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Nominees named for Technology Woman of the Year Award

Digital Rochester Inc. has 14 nominees for the 2017 Technology Woman of the Year Award, the organization announced Thursday.

The award aims to recognize, celebrate, and make the community aware of the achievements of women in high technology fields.

"It is a privilege for Digital Rochester to honor this year’s nominees for their leadership and accomplishments in the tech industry," said Lisa Doerner, executive director of Digital Rochester in a statement. "Their experience and expertise is varied, but, all have impacted their profession, helped to advance women in technology fields, and still found time to contribute to their community."

Women who work in these professions are encouraged to stay in the Greater Rochester area, mentor young women, and contribute to the economic growth of the region, according to Digital Rochester.

The 2017 nominees are:

  • Emily A. Carpenter, web whiz, Whiz Bang! Web Solutions LLC
  • Tanasee Conner, assistant director of Technology Support Services Library, Information, and Technology Services, The College at Brockport
  • Lisa Courtney-Holmes, digital designer, webSURGE LLC
  • Betsy Dell, associate professor; Mechanical Engineering Technology and Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Susie Hume, manager of Digital Strategy & Insights, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Laurie Jacobson, manager of HR Technology, Paychex Inc.
  • Amy Kauffman, founder and CEO, Givily
  • Susan G. Kavanagh, RP, CeDP, CLSP, senior advisor, iControl ESI
  • Judy Miller, CEO, Miller & Associates Sourcing Specialists LLC
  • Lisa Moretto, president, RGI International Inc.
  • Julie Myers, interim deputy chief information officer and director Enterprise Applications, University of Rochester
  • Nancy Neumann, vice president Interaction Design, ITX Corp.
  • Garland J. Nichols, vice president of Information Security, Xerox Corp.
  • Taylor Whitney, president and founder, Preserving The Past LLC

Nominees were judged on sustained contributions to the technology profession, contributions advancing the status, opportunities, and employment for women in the technology professions, and contributions to the community, according to Digital Rochester.

A breakfast awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m. at Casa Larga Vineyards featuring keynote speaker Deana Porterfield.

Porterfield is president of Roberts Wesleyan College and she will speak about becoming a person of influence.

Tickets are $45 for DR members and $50 for non-members.

To register for the event, visit!event/2017/4/26/dr-apos-s-2017-technology-woman-of-the-year-breakfast

Follow Kerry Feltner on Twitter: @KerryFeltner

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