The 2020 Shortlist           


Advocate of the Year (sponsored by MasterCard)

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

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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
Young Leader of the Year (sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co)

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
  • Alexandra Urman – ARK Invest


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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
Business Role Model of the Year (sponsored by NTT DATA Services)

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


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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 – Mirai. Global & Vinaj 
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
Innovator of the Year (sponsored by Rolls Royce)

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


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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 – UiPath - FirstSource
  • Julie Vietmeier – Bayer
Security Champion of the Year (sponsored by Forescout)

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]

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Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Google Cloud)

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.

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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 – MUFG Union Bank, N.A
  • Mark Goldin – Cornerstone
  • James Heighington – Google
  • Michael Pass – Scivantage
  • Fletcher Previn – IBM
  • Rob Suarez – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company)
Data Leader of the Year (sponsored by Precisely)

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


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Transformation Leader of the Year (sponsored by BP)

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

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CIO of the Year (sponsored by Red Hat)

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


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Diversity Initiative of the Year (sponsored by IBM)

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
  • SheWorks!
  • Women Who Succeed – Atos
  • IGNITE – Dow Jones
  • Colors of Stem – S4 Technology
  • Unity – IHS Markit

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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.

  • AvidXchange
  • T-Mobile
  • Growth Acceleration Partners
  • CircleUp
  • Beyond
  • HP Inc.
  • IHS Markit
  • Atos
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
CTO of the Year (sponsored by AWS)

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 Global 
  • Neetu Rajpal – Oscar Health
  • Pamela Rice – Earnest
  • Heather Rivers – Mode
  • Ulku Rowe – Google
  • Minerva Tantoco – City Strategies LLC


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Woman of the Year (sponsored by Frank Recruitment)

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


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