Sue Gardner is a Canadian journalist. She is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, and previously was the director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s website and online news outlets.
In 2012, she was ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine, which noted that she “…led the full-day Wikipedia blackout in protest against Stop Online Piracy Act.
The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia, collaborated on a study of Wikipedia’s contributor base and discovered that it was barely 13 percent women; the average age of a contributor was in the mid-20s.
Sue Gardner has set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015, but she is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women.
Ms. Gardner’s effort is not diversity for diversity’s sake. Sue states, “this is about wanting to ensure that the encyclopedia is as good as it could be.” “The difference between Wikipedia and other editorially created products is that Wikipedians are not professionals, they are only asked to bring what they know.”
Nell Merlino is the president & CEO of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources for women to grow their micro businesses into million $ enterprises, was also founded by Nell Merlino in 2000. The organization’s programs include Make Mine a Million $ Business which she launched with Hillary Clinton and American Express in 2006, Urban Rebound, funded by the Walmart Foundation to help women owned businesses in distressed cities recover from the Recession and Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps, founded with Capital One, serving women business owners from military families.
Prior to Autism Speaks, Liz from 2006-2012 served as Mayor of the Village of Larchmont, N.Y., located in New York State’s Hudson Valley.
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