Announcing Rev 3, the 20 women taking over Boston tech next

The women of Rev 3

By Sarah A. Downey, Principal at Accomplice

It’s year three of Rev Boston and we’ve got a new group of women in Boston tech who you should know.

Rev is an event and award for the top women in Boston tech. The common thread that unites them: they’re our bet on who’s going to be running this ecosystem in a few years, they’ve already accomplished great things, and they’re on a trajectory to do even more.

Previous cohorts were all at the director or VP stage in their careers (so they hadn’t been CEOs or founders yet), but we tweaked the rules a bit this year to include a few early-stage founders.

Without further ado, meet Rev 3:

Rev brings the honorees a day and a half of programming designed to help them reach the next level in their careers. World-class experts run private sessions for the group on topics including joining boards, problem-solving, angel investing, and understanding venture capital.

Last year’s Rev

We started Rev after having too many conversations around the same problems: why are there so few women in venture capital? Why aren’t there more female founders? And why does it feel like the same ~five women in Boston tech always get asked to speak on panels when this city is full of talent? (Shoutout to people like Maria Cirino of .406 Ventures, Jeff Fagnan of Accomplice, and Diane Hessan of C-Space for talking through these issues.) With Rev, we sought to pair rising star women with top-tier experts on topics that often feel opaque and see if we got lightning in a bottle.

It’s only three years in, but we’re seeing interesting trends so far. Within a year of each cohort of women doing Rev:

We wanted to build an army of women in Boston tech, and it’s working. Revvers have sent each other customers, held diversity workshops at each other’s companies, taught salary negotiation best practices and helped argue for better compensation, nominated each other for awards, referred hires, hosted dinners, and served as formal and informal advisors to each other, just to name a few of the outcomes. This group has taken on a life of its own.

Rev 3’s experts are Nilanjana Bhowmik, cofounder and general partner at Converge; Heather Campion, principal at Mount Vernon Strategies; Jeff Fagnan, founding partner at Accomplice; Frances Frei; SVP of leadership and strategy at Uber, UPS Foundation professor of service management and senior associate dean for faculty planning and recruiting at Harvard Business School; Carol Fulp, president and CEO at The Partnership; Miro Kazakoff, communications lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management; Janet Kraus, cofounder and CEO of Peach; Ryan Moore, founding partner at Accomplice; and Cack Wilhelm, partner at Accomplice. Diane Hessan and I are Rev’s founders and event facilitators and backed by Accomplice’s funding.

If you know someone who should be included in the next Rev, please nominate her here.

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