35 Black Females Who Overcame Adversity To Lead

These high-powered ladies defied adversity to rise to the top and achieve their goals. After seeing their success stories you’ll be inspired to start drafting the business plans for your future company. Here are the most influential African American women in tech today!

Kellee James

1Founder and CEO of Mercaris.

Tiffani Bell

2Founder and CEO of Pencil You In.

Cheryl Contee

3CEO at Fission Strategy and co-founder of Attentive.ly

Kathryn Finney

4Founder and Managing Director of Digitalundivided (DID).

Angela Benton

41Founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator.

Kimberly Dillon

6Founder and CEO of House of Mikko.

Majora Carter

8Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and co-founder of the Bronx River Alliance and Green For All.

Mwende Window Snyder

9Chief Security Officer at Fastly.

Kimberly Bryant

10Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE.

Sian Morson

11Founder and CEO of Kollective Mobile.

Ursula Burns

Key Speakers At The Export-Import Bank Annual Conference 2013Chairman and CEO of Xerox.

Wanda M. Austin

13President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation.

Susan E. Chapman

Senior Vice President of US Large Market and Global Corporate Payments of American Express.

Brit Fitzpatrick

15Founder and CEO of MentorMe.

Linda Clement-Holmes

16CIO of Procter & Gamble.

LaVerne H. Council

17CIO and Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Emma Garrison-Alexander

18CIO and Assistant Administrator IT for Transportation Security Administration.

Morgan DeBaun

19Founder and CEO of Blavity.

Linda Gooden

20Currently on the Board Of Directors for Home Depot and previously served as Executive Vice President at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, Inc.

Kim Goodman

21President of Global Business Travel for American Express.

Vicki Hamilton

Senior Vice President of Enterprise Performance for Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

Sharon Haynie

23Principal Investigator for DuPont Central Research.

Shirley Ann Jackson


President of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sandra K. Johnson

26Founder and CEO of SKJ Visioneering.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu

39Founder and CEO of Zuvva.

Joan Robinson-Berry

27Director and Deputy Leader of Technical Relations at Boeing World Headquarters.

Suzanne F. Shank

28President and CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co.

Nicole Sanchez

40Founder and CEO of Vixxenn.

Kiah Williams


Co-founder and Director at SIRUM.

Marlo Rencher

32Co-founder of Snapsure LLC and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Cleary University.

Mary Farrow

33Founder and CEO at Gramsly, Inc.

Amanda Spann

34Co-founder and Marketing Director of Tiphub, and Communications & Content Manager at IBM.

Nichelle McCall

35Speaker and CEO at BOLD Guidance.

Rachel Brooks

36Co-founder of Citizen Made.

Regina Walton

37Director of Marketing for Pole To Win International.