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- SinceGooglebegan releasingits diversity report in 2014, the percentage of women at the company has barely budged, going from from 30% back then to 30.9% in 2018.
- Perhaps a more hopeful statistic has been the increase infemale leadershipover the years, which has risen from 20.8% in 2014 to 25.5% in 2018.
- Today, women at Google are starting to lead some of the largest and strategically most important teams within the company.
- Below is Business Insider’s list of 15 of the most powerful women at Google.
Getting more women into tech jobs has been a focus for many Silicon Valley companies, and rightfully so. Based on diversity reports released by large tech companies, women are far outnumbered by their male counterparts.
Google, in particular, has struggled. In 2018, the search giant employed just 30.9% women, compared to 32% atAppleand 36% atFacebook. What’s more, the ratio of women at Google has barely budged since the company began releasingits diversity report in 2014,when it stood at 30%.
In its most recent report, Google said there were “modest but hopeful signs of success in hiring” when it came to “reaching greater workforce representation of women globally.”
Perhaps a more encouraging statistic is Google’s ratioof women in leadershipover the years, which has risen from 20.8% in 2014 to 25.5% in 2018. Beyond simply reaching managerial status, women at Google today lead some of the largest and strategically important teams.
Some, like YouTube’s chief exec and Google’s chief financial officer, are well known throughout the business world. Others, who oversee products or businesses of growing importance, are lesser known outside the Googleplex campus.
Here is Business Insider’s list of the top 15 most powerful women at Google:
Ivy Ross — VP of Design, UX, and Research for Hardware
When Ivy Rossjoined Google in 2014, she was tasked with leading the company’s futuristic wearable project known as Google Glass.
With a background in jewelry design, as well as experience in the fashion and retail industries, Ross brought a unique perspective to the team.
“She is trained to be sensitive to getting technology out of the way, using technology, rather than thinking technology is a natural benefit in and of itself,” Astro Teller, head of Google’s moonshot factory X, which housed the Glass project,said of Ross in 2015.
In 2016,Ross was assignedto head design efforts for all of Google’s hardware products. Under her leadership, the company’s family of “Made by Google” products has grown to include the Pixel smartphone, Pixel Slate, Google Home, Google Wifi, and more.
In 2018, Google was namedFast Company’s Design Company of the year.
Bonita Stewart — VP, Global Partnerships
Bonita Stewart joined Google in 2006 andhas risen the ranks to oversee the company’s global partnerships team, responsible for the largest US publishers in Search, Mobile Apps, News, and more.
Jen Fitzpatrick — SVP, Geo/Google Maps
Jen Fitzpatrick joined Google in 1999 as a member of its first intern program and eventually became one of the company’s first female engineers.
“My parents thought I was crazy taking a job at this tiny little startup that no one had ever heard of,”Fitzpatrick saidin a 2018 interview.
During her 20 years at Google (which is nearly as long as the company has been incorporated), Fitzpatrick has led software development teams across multiple products including Search, AdWords, News, and Shopping.
In 2014, she became Google’s VP for Geo, which means she leads the Google Maps and Local teams. Those services are used by more than one billion people users today.
Sissie Hsiao — VP of Product, Mobile App Advertising
In acorporate blog postlast May, Hsiao said her job is to “help app developers build successful businesses.”
Hsiao said she does so by “enabling developers to find great users by advertising their apps” and by “building healthy and sustainable app businesses by enabling developers to monetize their apps through advertising.”
Hsiao joined Google in 2007 afteralmost seven years at Microsoft.
She’s a self-proclaimed gamer herself, who’s favorite gaming app is Mobile Legends.
Kristie Canegallo — VP, Trust and Safety
Kristie Canegallorecently joined Google in 2018as Vice President of Trust and Safety, leading a global team that works, in part, to enforce product policies and protect users against abuse.
Previously, Canegallo was on the National Security Council staff during the Bush and Obama Administrations and served as President Obama’s deputy chief of staff from 2014 to 2017.
Aparna Chennapragada — VP of Product, AR and VR
Joining in 2008,Aparna Chennapragada has worked her way upfrom a product manager to the head of product for Google’s AR and VR division.
One project in particular that’s gaining significant buzz within AR/VR circles is Google Lens, which Chennapragada and teamare working to turn the camera on smartphonesinto a way for users to search for information and receive assistance.
As the real-world adoption of AR/VR products grows, it is likely Chennapragada’s role will increase as well.
Lilian Rincon — Director of Product Management, Google Assistant
Ana Corrales — Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Hardware
Ana Corrales runs global operations for “Made by Google” hardware — including phones, laptops, Google Homes — as well as Nest products.
Previously, Corrales wasNest’s chief financial and operating officer.
Eileen Naughton — VP of People Ops, Google
Eileen Naughtonwas named Google’s Vice President of People Operationsin September 2016, overseeing all aspects of human resources at the company. Those responsibilities include everything from staffing and compensation to diversity and inclusion efforts.
Previously, Naughton was the Managing Director for Google UK & Ireland, leading business operations in the company’s second-largest market.
Naughton joined Google in 2006 and was an original member of [email protected], along with former Googler and current Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg.
Parisa Tabriz — Director of Engineering, Google Chrome and Chrome OS
Parisa Tabrizleads the engineering teamresponsible for making Chrome — the world’s most used Internet browser — “secure, stable, and useful.”
She also leads Google’s Project Zero team, which is tasked with making sure Day Zero vulnerabilities — security vulnerabilities that are unknown until they cause havoc — don’t happen.
She joined Google in 2007, and by 2015, she wasleading a teamof 30 “hired hackers.”
Tabriz has been outspoken about the gender gap in tech, as one of the few women in the information security field.
“Just the fact that people are talking about it is a good sign,” Tabriz toldWired in a 2014 interview. “Some people don’t want to hear about bad things because they’re scary, but ignorance is dangerous.”
Danielle Brown — VP, Employee Engagement and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Danielle Brownjoined Googleas Vice President of Employee Engagement and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2017.
Brown’s team, in part, is responsible for the company’s annual diversity report, which it began releasing in 2014. “It helps us really highlight where we are and aren’t making progress and ensuring that we don’t leave anyone behind,” Brown said in a2018 interview.
Prior to Google, Brown was Vice President and Group Chief Human Resources Officer at Intel.
Lorraine Twohill — SVP and Chief marketing Officer
By 2014,Twohill was namedGoogle’s SVP of global marketing, helping launch the company’s first smartphone andfirst TV ad— which aired during Super Bowl XLIV. Soon after she helped form Google’s in-house marketing agency, known as Creative Lab.
In 2018, Twohill becameonly the second womanin 25 years to receive the Creative Marketer of the Year award at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
Today as CMO, Twohill is responsible for the marketing of Google’s core products (like Search and Maps), its platforms (like Android and YouTube), and its hardware (like the Pixel 3 and Google Home Hub).
Google Walkout Organizers — Claire Stapleton, Tanuja Gupta, Meredith Whittaker, Celie O’Neil-Hart, Stephanie Parker, Erica Anderson, and more
On November 1, 2018, tens of thousands ofGoogle employees around the world walkedout of their offices in protest of company policy, specifically its handling of internal sexual harassment cases.
Six women — Claire Stapleton, Tanuja Gupta, Meredith Whittaker, Celie O’Neil-Hart, Stephanie Parker, and Erica Anderson —were named by New York Magazine as the women who helped organize the walkout, though many others likely played key roles as well.
The walkoutled to Google CEO Sundar Pichai getting rid of forced arbitrationat the company for cases of sexual misconduct. One day later, Facebookchanged its policy around forced arbitrationas well.
Since the walkout, the group — dubbedGoogle Walkout For Real Change— hascontinued to push for workers rights— including those of temporary, vendor, and contract workers at the company (known as TVCs).
They alsospoke outwhen it became known that Google was challenging federal protections for activist workers.
Susan Wojcicki — CEO, YouTube
Ruth Porat — SVP and Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet and Google
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