Annie Parker is a startup ecosystem and community leader having built multiple startup programs around the world for brands like Microsoft, Telefonica and Telstra.
In her role within the Microsoft for Startups team Annie leads all the Equity and Inclusion initiatives globally ensuring that under-represented founders get the help, networks and spotlight they need to succeed.
Annie is co-host of a podcast called Conversations with Annie & Kate – with fellow badass woman in tech Kate Carruthers. Kate & Annie use their podcast to spotlight incredible women who have important stories to share. You can listen to the irreverent chats here. https://youtube.com/channel/UCAgT1MYIT7XIY3CA3qAanrw
A firm believer in the importance of paying everything forward, Annie also supports programs that grow the broader startup community. In 2014 she co-founded Code Club Australia which teaches kids coding skills. In 2015 she co-founded Techfugees Australia a program connecting the technology ecosystem together with newly arrived refugees to help solve problems they face.
Annie has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia for 2018, and winner of Most Progressive Workplace leader by Talent Unleashed in 2017