2020 Watch List: Women in Innovation

2020 Watch List: Women in Innovation

We just read Forbes‘ list of 100 Most Innovative People in Business and found one woman.  Then we saw Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s Hey Forbes Here’s 99 innovative women you forgot and Big Speak’s 99 More Innovative Women in Business.  Then reviewing the recent The Thinkers50 Ranking where 13 women (out of 53 – Much better but still a lot of room for growth) were highlighted, we knew we needed to celebrate more women in innovation (again!).

Our first list of Women in Innovation was published last year.  Check out 2019 Watch list: Women in Innovation.  

Our 2020 Watch List:  Women in Innovation is made up of 35 women who are making an impact both Inside and Outside the organization, in large corporations and small startups.  These are the thought leaders shaping innovation through research and publications, as well as working with the biggest corporations and the fastest startups on the planet.

Some of these incredible women are friends, while others are leaders we hope to connect with. Our new 2020 Watchlist list doesn’t include innovators from last year’s list, in order to make space and highlight more incredible women.

Inside Innovators 

Women who work inside companies or are closely aligned to a corporation or organization in a consultative role.

  • Lauren Golembiewski is CEO and Co-founder of Voxable, an agency that designs and develops chatbots and voice interfaces, as well as advising companies about how they can most effectively leverage AI.  @LaurenGolem 
  • Gwen Lighter is the Founder & CEO of GoFly. She leads a network of over 3,600 innovators from 103 countries creating a multitude of personal flying devices. @GoFlyPrize
  • Poppy Crum is the Chief Scientist at Dolby Labs.  She is dedicated to developing immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities.  @poppycrum
  • Sarah Nahm is Founder and CEO of Lever, a startup focused on talent recruitment. She was formerly with Google. 
  • Christine Kelly is the Managing Director for Innovation & Design at Singularity University. 
  • Laura Hyde-Page is the Director of Innovation at Salesforce. 
  • Stacey Brown Philpot is the CEO of TaskRabit and sits on the board of Nordstroms and HP. She previously held positions at Google.
  • NEW* – Valerie Swatkow is Chief Development Officer of Blue Impact (formerly Vision7 International), a founder of Elevate, and helped launch NewCo in Toronto.
  • NEW* – Dr. Zayna Khayat is Future Strategist with SE Health, a health and social impact enterprise and Faculty of Singularity University’ Exponential Medicine stream.

Outside Innovators

Women who serve as innovation consultants to both corporations and startups, in addition to providing thought leadership as authors.

Venture Capitalists/Government/Non-Profit Innovators

These thought leaders provide significant guidance as investors and advisors.

Do you agree? Who did we miss?

Let us know at brian@insideoutside.io

New* – We’ve added a few more women in innovation that have been sourced from our readers. Thanks for helping to strengthen the IO innovation community.

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