist at MIT, a former Harvard professor, and a former Yale fellow. She studies emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technology and the ways these breakthroughs will impact human beings, industries, and societies in the near-term future. | See more on Dr. Darling here

CHITRA ANAND

Former Head of Communications at Microsoft Canada

Chitra Anand is an award-winning communications and marketing executive as well as an acclaimed intrepreneurialism expert. With over 20 years experience in the technology industry, she has spent time as the head of communications for Microsoft Canada, director of marketing at TELUS Corporation, and director of operations at Open Text. She has keynoted several events, AGM’s, and conferences where her talks reveal how to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship within organisations, how to stay on the cutting edge of market trends, technology, and consumer behaviour. Chitra has been named as a “bridge builder” for women in tech by the A-list—a yearly publication that features 50 prominent Indo-Canadians who through various career and community efforts have helped foster relations between Canada and India. | See more on Chitra here.

SHERYL CONNELLY

Manager of Global Trends & Futuring at Ford Motor Company

Sheryl Connelly has served as the in-house futurist for Ford Motor Company for over a decade. In this role, she identifies and analyzes global consumer trends to aide in the discussion of long-term planning and strategy across the entire company, including design, product development, and corporate strategy and help anticipate and predict the needs and desires of consumers. | See more on Sheryl here

ANJALI KUMAR

Former Google Executive & Former Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker

Anjali Kumar worked on Google’s YouTube acquisition and on several Google X projects, and was one of Warby Parker’s first employees. She talks about where innovation begins and why “knowing more” doesn’t always equal success. | See more on Anjali here.

Samantha Radocchia

Blockchain Pioneer & Co-Founder of Chronicled, Inc.

Samantha Radocchia is the co-founder of Chronicled, Inc., which was named "San Francisco’s Best Tech Company" in 2018 by SF Weekly. Chronicled leverages blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to deliver smart supply chain solutions; it has been a pioneer in integrating workflows with blockchain systems for pharmaceutical, retail, and financial industry clients. Named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for enterprise technology, Radocchia talks to groups about blockchain technology and how to leverage it for applications across marketing, sales, and operations. See more on Samantha here. 

Clara Shih

CEO & Founder of Hearsay Labs

Named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” and Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” Clara Shih is credited with launching the first business app on Facebook and “kickstarting the social business applications movement.” The CEO and founder of a leading software company which develops social CRM applications, she talks about using technology to enhance relationships, sales, marketing, and more. | See more on Clara here. 

Elena Corchero

Founder & CEO of Room One

An award-winning designer, tech innovator, and TED Talk speaker, Elena Corchero works on product development for major companies such as the London Olympics, BBC, and Hugo Boss. She helps companies rethink client experiences with a bend towards emerging technology and walks audiences through the future of everything from wearable technology to VR and the Internet of Things (IoT). | See more on Elena here.

Sophie Hackford

Futurist, Researcher, & Speaker

Formerly on research teams at Oxford and Singularity universities, Sophie Hackford gave 50+ tech talks in the past year alone on virtual reality, new machine interfaces, robotics, AI, data, intelligence, and the future of work. She has an incredible ability to synthesize future-focused insights for businesses, which served her well when she launched and ran Wired magazine’s consulting business. | See more on Sophie here.

Andy Cunningham

Founder & President of Cunningham Collective

A PR and marketing guru, Andy Cunningham, is best known for her work in the technology space where, alongside Steve Jobs, she launched the Macintosh and the world-famous “Think Different” campaign. She also worked with Jobs to launch and market Pixar. An expert in creating and executing branding and communication strategies that accelerate growth, increase shareholder value, and advance corporate reputation, she’s the author of the new book, Get to Aha!: Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition. | See more on Andy here.

Bettina Warburg

Co-Founder of Animal Ventures and Blockchain Researcher & Entrepreneur

Bettina Warburg is co-founder of Animal Ventures, a venture studio and consultancy focused on building start-ups, educating executives, and designing comprehensive strategies to help large companies, governments, and SMEs take advantage some of the most advanced technology companies coming to market. Animal Ventures focuses on tech companies operating in verticals such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and digital platforms. Bettina is a thought leader in the emerging blockchain space and leads the blockchain practice at Animal Ventures, including research, development, and commercialization across the ecosystem of blockchain innovation. | See more on Bettina here

Lauren Delise Coleman

Digi-Cultural Trend Analyst, MSNBC Commentator, Forbes Contributor, & Inc. Columnist

A digi-cultural trend analyst, author, speaker, and consultant, Lauren Delise Coleman, is an expert at deciphering and forecasting power trends and public sentiment within the intersection of popular culture and emerging tech and the impact of such on business and governance. She helps brands and politicos understand how to create messaging that better resonates with today’s tech-savvy, pop culture millennials consumers/constituents by providing forecast and analysis on cultural trends, attitudes, and behavior as it all intersects with emerging tech usage.| See more on Lauren here.

Kate Ancketill

Innovation Expert and Founder & CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence

Kate Ancketill is the brains and driving force behind GDR Creative Intelligence, a globally-recognised consultancy focused on innovation and emerging trends in retail, leisure, and hospitality around the world. She has worked with an impressive roster of major global brands, including Microsoft, P&G, InterContinental Hotels, Hilton, LVMH, McDonald’s, Capital One, Macy’s, Chanel, Estee Lauder, and Sephora. In eye-opening, informative, and inspirational multi-media presentations, Ancketill shares insights on the technological, human, and spatial innovations that will change the face of retail and hospitality over the next two to five years. She uses carefully selected case studies to illustrate how new technologies and consumer behaviours will impact physical and digital commerce globally. See more on Kate here.


CRYSTAL WASHINGTON

Social Media Marketing Strategist & Tech Trends Expert

Crystal Washington is a social media marketing strategist and tech trends expert. She uses her insights in social media and trends to explain how your company can use the current technology to remain innovative. In her talk, among other things, she explains what the current internet landscape means for recruitment, client engagement, and brand differentiation. | See more on Crystal here.

Charlotte Pearce

CEO & Founder of Inkpact

Multi-award winning tech entrepreneur, Charlotte Pearce, 26, is the founder and CEO of Inkpact, an innovative technology platform that allows brands to embed thoughtfulness and care into their marketing strategies at scale. Inspired by entrepreneurship from a young age, Charlotte is now on a mission to bring the heart and head of business together. With a passion for technology, social impact, and doing things differently, Charlotte has built a multi-million-pound company from the ground up at the young age of 23. She is considered "one to watch" by Richard Branson and has been named in the Forbes' "30 under 30" list, the Maserati 100, and in the Young Entrepreneurs lists. Charlotte is considered amongst the 15 most influential women in technology in the world, alongside Sheryl Sandberg. She has been featured in StylistThe Sunday TimesForbes, The Guardian, and many more. As a Forbes contributor with a regular column on humans and technology, she is passionate about the future of business communication. | See more on Charlotte here.

Kimberly Bryant

Founder & CEO of Black Girls CODE and Aspen Institute Fellow

Kimberly Bryant is an African American electrical engineer who worked in the biotechnology field at Genentech, Novartis Vaccines, Diagnostics, and Merck across the last 25+ years. This nationally-recognized social innovator founded Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization and training course that teaches basic programming concepts to black girls who are underrepresented in technology careers. Through Black Girls CODE, described by Oprah as “the first organization of its kind,” Kimberly works to develop our leaders of the future and increase opportunities for women and girls in the tech industry. With firsthand insights into the challenges women of color in the STEM field face, her mission is to provide young girls from underrepresented communities opportunities to learn in-demand skills while providing guidance and encouragement. She inspires others to become change agents by pushing through traditional boundaries and perceived limitations to help drive change in our world. | See more on Kimberly here.

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