Women in Technology Unveils Winners of Annual Leadership Awards

Annette Rippert, Senior Managing Director at Accenture

Annette Rippert, senior managing director at Accenture

Women in Technology showcased the breadth of talent among women in entrepreneurial, government and corporate roles across the Washington, D.C., region at its 18th Annual Leadership Awards.

The event, held May 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia, recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of women leading the way across the technology industry.

“This year’s group of remarkable finalists and winners should make all women working in technology proud,” said Kathryn Harris, president of WIT. “It’s important that we celebrate the women who continue to pave the way and set the bar high in an industry changing so rapidly. From our start-up community to established companies and the government sector, these women have demonstrated unwavering passion and the tremendous skill needed to lead and mentor other women along the way.”

This year’s winners:

Corporate Large Market SectorAnnette Rippert, Accenture, LLP

Corporate Mid-Market SectorMichele Kang, Cognosante

Corporate Small-Market SectorCarmen Radelat, Universal Service Administrative Company

– GovernmentPatricia Wolfhope, Science & Technology Directorate, Homeland Security Department

Rising StarGabriella Ziccarelli, Blank Rome LLP

Small Business/EntrepreneurJennifer Mellon, Trustify

Technical Leadership – Meghan Good, Leidos, Inc.

– Unsung HeroShantrell Collier, Justice Department

Women in Defense – Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, U.S. Cyber Command

Women in Technology’s The Leadership Foundry also presented its annual Corporate Board Award to First United Corporation. The Corporate Board Award honors a regional public company leading the way in appointing women to corporate board seats. With women serving in four of its 12 board seats, First United Corporation has exceeded critical mass.

Finally, this year’s President’s Award, given to someone who has shown exemplary dedication to furthering the cause of the Women in Technology organization, went to Maureen Caulfield for her work expanding WIT’s strategic sponsorship program.

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