June Sugiyama, the Director of Vodafone Americas Foundation, has been in corporate philanthropy for more than 20 years, specializing in identifying the power of technology for social good. She’s led the Foundation’s transition towards empowering women and girls through technology, because that’s where the gaps were, especially within their own tech sector, and where she felt they can move the needle. She designed the program to align with Vodafone’s expertise in technology, and innovation.

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Early on in her career, she developed the Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology to address critical global issues, identifying powerful entrepreneurs with technology solutions addressing poverty, health, environment, disaster relief and technology access.