Women in IT Awards USA 2023 shortlist revealed

Recognising outstanding contributions to the technology industry

The anticipation is mounting as the highly esteemed Women in IT Awards USA 2023 shortlist has been unveiled.

After weeks of uncertainty and a rigorous selection process, the nominations for this year’s awards have been closed, leaving an impressive group of talented women, allies, and organisations on the shortlist.

The Women in IT Awards have long been recognised as a platform to celebrate and honour exceptional contributions to the technology industry in the United States.

Celebrating Women in IT

The Women in IT Awards USA 2023 ceremony, slated for Thursday, September 14, promises to be an extraordinary occasion, highlighting the transformative advancements, innovations, and remarkable growth achieved in the past two years.

It will be a momentous celebration of technology professionals and companies from across the country, recognising their profound impact in shaping the industry.

The event, which combines the Summit and Awards Gala Dinner, will take place in the vibrant city of New York, bringing together two extraordinary events under one roof.

The dynamic day-long summit will kick off with over six hours of engaging panel discussions, enlightening keynote speeches, thought-provoking Q&A sessions, and exciting pitch sessions. Attendees will be uniquely able to expand their knowledge, gain valuable insights, and discover actionable steps to drive positive change within the technology industry and beyond.

Platform for networking, sharing and inspiration

Following the enlightening Summit, the evening will culminate in the highly anticipated Women in IT Awards USA 2023 ceremony.

Distinguished and glamorous, the Awards Gala Dinner will honour the remarkable women, allies, and organisations that have made exceptional contributions to the technology industry in the United States. It promises to be an evening of networking, wonderful cuisine, and pure enjoyment, creating an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

Speaking on behalf of the Women in IT Awards, Cheryl Cole, Editor of DiversityQ, excited for the upcoming event, said: “The Women in IT Awards USA 2023 will be a true celebration of the incredible talent, passion, and determination within the technology industry.

“We are thrilled to bring together exceptional individuals and organisations contributing significantly to this field. It is an honour to recognise their achievements and provide a platform for networking, knowledge-sharing, and inspiration.”

Open to all

The Women in IT Awards USA 2023 is not just an exclusive event for the shortlisted nominees and their affiliated organisations. It invites all technology enthusiasts, professionals, and allies to join the festivities and bask in the celebration of remarkable achievements.

The Awards is set to be an unforgettable gathering of trailblazers, visionaries, and champions of change. Whether you are part of the shortlist or simply eager to immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere, don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an evening that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

Book your tickets early to join us on Thursday, September 14, at the in-person summit and awards ceremony in New York, where innovation, inspiration, and success will take centre stage.

The Women in IT Awards USA 2023 Shortlist

Advocate OTY

Cynthia Hetherington, Hetherington Group

Deborah Schildkraut, Kestin Impact Consulting

Diane Chan, BNY Mellon

Ketaki Vaidya, Oracle

LaLisha Hurt, Splunk, Inc.

Lindsay Hua,  Afiniti

Maril Vernon,  Aquia/The Cyber Queens Podcast/Teach Kids Tech

Mica Syjuco,  Avanade

Sajni Vederey,  Blackstone

Sarah Hospelhorn,  BigID

Ally OTY

Jai Gula, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Leland Elie, Bank of America

Mike Zachman, Zebra Technologies Corporation

Vikash Khatri, Afiniti

William Mechler, Major Crime Bureau


Beatriz Copelli, Danone

Kasia Gora, PhD, SCiFi Foods

Laureen Knudsen, Broadcom

Mary Kotch, Core Speciality Insurance

Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz, ABM Industries

Sabina Isak, Barclays

Sheila Jordan, Honeywell

Teri Green, Lite Technology Solutions, LLC

Data Leader OTY

Adita Karkera, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Anne Nies, Cohere Health

Cheryl DeLany, Franklin Templeton

Ewa J. Kleczyk, PhD Target RWE

Jamie Beason, JLL

Julie-VanTrinh Nguyen, bp

Kristin Valley, Willis Towers Watson (WTW)

Sameera Kapasi, Nerdery

Suzanne Sleeva, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network

Theresa Gebert, Afiniti

DEI Initiative OTY

SP(HER)E, Rita Gurevich, SPHERE

The Power of Genetic Algorithm, Natalia Rodriguez, BairesDev®

Women in RegTech New York’ Network, Alex Ford, Encompass Corporation.

Digital Transformation Leader OTY

Anne Nies, Cohere Health

Bhairavi Dubhashi, Cummins

Dora Clements, Unum

Illona Whatley, MMIT

Jaspreet Singh, Trimble Transportation

Kate Pretkel, EPAM Systems, Inc.

Mahalakshmi Viswanathan, Software AG

Nicole Sohoni, Verizon

Shell Adams, Citigroup

Swati Oza, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Diversity Leader OTY

Angela Suresh, Washington Business Dynamics

Bethany Saint Clair, OpenTExt

Kathleen Pai, N-able

Kimberley Basnight, Extreme Networks

Lindsay Hua, Afiniti

Lisa Prince, Afiniti

Employer OTY

Cisco Par Merat, Cisco

CU NextGen, Hayley Harrison, CU NextGen

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Katie Brown, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

GenSpark, GenSpark

Globant McKenna, Bloomquis Globant

JetRockets, Natalie Kaminski, JetRockets

Skill Struck, Parker Gentry, Skill Struck

Entrepreneur OTY

Dao Jensen, Oak Rocket

Jacquelyn Claybor, ONC National

Joyce Durst, Growth Acceleration Partners

LaVerne Council, Emerald One, LLC

Maryann Pagano, BlackHawk Data LLC

Nataliya Anon, Svitla Systems Inc.

Nikita Gupta, Careerflow.ai

Silvina Moschini, Unicoin

Stacia Nelson, Pivot Strategies

Vickie Chen, AviaGames


8th Light LLC, led by Kristin Kaeding, 8th Light LLC

Afiniti, led by Ksenija Draskovic, Afiniti

Cognizant, led by Mariesa Coughanour, Cognizant

Expedia, Group led by Aya Taleb, Expedia Group

Pearson, led by Gabriele Bauman, Pearson

Slalom, led by Kesha Williams, Slalom

Thoughtworks, led by Luiza Nunes, Thoughtworks

Unisys, led by Suzanne Taylor, Unisys

Unum, led by Debbie Thornbury, Unum

Verizon, led by Abby Knowles, Verizon

Lifetime Achievement OTY

Angelique Napoleon, GDIT

Elaine Montilla, Pearson

LaVerne Council, Emerald One, LLC

Terri Roeslmeier, Automated Business Designs

Yasha Sterling, ComEd/Yasha Sterling Management Agency

Newcomer OTY

Ashley Scott, PepsiCo

Kristin Valley, Willis Towers Watson (WTW)

Melissa Sutton, Unum

Next Generation Leader OTY

Arteesha Bosamia, dentsu

Fanny Heneine, Afiniti

Morgan Bell, Google

Namaswi Chandarana, GameChanger

Spandana Govindgari, Meta Platforms Inc.

Stephanie Lee, Infleqtion

Tess Mackay, Frank Recruitment Group

Thamina Stoll, LinkedIn

Yifei Wang, Meta Platforms Inc.

Yvonne Cristy, Clarasys

Security Leader OTY

Christa Ferrell, Bank of Montreal

Christine Whichard, SmartBear

Dana Simberkoff, AvePoint

Frankie Jackson Independent, K-12 Education Technology Leadership Projects

Heather Hinton, PagerDuty

Judy Garcia, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Kavya Pearlman, XR Safety Initiative

Monica Eaton, Chargebacks911

Rita Gurevich, SPHERE

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas, ABM Industries

Social Impact Project OTY

Carnegie Learning, April Murphy, Carnegie Learning

JASA, BJ Greenspan, JASA

Kollege and Kareer 4 Youth, Marcy Thornhill, Kollege and Kareer 4 Youth

Social Mobility Project OTY

Aquia/The Cyber Queens Podcast/Teach Kids Tech, Maril Vernon

Financial Literacy Programme, Parker Bartimus, JP Morgan Chase

GDIT, Angelique Napoleon, GDIT

Mojaloop Foundation, Paula Hunter, Mojaloop Foundation

Navisite, Global Steminist Scholarship Program, Navisite

Unicoin, Silvina Moschini, Unicoin

Tech Start-Up OTY

Careerflow.ai, Nikita Gupta, Careerflow.ai

Klickly, Cooper Harris, Klickly

KORIS, Chelsea Kubo, KORIS

Woman OTY

Adita Karkera, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Alice Buratti, Clarasys

Beverly Chamberlain, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Kavya Pearlman, XR Safety Initiative

Mariesa Coughanour, Cognizant

Martha Salinas, TreviPay

Mica Syjuco, Avanade

Prerna Goja, Zensa LLC

Shannon Sbar, Schneider Electric

Vivienne Wei, Salesforce

For more information, including ticket bookings and updates, visit the official website at Women in IT Awards USA 2023.

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