I currently direct the WomenConnect Challenge, a USAID-led effort to address a critically-unbalanced equation:
- Women’s advancement is key to poverty alleviation in all forms
- Digital technology can be a powerful tool in poverty alleviation
- Women do not have the same opportunities to use digital technology as men do, for a variety of cultural and socioeconomic reasons
- If women continue to be excluded from the benefits of technology access and use, they will be further marginalized
Former Chief of Party for the Global Broadband and Innovation Alliance (GBI), a collaboration between USAID, NetHope, and NetHope's 50+ NGO member organizations to leverage ICT to support socioeconomic development across USAID priority countries. I also directly managed the Women and the Web Alliance with Intel and others.
A decade at Microsoft and Microsoft Research (MSR), followed by a Microsoft Graduate Research Fellowship at MSR Labs, India, gave me a strong technical background as well launching my career in gender and tech. At the apex of this work, I was invited to testify on gender and technology pipeline issues before Congress. My gender and technology work that began at Microsoft and continues is featured in this video from the 2012 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision award for Social Impact.
I launched the first dedicated master's program in ICTD in the United States at the University of Colorado's ATLAS Institute. Five incredible cohorts of students, coming from over 20 academic disciplines, came to Boulder to become "academic practitioners" -- hybrid technical experts and social scientists. I taught courses on ICTD Case Studies, Global Development, social entrepreneurship, research and fieldwork methods, telecom policy, and other electives. The curricula from this program has been adopted by several other universities around the world.