14 Women in IT celebrated at annual Silicon Valley awards

Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley brought together over 300 industry leaders passionate about tackling technology’s diversity problems.

Women in IT Silicon Valley, part of the world’s largest tech diversity event, announced its winning class of 2019 at a dinner held at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, last week, recognising female “trailblazers” who’d forged a successful career in the sector.

The quality of the 300 submissions in over 17 categories, meant judges had some tough choices to make deciding the final 14 but were testament to the strides women have made in a sector previously dominated by men.

And the Women in IT winners were:

Advocate of the Year

Ilona Budapesti, 1 Million Women to Tech

Business Leader of the Year

Nicole Eagan, Darktrace

Business Role Model of the Year

Bernadette Rotolo, Warner Music Group

Data Leader of the Year

Anuradha Gali, Uber Technologies

Digital Leader of the Year

Melissa Wiley, Formerly at National Geographic Partners

Diversity Initiative of the Year


Entrepreneur of the Year

Nicole Hu, One Concern

Innovator of the Year

Ashley Ward, Mission Support Alliance

IT Team of the Year


Rising Star of the Year

Hayley Leibson, Lunchclub

Security Champion of the Year

Monique Head, PayPal

Transformation Leader of the Year

Alley Lyles, Direct Energy

Future CIO of the Year

LeAnna Fries, Palo Alto Networks

Employer of the Year

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

CIO of the Year

Carrie Rasmussen, The Save Mart Companies

CTO of the Year

Geeta Chauhan, Silicon Valley Software Group

Woman of the Year

Rashim Mogha, Automation Anywhere

Sana Sammi, Awards Programmer, Information Age said: “It gives me great pleasure being able to celebrate these trailblazing Women in IT for their excellence –  some of whom started their careers more than 30 years ago and overcame challenges and prejudice, and others at the beginning of their career who are forging a new path in the industry.

“Regardless of how cliched it may sound I have to take the opportunity to tell you that you are all amazing and an inspiration. You take risks, ask and work for change for inclusivity in the industry while achieving and overachieving at work. To put it in simply, you rock!”

This year’s event was sponsored by BMC, Lastline, Red Hat, Nutanix, Red Hat, FIREEYE and DiversityQ.

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