Who are the top women in technology?

Professional group honors 18 for work as mentors, role models and business leaders

Women in Technology honored 18 professionals for their role in the Washington area’s technology community.

This is the 12th year the group has recognized achievements by women in the technology field.

“In the twelve years this award has been around, technology has changed our world dramatically. It is not only the engineers and scientists who are making an impact on technology, it is also the enablers of technology – healthcare providers, law enforcement, universities, government organizations, and more,” said Nanci Schimizzi, president of WIT.

The awards recognize women who have acted as mentors, leaders and role models in their companies and communities.

The winners are:

  • Rising Star: Charity Nowling, senior electrical engineer, Science Applications International Corp.
  • Unsung Hero (tie): Denise Lucero, senior manager, Deloitte Consulting; and Sarah Hyder, project manager, FEMA
  • Global Impact: Blanca Treviño, president and CEO, Softtek; and Dr. JoGayle Howard (posthumous), theriogenologist, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  • Green IT: Mile Corrigan, manager, federal green program, Noblis
  • Education IT: Kamalika Sandell, senior director, enterprise systems, American University
  • Health IT: Dr. Katrina Firlik, chief medical officer, HealthPrize Technologies
  • Entrepreneur Award: Nicole C. Close, president, EmpiriStat Inc.
  • Government: Ann T. Speyer, CIO, Smithsonian Institution
  • Corporate Public Sector Award (Small): Jeri Lassiter, CEO and president, ASM Research Inc.
  • Corporate Public Sector Award (Large): Linda A. Mills, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems
  • Corporate Commercial Award (Small): Fran Maier, president and executive chair, TRUSTe
  • Corporate Commercial Award (Large): Jill Bruning, chief operating officer, NJVC
  • WIT President’s Award: Laura McCarthy, Qualified Search; Kelly Moore, AT&T; and Vicki Warker

About the Author

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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