Award honors 16 women in technology field

SALT LAKE CITYThe Women Tech Council (WTC) has announced the 16 finalists for its Fourth Annual Women Tech Awards. The program recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies and are key contributors to the community. The event is hosted by Women Tech Council and presented by EnergySolutions, Ernst & Young and Stoel Rives. Finalists and award recipients will be honored at an awards luncheon on Sept. 15, 2011. The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel (555 S. Main in Salt Lake City).

Tickets for the event are $75.00 for members and $85.00 for non-members. Premier tables for 10 guests are available for $750.00. Tickets can be purchased online at

“These 16 finalists are remarkable examples of the talented women working in the technology field today,” said Cydni Tetro, WTC director. “We are pleased to honor them as they excel in their endeavors throughout various industries.”

Finalists, listed alphabetically, are as follows:


Shawn Adamson, XO Communication

Christine M. Archibald, ManagementPlus

Reyhan Baktur Ph.D, Utah State University

Erin Bolton, Pivot Communications

Wendi P. Coccimiglio, Ascend Alliance Humanitarian

Patricia R. Hall, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Kaye Hanson, Brigham Young University

Sarah B. Hiza Ph.D, ATK Aerospace Systems

Ruey-Jen Jennifer Hwu Ph.D, InnoSys

Susan Johnson, Futura Industries

Kristi Knight, Vivint Inc.

Kate Maloney, Costume Craze

Laura Nelson Ph.D, Red Leaf Resources

Karen J. Quinn, ATK Aerospace Systems

Mary Michelle Scott, Fishbowl Inventory

Sara Harris Watts, Utah Interactive


Tetro added, “This award programs lets us showcase women who are impacting the economy. These women are innovating new products and ideas, creating jobs, contributing to the community and making a difference in the lives of the people around them. This year the reach of the program reached from coast to coast and continues our goals of providing recognition and visibility to women early in their careers and to those who have dedicated a lifetime to the technology industry. We commend these women for their contributions.”

From the 16 finalists, six award recipients will be announced at the awards luncheon. A selection committee from the technology industry, venture, government and professional communities selected the finalists and will select the award recipients.

Founded in 2007, the Women Tech Council was designed to be an advocate for women who are currently working for technology companies and for those that may work for businesses in other market sectors working with technology in their job roles.