Women in Technology Announces Finalists for 16th Annual Leadership Awards

Professional Women in the Washington, D.C. Technology Community Recognized for their Extraordinary Vision, Talent and Mentorship

FAIRFAX, Va. – March 5, 2015 – Women in Technology (WIT), the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C.-area technology community, today announced the finalists for the 16th Annual Leadership Awards. This annual awards program identifies, recognizes and celebrates female professionals who are leaders in the technology field and bring a unique vision and talent to the industry.

The finalists for the 16th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards are:

Corporate Private Sector (Large and Small)
•    Patrice D’Eramo—Cisco
•    Jodi Huston—Phase One Consulting LLC
•    Julie T Yu—IBM Watson Implementations

Corporate Public Sector (Large and Small)
•    Rebecca M. Cowen—Hirsch—Inmarsat, Inc. US Government Business Unit
•    Marilyn Crouther—Hewlett-Packard
•    Lara Rivera Lopez, PMP—CSC NES Solutions - Citizen Services Enablement Consulting

•    Sarah E. Nutter—George Mason University School of Business
•    Linda F. Powell—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
•    Teresa M. Salazar—United States Air Force
•    Robin A. Thomas—Headquarters Marine Corps, C4 Department

Rising Star
•    Sarah Chu—Sapient Government Services
•    Sabrina Hersi Issa—Be Bold Media
•    Jenny Madorsky—SRA

Small Business / Entrepreneur
•    Goldy Kamali—FedScoop
•    Vera Lichtenberg—Mason Game & Technology Academy
•    Sophia Parker—DSFederal, Inc.

Technical Excellence
•    Helen Brooks—Navy Federal Credit Union
•    Andrea Heithoff —Octo Consulting Group
•    Lang Ly—Appian

Unsung Hero
•    Mary Ellen Feltis—Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
•    Andrea Hall—CSC
•    Johanna Manalansan Loyola—Freddie Mac

“The women our committee has selected are leaders of the highest caliber in the technology industry,” says WIT President Kellye Sheehan. “They have impressed us with the quality of their leadership, their innovative ideas and their forward-thinking abilities. By recognizing their talents, we at WIT hope to inspire the next generation of professional women.”

WIT will announce the winners at the Leadership Awards Banquet on April 23, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Va.

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About Women in Technology
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).