2016 Technology Woman of the Year
Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 7:30 am – 10:00 am | Casa Larga Vineyards
Reaching Your Goals: The Keys are Passion, Determination, and Persistence
About the Award
This award is designed to recognize, celebrate, and make visible the achievements of women in high technology fields. Through this award, women who work in these professions are encouraged to stay in the Greater Rochester area, mentor young women, and contribute to the economic growth of the region.
Michelle Arbore, Owner, Savvy Social Media
Margaret Bailey, Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE/Principal Investigator & Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
Kate Bennett, President, Rochester Museum & Science Center
Susan Bernegger, Project Manager, Test Engineering, Communications Systems, Harris Corporation
Mary Pat Cottengim, Human Factors & Usability Lead, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Stephanie Dickman, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Space and Intelligence Systems, Harris Corporation
Cynthia Gordon, Director of Telemedicine, Rochester Regional Health
Pamela Gratzer, President/CEO, Mindware Connections Inc.
Marie Kraus, Technology Education Teacher, Fairport School District; Martha Brown and Fairport High Schools
Karen Kuppinger, Chief Information Officer, Nazareth College
Donna Lange, Associate Professor & Director of DeafTEC, Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Amy Perry-DelCorvo, CEO/Executive Director, NYS Computers and Technology Educators
Ewa Pigna, Engineering Leader, United Technologies
Lana Verschage, Director of Women in Computing, Rochester Institute of Technology
Keynote Speaker: Jill S. Tietjen, P.E.
President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
Keynote Topic: Reaching Your Goals! The Keys are Passion, Determination and Persistence
An electrical engineer with 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., provides planning consulting services and serves as an expert witness. An author, speaker and electrical engineer, she served as the CEO of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Tietjen is currently an independent director on two corporate boards – Georgia Transmission Corporation and Merrick & Company (of which she is Vice Chair). A Past National President of the Society of Women Engineers, Jill nominates women for national awards including induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. She has been to the White House twice to see her nominees receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Jill is the co-author of the bestselling and award winning book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America and passionate about informing the public about women’s accomplishments. The recipient of many honors, in 2010, she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Jill graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (minor – Electrical Engineering), received her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.
Thank you to TWY event sponsor Entre Computer Services
Senior VP & CIO
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust
VP Global Services and Applications
Director of Customer Service
Victoria Van Voorhis
Founder and CEO
Second Avenue Software, Inc.
Chief Information Officer
Rochester Institute of Technology
VP of Sales
Director of Web Technology
University of Rochester
Quantum Technology Associates
Senior IT Analyst
Computing & Information Technology
VP and Upstate NY Director
Professor and Chair, Department of Information Technology
President and Managing Partner
Veritor Executive Advisors
Nixon Peabody LLP
Award given in honor of all women in IT