Women in Technology Announces 19th Annual Leadership Award Winners


in Technology
(WIT), the premier organization contributing to the
success of professional women in the Washington, D.C.-area technology
community, announced winners of the 19th Annual Leadership
Awards on Thursday night, May 17th. The evening celebrated
the female professionals who are leaders in the technology field,
recognizing the unique vision and talent that they bring to the industry.

The Women in Technology (WIT) Annual Leadership Awards showcases the
breadth of talent among women in entrepreneurial, government and
corporate roles across the Washington, D.C. region.

“We are at an interesting moment in time for women leaders,” said Trish
Barber, WIT president. “Through these accomplished finalists, WIT is
able to inspire a conversation about what female leadership looks like
and the impact women are having on their organizations. In addition to
being honored at our annual reception, this year’s finalists will have
the opportunity to continue the conversation and meet with the WIT board
to share ideas on supporting local women leaders.”

This year’s winners are as follows:

– Corporate Large Market Sector – Vicki Schmanske, Leidos

– Corporate Mid-Market Sector – Mile Corrigan, Noblis

– Corporate Small-Market Sector – Meena Krishnan, Inoventures, LLC.

– Government – Lynnette Madsen, National Science Foundation

– Rising Star – Christine Antonsen, GEICO

– Small Business/Entrepreneur – Suzanne Porter-Kuchay, SPK Communications

– STEM Leadership– Kristie Grinnell, General Dynamics IT

– Unsung Hero – Christine Lemley, Volkswagen Group of America

– Women in Defense – LTG(R) Mary Legere, Accenture Federal Services

Women in Technology’s The Leadership Foundry also presented its annual
Corporate Board Award to Host Hotels & Resorts. The Corporate Board
Award honors a regional public company leading the way in appointing
women to corporate board seats. Women hold in 4 of Host Hotels &
Resorts’ 11 board seats, making gender diversity on the board 36%, a
steady increase since 2012.

Finally, this year’s President’s Award, given to someone who has shown
exemplary dedication to furthering the cause of the Women in Technology
organization. This year’s award went to Carrie Drake, Chair of the
Communications Committee for the work she has done to formalize the
organizations communications strategy and strengthen the brand

About Women in Technology (WIT)

Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization with the
mission of advancing women in technology—from the classroom to the
boardroom—by providing advocacy, leadership development, networking,
mentoring and technology education. With nearly 1000 members in the
Washington, D.C. area, WIT strives to meet its vision of being the
premier organization empowering women to be architects of change in the
technology industry. For more information, please visit http://www.womenintechnology.org/
or connect with us via: Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter (@WITWomen).


Women in Technology (WIT)
Media Contact:
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