7th Annual Women Tech Awards

The Women Tech Council honored 17 trailblazing women with 2014 Women Tech Awards, an annual award recognizing women who are changing the face of technology with ties to Utah. The awards luncheon took place at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five college students were also recognized for outstanding work in their pursuit of STEM-related fields of study.
The Award Recipients are as follows:

Engineering Excellence – Stacy Pierce
Education Excellence – Helen Hu
Technology Innovator – Kathy Philpot
Technology Leadership – Nicole Neumarker
Academic Excellence – Tina Van Riper
Marketing Excellence – Susan Cashen (Missing from photo)

The Impact Award was presented to eBay Inc. for its exceptional work advancing women in technology. This was the first year that the Impact Award was presented to a company.
The Women Tech Awards luncheon featured keynote speaker Liz Wiseman. Considered to be one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world, and listed on the Thinkers50 ranking, Wiseman teaches leadership to executives from top global corporations that include Apple, Dubai Bank, Nike, PayPal and Twitter. She is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, and of The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside our Schools. Her third book, Rookie Smarts, will be release later this year.

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

Parissa Aghdase, L-3 Communication

Bobbi Alexandrova, Sandisk

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, Backcountry.com

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

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: www.andrewsmithart.com

Photograph by Smith Productions