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Black History Fact - Lisa Gelobter

Black History begins Wednesday, February 1, and ends on Wednesday, March 1. It is an annual month to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. This time allows us to reflect on those prominent African Americans who have paved the way for other Black Americans.

Lisa Gelobter image from The Black Wall Street Times

Black History Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in history. This year, we are starting off by celebrating Lisa Gelobter, a hidden figure who has made remarkable contributions to the world of technology.


Lisa Gelobter is an American technologist, chief executive, and computer scientist born in New Jersey. She has held positions at companies such as AOL, BET Networks, and Hulu. Also, she served as President Obama's advisor for the United States Digital Service.


Ms. Gelobter is best known for her pioneering work on developing of Shockwave technology and her contributions to early web animation. Gelobter was the first African American woman to lead a digital media company as chief executive of Electric Communities, an online entertainment platform. She is best known for her work in developing Shockwave and Rich Media technologies at Macromedia. She also served as Chief Digital Service Officer at the US Department of Education, where she worked on initiatives such as EdTech and open educational resources.


Gelobter's career is a testament to her immense knowledge and skill in the field of technology. Her achievements have been recognized by numerous awards, including being named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, one of Black Enterprise's Most Powerful Women in Technology, and one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence. Gelobter co-founded Emotient, which uses artificial intelligence to analyze facial expressions. She was one of the first entrepreneurs at Google, where she helped develop technology to automate facial recognition and video analysis.


Ms. Gelobter has made significant contributions to the world of technology and is still actively working today. Not only is she a pioneer in her field, but Lisa Gelobter remains a crucial figure in diversity development within the tech industry.


Lisa Gelobter is currently the Co-founder and CEO of tEQuitable, a digital firm that

“uses technology to make companies more equitable”

she said during an interview with TheGrio. According to BlackPast, Gelobter is one of only 34 Black women to raise more than $1 million in venture capital. She is a former New York Urban League STEM Advisory Board member. Yes, to STEM.


As we celebrate Black History Month, Info eNConnect recognizes Lisa Gelobter for her incredible contributions to technology and innovation.


Initial date: 2/3/2022, Last update: 2/1/2023

 

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