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, virtual reality, emergent technologies, the tech industry, and advanced robotics among others. And increasingly, there is more interest from our clients to hear from female technologists. These female technology speakers are influential women, powerful women, and women entrepreneurs who know what it's like being women in technology.
21 FEMALE TECHNOLOGY SPEAKERS
If you are looking for female business speakers with a dynamic, tech-focused presentation, here is a list of 21 fantastic options to consider for your next event or meeting:
- Dr. Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Neuroscientist, Technologist, & Stanford University Adjunct Professor
- Dr. Kate Darling, Leading Expert in Social Robotics & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist
- Charlotte Pearce, CEO & Founder of Inkpact
- Kimberly Bryant, Founder & CEO of Black Girls CODE and Aspen Institute Fellow
- Clara Shih, CEO & Founder of Hearsay Labs
- Kate Ancketill, Innovation Expert and Founder & CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence
- Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Trends & Futuring at Ford Motor Company
- Elena Corchero, Founder & CEO of Room One
- Crystal Washington, Social Media Marketing Strategist & Tech Trends Expert
- Sophie Hackford, Futurist, Researcher, & Speaker
- Lauren Delise Coleman, Digi-Cultural Trend Analyst, MSNBC Commentator, Forbes Contributor, & Inc. Columnist
- Chitra Anand, Former Head of Communications at Microsoft Canada
- Frances West, Former Chief Accessibility Officer of IBM, Founder of FrancesWestCo, & Author
- Samantha Radocchia, Blockchain Pioneer & Co-Founder of Chronicled, Inc.
- Bettina Warburg, Founder of Animal Ventures and Blockchain Researcher & Entrepreneur
- Anjali Kumar, Former Google Executive & Former Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker
- Andy Cunningham, Former Apple Employee, and Founder & President of Cunningham Collective
- Sarah Robb O'Hagan, Legendary Business Leader, CEO of EXOS, Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President of Gatorade, Former Marketing Director at Nike, Founder & Author of "Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat"
- Dawn Hudson, Former Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League and Former President and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America
- Rita McGrath, Expert on Business Strategy in Uncertain Environments; Acclaimed Thinkers50 Thought Leader and Author
- Jane Chen, Founder and CEO, Embrace
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.
SCIENTIST AND DOCTOR TECHNOLOGY SPEAKERS
These women in tech use their personal brand and insights on advisory boards and are great virtual keynote speaker options.
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.
Watch below as Dr. Crum explains how humans will evolve with technology.
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 business 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.
TECHNOLOGY CEO SPEAKERS
These corporate executives have been responsible for chief strategy and acted as a CEO and founder within their organization. As executive coach or executive director, they have used their leadership role to improve opportunities for women, as well as worked in social business or nonprofit organizations.
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 Stylist, The Sunday Times, Forbes, 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 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 to increase the number of girls in tech. 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.
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 founder and CEO 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.
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 behaviors will impact physical and digital commerce globally. | See more on Kate here.
TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT MANAGEMENT SPEAKERS
These senior product managers, managing partners, and managing directors are crucial to senior management within their organizations, executing software engineering, software development, and business development.
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.
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.
FUTURE TRENDS AND DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY SPEAKERS
These futurist speakers are project managers and knowledgeable in economic forums to develop the best tech in Silicon Valley and around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 organizations, 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.
Acclaimed keynote speaker at the United Nations, South by SouthWest, and CES 2019, Frances West is a trailblazing and dynamic speaker. Being a disruptive thinker regarding accessibility and diversity, her book Authentic Inclusion™ Drives Disruptive Innovation has re-imagined what it means for a company to be both ubiquitous and unique. Putting "humans first", Frances recognizes the power of people, technology, and the strength of a richly diverse background. All over the public and private sector, Frances inspires and clarifies how implementing her Authentic Inclusion approach helps to reach untapped opportunities through real and scalable change. | See more on Frances here.
BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY SPEAKERS
These women's business blockchain professional speakers are knowledgeable in venture capital and the incorporation of blockchain.
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.
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.
PROJECT MANAGER SPEAKERS
Project manager tech speakers work to manage products and projects intended to improve customer experiences.
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.
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.
FEMALE DIGITAL MARKETING TECH SPEAKERS
These marketing managers and directors of marketing are involved in chief marketing and product marketing. They use their marketing knowledge form business school to influence change management, digitally transforming a technologies company.
Legendary Business Leader, CEO of EXOS, Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President of Gatorade, Former Marketing Director at Nike, Founder & Author of "Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat"
Described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to “The Pied Piper of potential,” Sarah Robb O’Hagan is an executive, activist, entrepreneur, and founder of Extreme Living—a company designed to help individuals, teams, and organizations play to their highest potential. She is now the CEO of EXOS, the world leader in elite performance training that helps people reach higher and achieve more. | See more on Sarah here.
Former Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League and Former President and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America
Whether serving as CEO, Chief Marketing Officer, or Chairman of the Board, Dawn Hudson has led an impressive career spanning high-level posts in media, retail, consumer goods, consulting, and healthcare at some of the biggest corporations in the world including the NFL, PepsiCo, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Allergan, PF Chang’s, the LPGA, and NVIDIA. From “Super Bowl Babies” to the return of the “Pepsi Challenge,” Hudson’s track record of success is packed with groundbreaking ideas born of an ability to see what’s around the corner and an expertise in crafting revenue-boosting competitive advantages. For her revolutionary work strengthening brands’ positioning and marketing, tapping into culture change as fuel for innovative business strategies, and championing inclusive leadership and diversity, Hudson has been recognized as the “Most Vital Leader in Tech, Media, and Marketing” by AdWeek—topping a list of 50 industry titans—and twice as one of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” | See more on Dawn here.
Expert on Business Strategy in Uncertain Environments; Acclaimed Thinkers50 Thought Leader and Author
Rita McGrath is a globally-recognized management thinker and one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and growth in uncertain and volatile business environments. A featured speaker and the author of Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business and Discovery Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity, audiences value her rare ability to connect cutting edge research to practical business problems. She offers a bold new set of principles for succeeding in our rapidly changing world and presents a fresh strategy playbook. In presentations, she outlines this framework and shares diagnostic tools for organizations looking to identify their next effective strategy and create a fluid and dynamic business environment. McGrath also uses great visuals and interactive exercises during her presentations to illustrate her points. | See more on Rita here.
Founder and CEO, Embrace
Jane Marie Chen is the cofounder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that aims to help the 15 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer. The Embrace infant warmer costs about 1% of a traditional incubator and is estimated to have helped over 250,000 babies to date. Most recently, Embrace Innovations launched a new line of baby products for the US market called Little Lotus Baby, which uses NASA inspired technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature so they can sleep better. They are using buy-one, give-one model: for every product sold, a baby is helped in a developing country by the Embrace infant warmer. | See more on Jane here.
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