Rane JohnsonCEO and Founder at Ranemaker Institute
Rane Stempson is a recognized leader in Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Government, Entrepreneurship, Education and Technology. She is the CEO of the Ranemaker Institute focused on the need that individuals, organizations and cities need help in understanding how to discuss inclusive innovation and create action plans that benefit themselves, their companies, organizations and communities. Rane is launching the Inclusive Innovation Initiative in Bend to ensure Bend becomes one of the most inclusive cities in America and every voice is heard. Rane was a 15-year veteran at Microsoft where she held a number of roles, most recently Principal Research Director, where she engaged with academics worldwide and identified high-impact areas for research investigations and led an initiative to grow, attract and retain under-represented groups in research, science and engineering. Rane has worked actively with organizations like NCWIT, Anita Borg, AAUW, CRA-W, IEEE-WIE, CSTA, ACM-W, CMDiT and researchers on how to grow the pipeline of under-represented groups. She has been selected to sit on White House and United Nations committees to focus on how technology can stop the commercial sex trafficking of minors and technology inclusion for under-represented minorities in STEM. She has taught at Oregon State University Cascades Campus in the Computer Science Department and locally she has been active with Technology Alliance of Central Oregon, Central Oregon STEM Hub, Looking Forward, Bethlehem Inn, Technology Association of Oregon and OSU Co-Lab/Scholarship for under-represented groups in Computer Science and Engineering. Rane is a graduate of Bucknell University with a BS Mechanical Engineering, BA Economics/Finance, and George Fox University with an Executive MBA with concentration in Transformational Leadership.