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Get To Know Our 2022 WIT Awards Finalists

Women In Technology is proud to announce our 2022 WIT Awards Finalists! Learn more about these trailblazers and why they’ve been chosen.

Women Of The Year in Science Finalists

Kashmira Date
Global Medical and Scientific Affairs Lead at Johnson and Johnson Global Public Health

An award winning scientist who received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Obama administration and represents the highest honor bestowed by the US Government on early career science and engineering professionals.  Dr. Date’s work is focused on introduction and use of new and underused vaccines across the world to prevent death and disability as a result of vaccine preventable diseases, which are one of the leading causes of death in some of the most underprivileged parts of the world.  Kashmira was selected to be a part of WomenLIft Health, a prestigious  program created by Melinda Gates, where she works to empower mid-career women to achieve senior leadership positions in public health.

Leah Roberts
COO Ipsum Diagnostics LLC

Through lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, Leah and her team worked on validating the world’s next potential threat, the monkeypox virus. As of July 2022, they are the first independent lab in Georgia and one of the few in the country to have an in vitro diagnostic test for the monkeypox virus.  Leah serves as a mentor to young professional women in her field helping them to define and achieve their goals as they enter the medical field.

Tokiwa Smith
Founder and Executive Director Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link Inc

Tokiwa is the founder of the nonprofit organization Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Link (SEM Link).  SEM Link works to connect K-12 students to STEM community by providing them with access to positive adult role models in the field.  Tokiwa’s mission is to encourage young people to participate in STEM research through digital learning and hands-on activities.  She also co-founded the Sista Nonprofit Network, focused on providing a safe space for Black Women Nonprofit Leaders to connect with other Black women in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector for relationship building and professional development.

Women Of The Year in Technology Finalists

Angie Brown
SVP of Technology for The Home Depot

 Angie is the SVP of Technology for The Home Depot and is responsible for over 1,000 orange-blooded Home Depot associates. Angie and her team are focused on associate development and delivering on commitments to support The Home Depot’s front line associates. Angie is the executive sponsor for Women’s Link, The Home Depot’s Associate Resource Group for women. The Women’s Link connects women with the opportunities, experiences, and visibility they need to excel in their current roles and move into leadership roles at The Home Depot. Angie also serves her community outside of Home Depot with her active involvement as a board member of Junior Achievement of Georgia.

Maribeth Coleman
Principal Research Scientist, Director of Research at Georgia Tech

Blazing a trail for 30+ years for other women in her field through mentoring and outreach, Maribeth has created a summer research program for high school students, hired interns and junior research staff from underrepresented groups, and participated in K-12 STEM activities including receiving grants to create augmented reality (AR) based learning environments to increase STEM participation. Maribeth has more than twenty years in the AR and wearable computing research communities and has been the primary investigator on dozens of research projects that established her center at Georgia Tech as a world-leading R&D lab.

Lisa S. Jones
Founder &  Chief EyeMail Officer at Eyemail

As Founder and Chief EyeMail Officer of EyeMail Inc., Lisa has served as a disruptor in digital communications for over 18 years, leading with consistent proactive actions for delivering excellence.  Lisa was named Catalyst of the Year by Delta Air Lines, in honor of her email innovation and strategy and in support of Delta’s women-owned supplier partners.  Lisa serves as a board member of the Technology Association of Georgia Diversity, Equity, and inclusion society whose mission is to increase awareness regarding the positive impact on business goals when diversity is leveraged to promote sharing innovative best practices for promoting diversity, collaborations, and opportunities to expand thought leadership and company initiatives.

Women Of The Year in Engineering Finalists

Tequila Harris
Associate Professor at Georgia Tech

Recognized as a leader in her field of engineering, Tequila serves as the Director of the Polymer Thin Film Processing (PTFP) group at Georgia Tech. Her research in the field has directly impacted a variety of engineering applications including energy and clean water technologies and flexible electronic devices. Another significant aspect of her current work is centered around service to the university and Georgia Tech’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE) initiative. Dr. Harris advocates for women faculty like herself to receive the critical support they need for career advancement.

Shobha Shivaiah
Sr. Manager, Software Development at Amazon

Over the last year, Shobha’s work at Amazon Music includes creating and incubating an initiative called “Amp.”  Amp is a new product that is a user generated content based live radio, social media app where anyone can create a show with the music they love.  She heads the engineering charter for Content Moderation and Business Influence and Automation vertical of Amp. She also serves as the Chair for the Amazon Women in Engineering Atlanta Chapter. She is an active technology speaker in the API community. She mentors and teaches high school girls to teach them technical skills including Java and Python development. She is actively involved in several community volunteering such as WIT mentorship program, TEALS program and 100 Girls of Code. In her previous role at Microsoft she had started the Women at Microsoft Atlanta chapter and held the chair position for the local chapter.

Lakshmi Vitthanala
Senior Vice President at InComm Payments

As a Senior Vice President at InComm Payments, Lakshmi has responsibility to manage the end-to-end delivery for InComm’s innovative incentive solutions. She leads strategic relationships with key partners and leaders across the enterprise to collaborate on technology needs including forecasting, budgeting, and IT strategy. At the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic in India, Lakshmi teamed with her community members to send help to rural communities in India to provide medicines, oxygen concentrators and food and supplies. She and her team continue to provide this support today.

Women Of The Year in STEAM Education Finalists

Jeannie Pridmore
Professor of MIS & MIS Program Director at The University of West Georgia

As the Management of Information Systems (MIS) Program Director, Jeannie provides strategic leadership, guidance, and management that promotes the MIS academic programs’ growth, visibility, and competitiveness. In 2022 The University System of Georgia awarded Jeannie the 2022 Felton Jenkins Junior Faculty Hall of Fame award. Jeannie is an active member of WIT, Girls Who Code, and the Southern Association of Information Systems. She works closely with the Carrollton City School District to promote STEM education through their programs in the local elementary schools including coding clubs and the Lego Club.

Sweta Sneha
Founder & Executive Director
at Kennesaw State University

Sweta is a professor of Healthcare Management and Informatics (HMI) and the founder and lead architect of the Consortium of Digital Healthcare Transformation at Kennesaw State University. She leads KSU’s strategy to innovate and design new programs that have increased revenue by $7M and impacted the talent pipeline and gender equity in STEAM workforce by over 500% at KSU. Over the past decade Sweta has served in various leadership and executive roles in a multitude of organizations providing servant leadership and countless service hours assisting organizations to achieve specific targets. Some of her roles include working with the Atlanta Regional Commission Emerging Technology RoundTable (ARC), serving as an Academic Alliance Executive Committee member with National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), and as a Board Member for Fulton Science Academy.

Melissa Waller
Executive Director at Change The Game

Melissa is the Executive Director of Change the Game, an organization dedicated to building a community of passionate data professionals. Melissa is focused on growing and diversifying the organization’s funding sources, enhancing technology integration, coordinating low-cost technology and big data trainings for students, and cultivating win-win relationships. Change the Game has trained over 5,000 people to date and among those 75% were from traditionally underserved populations. Melissa serves as the Regional Sponsorship Co-Chair for Jack and Jill of America, a national organization with the mission of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. She also involved in many other organizations in her community including the Junior League of Atlanta, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and Atlanta Public Schools as a Hospital & Homebound Educator.

Women Of The Year in Arts Finalists

Felisha Booker
Visionary, Founder & CEO at Breaker Nation

Felisha the Visionary, Founder and CEO of Breaker Nation, an organization with a mission to architect a more equitable and empowering landscape for independent musicians and aspiring professionals.  As the organizational leader, Felisha leads all product development, design, and implementation.  She works cross functionally with   technical team members and freelancers to deliver multi-platform experiences for the entire Breaker Nation community.  Felisha advocates to create opportunities for those without access to information, education, and opportunity with record labels and music companies.

Ricole Harbin
Production 3D Designer at Belgard

Ricole is the first woman and first person of color to work as a 3D modeler at Belgard, a landscape design and innovation company.  Ricole is a fierce supporter of women in her community by advocating for women’s rights and equality.  She has assisted many women in becoming business owners by supporting them through the process of incorporation and developing their brand.  She often speaks to communities on “The Power Of Leading From Behind.”

Shellie Schmals
Director of Community at Stage 23

Through her work as the Director of Community at Stage 32, Shellie ensures that Stage 32 is the most vibrant, progressive, positive, and active platform in the world.  Stage 32 boasts the world’s largest film, television, and digital content library.  Outside of her work life Shellie volunteers as a creative producer in the Atlanta Arts Community producing artistic events with dance, film, comedy, and more.

Women Of The Year in Math Finalists

Ankita Agarwal
Global Director  Commercial Transformation (RGM/TPM) at Kimberly-Clark

Ankita is a visionary leader at Kimberly-Clark bringing to the table new ways of working globally in which she led to transform the K-C culture from a project mindset to a product mindset.  Ankita and her team developed product strategy, coaching and training, and the model that is now used in other major transformations for K-C. Ankita is engaged in enabling K-C’s mantra of Better Care for a Better World by providing participation and leadership to Menstrual Health awareness initiatives that’s supports women and girls.

Leah Jones
Chief Financial Officer at Allscripts

A seasoned leader, Leah Jones serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Allscripts Healthcare. She is responsible for the financial leadership of the $600M publicly held global technology and bio-life sciences company. In an effort to educate and empower women on the value of preventative healthcare, genomics and taking control of their health future, Leah has shared her breast cancer journey which has empowered other women around her to also share their breast care related health situations.

Kimberly Toatley
AVP Financial & Research Administration- GTRI at Georgia Tech Research Institute

As an Assistant Vice President of Georgia Tech, Kimberly serves as the Chief Financial Officer responsible for the leadership and overall direction of the Financial Services and Research Administration organizations of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Her organizations are responsible for more than $800M of annual applied research across 950 separate contracts. Kimberly is a sought after speaker who speaks on important issues to women in leadership including resilience, inclusivity, mentorship. She is also an active contributor to philanthropy with dōTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation® USA.

Women Of The Year Woman to Watch Finalists

E’lon Ciriaco
Product Management at Equifax

As the Product Manager for InterConnect at Equifax, E’lon is the sole Product Manager working with 117 technical, operations, and product personnel supporting the platform across seven international regions. She is the youngest Product Manager to report directly to the Senior Director and VP of Decisioning in the Global Product Management department.

With a focus on organizations that work with young professionals, women, and product management, E’lon serves on the board of five community-based organizations and volunteers with many others. She is a member of Hispanic Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) which is a division of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Vice-chair of Community and Events. In her position with HYPE, she partners with other organizations such as the Atlanta, Latin American Association to give back and provide resources to the members.

Necole Jackson-DeJoie
Global Senior Director
& Tribe Lead
at BCG

Necole is a Global Senior Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), running their Digital Collaboration organization. She leads by example, championing effective and inclusive teamwork in all aspects of BCG’s internal and external collaboration journeys.

Necole is also passionate about supporting underserved communities through giving and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a member of the executive board of trustees for Theatrical Outfit, whose mission is to produce world-class theater that starts the conversations that matter. Every aspect of Necole’s work with the organization affirms her commitment to DEI.

Camryn Mastel
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
at Innovien Solutions

Camryn is the visionary and influential Chief Executive Officer of Innovien Solutions. Camryn works with her team to implement strategic planning to align with the company’s overall growth strategy and deploying new processes that improve efficiency and productivity for the firm. Each day she sets the standard of value in being intentional with each initiative and conversation.

Since Innovien’s inception, Camryn has created more than 400 new opportunities for women and minority groups with her nationwide clientele. She lives the mission of Innovien by propelling women in the industry, with 80% of the organization’s departmental leadership roles assumed by women.

Women Of The Year Build Her Up Award Finalists

Aaron Davis
Senior Director of Asset Management
at Hartsfield Jackson International

Aaron is the Senior Director of Asset Management at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  Among his many accomplishments in his role, Aaron supports the mission to provide the Atlanta region with a safe, secure, and cost-competitive gateway to the world. Aaron is President of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Atlanta Chapter which is the leading national advocate for employment diversity, inclusion and contracting opportunities in the multi-modal, multi-billion-dollar transportation industry.

Wade Huges
Managing Partner at 5Q

 In his role as the Managing Partner of 5Q, Wade focuses on business growth through large sales, partnerships, and potential acquisitions. Under Wade’s leadership 5Q was recognized as one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies by Inc 500 for the fifth year in a row.  Outside of his professional pursuits, Wade is a Board Member of Safehouse Outreach Ministries and Much Ministries in Haiti focusing on breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness for women and men.

Grant Shih
Chief Information Officer at NDCP

Grant is the Chief Information Officer at National DCP. As CIO, Grant has responsibility for the overall IT operations for approximately 400 G&A/Corporate staff members and 1200 warehouse team members across 10 locations. Grant is the founder of the IT Girls Foundation which focuses on providing opportunities for young girls to explore and develop their interests and talents in STEM.

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