NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The inaugural Women in IT Awards in America took place last night at Gotham Hall, New York. With just 25% of computing jobs in the US held by women, the event’s goal was to showcase the achievements and innovation of women in technology and to identify new role models for young women. 18 awe-inspiring leaders were celebrated, with the volume and quality of nominations leading the judges to choose joint winners in two categories.
Keynote speaker Diane Bryant, recently appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Google Cloud, delivered a powerful speech emphasising the importance of diversity in driving innovation across America’s tech sector.
Some 550 people attended the celebration, a flagship and high-profile platform for the industry’s wide-reaching diversity efforts. Despite it being the event’s first year in the US, hundreds of nominations were received. Having quickly gained influence over the four years since its launch in London, the Women in IT Awards came to New York last night to continue spreading a positive, motivational message to women working in a male-dominated industry.
THE AWARD WINNERS
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Ronni Eloff, Women in Technology International
Paula Hunter, NFC Forum
Margaret Dawson, Red Hat
Sherry Aaholm, Cummins
Janice Withers, TD Bank
Jacquelin Speck, U.S. Navy
Monica Caldas, GE Transportation
Melissa Stevens, Fifth Third Bank
Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot
Winnie Cheng, Io-Tahoe
Jennifer Kyriakakis, MATRIXX Software
Tracy Vo, Bank of the West
Veena Gundavelli, Emagia Corporation
Annie Eaton, Futurus
Monica Jain, LogicHub
Kelly Switt, Citi
Mayumi Hiramatsu, Infor
Karen Parisi, Oodi
Lawrence Gosling, Editorial Director at Vitesse Media, said:
“We are delighted that the Women in IT Awards continues to grow in size and influence and is now a real representation of how important inclusion is in technology. America faces the same diversity challenges as the UK, particularly in this industry, but to see how this event has been embraced in New York has yet again proven that businesses worldwide are increasingly recognising the issue and committing to making real change. To have a raft of influential partners support us in our endeavour to promote women in technology is incredibly important to us, and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with them putting together a very special evening. Congratulations again to all the finalists and winners.”
About the Women in IT Awards
The Women in IT Awards is the world's largest tech diversity event, providing an opportunity for business and tech leaders to convene and celebrate women in technology, with the ultimate aim to further the cause of improving diversity and inclusion in the IT industry. The Awards were launched in 2015, and the inaugural USA event took place on 22 March 2018.
The Women in IT Awards USA 2018 were sponsored by premium sponsor T-Mobile, as well as AT&T Business Operations, Investment News Magazines, Women to Watch Series, Deloitte, Bluewolf, Equinix, BMC, Zayo, Rolls-Royce, FireEye, Neustar, Information Age, Google Cloud, BP and Frank Recruitment Group.
About Vitesse Media
Vitesse Media is a digital media and events company specialising in enterprise technology, growth business, investment and diversity. Our award-winning magazines and content, engaging and responsive websites, exciting events and highly acclaimed research touch millions of small businesses, entrepreneurs, IT professionals, investors and professional women, as well as advisors and suppliers.
Our flagship media brands, published across digital and print, include Information Age, SmallBusiness.co.uk, GrowthBusiness.co.uk, What Investment and Growth Company Investor. We also host a series of high-profile and prestigious live events that bring together thousands of business, technology and finance decision-makers.