2018 WINNERS & SHORTLIST

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

A company or person that has gone out of its/her/his way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months.

WINNER: Paula Harrington – PH Training 
The judges loved how Paula focused on getting more Women into Tech careers from all types of backgrounds. Her courses and also working patterns were focused at being attractive to women with families.

FINALISTS

Nicola Dunne – Bank of Ireland
Adaku Ezeudo – PhoenixRize Consulting
Paula Harrington – PH Training 
Furkan Karayel – Diversein.com
Gillian Keating – Ronan Daly Jermyn
Aoife Macken – LinkedIn
Anya Mhone – Google
Coral Movasseli – Girls in Tech Dublin
Amanda O’Farrell – IT Tallaght 
Maria O’Loughlin & Michelle Kearns – One HealthTech 

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

A female leader of a technology company, or a business leader within a large technology company, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months.

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WINNER: Aisling Keegan – Dell EMC  
Aisling is a strong leader and true role model within her organisation, as well as in the wider community in Ireland. Her experience is vast and she has brought all her knowledge and experience together to advise and guide Dell.

FINALISTS

Lisa Dillon – Microsoft 
Geraldine Gibson – AQMetrics 
Aisling Keegan – Dell EMC 
Caira Lucy – Spearline 
Sylvie McDermott – CurrencyFair
Majella Mungovan – Facebook
Carol Murphy – EY 
Anne O’Leary – Vodafone Ireland
Tara O’Sullivan – Skillsoft 

 

BUSINESS ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

A female business leader in technology who has been an effective role model to other women in the last 18 months. Judges will examine demonstrations of leadership and business achievements, as well as examples of being a role model and inspiring other women to succeed in technology.

WINNER: Barbara McCarthy – HubSpot 
The judges were impressed with Barbara’s passion, not only concerning gender advocacy, but also in how she developed and grew her team. As a strong leader she is making incredible changes alongside her day to day commitments.

FINALISTS

Christine Barrett – Microsoft 
Barbara McCarthy – HubSpot 
Paula Neary – Accenture Ireland
Caroline Randles – Bank of Ireland 
Victoria Shanks – First Derivatives 
Carolyn Sweeney – The Chargeback Company 
Maeve Tracy – Vizor Software 
Ellen Ward – Tech for Good

CIO OF THE YEAR

A female CIO, head of technology or head of IT who has demonstrated particular innovation, IT excellence and leadership in the last 18 months. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.

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WINNER: Myra O’Neill – Vodafone 
Myra’s contribution to change development in Vodafone impressed the judges. She has advocated for a more diverse workforce and has delivered on this by implementing and supporting initiatives to allow more women to return to work. The judges felt she is really excelling as a CIO of such a big company.

FINALISTS

Eileen Burns – Arthur Cox
Ashling Cunningham – Ervia 
Michelle Kearns – Caredoc
Lorraine McNerney – Ordnance Survey Ireland 
Lavinia Morris – SMBC Aviation Capital 
Myra O’Neill – Vodafone 
Noelle Watts – Ornua 

DATA LEADER OF THE YEAR

A female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months.

WINNER: Medb Corcoran – Accenture’s The Dock  
Medb’s strong leadership, coupled with her amazing understanding of Data, has created a level of operations in Accenture that the judges thought was breathtaking. Her focus on utilising new technology to help drive the education sector was also impressive.

 

FINALISTS

Medb Corcoran – Accenture’s The Dock 
Roisin Flannery – Bloomberg PolarLake 
Monica Gupta – Exaxe 
Dina Medhat – Microsoft 
Phuong Vu – BeeInstant 

DIGITAL LEADER OF THE YEAR

A digital or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of digital innovation in the last 18 months.

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WINNER: Vicky Godolphin – Accenture Ireland
The judges commented on Vicky’s Incredible business acumen and the key role she played in some key mergers and acquisitions. She is a true advocate for diversity, especially in the LGBT community – not only internally, but in Ireland as a whole.

FINALISTS

Luana Cavalcanti – TradeIX
Marcella Flood – Allianz Care
Vicky Godolphin – Accenture Ireland
Maria O’Loughlin – HSE
Martyna Plonka – Nuance Communications
Eimear Saul – Vodafone
Jacinta Walker – Qualtrics

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Either a tech firm that has demonstrated a great desire to attract and retain more women, or a company from any other industry that has demonstrated a great desire to attract and retain more women in its IT and/or digital department.

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WINNER: Vodafone Ireland 
Vodafone’s efforts in making their company less bias, while ensuring there were suitable options for women to return to work after beginning a family was the reason the organisation won this award. The judges thought Vodafone’s women networks, which ensure support is easily accessible for all, was an outstanding initiative.

FINALISTS

Accenture
Dell 
Ericsson
Exaxe
Fujitsu Ireland
Tenable Inc
Vodafone Ireland 

 

FUTURE CIO OF THE YEAR

A woman who has shown outstanding IT excellence and innovation in the last 18 months and demonstrates signs that she will one day become a successful CIO.

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WINNER: Seainin McCoy – BT 
The judges all agreed that Seainin’s contributions, outside her day job, really stood out – in particular, her mentoring programmes. She also has a proven record of delivering significant cost savings from internal projects.

FINALISTS

Ana Maria Balanescu – Vizor Software
Linda Beckett – AIB
Julieanne Fleming – Deloitte Ireland
Georgia Klontza – Equifax 
Niki Lyberis – Microsoft
Seainin McCoy – BT 
Fiona Sheridan – Vodafone 
Jessica Sheridan – Intel
Sajida Zouarhi – ConsenSys 

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

A technology company that has demonstrated outstanding innovation, customer wins and deployments in the last 18 months, in which a woman was integral to that success.

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WINNER: Sara Philpott – Openet  
Sara’s diverse knowledge set has enabled her to roll out a big change project quickly and efficiently, with substantial success both in culture and revenue generation. She found market gaps and then decided on a solution to fill those, all the while benefiting Openet.

 

FINALISTS

Wendy Belluomini – IBM Research, Ireland
Kathryn Desmond – Exaxe
Laura Kennedy – SmartBear 
Emily O’Brien – EY
Grainne O’Keefe – Spearline 
Sara Philpott – Openet 
Aoife Sexton – Truata

 

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

A woman who began a career in technology in the last five years and has shown great promise that she will go on to achieve great things in the industry. Judges will examine the last 18 months in each candidate’s career, looking at standout achievements, contributions to successful projects, examples of innovation, and a demonstrable understanding of how technology can create business value.

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WINNER: Ellen Brady – Accenture Ireland
The judges loved Ellen’s involvement with the Accenture Graduate programme, where she encouraged more women into tech careers. She is a true humanitarian with her role of facilitating well being. As a young consultant she has delivered big projects in digital health.

FINALISTS

Jasmina Arapinac – Dropbox
Amira Bouguera – ConsenSys
Ellen Brady – Accenture Ireland
Shelby Cormack – Vizor Software
Cynthia Faus Viade – First Derivatives 
Lisa Hughes – Verizon Connect
Charlotte Kristiansen – Microsoft
Eileen McLoughlin – Terenure Enterprise Centre
Dionne Meehan – JP Morgan
Sara O’Dowd – Know Your Customer

 

SECURITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

A female IT security professional whose has demonstrated outstanding work in progressing the industry and/or protecting the company from cyber threats.

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WINNER: Jacky Fox – Deloitte
The judges commended Jacky’s strong technical skills, while identifying her as a true security champion. Aside from her day job, Jacky gives back to the wider community and is determined to help address the problem of gender diversity within the tech world.

FINALISTS

Katherina Cancelado – Deloitte
Jane Corr – Great-West Life Europe (Irish Life)
Jennifer Cox – Tenable 
Hanim Eken – Sun Life Financial 
Jacky Fox – Deloitte
Michelle Garrigan – Ulster Bank Ireland DAC
Joan Green – Bank of Ireland
Sara McAneney – Trinity College Dublin 

 

TRANSFORMATION OF THE YEAR

An organisation that has undergone a major, and successful, IT or digital transformation in the last 18 months, in which a woman has played an integral part.

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WINNER: Oleana Redrugina – Vizor Software
The judges liked Olean’s approach. She has created a leaner more agile organisation, which is now seeing the benefits of her work. She set out with specific strategic and organisational goals, which were all achieved.  

FINALISTS

Sarah Anderson – Vizor Software
Anne Marie Barcoe – Exaxe 
Sinead Crosbie – Great West Life (Irish Life)
Melanie Kiernan – AirBnB
Joanne Morrissey – Microsoft
Georgina O’Leary – Allstate Northern Ireland
Oleana Redrugina – Vizor Software
Marie Taylor Ghent – EY
Vickie Wall – EY

 

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

A woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of IT excellence, innovation and leadership in the last year, and shone a light on the great things women in IT can achieve. Candidates should have not only have demonstrated outstanding business- and/or technology-focused achievements, but also acted as a positive role model and actively sought to bring more diversity to the technology industry. 

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WINNER: Dr. Michelle Cullen – Accenture Ireland
Dr Michelle Cullen is a well known Irish advocate for women in the tech industry. What impressed the judges was her encouragement and drive, which has inspired women to pursue a career in technology. She has not only championed for gender parity in Accenture, but also across the whole of Ireland.

FINALISTS

Jennifer Cox – Tenable
Dr. Michelle Cullen – Accenture Ireland
Sharon Donnelly – Bank of Ireland
Jillian Godsil – Blockleaders 
Joanne Horgan – Vizor Software
Barbara McCarthy – Hubspot
Lorna Ross – Accenture’s The Doc
Aoife Sexton – Truata
Phoung Vu – BeeInstant 
Caroline Walsh – Vesta Payment Solutions 

 

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR

A female IT, technology or business leader under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2018, who has progressed rapidly through their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. 

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WINNER: Kara Crinion – Together Digital 
The judges felt Kara embodied all the attributes that defines a young leader. She has rapidly progressed in her career and has a professional and strategic mindset that stood out. The judges also highly commended Darya Yegorina

 

FINALISTS

Lorna Brady – Asavie
Giuliana Carullo – Intel Labs Europe
Kara Crinion – Together Digital
Louise Cunningham – First Derivatives
Julieanne Fleming – Deloitte Ireland
Tara McDonald – Ericsson 
Gillian McMohan – Deloitte
Rachel Noonan – WP Engine
Lauren O’Grady – Google
Aoife Whitford – Property Basecamp
Darya Yegorina – CleverBooks 

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