award categories

Advocate of the Year

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A woman working in tech who has gone out of her way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months. As well as examining the women in IT initiatives the candidates have pioneered, judges will also assess their impact on, and integration with, the business.

Netta Jenkins –  Ask Applications & Mosaic Group

Sharon Harvey – NTT DATA Services

Michele Malejki – HP Inc.

Lydia Martin – Reservoir Labs, Inc

Victoria Pelletier – IBM

Alicia Staley – Medidata

Angela Tolliver – Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Tracey Welson-Rossman – TechGirlz

Diya Wynn – AWS

Business Role Model of the Year

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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.

Jennifer Bonner – Solutions By Design II, LLC

Claudia Franco – Rocket Software

Amy Johnson – dv01

Neha Joshi – Accenture Security

Angela McVeigh – RAI Services Company

Sydney Metzmaker – Pat V. Mack, Inc. (PVM Inc.)

Amy J. Radin – Daily Innovator LLC

Sowmya Rajagopalan – Tata Consultancy Services

Georgina Smallwood – N26 GmbH

CIO of the Year

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 A female CIO who has demonstrated particular innovation and IT excellence 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.

Angelic Gibson – AvidXchange

Teri Green-Mason – Lite Technology Solutions

Mary Kotch – Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd.

Karen MacKay – Rolls-Royce

Tenna Piccione – RTI International

Anna Ransley – Heineken USA

Michelle Trupp – Tower Health

Marykay Wells – Pearson

CTO of the Year

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A chief technology officer or technology director who has demonstrated a positive impact on the company’s top line and driven new customer value through the innovative use of technology. Candidates will include examples of strong leadership and how they have employed a technology strategy to enhance product development and improve the service the company provides to customers. Judges will also assess how well ingrained the chief technology officer is in the business and how he/she has helped put technology at the heart of the business, driving strong commercial results in the process.

Kelly Bell – Gotham City Drupal LLC

Chandra Dandapani – CBRE

Barbara Morgan – FIS Global

Neetu Rajpal – Oscar Health

Pamela Rice – Earnest

Heather Rivers – Mode

Ulku Rowe – Google

Minerva Tantoco – City Strategies LLC

Data Leader of the Year

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A female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying data technologies; improving how a company uses or deals with data; delivering effective data strategies; enhancing decision-making with data; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around data and related technologies.

Jennifer Clevenger – Etsy

Lauren Dillard – Nasdaq

Victoria Gamerman – Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Karen Hyman – Rolls-Royce

Adita Karkera – State of Arkansas, Department of Transformation & Shared Services, Division of Information Systems

Mihaela Nistor – Bloomberg LP

Tiffany Perkins-Munn – BlackRock

Tara Raafat – Mphasis

Barkha Saxena – Poshmark

Aimee Webster – S&P Global

Digital Leader of the Year

A female chief digital officer, digital director or leader of a digital transformation. Judges will look at examples of innovation, leadership, digital best practice, return on investment, cultural change and alignment to business goals.

Falguni Desai – Credit Suisse Securities

Linda Dotts – Blue Prism

Brooke Forbes – Fidelity Investments

Lindsay Lockhart – Neocova

Smitha Murthy – Axtria – Ingenious Insights

Denise Russell Fleming – The Boeing Company

Melissa Stevens – Fifth Third Bank

Jessica Wong – American Dream

Lisa Woodley – NTT DATA Services

Diversity Initiative of the Year

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This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken a specific initiative that has been established to promote diversity within their organisation or the wider community. These could involve gender pay gap, paternal leave, gender parity in the industry, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and/or industry, and ultimate results of the initiative.

Accenture Cybersecurity Forum Women’s Council – Accenture Security

Women in Technology Initiative (Women’s Leadership Network) – T-Mobile

HER Series – Pearson Women in Technology – NC Chapter

Women@eBay, Technology Programs – eBay


Women Who Succeed – Atos

IGNITE – Dow Jones

Colors of Stem – S4 Technology

Unity – IHS Markit

Employer of the Year

This can be either a technology company 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 to its IT and/or digital department. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment.



Growth Acceleration Partners



HP Inc.

IHS Markit


Entrepreneur of the Year

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A female leader of a technology, digital or e-commerce start-up that has demonstrated excellent growth in the last 18 months, with a coherent and sustainable strategy in achieving it. Judges will look at demonstrations of growth (turnover, profit, employees etc.), standout achievements and customer testimonials.

Sahar Arshad – CloudMedx

Kirsten Bay – Cysurance, LLC

Jennifer Bisceglie – Interos

Clare Flynn Levy – Essentia Analytics

Ruby Kandah – CloudX

Vicki Mayo – Touchpoint Solution

Suuchi Ramesh – Suuchi Inc.

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. These could involve education, training, marketing and various other campaigns. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and industry, and ultimate results of the initiative. 

CO.LAB – Red Hat

Georgia Blockchain Coalition

TechUpWomen – Durham University

Innovator of the Year

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A female tech professional who has demonstrated outstanding innovation, customer wins and deployments in the last 18 months. 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.

Deborah Barta – Mastercard

Mariesa Coughanour – Cognizant

Sowmya Gottipati – The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Sinem Güven – IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Tara Khanna – Accenture Security

Heidi Messer – Collective[i]

Kavya Pearlman – Wallarm| XR Safety Initiative

Sheela Ramamurthy Datta – VirtualHealth

Bernadette Rotolo – Warner Music Group

IT Team of the Year (Led by a woman)

An IT team, led by a woman, that has delivered real value – with tangible business results – to a company. Judges will look at projects and achievements, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.

Red Hat Team led by Stefanie Chiras

J.P. Morgan Chase  – Team led by Sheetal Gandhi

BP – Team led by Keisha Garcia 

JPMorgan Team led by Ebele Kemery

Tech Data – Team led by Cheryl Neal

School District of Palm Beach County – Team led by Dawn Pumphrey

NTT DATA – Team led by Lisa Talcott

Pearson – Team led by Marykay Wells

Male Ally of the Year

A senior male figure who has gone out of his way to improve the diversity levels of women in IT, within the organisation and/or in the wider community. Successful nominations must provide case studies or examples of how the candidate has gone of his way, or strategically prioritised, getting more women into IT and/or supporting them in their career.

Kelly Bissell – Accenture Security

Devon Bryan – KPMG US & Americas Ltd

Mark Goldin – Cornerstone

James Heighington – Google

Michael Pass – Scivantage

Fletcher Previn – IBM

Rob Suarez – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company)


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.

Jigyasa Grover – Twitter, Inc

Ceena Jacob – BP

Ana Oromendia – Acorn AI by Medidata

Aditi Roy – Siemens Corporate Technology

Anne Solmssen – Ethena

Indira Soodeen – JOLT Advantage Group

Julie Vietmeier – Bayer

Security Champion of the Year

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A female CSO, CISO or any other senior IT security function within a US organisation who has delivered outstanding work. Judges will assess the candidates’ innovative approaches to security and the impact of their policies, procedures and projects on the business.

Chitra Elango – FannieMae

Patricia Hinerman – Interpublic Group

Octavia Howell – Equifax

Virginia Mayo – IBM

Kavya Pearlman – Wallarm | XR Safety Initiative

Lena Smart – MongoDB

Jennifer Steffens – IOActive

Rebecca Wynn – [24]

Tech Evangelist of the Year

A woman who has championed the use of technology within an organisation, and successfully managed to communicate its merits to a wider audience (within their organisation and network) and then established it as a technical standard.

Melanie de Vigan – Atos

Cathy Hackl – The VR/AR Association

Rebecca Kelly – Kx

Jeanne Meister – Future Workplace

Laura Miller – IHS Markit

Jill Sacco – Microsoft

Nora Swanson – AKF Group

Sadia Tahseen – UL LLC

Tech for Good Award of the Year

This award honours an organisation using technology to improve the lives of others and the world around us. It recognises corporate social responsibility, charity work or green and sustainability initiatives that are driven or implemented using pioneering digital techniques. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness, innovation and overall commitment to doing good.

Barbara Bickham – Trailyn Ventures, LLC

Happiness Kisoso – The City of Austin

Lisa Lescroart – JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jennifer Stula Rivera – Moody’s Corporation and Girls Inc

Faye Sahai – Vinaj & Mirai.Global

Transformation Leader of the Year

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A woman who has led an IT transformation, digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 18 months. Judges will assess the planning, execution and results of the transformation programme, looking particularly at the technologies and innovation involved, best practice, alignment to business goals, impact on the business, training/awareness/ education, ROI achieved, and how culture shifts were managed.

Suzi Connor – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Debbie Conway – PBF Energy

Michelle DeCarlo – Lincoln Financial Group

Anchal Gupta – Barclays

Dee Dee Helfenstein – Booz Allen Hamilton

Purvee Kondal – Globality

Cheryl Orange – FedEx Services

Wendi Runyon – Schneider Electric

Woman of the Year

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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.

Heather Ames – Neurala

Rhonda Childress – IBM

Karina Costa – LynQ Technologies

Ana Damnjanovic – IHS Markit

Nicole Eagan – Darktrace

Pamela Gupta – OutSecure

Eileen Mahoney – PVH

Yasha Sterling – Yasha Sterling Management Agency

Young Leader of the Year

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A woman under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2020, 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.

Agnes Chrakowiecka – IHS Markit

Karla Clarke – CNM LLP

Alexa Elias – Alphadyne Asset Management LP

Katoria Henry – Salesforce

Nishtha Jain – Biogen

Luiza Nunes – ThoughtWorks

Alexandra Urman – ARK Invest

Iris Yung – Bank of America

Lauren Zink – Oportun