In partnership with Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, Fast Company magazine recently released its third annual Queer 50 list. The list chronicles the most influential and powerful queer women and nonbinary leaders across a range of industries — five of whom are local.
This year, the magazine's list includes some familiar faces such as Jen Wong, COO of Reddit in New York, or Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House’s newest press secretary in D.C. But going down the list, you’ll notice a few big names that hail from the Eastside and Seattle region.
As vice president and COO of Alexa at Amazon, Chrapaty brainstormed new capabilities for the virtual assistant technology to be a resource to people during the pandemic. Namely, Chrapaty launched Alexa’s COVID-19 Symptom checker and Teladoc capabilities.
Stephenie Landry led the opening of the very first Amazon Fresh store-location in September 2020. Since then, Landry has facilitated the opening of more than 45 Amazon Fresh stores operating across the U.S. and U.K.
It may come as no surprise to readers that longtime Maple Valley resident Brandi Carlile was named in this year’s list. Since her start nearly 20 years ago, Carlile has been nominated for five Grammy awards, has consistently supported female and queer musicians (most notably in Americana spaces), and began the Look Out Foundation to aid underfunded causes.
The four-time Olympian and WNBA title winner Sue Bird has a stellar reputation among Seattleites as one of the most decorated female professional basketball players in history. Off the court, Bird is an undaunted advocate for athletes and LGBTQ+ rights and regularly welcomed on ESPN for her knowledgeable commentary.
Whether it’s cracking digital spaces wide open to make room for accessible services or creating on-screen content to include disabled folks in executive positions, Liu is at the forefront of disability-visibility advocacy. Most recently, Liu was confirmed to the U.S. Access Board, a federal agency dedicated to accessibility for people with disabilities.
To see Fast Company magazines full Queer 50 list, click here.