Sarah Krasley stands between two women, working on a laptop computer. She has short curly black hair and is wearing a cream blouse.

Sarah Krasley: Shimmy Technologies CEO

The #SheInnovates stories team sat down with Sarah Krasley to discuss the role of women in innovation. Get involved at She Innovates Global.  

#SheInnovates Stories: Innovation is solving the world's problems. What problem are you solving?

Sarah Krasley: Our software helps the fashion industry prepare for digital transformation in a socially responsible way. New technology will help brands and manufacturers reduce their carbon footprint and produce customized clothing for any body size and shape. At the same time, automated machines, such as sewing robots, may take the jobs of 65 million garment workers around the world. Many of these workers are women, who depend on sewing jobs to support their families. With our software, we’re training vulnerable workers to move into the future of work, inside and outside of the apparel sector.

#SheInnovates: When did you realize your innovation was a breakthrough?

SK: I realized we had a breakthrough when the garment workers who piloted our software successfully completed the training. This is especially impressive because many of these workers had never used a smartphone or a computer.

#SheInnovates: What were some unexpected obstacles you overcame in the innovation process?

SK: We learned that many of the garment workers had limited literacy levels. They were also afraid to touch the tablets that were used in the training because they might break the devices.

#SheInnovates: What inspires you to love your work?

SK: I’m inspired by the idea that we can build a whole new way of working with a people-first mindset. It’s also novel that we’re a female-led tech company creating solutions targeted at women.

#SheInnovates: What do you hope that young women coming behind you take from your work?

SK: Be curious, and enjoy designing solutions within constraints.

#SheInnovates: Why are women in innovation important?

SK: Diversity of ideas and experiences is vital to solving the myriad of problems facing our world. In a male-dominated industry, women play an important role in proposing solutions to issues that are often overlooked.

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Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.