Lorraine Ross, President and Microquest Co-Founder was honored at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women in Silicon Valley. Lorraine was recognized for 25 years of leadership in female and diversity focused recruiting.
With more than 6,500 female leaders in attendance including tennis great Serena Williams, feminist writer Gloria Steinem, research professor Dr. Brené Brown, NPR broadcaster Celeste Headlee and Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, Lorraine was humbled to be highlighted at an event which leads in advancing women in Silicon Valley.
Laysha Ward, EVP and Chief External Engagement Officer at Target, presented the tribute to Lorraine: “Today we celebrate Lorraine Ross whose daughter Madison, to her surprise, submitted this story on her behalf:
“Thirty years ago my mother was a young recruiter in Silicon Valley who wanted to make a difference in the hiring practices of the time. But she had no tools for identifying or hiring women and minorities so she took it upon herself to create one. My mother co-founded Microquest, a diversity database that led to the hiring of some of the first female executives at Fortune 500 tech companies.”
“My mother has committed every day of her life to seeking out and promoting women and minorities in business. Now there is major momentum behind these initiatives thanks to the hard work put in by people like my mother.”
Laysha continued with her observations, “Love the power of this mother-daughter bond! We celebrate your wisdom and strength, your courage and spirit, your genius and loving kindness, and we celebrate all the women in this room.”