Catherine Courage, VP, User Experience, Google
Maybe her last name should have been a hint that this St. John’s gal would go on to do big things. Catherine Courage is VP of ads and commerce user experience at Google. Yes, that Google, right in the heart of Silicon Valley. While that’s quite a ways from home, Catherine credits her education at Memorial University of Newfoundland for giving her a unique edge, as well as her upbringing at home for instilling in her an unshakable work ethic, strong people skills, and knowledge of the value of community. Historically, the number of women in tech has been low, but that is changing as more and more young women follow the lead of women like Catherine.