SALT LAKE CITY — Carol Fineagan grew up in an alcoholic and emotionally abusive household in Baltimore which, if she had let it, could have sabotaged her entire future.

Instead, Fineagan drew strength from her participation in the Girl Scouts and from her mother’s best friend, Joyce Britton, who provided encouragement, help and a positive role model.

Fineagan went on to earn several degrees, changed careers a number of times and now is senior vice president and CIO at EnergySolutions.

Fineagan on Thursday was one of five women recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the technology world and the community at the Women Tech Awards luncheon sponsored by the Women Tech Council.

The event at the Grand America Hotel packed one of the ballrooms and Fineagan’s award for Leadership Excellence drew hearty applause. She arrived in Utah four years ago to join EnergySolutions and, as part of her work, integrated all of the IT and communication processes in the company in only 10 months.

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By Linda Thomson, Deseret News