Advocate of the Year
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 – Mosaic Group & Ask Applications (IAC)
Sharon Harvey – NTT DATA Services
Michele Malejki – HP Inc.
Lydia Martin – Fellow Yale
Victoria Pelletier – IBM
Alicia Staley – Medidata
Angela Tolliver – Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Tracey Welson-Rossman – TechGirlz
Diya Wynn – AWS
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.
Jennifer Bonner – Solutions By Design II, LLC
Claudia Franco – Rocket Software
Amy Johnson – dv01
Neha Joshi – Accenture
Angela McVeigh – RAI Services Company
Sydney Metzmaker – Pat V. Mack, Inc.
Amy Radin – Daily Innovator LLC
Sowmya Rajagopalan – Tata Consultancy Services
Georgina Smallwood – N26 GmbH
CIO of the Year
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 – Lite Technology Solutions
Mary Kotch – Apollo/Aspen Insurance
Karen MacKay – Rolls-Royce
Tenna Piccione – RTI International
Anna Ransley – Heineken
Michelle Trupp – Tower Health
Marykay Wells – Pearson
CTO of the Year
A chief technology officer or technology director who has demonstrated 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
Neetu Rajpal – Lilac Software
Pamela Rice – Earnest
Heather Rivers – Mode
Ulku Rowe – Google
Minerva Tantoco – City Strategies LLC
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. 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 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
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
Diversity Initiative of the Year
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.
ACF Women’s Council – Accenture Security
Women in Technology Initiative – T-Mobile
HER Series – Pearson Women in Technology – NC Chapter
Women@eBay – eBay
Women Who Succeed – Atos
IGNITE – Dow Jones
Colors of Stem – S4 Technology
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
Entrepreneur of the Year
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 Inc.
Kirsten Bay – Cysurance
Jennifer Bisceglie – Interos
Clare Flynn Levy – Essentia Analytics
Ruby Kandah – CloudX
Vicki Mayo – The 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
Innovator of the Year
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.
Debra Barta – Mastercard
Mariesa Coughanour – Cognizant
Sowmya Gottipati – Estee Lauder Companies
Sinem Guven – IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Tara Khanna – Accenture Security
Heidi Messer – Collective[i]
Kavya Pearlman – XR Safety Initiative | Wallarm
Sheela Ramamurthy – 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 Asset Management – Team led by Sheetal Gandhi
BP – Team led by Keisha Garcia
JPMorgan Asset & Wealth Management – 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 Services – 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
Mark Goldin – Cornerstone OnDemand
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
Ceena Jacob – BP
Ana Oromendia – Acorn AI by Medidata
Aditi Roy – Siemens
Anne Solmssen – Ethena
Indira Soodeen – JOLT Advantage Group
Julie Vietmeier – Bayer
Security Champion of the Year
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 – XR Safety Initiative | Wallarm
Lena Smart – MongoDB
Jennifer Steffens – IOActive
Rebecca Wynn – 7.ai
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.
Lisa McLaughlin – Workit Health
Jennifer Rivera – Moodys Corporation
Faye Sahai – Telosity (Vinaj parent company)
Transformation Leader of the Year
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
Dorothy “Dee Dee” Helfenstein – Booz Allen Hamilton
Purvee Kondal – Globality
Cheryl Orange – FedEx
Wendi Runyon – Schneider Electric
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.
Heather Ames – Neurala
Rhonda Childress – IBM
Karina Costa – LynQ
Ana Damnjanovic – IHS Markit
Nicole Eagan – Darktrace
Pamela Gupta – OutSecure
Eileen Mahoney – PVH Corp
Yasha Sterling – Yasha Sterling Management Agency
Young Leader of the Year
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 – KPMG LLP
Alexa Elias – Alphadyne Asset Management LP
Katoria Henry – Zermount Cybersecurity Consulting, Inc.
Nishtha Jain – GlaxoSmith Kline
Luiza Helena Santos Nunes – Thoughtworks
Ali Urman – Urman Consulting
Iris Yung – Bank of America
Lauren Zink – Oportun