Lisa Gelobter

Not a day goes by without us creating, sharing, or laughing at an animated GIF we saw on social media. Did you know that a black women played an integral role in creating the technology behind online animation?

Lisa Gelobter was born in 1971 and is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Computer Science.

She went on to help create Shockwave, which is the technology that formed the beginning of web animation. She also played a major role in the establishment of online video and served on the senior management team at Hulu.

She continued to make her mark as a leader in digital technology as the Interim Head of Digital for BET Networks and serving as the Chief Digital Service Officer for the Department of Education during the Obama administration.

Lisa now serves as the CEO and Co-founder of tEquitable, which aims at using technology to make workplaces more equitable through an independent, confidential platform that addresses bias, harassment, and discrimination.

So, the next time you are enjoying your favorite GIF, remember you have Lisa Gelobter to thank.

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