FALLS CHURCH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Women in Technology (WIT) this week showcased a stellar slate of corporate, government and entrepreneurial talent across the Washington, D.C. region as it honored women in a variety of roles and organizations at the 17th Annual Leadership Awards. The event, held Thursday night May 19th at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, welcomed more than 500 attendees who gathered to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women leading the way across the technology industry.
“The women we honor this year represent unprecedented talent and insight,” said Lisa Dezzutti, President of WIT. “From the finalists to the winners, they are innovating and showing courage and an ability to inspire us all. In one of the most exciting industries around, the opportunity for women to lead with impact has never been greater.”
This year’s winners include:
- Corporate Large Market Sector – Kay Kapoor, AT&T Global Business, Public Sector Solutions
- Corporate Mid-Market Sector – Sonya Jain, eGlobalTech
- Corporate – Small Market Sector – Carolyn Parent, LiveSafe
- Government – Stephanie O’Sullivan, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- Rising Star – Camille A. Stewart, Esq., Department of Homeland Security
- Small Business/Entrepreneur - Susan M. Evans, Evans Incorporated
- Technical Leadership - Cathy Tilton, CSRA
- Unsung Hero – Jenny Oh, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Women in Defense – Commander Amy Grable, Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command
Women in Technology’s The Leadership Foundry also presented its annual Corporate Leadership Award to ICF International, a company leading the way in appointing women to its corporate board. Three of ICF’s eight directors are women, which is 37.5%, well above the national and regional average of public companies.
“I am honored to accept the Women in Technology Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of ICF International,” said Ellen Glover, executive vice president for ICF International. “ICF is focused on attracting and retaining the very best talent available in the market regardless of gender. More than one-third of our board of directors is comprised of women. Additionally, five of ICF’s top executives are women. Having an inclusive culture and a diverse staff allows us to deliver comprehensive and effective professional services to our clients and gives us a significant advantage over our competitors.”
“Research shows that corporations with at least one woman board director have stronger financial results than corporations with none. ICF is leading the way in appointing qualified women to join its ranks,” said Julie Bloecher, Chair of WIT’s The Leadership Foundry, which identifies and trains women for corporate board opportunities.
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, Linkedlin or Twitter (@WITWomen).