The Women Tech Council (WTC) will host its Seventh Annual Women Tech Awards Luncheon on Sept. 17, 2014, honoring 17 women and 5 university students in the technology field. The Tech Awards recognize technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies, and are key contributors to the community. Sponsored by EY, USTAR, Wells Fargo, and MountainWest Capital Network, the event will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Grand America Hotel (555 S. Main in Salt Lake City).

Over the past seven years, WTC has been able to honor 110 women, 20 university students, and sponsored over 250 high school students for the awards, helping to inspire the next generation of STEM-focused students. Women Tech Council is thrilled to be able to support the education community in such a meaningful way.

The Women Tech Award finalists, listed alphabetically, are as follows:

Parissa Aghdase, L-3 Communication

Bobbie Alexandrova, Fusion-io

Stacy Bamberg, Veristride

Elizabeth Bonderson, ATK Aerospace

Susan Cashen, Control 4

Deborah Dixon, Handstands Inc

Misty Frost, Instructure

Jodie Hewitson, Tanner

Helen Hu, Westminster College

Julie Kehoe, Domo

Laura Kiessner, Packsize International

Michelle Kolbe,

Tammy Moskites, Venafi

Nicole Neumarker, Alliance Health

Kathy Philpot, ATK Aerospace

Stacy Pierce, Rockwell Collins

Raquel Smith, eBay

The Student Finalists are:

Sarah Hong, University of Utah

Nicole Martin, Brigham Young University

Hannah Peterson, Utah Valley University

Sabina Schill, Westminster College

Tina Van Riper, Weber State University

“We love this opportunity to recognize women in technology, women who are leading companies, driving innovation and creating technology. The finalists represent an elite group of women, ” said Cydni Tetro, President Women Tech Council. “And it is our honor to provide a platform to recognize women of this caliber. Congratulations to this year’s finalists.”

From these finalists, the award recipients will be announced at the awards luncheon on September 17. A selection committee from the technology industry, venture, government, and professional communities selected the finalists and will select the award recipients.

Check out Finalists from previous years
Defying Gravity
This sculpture was specially designed by award-winning Utah artist, Andrew Smith, to uniquely represent achievement by women in technology. Each award statue was hand-crafted and engraved with the artist's name and sculpture title. More about artist:

Photograph by Smith Productions