Heather Cabot is an award-winning journalist and adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Cabot is a former ABC News anchor/correspondent and served as Yahoo! Web Life Editor from 2007-12 in which she reported on digital trends for TODAY, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and nationally syndicated talk shows including Rachael Ray. She has written for The Huffington Post, Parents, The Denver Post, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today and Yahoo!. Cabot first got interested in the topic of “women in tech” as a researcher on the 1995 PBS documentary “Minerva’s Machine: Women and Computing,” which profiled female pioneers, including U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. Over the last several years, she has gotten involved in the startup scene as a managing director of Golden Seeds angel investing network, a member of Pipeline Angels, and as an investor/adviser to numerous women-led ventures including, Project Gravitas, Cisse’ Trading Company and DayOne Response.
Samantha Walravens is an award-winning journalist and editor of the New York Times-acclaimed book, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. She writes about women, career and work-life issues for publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Disney Interactive and Modern Mom, and speaks nationwide on the topic of work-life success. Samantha started her career as a technology reporter for PC World magazine in San Francisco, headed up marketing communications for Tumbleweed Software, and is currently uncovering the stories of women changing the face of technology for Geek Girl Rising. She is a member of Pipeline Angels, an angel network that invests in female-led companies, and serves on the Alumni Schools Committee for her alma mater, Princeton University.
GEEK GIRL RISING: INSIDE THE SISTERHOOD SHAKING UP TECH (St. Martin’s Press – May 23, 2017)
GEEK GIRL RISING is about the women who aren’t asking for permission to change the face of the technology industry. The book uncovers the stories of the growing number of women founding tech startups, building their own power networks, investing in each other’s businesses, creating new ways to work, crushing male hacker stereotypes and rallying their younger sisters and daughters. These rebels are out to prove that a female point of view matters in tech — and can rock big returns in business and innovation. And they are leaning on and lifting each other up along the way.
The authors, who are also mothers to “geek girls” of their own, have spent the last five years interviewing this new guard of women in tech. They include Tracy Chou (former Lead Software Engineer, Pinterest and co-founder Project Include), Dona Sarkar (Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft); Care.com founder and CEO, Sheila Marcelo; co-founder and CEO of EventBrite, Julia Hartz; YouTuber and founder of ipsy, Michelle Phan; activist and founder of digital undivided, Kathryn Finney; Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO, GoldieBlox; The BoardList founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy: angel investor Joanne Wilson; venture capitalists Theresia Gouw and Susan Lyne and many, many more. These trailblazers are forging new paths to success for women on their own terms. It’s the latest iteration of the women’s movement, in which foot soldiers are gunning for equality as well as an equity stake in the “next big thing.”
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