WIT Women of The Year In STEAM Awards
Judging Day


August 31, 2021 | 8:15am to 1:00pm

MEET THE WIT AWARDS VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP TEAM

Keerti Gupta

Pyramid Consulting

WIT Awards Chair

Julianne Taft

Cox Communications

WIT Awards Co-Chair

Kati Graff

Adapture

Volunteer Leader - Judging

  • 8:15-8:30am

    Login to virtual meeting/Networking

  • 8:30-8:35am

    Welcome (Penny Collins) 

  • 8:35-8:50am

    Briefing and Q&A (Kati and Julianne)

  • 8:50-9:00am

    Judges discussion in judging room for each category

  • 9:00-9:40am

    Group 1 Interviews

  • 9:40-9:50am

    Judges discussion of first finalists/Record thoughts for program

  • 9:50-10:00am

    Break

  • 10:00-10:40am

    Group 2 Interviews

  • 10:40-10:50am

    Judges Discussion of second finalists/Record thoughts for program

  • 10:50-11:00am

    Break

  • 11:00-11:40am

    Group 3 Interviews

  • 11:50-12:00pm

    Extra time for deliberation

  • 11:55-12:00pm

    Record judges talking about finalists - "Why did you choose this woman to be Woman of the Year?"

  • 12:00-12:30pm

    Break

  • 12:30-1:00pm

    All judges together to announce winners (WOTY)

  • 1:30pm

    Judging responsibilities completed/open for virtual networking

Finalist Judging Schedule

  • Group 1:
    9:00-9:40am

    Category:

    Finalist:

    Science

    Dr. Jill Flanagan (Mon 7PM)

    Technology

    Beth Mynatt

    Engineering

    Sarah Rodehorst

    Arts

    Dot Bustelo

    Math

    Dr. Valerie Camille Jones

    Education

    Angelita Howard

     

  • Group 2:
    10:00-10:40am

    Category:

    Finalist:

    Science

    Anju Mathew

    Technology

    Namita Tirath

    Engineering

    Anuradha Verma

    Arts

    LaRonda Sutton

    Math

    Pinar Keskinocak

    Education

    Kristina Newton

  • Group 3:
    11:00-11:40am

    Category:

    Finalist:

    Science

    Lakshmi Kalluri

    Technology

    Sukai Crook

    Engineering

    Alexa Harter

    Arts

    N/A

    Math

    Tracy Daniels (11:30-12:10)

    Education

    Sweta Sneha

Science Judges

Gladys Delancey-Bolding

Founder/CEO

BioLogue Laboratorium

Sherry Farrugia

Chief Operating & Strategy Officer, Pediatric Technology

Georgia Tech

Lynn Fountain

Principal Research Scientist

Georgia Tech

Michelle Wells

Medical Physicist

Piedmont

Leanne West

Chief Engineer Pediatric Te4chnologies

Georgia Tech

Technology Judges

Diana Caplinger

Head of CRM, Intelligent Automation (Bots, AI/ML), & Personalization

Truist

Matthew Maddox

CIO

Roark Capital

Joy Millard

Rob Milstead

SVP, Digital & Omnichannel platforms

Genuine Parts

Renee Pearson

SVP Digital Transformation & Business Engagement

Republic National Distributing Company

Engineering Judges

Carlee Bishop

Faculty Director, MS Technology & Leadership Mgmt

Agnes Scott College

Kelley Chester

Principal

c3 Informatics

Jay Moran

SVP Platform Engineering

Fiserv

Grant Shih

CIO

National DCP

Michelle Yi

Senior Director-Applied AI

RelationalAI

Arts Judges

Sirita Donaldson

Head of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Finastra

Annie Eaton

CEO

Futurus

Scott Wells

Director - Business Development

RCG Global Services

Mathematics Judges

Gary Brantley

CTO

Beazer Homes

Dr. Anne DeBeer

IT Consultant

TechBridge

Teresa Moody

Program Director, Global Cyber Security and Fraud

Fiserv

STEAM Education Judges

Julia Clay

AVP Excutive Programs

Brenau University

Tino Mantella

President & CEO

Turknett Group

Kanyatta Walker

VP Digital Enterprise Solutions Operating Officer

Cisco

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Know Before You Go

Special Instructions - Judges:

  • Kati Graff and Julianne Taft are the WIT Volunteer Leaders that are assigned to assist you with the judging process
  • You can access the link to the judges virtual platform above.
  • When you first login, you will need to go to the "Judge’s Meeting Room" to meet with Kati, Julianne and the rest of the judges.  There will be a quick debrief before you sperate into your individual rooms to begin the interview process.

WIT Judges: What to Expect

Preparation:

You will receive 2 finalists information packets prior to August 31st that includes details about the finalists in the specific category you are chosen to judge.  One information packet includes data from the nominator’s application and the second includes data from the finalist’s application. Please read through your finalist packets and jot down questions and notes. We suggest you go to mywit.org and read information about WIT and what the Women of The Year awards represent in order to draft specific questions that will help you choose an appropriate winner.


Awards Ceremony:

We would love for you to join us for the Women of the Year Awards ceremony.  We plan to recognize you during the Run Of Show to share our appreciation for your time. The awards ceremony is on October 16, 2021 from 7:00PM – 9:00 PM. 


Support Hub:

If you run into any technical issues, please notify the WIT Support Hub through CHAT. You will find this located at the bottom right of the page.

Day of Judging:

  • We ask that you arrive in the "Judge's Meeting Room" in Zoom no later than 8:15 on the day of judging. We will have a meet and greet session with all the judges then cover off any remaining house keeping items. You will then be excused to meet privately with the other judges for your chosen category to prep, ask questions and discuss approach before the finalists joins you.

 

  • The first interview will begin promptly at 9am. Each interview will last 40 minutes (we will give you a 10 minute warning).

 

  • You will have 10 minutes to discuss the finalist with the other judges.

 

  • After each interview, your WIT moderator will record you saying a few words about the finalist, and then you will get a 10 minute break before your next scheduled interview. This recording may be used in the run of show so please be sure to not same their company name or their name in the remarks.

 

  • You will have an extra 10-15 minutes after the final interview to choose a winner....this can sometimes be a battle. A WIT representative will be in each room to help answer questions and provide guidance for the judging process.

 

  • Once you have chosen the winner, we ask that you please leave your interview room and rejoin us in the "Judge's Meeting Room". We will complete wrap up and then excuse all. We usually wrap up the day by 1-1:30pm
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