Women in Technology announces annual leadership awards recipients for 2017

The breadth of talent was recognized among women in healthcare, entrepreneurial, government and corporate roles in Washington, D.C.

The professional association Women in Technology has announced winners of its 18th Annual Leadership Awards. The awards are given to women who work in or support the technology industry, located in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C.

Women in Technology showcased the breadth of talent among women in healthcare, entrepreneurial, government and corporate roles across the Washington, D.C., region at its 18th Annual Leadership Awards.

 “This year’s group of remarkable finalists and winners should make all women working in technology proud,” said WIT President Kathryn Harris in a statement. “It’s important that we celebrate the women who continue to pave the way and set the bar high in an industry changing so rapidly. From our start-up community to established companies and the government sector, these women have demonstrated unwavering passion and the tremendous skill needed to lead and mentor other women along the way.”

This year’s winners are:

Corporate Large Market Sector: Annette Rippert, Accenture

Based in Accenture’s Metro Washington DC office, Rippert is instrumental in advancing Accenture’s technology business and maximizing the use of emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients. She is a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council, North America Leadership Team, and Technology Leadership Council, which helps to shape the company’s technology.

“The next wave of U.S. growth and competitiveness will come from continuous innovation,” said Accenture CEO-North America Julie Sweet,. “Annette is an outstanding example of a leader who works side by side with our clients to help them develop, scale and deliver innovative solutions. I am delighted to see her recognized as a leader in her field, and as a passionate mentor for women in technology.”

[Also: Meet the winners of HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards]

Corporate Mid-Market Sector: Michele Kang, Cognosante

Kang founded Cognosante in 2008, above her garage with just one other employee, to provide technology solutions, business process outsourcing, and consulting services to Federal, state, and local government healthcare agencies. Over the past 8 years, Cognosante has seen staggering growth, reaching over 1,600 employees and achieving substantial revenue milestones.

Cognosante offers business process outsourcing, and consulting services to federal, state, and local government healthcare agencies

Corporate Small-Market Sector:  Carmen Radelat is the senior manager for business architecture at Universal Service Administrative Company, a not-for-profit organization that collects and disburses funds for telecommunications subsidy programs.

Winners in other categories are:

Government: Patricia Wolfhope, Science & Technology Directorate, Homeland Security Department

Rising Star: Gabriella Ziccarelli, Blank Rome LLP

Small Business/Entrepreneur: Jennifer Mellon, Trustify

Technical Leadership: Meghan Good, Leidos, Inc.

Unsung Hero: Shantrell Collier, Justice Department

Women in Defense: Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, U.S. Cyber Command


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