Five female thought leaders pushing the envelope: featuring ladyada! #WomenInSTEM
Viatmin W has a great post featuring 5 amazing female thought leaders, including Adafruit’s own ladyada! Read about all five inspiring women here.
Who are thought leaders? They’re actually change-makers.
They are people who provide, create, and harness technology to yield services and products that we didn’t even know we needed. They find innovative solutions to problems and often change the way we think about them. Denise Brosseau, head of Thought Leadership Lab, defines thought leaders as “the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise.” Thought leaders “scale those ideas into sustainable change not just in one company, but in an industry, niche, or across an entire ecosystem.”
We wanted to feature five amazing female thought leaders who are changing the fabric of our culture with their ideas.
Limor Fried, Hardware Pioneer
Fried is a voice of authority in the male-dominated world of hardware engineering and has helped bring electronic hobbying to the masses. She is a pioneer of open source, which promotes universal access to a product’s design or blueprint and rights to distribute the design and any improvements universally. She founded Adafruit, a site for hobbyists to buy, design, and resell open source electronic kits. Fried was also the first woman to be featured on the cover of WIRED Magazine.
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