Monica Long believes in the power of communities. As the head of RippleX, she leads a team that inspires and empowers a global developer community to build a more open and competitive financial ecosystem. And as Executive Sponsor of the Women at Ripple Employee Resource Group (ERG), Monica creates an integrative space for women in the technical field where they can exchange, learn and support one another.
Monica was part of Ripple from the start and joined the company in 2013 as Director of Communications. At a startup with just a handful of employees, she had the opportunity to contribute to the company’s growth in ways that were outside of her immediate area of expertise. As the company grew, so did Monica’s roles and responsibilities, and she took on the task of building a world-class marketing organization.
Now she is building another team as both Ripple and her career move forward and expand. RippleX makes it easy for developers to activate the Internet of Value through services and tools based on the XRP ledger. And as these developers build smarter, more effective financial applications, they improve access to services for more people around the world.
One of the keys to Monica’s development is that she is never afraid to throw her hat in the ring when an opportunity arises, even if she does not have all the relevant experience. She believes that a lot of women, especially in the tech world, don’t stand up for roles because they don’t believe they are qualified enough. Instead, as Monica regularly advises her friends and colleagues, women should stop underestimating themselves and take risks in order to open more doors for professional development.
The tech industry, and especially the crypto space, is often dominated by men. However, Monica believes that by providing more opportunities for women to celebrate success and build community, Ripple is a place where women feel supported and have equal opportunities to flourish.
Monica is also one of the parents at Ripple ERG who provide resources and another community of support and encouragement to parents. Through these ERGs, employees can be their authentic selves and build a culture of belonging.
The drive for greater inclusion is not just about eliminating systemic inequalities and creating better work environments, it is also about success. Monica also points to research showing the positive effects of different teams on business results. For them, it makes sense that working with a team of people with different backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences leads to better business results than a more homogeneous group.
Once again it all comes back to the power of the communities. Whether she is leading the growth of a global network of developers who can use XRP and the XRP ledger to increase financial inclusion or to ensure more women in the tech industry are comfortable becoming themselves Bringing work, Monica strives to develop solutions that enable everyone to contribute to a more equitable financial system and a more just global society.