Who are the top women in technology?

Women in Technology has name the finalists for the organization’s 17th annual Leadership Awards.

The Women in Technology Leadership Awards aim to identify, recognize, and celebrate female professionals who are leaders in the technology field.

The finalists are:

Corporate Large Market Sector

  • Mary S. Craft – Leidos, Inc.
  • Jo A. Decker —General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Stacey Halota —Graham Holdings (formerly The Washington Post Co.)
  • Kay Kapoor – AT&T Global Business – Public Sector Solutions
  • Lynn Martin - VMware Public Sector

Corporate Mid-Market Sector

  • Anne Aakre – Evolver, Inc.
  • Sonya Jain – eGlobalTech
  • Tiffany Jones – iSIGHT Partners
  • Sheryl Lemma – Ellucian

Corporate – Small Market Sector

  • Rebecca Andino – Highlight Technologies LLC
  • Mary-Claire Burick – Rosslyn Business Improvement District
  • Carolyn Parent - LiveSafe
  • Alisa Valudes Whyte – Merritt Group 


  • Sonia Kendall – U.S. Coast Guard
  • Stephanie O’Sullivan – Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Sophia Paros – Defense Information Service Agency
  • Linda F. Powell – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Margaret R. Staubs – U.S. Coast Guard C4IT Service Center 

Rising Star

  • Ashley Baber – Cvent
  • Kaylyn Gibilterra - Capital One
  • Kylie Johnson – Blackboard Inc.
  • Maria Sasinowski – Microsoft
  • Camille A. Stewart, Esq. – Department of Homeland Security

Small Business / Entrepreneur

  • Susan M. Evans – Evans Incorporated
  • Crystal Icenhour, PhD – Aperiomics
  • Dr. Arti Patel Varanasi – Advancing Synergy
  • Lisa Wolford – Constellation West
  • Amy Wright – Macro Solutions 

Technical Leadership

  • Sara Abiusi – Accenture Federal Services
  • Suzanne Campbell – VMware Public Sector
  • Annelise Dubrovsky – Appian
  • Kimberly C. Smith – Integrity Applications Incorporated
  • Cathy Tilton - CSRA

Unsung Hero

  • Margaret Archer – Excella Consulting
  • Jenny Oh – Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Nancy Powell – Dovel Technologies
  • Michelle Richards – AT&T
  • Lisa White – Freddie Mac

Women in Defense

  • Commander Amy Grable – Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command
  • Erin M. Thorpe – U.S. Coast Guard C3CEN Portsmouth
  • Diane E. Webber, RADM, US Navy (Ret) – National Defense University

WIT will announce the winners at the Leadership Awards Banquet on May 19, 2016, at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Reston, Va.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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