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Women Tech Council Honors Women for Accomplishments

By Rachel Madison

September 13, 2013

Twenty women who are changing the face of the technology world were celebrated Thursday by the Women Tech Council during the sixth annual Women Tech Awards luncheon. The awards recognized technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies and are key contributors to the community.

The women, 17 who are working in the technology field and three who are in or just out of college, attended the event as finalists for the contributions they’ve made to their companies or schools and the community.

The finalists were: Shani Allsop of REES Capital; Elena Balasa of L-3 Communications; Catherine Ball of; Cheryl Snapp Conner of Snapp Conner PR; Cathy Donahoe of Domo; Ashley Dreier of Health Equity; Melissa Floor of; Sharlene Hawkes of Remember My Service Productions; Amanda Hudson of Western Governors University; Maile Keone of VacationRoost; Kristi Knight of Vivint; Sarah Lehman of ENVE Composites; Denise Leleux of eBay; Cory Schaeffer of Listen Technologies; Lynda Talgo of eBay; Zlatina Todorov of O.C. Tanner; Clare Wysocki of ATK; Sara Ehlert, student in electrical engineering at Brigham Young University; Rosalie Waller, student in bioengineering at University of Utah; and Dayna Stevenson, recent graduate in computer science at Westminster College.

A selection committee from the technology industry, venture, government and professional communities selected the finalists and then decided who would receive awards in various categories, ranging from Rising Star to Academic Excellence. The top award winners are:

  • Academic Excellence: Dayna Stevenson, Westminster College
  • Trailblazer: Catherine Ball,
  • Human Capital Leadership: Cathy Donahoe, Domo
  • Rising Star: Clare Wysocki, ATK
  • Business Excellence: Sarah Lehman, ENVE Composites
  • Technical Excellence: Zlatina Todorov, O.C. Tanner
    Leadership Excellence: Lynda Talgo, eBay

In addition, an award new to the WTC awards program last year, the Impact Award, was given to Amy Rees Anderson of REES Capital for her work over the years in various technology company roles. Anderson began her first business in 1996 and eventually became CEO of MediConnect Global. She recently founded REES Capital, a company that provides entrepreneurs and business executives' critical guidance and support to help their companies grow.

During the event, Jennifer Lawton, president of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based MakerBot, a global company leading the way in desktop 3D printing, was the keynote speaker. She spoke about the importance of women being a part of the technology world and gave the finalists and their guests advice on how to make the most of their careers.

“I’m a woman, mother, sister, ex-wife, wife and so on, but I’m also still a person,” she said. “I’ve almost always been the only woman in the room, but that can be a good thing. Women can bring a different perspective to the table. I’ve learned to be true to yourself and always know who you are. You don’t get anywhere if you don’t ask. If someone tells you something is easy, go to someone else because nothing in life is easy. Always try again and try harder.”

During the past six years, the WTC has honored 90 women and 15 university students. The WTC also recently launched a scholarship program that offers scholarships to high school students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math degrees. 

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