Eastside, Seattle, Names on Fast Company’s National Queer 50 List | Culture
In partnership with Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, fast business magazine recently released its third annual Queer 50 list. The list chronicles the most influential and powerful queer women and non-binary leaders in a range of industries – four of which are local.
This year, the magazine’s list includes familiar faces such as Jen Wong, COO of Reddit in New York, or Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary in DC But as you go down the list, you’ll notice some big ones. names that come from the Eastside and Seattle area.
Debra Chrapaty, VP and COO at Alexa at Amazon
As VP and COO of Alexa at Amazon, Chrapaty has brainstormed new capabilities for virtual assistant technology to be a resource for people during the pandemic. Namely, Chrapaty launched Alexa’s COVID-19 symptom checker and Teladoc capabilities.
Stephenie Landry, Vice President of Groceries at Amazon
Stephenie Landry led the opening of the first ever Amazon Fresh store in September 2020. Since then, Landry has facilitated the opening of over 45 Amazon Fresh stores operating in the US and UK.
Brandi Carlile, Musician and Activist
Readers may not be surprised that longtime Maple Valley resident Brandi Carlile was named to this year’s list. Since her debut nearly 20 years ago, Carlile has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, has consistently supported female and queer musicians (notably in American spaces), and started the Look Out Foundation to help underfunded causes.
Sue Bird, athlete and sportscaster
Four-time Olympian and WNBA title winner Sue Bird has a stellar reputation among Seattleites as one of the most decorated professional basketball players in history. Off the court, Bird is a strong advocate for athlete rights and LGBTQ+ rights and is a regular on ESPN for her insightful commentary.
KR Liu, Head of Brand Accessibility at Google
Whether it’s opening up digital spaces wide to make room for accessible services or creating on-screen content to include people with disabilities in leadership positions, Liu is at the forefront. of the defense of the visibility of people with disabilities. Most recently, Liu was confirmed to the US Access Board, a federal agency dedicated to accessibility for people with disabilities.
To see the full list of Queer 50 from Fast Company magazines, click here.