These women are working their way to the top and constantly improving themselves. While bias and opposition exist in the tech industry, they rise regardless and allow their creativity, innovation, and contribution to the industry to speak for them.
These exceptional women of color have instilled the mindset that though the Tech pathway might be difficult to ply, they are willing to work as hard to stroll that path and leave an imprint for the younger generation to follow.
Here are 15 exceptional black women in tech we admire;
Aisha Bowe is a former rocket scientist, entrepreneur, and founder/CEO of STEMBoard. STEMBoard has been recorded as one of America’s growing industries. Her enterprise empowers her student to pursue STEM careers.
In 2022, Bowe utilized Venture Capital to earn close to $2 million for LINGO; a coding kit that helps individuals practice technical concepts from the ease of their homes.
2. Bozoma Saint John
Bozoma Saint John is a former chief brand officer at Uber where she was responsible for projecting the stories of different riders and drivers in over 600 cities. She is also an authority in numerous fields such as fashion, sports, consumer packaged goods, sports, automotive, digital music, and entertainment.
Saint John worked as Head of Global Consumer Marketing for iTunes and Apple Music where she created policies to advertise their services and increase brand-loyal consumers around the world. Presently, she serves as a CMO on Netflix.
3. Damilola Odufuwa
Damilola Odufuwa is the CEO and Co-founder of Backdrop, a social network, and app that allows users to find and share beautiful spaces around the globe. She is a women’s rights advocate and tech executive whose work cuts across communication, women’s rights, and cryptocurrency.
Damilola is the co-founder of the FeministCoalition, an activist denomination consisting of young Nigerian feminists advocating equality for women in Nigeria, with a focus on financial liberty, politics, and education. She also leads Public Relations and Communications for Africa at the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance.
4. Annie Jean Baptiste
Annie Jean-Baptiste is the director and co-founder of Product Inclusion at Google where she promotes inclusion innovation across their corporation. From extensive research initiatives to communication and consultation, she spearheads movements that would ensure people from underserved users are considered during product setup procedures.
Jean-Baptiste is committed to enabling Google products to be useful to underrepresented societies, and regardless of the status quo or background everyone can thrive in the organization.
5. Dr. Adeola Olubamiji
Dr. Adeola Olubamiji is a Portfolio Professional – she is a Digital Transformation Leader and Additive Manufacturing subject matter expert, the Founder of STEMHub Foundation, Canada, the Founder of D-Tech Centrix Inc. Canada and USA, and a Real Estate Investor with over 10 properties within her portfolio.
Dr. Olubamiji became the first Black person to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2017 and inspired us all through her humble beginnings and trailblazing journey.
Her passion is for helping others and she believes that people can’t be what they can’t see. As such, she founded STEMHub Foundation, Canada in 2017. STEMHub foundation is a Canadian Charity Organization that provides free hands-on experiments and unique learning programs that engage black youths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), mentorship programs to visible minority professionals, and provide free industry 4.0 to professionals to pivot into the technology space in Canada.
6. Solape Akinpelu
Solape Akinpelu is a member of the Personal Finance Speakers Association and a certified financial education instructor. She is the founder and CEO of HerVest, an inclusive fintech and women-centered platform for underrepresented women in Africa. HerVest helps women to partake in credit, savings, and investments, especially smallholder female farmers in Nigeria.
7. Kamilah Taylor
Kamilah Taylor is the head of financial products engineering at Gusto where she develops robotics and mobile apps. Jamaica-born who resides in San Francisco is a public speaker, entrepreneur, writer, and engineer.
Over the years she co-authored books such as Swift For Good and Women in Tech. Kamilah advocates for the underserved to enter STEM fields.
Jewel Burks Solomon
Jewel Burks Solomon is the Head of Google for Startups in the Us and is committed to giving underserved startup founders opportunities to obtain Google’s products, best practices, and people.
Jewel’s role cuts across providing many more avenues into the technology invention ecosystem, thereby establishing a level ground of success for all. Her remarkable assistance in tech has won her various awards: Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential People, Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, and Forbes 30 Under 30.
Damilola Olokesusi is the CEO and Co-founder of Shuttlers, Nigeria’s top transportation startup. Under her supervision, Shuttlers generated $1.6 million in seed allocation, with expansion projects across various African urban areas.
Damilola founded an all-female shuttle service, Shemoves sponsored by Ford Motors Company in 2020 that has influenced more than 600 female experts by imbibing learning as they commute.
Olatokunbo Ogunlade is a DevOps Engineer at Ventures Garden Group using her expertise in automation processes and cloud monitoring.
The computer science graduate from Olabisi Onabanjo University was a senior loan officer at Microfinance Bank Nigeria before transitioning into the tech industry by first volunteering at Eduaid as an education facilitator.
Tyrone Heath is the Director of Market Engagement for the B2B Institute at Linked In. She is an exceptional B2B keynote speaker and marketer who creatively blends topics of diversity, equity, behavioral science, transformation, and inclusion.
Tyrona is also the co-founder of TransformHer, a committee that’s devoted to competent black women in tech. To stir development and facilitate growth, she connects with renowned authorities within her field like IPA, ANA, and Cannes Lions for research functions and marketing insights.
Honey Ogundeyi served as the CMO of Kuda Bank before launching Edukoya, an educational platform created to help students prepare adequately for exams. Edukoya generated 3.5 million dollars in pre-seed which is one of the highest amounts attained for a women-owned startup in the edutech domain.
13. Mariam Adeyemi
Mariam Adeyemi is a passionate tech enthusiast committed to unlocking potential, transferring knowledge, and transforming lives through digitalization and tech training. She is the founder of TechaVilly, a technology training platform aimed at empowering the black community through skills and knowledge transfer. She founded the company alongside her college friend, Omotoyosi Ogunbanwo who is also a tech enthusiast and currently works at Amazon USA.
Techavilly was founded in 2020. Currently, it has trained over 10,000 black people from 2020 to date, helping them to fit into today’s dynamic job market.
14. Joyce Agbanobi
Joyce is an enthusiastic Tech leader who is passionate and committed to closing the gender gap for women of color in technology. She is a Technical Program Manager Lead at Microsoft with over 7 years + of experience in e-commerce sectors.
She is also the Co-Founder of the Black Woman Paving Ways, a platform that aims at closing the digital divide and increasing the percentage of women in STEM, through building initiatives to help women upskill for the future and Matching newbies to their dream Mentors across different Fortune 500 companies.
15. Yanmo Omorogbe
Yanmo Omorogbe is a driving force to be reckoned with in various sectors. After obtaining a degree from Imperial College, as a chemical engineer she served as assistant to the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing.
Yanmo transitioned to the private sector and afterward, into the tech industry. She a the chief operating officer and co-founder of Bamboo, a setting that enables Nigerians to trade assets on the US stock exchange market.