The Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley 2018 — winners revealed!

The first Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley, part of the world’s largest tech diversity event, brought together over 400 industry leaders last week for a stunning ceremony in San Francisco.

The awards, organised by Information Age and DiversityQ in partnership with Equinix as the headline sponsor and BMC Software as the premium sponsor, serve to showcase the achievements and innovation of women in technology and identify new role models in a sector where US women represent 25%, a steady decline from 35% over the last 15 years.

The Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley is part of the Women in IT Awards Series.

The awards were held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, where Milind Wagle, CIO at Equinix and Katharine Zaleski, co-founder and President at PowerToFly delivered two inspiring keynote speeches.

Katharine Zaleski, co-founder and President at PowerToFly, was the keynote speaker at the Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley
Katharine Zaleski, co-founder and President at PowerToFly, was the keynote speaker at the Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley.

The awards were hosted by Eva Saha, professional emcee, moderator and presenter, who revealed 16 winners chosen from over 400 nominations.

Niki Dowdall, Managing Director – Events & Marketing and main Board Director at Bonhill Group plc commented: “Our Women in IT Initiative is now a global series taking place in London, Ireland, New York and now Silicon Valley, next year will see launches in Europe, Singapore and Canada. We are working continually to encourage dialogue around the topic of gender parity in the tech industry and our awards are a platform to celebrate the wonderful women at the forefront of change and innovation.”

The Women in IT Awards Series is the flagship event in an ongoing Information Age campaign to tackle technology’s diversity problems. We have also launched three further diversity events in the UK: Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders, a careers fair for female university students, Diversity and Inclusion Summit and Future Stars of Tech, which identifies and promotes the industry’s top female career climbers.

Joining headline sponsor, Equinix, and premium sponsor, BMC Software, at the Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley 2018 are Airbnb, Fireye, Forescout, Google Cloud, Intel, Red Hat, Belvedere Communications and Women to Watch.

Winners

Advocate of the Year

Anika Balkan – Salesforce

Business Leader of the Year

Myra Nawabi – Lockheed Martin

Business Role Model of the Year, sponsored by BMC Software

Minette Norman – Autodesk, Inc

CIO of the Year

Paula Tolliver – Intel Corporation

CTO of the Year

Mignona Cote – AIG

Data Leader of the Year

Anastasia Zamyshlyaeva – Reltio

Digital Leader of the Year, sponsored by Airbnb

Maricel Cabahug – SAP

Diversity Initiative of the Year

Lauren Hasson – DevelopHER

Employer of the Year, sponsored by Intel

ALOM

Entrepreneur of the Year

Maria Artunduaga – Respira Labs

Future CIO of the Year, sponsored by Red Hat

Rosh Dawes – Equinix

Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Google Cloud

Julie Fergerson – Ethoca

IT Team of the Year

Nicole Oppenheim – FireEye

Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by FireEye

Kristal Murphy – Intel Corporation and Stephanie Yaung – Roche

Security Champion of the Year, sponsored by ForeScout

Sherry Ryan – Juniper Networks

Transformation Leader of the Year

Mona Ved Tongia – Zenefits

Woman of the Year, sponsored by Equinix

Barbara Hewitt – Texas State University and Christina Petersen – Salesforce

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is the editor for Information Age. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and cyber security.

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