Dr. Taniya Mishra Bio
Dr. Taniya Mishra is the founder and CEO of SureStart, a company whose mission is to increase AI workforce diversity by building early opportunity pipelines and technical skills training. She has been an AI scientist for over 10 years, with more than 50 awarded patents.
As an immigrant and woman in tech, Taniya is deeply passionate about increasing AI workforce diversity through opportunity equity, and in shaping the future of AI through inclusive product development. She speaks regularly on these topics at leading conferences and events, including presenting at CES and delivering a keynote at the New York Academy of Sciences. Her work has been recognized in industry recognition programs and the press, including being named WomenTech Network’s 2020 “Mentor of the Year,” and nominated as a finalist for Venture Beat's 2021 Women in AI awards in the AI Mentorship category. Taniya has been featured in MIT Technology Review, NBC Learn, The Atlantic and Fast Company. Taniya and SureStart are also members of The Girls Opportunity Alliance Network, a program of the Obama Foundation.
Prior to founding SureStart, Taniya held technical roles at large organizations like AT&T Labs, as well as leading startups like Affectiva and Interactions LLC. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oregon Health and Science University and a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.