2017 Technology Woman of the Year

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 7:30 am – 10:00 am | Casa Larga Vineyards

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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.

Eligibility & Evaluation

Eligible nominees include women who:

  • Are in a profession within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field
  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in a leadership role
  • Work within the Greater Rochester metropolitan area (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne counties)
  • Are employed in a company whose primary product is technology or in a technology or technical department of a non-tech organization

Evaluation Categories, Criteria, and Weighting

Sustained contributions to the technology profession (40%) – Demonstrated impact to the profession, as illustrated by length of time in the profession, highest level achieved, success promoting or implementing technology, details of projects / contributions, professional organization memberships / year joined / service or positions held, technical publications and presentations (including where deliv­ered), degrees / concentrations, and special assignments.

Contributions advancing the status, opportunities, and employment for women in the technology professions (50%) – Demonstrated contributions to women, as illustrated by mentoring activities, hiring practices, developmental publications, and presentations, etc.

Contributions to the community (10%) – Support for and involvement in the com­munity, as illustrated by volunteer activities, developing new programs, providing leadership services to community organizations, or influencing the goals of those organizations.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deana L. Porterfield, President of Roberts Wesleyan College

Keynote Topic: Becoming a Person of Influence

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield became the 11th President of Roberts Wesleyan College and the third President of Northeastern Seminary on July 1, 2014. President Porterfield is a visionary leader with a passion for Christian higher education.  As the College celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2016, Porterfield believes Roberts and Northeastern are positioned to be beacons of light in the northeast, creating hope for generations to come.

President Porterfield is a strong advocate of the ideals of B.T. Roberts, who, in 1866 founded Chili Seminary, which later became Roberts Wesleyan College.  By providing the best education to develop students academically, socially and spiritually, the College and Seminary accomplish their missions of Education for Character and Preparation for Ministry.

Prior to Roberts and Northeastern, President Porterfield served at Azusa Pacific University for 26 years in various roles, including Vice President for Enrollment Management, Chief of Staff, Senior Vice President for People and Organizational Development and Executive Vice President of the online university.

Originally from Watsonville, California, President Porterfield earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.  She also holds a master’s degree in organizational management and a bachelor’s degree in music from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.

Deana and her husband Doug have two daughters.  Rebecca is married to Brenden and they have a daughter Violet.  Allison is a junior at Roberts.

 Thank you to TWY event sponsor Entre Computer Services


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In-Kind Sponsor

Kristine Siebert – Photographer

Past Recipients

Ewa Pigna

Sandra Roberts
Senior VP & CIO
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Anne Bell
VP Global Services and Applications
Xerox Corporation

Amy Carey
Director of Customer Service

Jennifer Kruschwitz
Principal Engineer
JK Consulting

Victoria Van Voorhis
Founder and CEO
Second Avenue Software, Inc.

Jeanne Casares
Chief Information Officer
Rochester Institute of Technology

Mary Piehler
VP of Sales
ServerWare Corp

Sharon Martinez
Director of Web Technology
University of Rochester

Christine Scheible
Quantum Technology Associates

Kathryn Angelidis
Senior IT Analyst
Paychex, Inc.

Sue Chichester
Computing & Information Technology
SUNY Geneseo

Karen Benjamin
VP and Upstate NY Director

Eydie Lawson
Professor and Chair, Department of Information Technology

Juli Klie
President and Managing Partner
Veritor Executive Advisors

Barbara Kunkel
IT Director
Nixon Peabody LLP

Award given in honor of all women in IT