6 LGBTQ+ Operators to Know

To celebrate Pride month, we’re highlighting some of the most successful, respected LGBTQ+ executives in the tech industry. Get to know (and follow!) these exceptional LPs, leaders, and operators:

Angie Coleman (@angieidunno)
Director of Community, Operator Collective

It’s me! I’ve led and developed communities for nearly a decade, spanning B2B product spaces and peer social groups at companies like Snowflake, Lesbians Who Tech, Zendesk, and Dropbox. We’re talking all about my learnings and how to build communities that matter on the blog this summer. Outside of OpCo, you can find me supporting my local QPOC, LGBTQ+, and techie communities, or enjoying nature – hiking, kayaking, or overlanding off the grid. 

Christine or Chris Heckart (C_Heckart)
Co-Founder and CEO of Xapa World

Christine Heckart is the non-binary, genderfluid founder and CEO of Xapa World and board member of Contentful and SiTime. With over 25 years of leadership experience in tech, including as CEO, GM, president, and CMO in industries like entertainment, SaaS, data analytics, security, networking, and storage, she has been there and done that. Married for 35 years with three grown children, Christine writes, paints and follows leading science research in her spare time. 

Emily Heath (@CISOEmilyHeath)
Board Member, Norton LifeLock and LogicGate and Former SVP, Chief Trust and Security Officer, DocuSign

Emily is consistently recognized as a top CSO operator, and has deep experience leading complex, global F100 organizations through technology and cultural change while building highly motivated teams. Prior to DocuSign, where she was the Pride Executive Sponsor, she was VP, Chief Information Security Officer at United Airlines. Emily is passionate about empowering creative and diverse teams, mentoring, and leadership- most importantly, growing leaders. 

LaFawn Davis (@lafawn)
Senior Vice President, ESG, Indeed

LaFawn, #6 on Fast Company’s Queer 50 list this year, has led diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives for more than 15 years, championing the “culture add” of bringing in talented diverse professionals as opposed to focusing only on “culture fit.” In addition to her role at Indeed, she’s currently an advisory board member at Lesbians Who Tech and PowerToFly. She previously held key senior leadership roles at global technology companies like Google, Yahoo, PayPal, and Twilio. 

Monique Dorsainvil (@MoDorsainvil)
Public Policy Director, Meta

Monique spent seven and a half years at the Obama White House, and during that time was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Now at Meta, she engages with third-party think tank and advocacy organizations and was a part of the core team that spearheaded the company’s Civil Rights Audit to look at policy and product from an anti-discrimination lens. Monique also serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation.

Nichole Mustard
Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Credit Karma

A true consumer champion, Nichole is the architect of Credit Karma’s win-win-win business model and has been instrumental in scaling it, finding the right mix of financial partners, and optimizing data science capabilities to ensure members and partners get the most value from the financial platform’s’s products and services. Under Nichole’s stewardship, Credit Karma has served more than 120M members globally and was acquired by Intuit in 2020 for $8.1B in cash and stock. Credit Karma operates independently and has tracked back-to-back record growth since the acquisition. When not building successful technology companies, Nichole lives with her wife and four children in Northern California.