WomenLEAD, Inc., an organization dedicated to accelerating women’s advancement as leaders, has recognized Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England, as a “Woman Who Leads in Technology.”
A WomenLEAD blog post announcing the leadership award cites Jennifer’s outstanding professional accomplishments, including cutting-edge research on how the Internet works, author of 25 patents and more than 110 scientific papers, and the first woman to lead Microsoft’s research labs. The award also recognizes Jennifer’s deep commitment to serving as a role model and mentor to women (of all ages) in technology. For example, Jennifer works with DigiGirlz, a Microsoft initiative to encourage female high school students to consider careers in technology, and is on the WomenLEAD advisory board.
According to WomenLEAD’s CEO and Founder Ilene Fischer, “WomenLEAD is committed to honoring women that are in action making a difference for women and girls. It’s an honor to give this much deserved award to Jennifer Chayes.”
Jennifer Chayes is one of 30 recipients of the WomenLEAD award. Other award-winners include: Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox; Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to President Clinton, and; Deborah Dean, corporate vice president at Dassault Systemes. WomenLEAD is a Mass Challenge (the largest start-up incubator in the world) 2013 Finalist.