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Richmond Hill Post - - Inspire - BY ERIN ELOFSON COUN­TRY MAN­AGER, PIN­TER­EST CANADA

Us­ing tech­nol­ogy for good and men­tor­ing women in STEM ar­eas

Tech­nol­ogy for good, for all. That’s the heart of El­iz­a­beth Ca­ley, quin­tes­sen­tial science and tech­nol­ogy geek. She builds big tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts, used by mil­lions of peo­ple, of­ten in­fused with cut­ting-edge ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. But her work has al­ways been grounded in help­ing peo­ple solve real prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly sci­en­tists.

She co-leads Meta, part of the Chan Zucker­berg Ini­tia­tive, a free, real-time dis­cov­ery tool that helps sci­en­tists read and an­a­lyze mil­lions of tech­ni­cal pa­pers. It has the po­ten­tial of re­shap­ing the pace of sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery across the world. El­iz­a­beth is just like Meta — al­ways vo­ra­ciously con­sum­ing in­for­ma­tion, the lat­est sci­en­tific pa­pers, tech­ni­cal blogs, books and more.

That ap­petite is only matched by her quiet am­bi­tion to men­tor women in STEM ar­eas. I was fairly new to tech when I first met El­iz­a­beth at Mi­crosoft. We were dif­fer­ent in many ways, but she al­ways cel­e­brated our dif­fer­ences while har­ness­ing and deep­en­ing our com­mon ground. That’s her su­per­power — mak­ing ev­ery­one feel uniquely rec­og­nized, heard and un­der­stood and bril­liantly build­ing con­sen­sus.

That time with El­iz­a­beth ig­nited my pas­sion for tech­nol­ogy and was at the core in so­lid­i­fy­ing my pas­sion for the tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try. She con­tin­ues to use al­most ev­ery free mo­ment to in­spire and lead women like me, as well as bud­ding en­trepreneurs. El­iz­a­beth, in ad­di­tion to her re­mark­able in­tel­lec­tual depth and tal­ent, is best known for her stead­fast com­mit­ment to help­ing oth­ers reach their full po­ten­tial.

EL­IZ­A­BETH CA­LEY

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