Women in Technology Announces Finalists for 19th Annual Leadership Awards

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

Falls Church, VA – January 17, 2018 – 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 19th 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 19th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards include:

Corporate Large-Market Sector

  • Karen McCain Borno – Verizon
  • Lisa Mitnick – Accenture Digital
  • Vicki Schmanske – Leidos Health Group
  • Jill Singer – AT&T, Inc.
  • Lauren Van Wazer -Akamai Technologies

Corporate Mid-Market Sector

  • Elizabeth Anthony – ViON Corporation
  • Cecilia Baldwin – Sabre Systems, Incorporated
  • Susan Button – SWIFT
  • Mile Corrigan – Noblis
  • Lisa Trombley – Technica Corp.

Corporate Small-Market Sector

  • Erika Flora – BEYOND20
  • Donna Kilbourn – Unanet
  • Meena Krishnan – Inoventures, LLC
  • Rochelle Sanchirico – mHelpDesk
  • Angela Wilson – SeKON


  • Meghan Coakley McCarthy -NIH/NIAID
  • Lynnette Madsen – National Science Foundation
  • Pamela Pollet – Fillmore Arts Center, DCPS
  • Linda Powell – Consumer Federation Protection Bureau
  • Sierra Sellman – National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Rising Star

  • Christine Antonsen – GEICO
  • Kelly JohnLeidos
  • Krystle-Jayne Ng – Microsoft
  • Pavla Pletkova – Amazon Web Services
  • Margaret Smith – Accenture Federal Services

Small Business/Entrepreneur

  • Lana Bronipolsky – MPOWER Financing
  • Suzanne Porter-Kuchay – SPK Communications
  • Nisha Shajahan – Integrity Management Services, Inc.
  • Kimberly Shanahan – accelHRate LLC
  • Amy Wright – Macro Solutions

STEM Leadership

  • Sara Abuisi – Accenture Federal Services
  • Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch – Inmarsat
  • Kristie Grinnell – General Dynamics IT
  • Connie Johnson – CSRA
  • Eleanor Smalley – JASON Learning

Unsung Hero

  • Becky Almodovar – SWIFT
  • Felicity Coe – General Dynamic Mission Systems
  • Christine Lemley – Volkswagen Group of America
  • Kay Robinson – Fannie Mae
  • Eileen Shinnick – GEICO

Women in Defense                                  

  • Christine de Souza – STG, Inc.
  • Mary LegereAccenture Federal Services
  • Mary McCready – Microsoft
  • Juliana Vida – Gartner

“The Leadership Awards is an inspirational evening celebrating the sisterhood of women in tech,” said Trish Barber, President of WIT. “Each year we bring local companies together at our Annual Gala to hear the amazing stories of women demonstrating leadership and taking initiative to advance other women in STEM fields.”

WIT will announce the winners at the Leadership Awards Gala on May 17, 2018 at the Sheraton Tysons Corner.  For information about sponsorship packages and to purchase tables of individual tickets, please visit www.womenintechnology.org and follow us on TWITTER: @WITWomen, #WITLA18.

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. For more information, please visit: www.womenintechnology.org or connect with us via Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter(@WITWomen).