/Meet the Women


Meet Abby Cheesman

Startup Co-Founder

Workplace storyteller and I/O Psychologist, Abby spends her days leading the team to bring jobs to life on video.

Every workplace has a story to tell, and Abby helps tell those stories to attract the right candidates for the job.

Abby really geeks out on: new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), data & analytics, product development for Skill Scout's DIY Video app and client happiness.


Meet Nithya Ruff

Open Source Tech Executive

Nithya A. Ruff is the Senior Director for Comcast’s Open Source Practice. Nithya has been a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new people in Open Source for many years. She has also been a promoter of valuing diverse ways of contributing to open source such as in marketing, legal and community. In recognition of her work in open source both on the business and community side, she was named to CIO magazine’s most influential women in open source list. She was recently one of 4 people to win the 2017 OReilly Open Source Award for exceptional contribution to open source.


Meet Donna Chan

Designer and Researcher

Donna Chan comes from a research background but today thrives in design thinking for humans. She loves to uncover needs and translate them into actionable, impactful designs. She asks a lot of questions, eats post-its for breakfast and cares deeply about getting people's stories heard. Donna believes that active listening and cross-functional collaboration are integral to successful companies and products.


Meet Kathryn Brown

Founder and CEO

Kathryn created and founded ScoutSavvy, a platform for recruiting diverse job candidates. It was recently acquired, and Kathryn remains involved while also running a wine business with her husband. 

She was an early employee at Techstars company DailyBurn (acquired by IAC), where she lead content strategy and growth strategy for a community of more than 2 million members.

As a graduate of Epicodus code school, she recruited female developers to increase the gender diversity of the engineering team at DevelopmentNow while working there as a web developer. This work inspired her to build recruiting software at scale.

She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Southern Maine, where she studied corporate social responsibility and philanthropy while interning at the Maine Women’s Fund.


Meet Nancy Hensley

Chief Digital Officer

Nancy Hensley is the director of technical marketing for IBM Analytics. Nancy has more than 20 years’ experience working in the data business in many capacities, from development and product management to sales and marketing. Before joining IBM, Nancy was a senior project manager at McDonald’s Corporation, working largely on the international side of the business.

Now in the 16th year of her IBM career, Nancy has worked chiefly in sales and technical sales positions. In 2004, she became the business unit executive leading the North American architect and technical teams. In that position, Nancy was granted a patent and a technical innovation award for her work on the data warehouse architecture. In her current role, Nancy runs a global product marketing team focused on business intelligence, predictive analytics, data warehousing, data integration and database technology.


Meet Elena Valentine


Community organizer, visual story teller and audio engineer by trade, Elena is passionate about Skill Scout because she believes job seekers need another way to tell their story and show what they can do.  

Elena loves helping companies showcase their jobs in a dynamic and exciting way.  She is a Chicago native and committed to highlighting local job seekers, who might otherwise be passed over.


Fighting Gender Inequality at Every Age

Gender inequality is systemic and starts young. Meet Diane Yu and hear her very personal story about recognizing why some women leave tech.


The Only Woman in the Room

Being the only woman in the room is an all too common experience for many women in tech. Hear from Stephanie Tsing about how she overcame the odds.

/Exclusive: Equal Pay Day Clip


We explore the pay gap in Episode One: Eighty Twenty. In this exclusive clip, we get so see the engaging performance of the slam poet featured in the episode.


/The Chasing Grace Women

Sitting down in front of the camera to share stories about navigating a career in tech takes bravery. We honor these women, who are collectively changing the narrative and the culture in tech, and we invite you to support them with a Chasing Grace screening or sponsorship.