Our Authors

Hailed by Foreign Policy Magazine as a “Top 100 Global Thinker,” professor, researcher, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, alongside award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, set out to collect anecdotes and essays from global leaders, sharing how their experiences in innovative industries frame the future of entrepreneurship. With interviews and essays from hundreds of women in STEM fields, Innovating Women offers fresh perspectives on the challenges that women face, the strategies that they employ in the workplace, and how an organization can succeed or fail in its attempts to support the career advancement of women.

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa is a Fellow at Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering,  Duke University; and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University. He is author of  “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”–which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012. In 2013, TIME Magazine listed him as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech. More at wadhwa.com 

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. She also hosts a series of town hall meetings in both New York and San Francisco, with New York Public Radio and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, respectively. More at farai.com 

The following women contributed essays to the book: 

Daniella Alpher blogs and tweets about career women globally from her home in Tel Aviv. In her day job, she is a VP of marketing at CoolaData, an open data infrastructure enabling deep behavioral analytics to visualize, predict, and act on data. Daniella spent eight years as a television news producer at ABC News in New York and was awarded an Emmy for millennium coverage and a Peabody for news of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Anousheh Ansari is a serial entrepreneur and cofounder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumers’ digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as cofounder, CEO, and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. On September 18, 2006, Anousheh became the first female private space explorer, the fourth private explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. She is a member of the X Prize Foundation’s Vision Circle as well as its Board of Trustees. She is a life member in the Association of Space Explorers and on the advisory board of the Teachers in Space project.

Leticia M. Jáuregui Casaneuva is the founder of Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales, a company that trains and advises low-income female microentrepreneurs in marginalized communities to strengthen and grow their businesses.

Cecilia Castillo is a software engineer with postgraduate studies in network and information security. She is a tech lover and athlete who works as CTO in Elementalgeeks, based in Guatemala. She promotes the participation of women in the technology area and teaching high school students about electronics (http://girlsattech.org). Anasilvia Salazar is a student of engineering in computer science.

Anita Goel, MD, PhD, is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Nanobiosym and a scientist, physicist-physician, inventor, and global entrepreneur. Dr. Goel was awarded the 2013 X Prize for her contributions to the emerging field of nanobiophysics and her inventions for Gene-RADAR®. She has been named among the “World’s Top Science and Technology innovators” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine, “Top 10 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc., and one of the “56 Companies That Are Changing the World” by the Boston Globe, among numerous other honors and awards.

Mary Grove is the Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, leading Google’s efforts to support startups and entrepreneurs in more than 120 countries around the world. She has worked with entrepreneur groups in Pakistan, Iraq, Gaza, and Afghanistan, and previously led international partnerships for Google. Mary earned her BA and MA from Stanford University and sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She serves on the Board of UP Global and is the cofounder of Silicon North Stars, an organization that connects youth from the Midwest with Silicon Valley, giving them exposure to careers in tech. 

Deborah Buresh Jackson is the founder and CEO of Plum Alley, a site for women to raise money for ventures. She founded Plum Alley in 2012 to provide new ways for women to access capital through the use of technology and their networks. Prior to that, she was an investment banker for more than two decades, and her clients included many health care technology and Internet companies. She was a founder of the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator and has invested in many early-stage technology-related companies.

Whitney Johnson is the cofounder of Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm built on the principles of disruptive innovation. She is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, a TEDx speaker, and a prolific tweeter on startups and investments.

S. Mitra Kalita is the ideas editor at Quartz, the global economy startup of Atlantic Media, and the author of numerous books. She worked previously at the Wall Street Journal from 2008 to 2012, first as deputy global economics editor, then as senior deputy editor, and finally as senior special writer. She also launched Mint, the second largest business paper in New Delhi, and became its national editor and columnist for two years.

TD Lowe’s career began as a risk manager at Fidelity, then a finance manager at Comcast; from there, she worked as a process engineer at AFLAC. Her passion for technology, economics, and solutions served as the inspiration for becoming the founder and CEO of EnovationNation—which provides a new way for startups to protect their intellectual property.

Deborah Mills-Scofield is a strategy and innovation consultant to mid/large corporations and partner in Glengary LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm. She’s also a visiting scholar, mentor, and advisor at Brown University. Her patent from AT&T Bell Labs was one of the highest revenue-generating patents for AT&T and Lucent.

Sian Morson is an entrepreneur and author. In 2010, Sian founded Kollective Mobile to help other businesses and startups with mobile development and strategy. She currently oversees operations and leads all business development and strategic efforts. Sian is also the author of Learn Design of iOS Development and the forthcoming Learn Design of Android Development.

Carrie-Anne Mosley is head of global sales for BMC Software’s Remedyforce, a solution built on the Salesforce.com platform. She is a cloud evangelist who speaks regularly on the benefits that cloud technologies can bring to companies and government agencies. Previously Carrie-Anne was a regional vice president at Salesforce.com with responsibilities over State and Local East as well as regional vice president for Enterprise Sales in the Mid-Atlantic States. Prior to Salesforce.com, she spent fourteen years at Oracle as a regional manager.

Kim Polese is a longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator. Kim most recently served as CEO of software company SpikeSource, Inc., which pioneered the industry’s first self-service automated app validation platform to help accelerate software and platform innovation through the validation of “any app on any platform” for the world’s App Stores. Prior to joining SpikeSource, Ms. Polese co-founded Marimba, Inc., which helped to usher in a new era of systems management software for the Internet age. Ms. Polese served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company to profitability and a successful public offering prior to its acquisition by BMC Corporation in 2004. Before co-founding Marimba, she worked in software management at Sun Microsystems and was the original product manager for Java, leading its launch in 1995.

Lakshmi Pratury is the host and curator of the INK conference (www.INKtalks.com). She brings with her a varied and rich experience that spans across for-profit enterprises (Intel), venture capital firms (Global Catalyst Partners), and nonprofit organizations (American India Foundation). Featured in the list of “100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes Asia in 2010, Lakshmi has traversed an incredible distance professionally.

Heidi Roizen currently serves as the operating partner with leading global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). She is also a lecturer at Stanford University and a member of the board of directors of DMGT, ShareThis, Xtime, and Eventful. Roizen was (from 1999 to 2007) a managing director of Mobius Venture Capital and was also elected to the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association—the largest venture capital trade association in the world—in which capacity she served from 2003 to 2007. From 1996 to 1997, she served as vice president of World Wide Developer Relations for Apple, and from 1983 to 1996, Roizen was cofounder and CEO of T/Maker Company.

Shazia Siddiqi is a technology professional at Fleetmatics in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. She received her MS and BS in computer science and math from Loyola University Chicago. Throughout her career, she has held various roles involving development, consulting, business systems analysis, project management, and process re-engineering.

Megan Smith is an entrepreneur, tech evangelist, engineer, catalyst and connector. At Google[x], Megan works on a range of projects, including cocreating/hosting SolveForX and cocreating WomenTechmakers. She was VP of new business development across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years—including leading acquisitions for Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa, and GMing Google.org’s engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement. Prior to joining Google, Megan was CEO and earlier, COO of PlanetOut and was early at General Magic and Apple Japan. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master’s thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

Sujata Srinivasan is an award-winning journalist for the WNPR News business desk. A full-time freelancer, her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Forbes.com, the Indian edition of Forbes, and multiple regional publications. Previously she was the interim chief of bureau at CNBC-TV 18 India and the editor of Connecticut Business Magazine.

Lynn Tilton is the founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners LLC, a holding company with investments in more than seventy-five companies across fourteen industry sectors. Ms. Tilton is passionate about saving American jobs by saving American companies. Since 2000, through affiliated investment funds, Tilton has had ownership in and restructured more than 240 companies with combined revenues in excess of $100 billion, representing more than 675,000 jobs. Tilton’s platform is the largest woman-owned business in the country.

Some of the many Innovating Women featured in the book