Economic Empowerment

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on economic empowerment and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

February 28, 2020
Alexandra Levine Graphic

Alexandra S. Levine is a reporter covering the intersection of technology, government and public policy — as well as the broader crosscurrents between Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. She currently reports on these topics for POLITICO, where she also writes POLITICO’s popular daily newsletter, Morning Tech. This year, she is focused in particular on how tech is shaping the 2020 U.S. presidential election. I sat down with ask her about her role as a journalist covering the tech world and to learn how she has seen topics surrounding women evolve within the areas she covers. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign

February 28, 2020
Anita Selvakumari

Anita Selvakumari is an experienced professional in the information technology and services industry. She has been working at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, for almost 20 years. She currently serves as a client partner and began her career at TCS in 2000 as a program manager. In her free time she enjoys volunteering and running. She is a 2-time Ultra Marathoner and 7-time Marathoner. I sat down with her to learn more about her work at TCS and her experience as a woman in the technology field. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign

February 28, 2020
Nalini Polavarapu

Nalini Polavarapu has always been interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to solving challenges on a global scale. She currently works as the Head of Data Sciences – Customer Centricity at Bayer. With a strong foundational background in STEM coursework, she developed a lifelong passion for AI and agriculture, that she has been able to combine when she began her work as Bayer’s first data scientist over 10 years ago. Since then, the team has vastly expanded and the overall data science community within Bayer Crop Science alone employs 700 + people. We sat down with her learn more about her experience as a woman in the tech industry and advice she would give to women looking to follow a similar path. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign

February 28, 2020
Brenna Graphic

Brenna Berman is working to make cities happier, healthier and more productive. She currently serves as the CEO & Executive Director of City Tech Collaborative in Chicago, Illinois, an urban solutions accelerator looking to improve cities and turn them into places where technology helps drive innovation, inclusion, and collaboration for all. Before joining City Tech, she worked in the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, where she served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to 2017. Brenna began her career at IBM where she worked to promote government innovation. We sat down with her to learn more about what has influenced her career, her work at City Tech and other projects she enjoys.

February 27, 2020
Angela Fuentes

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re highlighting 10 inspiring leaders who have made their mark in advancing opportunities for women and girls. Angela Fuentes is the Co-Founder & CEO of FortyTwentyAM, a Flat Pattern Maker, and a pattern-making instructor at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). She’s been in the fashion industry for 12+ years and has owned her company since 2012.

February 26, 2020
Alisha Ramos Graphic

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re highlighting 10 inspiring leaders who have made their mark in advancing opportunities for women and girls. One of these leaders is Alisha Ramos, Founder and CEO of Girls' Night In (GNI), a company helping people unwind, take care, and cultivate community.

March 2, 2020
Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re highlighting 10 inspiring leaders who have made their mark in advancing opportunities for women and girls. Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Howard University.

February 25, 2020
JENNIFER GAMBOA-COPELAND

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re highlighting 10 inspiring leaders who have made their mark in advancing opportunities for women and girls. Jennifer Gamboa-Copeland, Diversity & Inclusion - Women & Black-African American Segments, AT&T, leads efforts to promote an inclusive work environment.

February 21, 2020
Photo of Vildan Kehr

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re highlighting 10 inspiring leaders who have made their mark in advancing opportunities for women and girls. Vildan Kehr, Divisional Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition at Abbott, talked to us about the biggest issues facing women today and how we can address them.

February 19, 2020
Kate Glantz Graphic IWD Forum

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re highlighting 10 inspiring leaders who have made their mark in advancing opportunities for women and girls. Kate Glantz, Senior Director, Economic Opportunity and Empowerment at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, works in partnership with the private sector to advance women’s economic empowerment, foster inclusive entrepreneurship, and champion equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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