2018 HIGHLIGHTS

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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: Ronni Eloff, Women in Technology International

FINALISTS

DeLisa Alexander, Red Hat

Ronni Eloff, Women in Technology International

Hala Hanna, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Elizabeth Hunter, T-Mobile

Bianca Jackson, JAX Digital

Anita Khandekar, Enova International

Carita Marrow, UNCF

Seline Suarez, Salseforce

Kristy Wallace, Ellevate Network

Marta Zanchi, Stanford University

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.

WINNER: Paula Hunter, NFC Forum

FINALISTS

Candice Corby, Cobra Legal Solutions

Nancy Harris, Sage

Paula Hunter, NFC Forum

Brynne Kennedy, MOVE Guides

Kristel Lataste, Amadeus North America

Kate O’Keeffe, Cisco

Lisa Stanton, InAuth

Trish Thomas, TEEM

Meredith Whalen, IDC

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: Margaret Dawson, Red Hat

FINALISTS

Nabila Aydin, FDM Group

Margaret Dawson, Red Hat

Rebecca Parsons, ThoughtWorks

Brenda Peich, Thomson Reuters

Teena Piccione, Fidelity Investments

Liz Tinkham, University of Washington

Priyanka Vasudevan, Morgan Stanley

Donna Wells, Valencia Ventures

Heather Wilde, ROCeteer

Rebecca Wynn, Matrix Medical Network

CIO OF THE YEAR

A female CIO 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.

WINNER: Sherry Aaholm, Cummins

FINALISTS

Sherry Aaholm, Cummins

Nancy D’Amico, LeasePlan

Kimberly Ingram, Lansing Board of Water & Light

Michaele James, CSAA Insurance Group

Sandi Mays, Zayo Group

Nicole Raimundo, Town of Cary

Kristy Simonette, Camden Property Trust

Paula Tolliver, Intel Corporation

Marykay Wells, Pearson

Janice Withers, TD Bank

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: Jacquelin Speck, U.S. Navy

FINALISTS

Sara Garrido, Sizmek

Jessica Kirkpatrick, Slack

Sangeeta Krishnan, Asembia

Valerie Logan, Gartner

Kjersten Moody, State Farm

Jennifer Nelson, Rocket Software

Jacquelin Speck, U.S. Navy

Olisa Staphensbailey, Booz Allen Hamilton

Aimée Webster, S&P Global

Tendü Yoğurtçu, Syncsort

DIGITAL LEADER 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: Monica Caldas, GE Transportation

FINALISTS

Monica Caldas, GE Transportation

Jamie Chambron, NTT Data Services

Daryl Drabinsky, Aetna

Aurora Losada, Houston Public Media

TeeSee Murray, Infor

Karen O’Brien, Western Union

Jo Ann, Saitta, Omnicon Health Group

Melissa Stevens, Fifth Third Bank

Kristina Villarini, Lambda Legal

Jessica Wong, AmorePacific

EDITOR'S CHOICE

A woman who has achieved something exceptional in the IT industry, chosen by Information Age’s editorial team. This can be someone from either a vendor or end-user who has demonstrated strong leadership, trend setting, technology adoption or awareness of women in IT.

WINNER: Winnie Cheng, Io-Tahoe

FINALISTS

Mylea Charvat, Savonix

Winnie Cheng, Io-Tahoe

Lauren Cooney, Spark Labs

Jane Harper, Henry Ford Health System

Liz Rowe, State of New Jersey

Rita Torkzadeh, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Shelley Westman, EY

Marlene Williamson, Watermark

Christina Zuniga, InTouch Health

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Open to any female who is influential as a technology business owner or main shareholder in ensuring the company meets its goals, irrespective of size. The individual needs to demonstrate commercial success, plans for growth, how strategies were set and achieved and how innovation is encouraged.

WINNER: Jennifer Kyriakakia, MATRIXX Software

FINALISTS

Rachel Bogan, Work & Co

Meg Columbia-Walsh, Wylei

Mary Dee, Living Exceptionally

Angela Good, ThisWay Global

Lora Ivanova, myLAB Box

Zhuo Li, AutoX

Autumn Manning, YouoEarnedIt

Neha Sampat, Built.io and Contentstrack

Srii Srinivasan, Chargeback Gurus

E-SKILLS INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken an initiative that encouraged and helped women and girls to improve their digital skills and consider a career in the ICT sector.

WINNER: Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot Solutions, TechGirlz

FINALISTS

Ruthe Farmer, CSforALL.org

Diane Flynn, ReBoot Accel

Renee La Londe, iTalent Digital

Elizabeth Lindsey, Byte Back

Olga Mack, ClearSlide

Viola Maxwell-Thompson, Information Technology Senior Management Forum

Judith Spitz, Cornell Tech

Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot Solutions, TechGirlz

Mrrlin Williams, Sisters Code

Women on their Way, NetScout

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.

WINNER: Tracy Vo, Bank of the West

FINALISTS

Andrea Adams, Spanning Cloud Apps

Priya Aswani, Microsoft

Leslie Hielema, GuideWell

Anne Mette Høyer, SAP

Eryka Johnson, ExxonMobil

Praniti Lakhwara, Apttus

Julia Lomax, Tenglemann Group

Jamila Parham, City of Chicago

Tracy Vo, Bank of the West

Amber Williamson, Robert Half Technology

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. Judges will look at products/services, client testimonials, examples of ROI achieved, success in challenging implementations, post-sales support and service, and tailored customisations in specific enterprise environments.

WINNER: Veena Gundavelli, Emagia Corporation

FINALISTS

Jo-Anne Dressendofer, Slice Wireless Solutions

Natalie, Gil, rational7

Veena Gundavelli, Emagia Corporation

Kristin Lovejoy, BluVector

Angela Nicoara, Intel Corporation

Rachelle Oribio, Techstars

Vicki Reyzelman, Akamai

Bhavini Soneji, Heal

Sophie Vandebroek, IBM

Jin Zhang, Amazon

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.

WINNER: Annie Eaton, Futurus

FINALISTS

Annie Eaton, Futurus

Margaret Gratian, US Department of Defense

Robyn Gray, Otherworld Interactive

Velvet Johnson, Accenture

Lana Jovanovic, UBM

Jamie Migdal, FetchFind

Sarah Mogin, Work & Co

Etosha Ottey, Chicago Black Women in Tech

Jennifer Perusini, Neurovation Labs

Yana Zaidiner, Token Payments

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.

WINNER: Monica Jain, LogicHub

FINALISTS

Deb Briggs, NetScout

Terri Cetera, Quest Diagnostics

Linda Conrad, Exelon

Julie Cullivan, ForeScout Technologies

Deneen DeFiore, GE

Monica Jain, LogicHub

Lila Kee, GlobalSign

Sydeny Klein, Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Rhonda Shantz, Centrify

Christy Wyatt, Dtex Systems

TRANSFORMATION LEADER 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.

WINNER: Kelly Switt, Citi

FINALISTS

Chiara Bersano, LSI Consulting

Ozlem Coskun, Chubb Insurance

Sandy Hogan, HERE Technologies

Carol Houle, Cognizant

Lisa Litherland, CDW

Barbara Morgan, FIS

Alejandra Roslyakova, Amadeus North America

Kerry Switt, Citi

Erica Volini, Deloitte

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 though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying technologies; improving how a company approaches technology; delivering effective IT or technology strategies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of technology; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology.

WINNER: Karen Parisi, Oodi

FINALISTS

Jessica Angelotta, Target Data

Arlyn Burgess, University of Virginia

Caitlin Burniske, Permier Logic

Lisa Godwin, The New York TImes

Ali Greenwood, JLL

Miranda LeBlanc, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Ayesha Liaqat, UW Health

Hannah Osborne, DXC Technology

Karen Parisi, oodi

Camille Stewart, Deloitte

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. Chosen by the judges.

WINNER: Mayumi Hiramatsu, Infor

FINALISTS

Laila Beane, Intellect SEEC

Dianne Dain, United Nations

Mayumi Hiramatsu, Infor

Lo Li, SPANX

Karen MacKay, Rolls-Royce

Jeanette Maister, WCN

Ishita Majumbar, eBay

Sheela Ramamurthy, VirtualHealth

Anita Sands, Symantec

Kesha Williams, Chick-fil-A