Individual Profiles & Spotlights

Huma Hamid

Connect, Learn, and Grow Together: How Huma Hamid is Building the Supportive Global STEM Community She Wanted for Herself

When asked about her early interest in STEM, Huma Hamid’s mind flashes back to being a young girl, intrigued by a 386DX computer owned by her cousin who encouraged her to use the machine to explore and play games. That simple exposure to typing games sparked a life-long curiosity. Read More

Lisa Gelobter

Impact Through Inclusion: How Lisa Gelobter Is Transforming Tech By Celebrating Diversity

Lisa Gelobter knows what it’s like to be different. As a black woman with a degree in computer science, she acknowledges that she is sadly “something of a unicorn.” During her multi-decade career in technology, Lisa has embraced the idea of being different by pioneering many “firsts” for her industry: In the 1990s, she was an engineer and program manager for Macromedia Shockwave, the internet’s first interactive media platform. Read More

Quincy Brown

From the Halls of Academia to the Formation of Government Policy: A Sector-Spanning STEM Legacy

Quincy was at a crossroads. She had just achieved tenure, the golden crown of the ivory tower. Was she really going to walk away from the halls of academia to forge a new path in the government and non-profit sectors? It would require a significant amount of self-reflection, self-awareness, self-care and guidance from the sisterhood. Fortunately, these assets have been plentiful in Quincy’s sphere. Read More

Mariah Lichtenstern

How a Diverse Background Led to DiverseCity Ventures:  Mariah Lichtenstern’s Incredible Journey

“My life is an open book,” says Mariah, as we commence our conversation. “Feel free to ask me anything.” With breathtaking authenticity, candor and transparency, Mariah takes us through the incredible journey that has been her life. Read More

Linda Kamau

Removing Barriers and Taking Over the World: How Linda Kamau and AkiraChix Will Train 10,000 Women in Tech in the Next Decade

As a naturally curious and confident person, Linda Kamau is no stranger to trailblazing. Read More

Afua Boateng

Congratulations to Afua Boateng, one of our 2020 Pass It On Award Winners.

Afua didn’t always see herself pursuing a career in tech. She initially planned to study Geography or Earth Science and gravitated towards Computer Science because of her strong background in physics, chemistry, and advanced math. Read More