2016 Women Tech Awards to recognize women leading the technology industry

SALT LAKE CITYSept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Women Tech Council (WTC) is excited to announce Julie Hanna, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th annual Women Tech Awards. The event will be held on Thursday, September 22 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The Awards are sponsored by Domo, EMC, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Vivint Smart Home, EY, USTAR, and Varian Medical.

In 2015, Hanna was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship,to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. Hanna was a founding executive of five Silicon Valley technology companies and is currently the Executive Chair of the Board at Kiva, the world’s largest crowdlending marketplace for global entrepreneurs. She is also an adviser to technology incubators Idealab and Innovation Norway.  In recognition of her vision, leadership and groundbreaking impact on economic and social progress across the world, Hanna was named the United States Woman Icon of APEC and is a recipient of the 2016 Global Empowerment Award.

“Julie’s focus on how we amplify the positive impact of diversity to impact the economy and people’s lives echoes the mission of the Women Tech Council” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council. “She has had extraordinary impact on technology and entrepreneurship communities. She has built a platform to extend the reach of technology, provide funding to underserved markets and help people reach their full potential. Julie can truly speak to the impact women, like our finalists, have on their community, the economy and the world.”

The Women Tech Awards recognizes women for their accomplishments in driving innovation, leading technology companies, and building the technology economy. Over the last nine years, more than 178 women have been honored, including 23 undergraduate university students. One hundred high school students also attend each year so we can inspire them around careers in technology, the impact they can make, and see the amazing work of women in technology.

Education Tables are available for $1,250 and Basic Tables are $1,000. Tickets for the awards are $100.00 for members and $125.00 for non-members and can be purchased online at womentechcouncil.org.