Notable Women in Technology 2020

Even though women have long fought for gender equality in the technology field, they’re still vastly underrepresented. In the U.S. in 2019, women held just 26 percent of professional computing jobs in the workforce and only 18 percent of CIO positions in the top 1,000 companies, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. TCB’s Notable Women in Technology truly stand out. They’ve worked their way to positions of influence, from IT directors to CIOs, founders to CEOs.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive; it includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must be serving in senior-level technology roles in Minnesota, have at least five years of experience in technology, and have shown the ability to effect change in their roles or areas of practice.

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LeeAnn Belski

LeeAnn Belski

Vice president of talent & culture, When I Work
LeeAnn Belski steered the Minneapolis-based employee scheduling and time clock software company When I Work through the Covid-19 pandemic this year. She oversaw the company’s immediate switch to all-remote work
Joan Bernard

Joan Bernard

Information technology faculty member, Hennepin Technical College
Joan Bernard is committed to educating up-and-coming IT employees at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park. She serves as IT division chair, championing the college’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation work
Ruth Birkholz

Ruth Birkholz

Vice president, senior data analyst, U.S. Bank
Ruth Birkholz has over 23 years of experience in technology across financial services, utilities, health care, and manufacturing. She is the 2020 president-elect for the Project Management Institute Minnesota (PMI-MN)
Margaret Camp

Margaret Camp

Vice president of business unit operations, Wolters Kluwer, Minneapolis office
Margaret Camp is responsible for operational strategy and strategic leadership at Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions, a division of the Netherlands-based Wolters Kluwer, a $300 million risk and regulatory compliance business
Kelly Campbell

Kelly Campbell

Director, Enterprise Project Management Office, Be The Match
Kelly Campbell has built processes and systems to ensure Minneapolis-based Be The Match, a nonprofit focusing on bone-marrow donations, functions at its best. She has also built strong monitoring processes
Virginia  Clay-Chism

Virginia Clay-Chism

IT director, shared services, infrastructure, and operations, Medtronic
Pre-Covid, Virginia Clay-Chism led efforts to simplify Medtronic’s technology environment by implementing a core suite of collaboration products. Now, more than 90,000 employees can use mobile devices to securely access
Anjali Gandhi

Anjali Gandhi

Senior vice president, technology and risk, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Anjali Gandhi is currently leading several major initiatives aimed at modernizing the Fed’s work, giving its teams the ability to respond quickly to business needs, increasing security and reducing long-term
Kristin Geer

Kristin Geer

Co-founder/CEO, Bleachr LLC
Under Kristin Geer’s leadership, Bleachr, a mobile sports app builder based in Minneapolis, launched its tennis scores and stats app, TennisOne, in January, winning the Tennis Industry Association’s 2020 Innovation
Jean Guezmir

Jean Guezmir

Vice president/chief information officer, St. Catherine University
Facing Covid-19, Jean Guezmir led her team to accelerate St. Catherine University’s technology environment. Her team equipped the faculty with the tools and support to pivot from in-person curriculum at
Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson

Executive vice president of operations, Digi-Key Electronics
Linda Johnson has helped Digi-Key grow as a $3.16 billion, 4,000-plus employee global electronic components distributor serving technology innovators around the world. This year during Covid-19, she played a key
Lisa Lavin

Lisa Lavin

Founder/chairman/CEO, Ōmcare
Lisa Lavin’s health company, Ōmcare, pioneers products that enable remote home care to extend the reach of caregivers, using tools like visual confirmation that clients are taking their medication. Burnsville-based 
Nancy Lyons

Nancy Lyons

Co-founder/CEO, Clockwork
Nancy Lyons is a veteran in the tech industry and the spearhead behind Minneapolis-based design and technology consultancy Clockwork. She has led employees and clients through thousands of business, team,
Stacia Nelson

Stacia Nelson

Founder/CEO, Pivot Strategies
Stacia Nelson started Minneapolis communications agency Pivot Strategies five years ago and quickly found a niche working on IT transformations. When a global company needs to introduce new technology tools
Karin Petty

Karin Petty

Senior IT director, end-user experience, Abbott
Karin Petty began with Abbott in its Minneapolis office in the midst of the pandemic and immediately went to work rolling out new tools and upgrading bandwidth to the company’s
Kimberly Randolph

Kimberly Randolph

Vice president, energy supply projects, Xcel Energy
Kimberly Randolph oversees the engineering and construction teams that execute the strategic capital investment plan for Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy’s diverse portfolio of 80-plus power generation plants across eight states in
Rita Shor

Rita Shor

Co-leader, Innovation and Digital Transformation Institute, The Conference Board
Currently, Rita Shor co-leads the Innovation and Digital Transformation Institute for The Conference Board, a New York City-based nonprofit think tank. Though Shor’s role is global, she is based in
Samia Tarraf

Samia Tarraf

Managing director, Oracle Cloud Business, North America, Accenture
Samia Tarraf is managing director of Accenture’s North America Oracle Cloud Business, where she works at the intersection of business and technology. In her 22 years at Accenture, she has
Cami Zimmer

Cami Zimmer

Chief business officer, Glympse
In the last 18 months, Cami Zimmer has tripled sales revenues and increased channel partnerships by 50 percent for Glympse, which creates full-packaged middle and last-mile software solutions for product