Leanne Pittsford

She started the most diverse networking community in tech—and built a tool to help companies hire from that network.

Company name:
Lesbians Who Tech
Location:
San FranciscoCA 
Founded:
2012
Industry:
The New Girls' Networks
Leanne Pittsford. Photo Credit: Courtesy subject

“The tech industry doesn’t have a pipeline problem--it has an access problem,” says Leanne Pittsford, the founder of Lesbians Who Tech, a community of 40,000 mostly LGBTQ techies with a mission to promote diversity in hiring. Her seven-year-old organization runs an annual tech conference (past speakers include Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, and Laurene Powell Jobs), and this year it has branched out into building a digital recruiting and mentoring service, Include.io, that companies can use to find diverse talent from its network and track their diversity-and-inclusion efforts. Currently in beta, the product is being tested by 100 companies. “We have to shift the white-male-centric culture that Silicon Valley has built,” Pittsford says. --Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

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Twitter:
@lesbiantech