Equality California announced that it will honor Dr. Vivienne Ming with the State Farm Good Neighbor Award at its 2014 San Francisco Equality Awards on Saturday, April 12.
Dr. Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She is chief scientist at Gild, a San Francisco startup that applies machine learning to predict optimal candidates for technology jobs, and to bring meritocracy to job markets. She also cofounded with her wife Norma the startup Socos, which builds models of students’ conceptual knowledge that lets teachers adapt instruction in real time. Dr. Ming is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience and she serves on the boards of StartOut and Our Family Coalition. She was named one of “10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013” by Inc. Magazine.
Dr. Ming is also transgender, and was profiled in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, talking about redefining gender transition as a time of celebration.
“Dr. Vivienne Ming’s work with the Our Family Coalition really helps members of our community enlarge and strengthen our families,” said John O’Connor, executive director of Equality California. “And with her work at Gild, she not only serves as a role model for LGBT people in technology, but actively helps demonstrate the advantages of diversity.”
Dr. Ming was chosen from a pool of outstanding candidates nominated by members of the public. During this year’s San Francisco Equality Awards, Ming will receive the award alongside other honorees, including San Francisco Director of Health Barbara Garcia and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
“Equality California is very proud to honor Dr. Ming with the State Farm Good Neighbor award for her service and inspirational work both in technology and on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said O’Connor.
Each year, Equality California recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an impact on the movement to secure full and lasting equality for LGBT people at its annual Equality Awards — a series of formal galas and cocktail events held in San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Past honorees have included Adam Lambert, Dolores Huerta, Arianna Huffington, Attorney General Kamala Harris and California Governor Jerry Brown.