Imagine a gender equal world. One that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive where difference is valued and celebrated. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
Unfortunately, we don’t quite live in that world just yet, but we do live in a world where dope Black women are #BreakingTheBias and changing society for the better. In celebration of International Women’s Day we’ve curated a list that highlights Black female leaders who are changing the game in their respective industries and shaping a better, more equitable tomorrow.
Tamar Huggins is an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur and tech educator who founded Tech Spark.
Tech Spark an organization committed to empowering girls and children of colour through innovative education. It’s a data-driven personalized learning platform that customizes educational content for middle students based on their cultural learning intelligence type.
Tech Spark is currently valued at $10 million and Tamar recently received a $1 million dollar investment from TD Bank, making her the first woman to successfully lead the development of an EdTech platform using data science, AI, hip-hop culture and equity in all of North America.
Shellye Archambeau is a U.S. based business executive who has spent her career breaking gender and racial barriers for Black women in the Tech industry. After climbing the ranks at IBM in the 80’s & 90’s and becoming the President of blockbuster.com, she took over MetricSteam, an enterprise software company and became one of the first Black women to be CEO of a Silicon Valley based tech company.
Shellye was named the second most influential African American in IT by Business Insider. She was ranked one of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in America” by Newsmax and that same year received the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award from The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
Archambeau currently spends her time serving on the boards of Verizon, Norstrom, Okta and Roper Technologies, where she’s involved in directing those companies’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the sweeping national reckoning over racism. She is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms. A book that helps professionals achieve their aspirations and create the life they want.
After a decade studying and working abroad, Oluwatosin Olaseinde, a financial analyst decided it was time to tackle her own finances when she moved back to Nigeria. Shocked at how little guidance and information there was available for young professionals, she began sharing her learnings on Instagram in fun bite-sized tutorials that eventually went viral.
After almost 4 years, Olaseinde heads MoneyAfrica, an online financial literacy portal (projected to earn $1 million in revenue), which provides courses on a variety of topics ranging from budgeting to currency risk, inflation and treasury bills. More recently, she founded Ladda, an app-based one-stop investment platform that has $700,000 in assets under management to date and continues to grow.
In France, serial entrepreneur Laura Medji wears many hats as she scales her businesses. Laura is the Cofounder and Board Advisor of Tracktor, a web platform for construction and industry equipment rental.
She’s also the president of The Gentle Initiative, a think tank for diversity and inclusion — and she’s the chief product officer of medtech startup Epoca, which she joined in July last year. Medji continues to flourish in the tech space and has raised €3.7m for Tracktor from funding sourced through multiple VC’s.
Last but definitely not least we have Bajan bad gal Rihanna. Ms Fenty continues to break the bias in every lane that she decides to step into. From multiple #1 hits to being the reason everyone tunes in to watch the Met Gala. Rihanna changed the beauty game when she launched Fenty Beauty with 40 shades of foundation, breaking beauty bias by ensuring that women of every hue saw their tone on the shelf. Her inclusive lingerie brand SavageXFenty celebrates women and men of all shapes and sizes, something not done before and she made more fashion history when she become the first woman to create a brand with french luxury goods company LVMH.
Rihanna’s charitable arm, the Clara Lionel Foundation committed $15M towards climate justice this year. This new initiative will support organizations on the “frontlines fighting for new, equitable systems and policy change.” Grants will cater to women, youth, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and people of color to increase climate resilience for communities at greater risk. The climate justice leaders are currently making contributions in seven Caribbean countries and nearly all 50 states.
Great list of female leaders! Got me feeling inspired to take over the world 🙌🏽
Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing women on here!
Happy Int. Women’s Day to all the women breaking the glass ceiling! Keep it up!