The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our workforce—in many ways. For one, we have seen women leave the workforce in droves, with some experts suggesting it could be one of the steepest declines in history. Still, this goes deeper than the pandemic. This is only part of a perfect storm that has been brewing in the labor force.

Let’s take a closer look at the state of the market today. The State of the Gender Pay Gap in 2021 from PayScale has some interesting takeaways. For one, women’s role in the labor force participation is at a 33-year low, as more women take on caretaker roles at home due to remote schooling. When women do return to the workforce, they may face the unemployment penalty.

But that is just the beginning. PayScale research also shows the uncontrolled gender pay gap, or opportunity pay gap, which takes the ratio of the median earnings of women to men without controlling for various compensable factors, has decreased by $0.08 since 2015. In 2021, women make only $0.82 for every dollar a man makes, which is one cent more than they made in 2020. But it’s an improvement, for those glass half-full people.

The controlled gender pay gap, which controls job title, years of experience, education, industry, location, and other compensable factors, measures equal pay for equal work. This is a different way of measuring the pay gap. While the uncontrolled gender pay gap measures median earnings, the controlled gender pay gap measures identical jobs. The controlled pay gap has also decreased since 2015, but only by $0.01. Women in the controlled group make $0.98 for every $1.00 a man makes, meaning that women are still making less than men even when doing the exact same job.

The pandemic has also hit certain groups harder than others. According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the unemployment rate for Black or African American in 2020 was at 11.4%. For Hispanics, it was 10.4%. Asian workers, 8.7%. For whites, it was 7.3%. These unemployment rates are often more than double the rates observed in 2019. In almost every group, with the exception of Black or African American males, women have higher unemployment rates than men.

Still, there is an opportunity to continue to examine biases and seek out opportunities to create a more equitable workplace by using the network of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Now, more than ever, we need to recognize the women who are moving up the ranks and serving as an influential force in technology.

Enter the Women of Technology awards, which gives the women in leadership a voice, while also allowing others to see role models who look like them. These individuals are resilient, take initiative, demonstrate bold leadership, embrace membership, and are leading the charge in technology—at a time when we need it the most.

Since the list launched, hundreds of women have been recognized for their work in technology and their leadership and inspiration to other women. The Women of Technology Awards list, now in its ninth year, is comprised of powerful, smart changemakers. These women are trailblazers and innovators who are chosen because they each bring a unique lens to their respective companies helping push innovation forward.

This year, a total of 43 women are chosen. Below are the profiles of each of the Connected World Women of Technology. Take some time to learn a little bit about each of them—and how they are driving the change we need in the world of innovation. Let’s celebrate the 2021 Women of Technology together.

Sharon Anderson

Chief Virtual Health Officer

ChristianaCare

Continuously working toward the commitment that all care that can be digital, and all care that can be in the home will be in the home, Sharon Anderson conceptualizes and leads the new Center for Virtual Health, where she leverages digital technology that supports virtual acute and ambulatory care, centralized monitoring, and connection points. In 2015, she led ChristianaCare in creating the CareVio population health program, starting with five employees using predictive analytics to care for 3,000 patients. Today, 95 interdisciplinary team members monitor realtime data from three health information exchanges to coordinate care for more than 110,000 patients through approximately 5,000 video visits and 900,000 follow-up text messages. During the pandemic, she helped ChristianaCare create a COVID-19 monitoring practice—powered by CareVio—for those diagnosed with COVID-19 or awaiting test results. She is also the visionary behind the ChristianaCare establishment of an innovative COVID-19 virtual employee monitoring program that has helped 37 companies in 14 states safely reopen by protecting more than 10,000 employees with daily symptom monitoring, testing, and connections to care. Now, as the leader of the Center for Virtual Health, Anderson champions innovative applications of core and advanced technologies. Outside of her main responsibilities, she embraces the opportunities to mentor women by empowering them to lead, explore, and innovate. Her approach is to inspire her team to challenge assumptions and invites others to help create a solution.

Alissa Baier-Lentz

Cofounder and COO

Kintra Fibers

The two most common synthetic fibers—polyester and nylon—are manufactured with petroleum, a carbon-intensive and non-renewable resource. In addition, synthetic garments are the biggest source of microplastic pollution in the oceans. Alissa Baier-Lentz believes we can do better. As cofounder and COO, she leads a team that creates 100% compostable and high-performance fabrics—without harmful effects on the environment. The company’s patent-pending, sustainable upgrade for synthetic fabrics perform like polyester and nylon, except their harmful effect on the environment. By using Kintra, brands around the globe are empowered to create high-value, ethically transparent products with a clear end of life sustainability plan. Before this, Baier-Lentz launched and scaled HERO Backpacks, which empowers youth to carry courage. A true innovator, Baier-Lentz’s objective was that each backpack purchase would provide one day of school for a girl accessing education for the first time. Her leadership proves Baier-Lentz wants to make a lasting impression on both women and the world we live in by delivering products that are both sustainable and impactful.

Jemma Barbarise

Cofounder and VP of Operations

LifeBrand

Jemma Barbarise’s personal mission is to lead a professional life of honesty and integrity, while encouraging ‘failure recovery’ over ‘failure avoidance.’ She joined LifeBrand as the first paid sales employee in February 2020 and worked her way into the executive team by helping to build the company from the ground up. Today, she oversees all company operations, vendor relationships, product development, and strategy. She also manages the company’s marketing, PR, and branding agency relationships. Barbarise is the key point person who coordinates daily with her company’s product team abroad; has facilitated user testing and feedback sessions that allow LifeBrand to collaborate in realtime with users and implement changes; pushed for aggressive production deadlines; interviewed all candidates for LifeBrand’s product and technology positions; and coordinates daily with her product team to plan the product roadmap and creation of new features, drive development, and timeline of product changes and improvements, and seek user feedback to implement. Quite simply, she ensures the company runs like a well-oiled machine, with great attention and intention to developing culture and community building. Outside of the office, she has been involved in a woman in business mentorship program. All in all, she believes in understanding everyone’s motivators and work styles has ensured diversity and female representation.

Tanya Berger-Wolf

Director

Translational Data Analytics Institute at OSU

As a computational ecologist, Tanya Berger-Wolf’s research is at the intersection of computer science, wildlife biology, and social sciences. With a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she is a widely published and sought-after speaker, having received numerous awards for her research and mentoring. Prior to going to OSU in January 2020, she was at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, Berger-Wolf is the director of the Translational Data Analytics Institute and a professor of computer science engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and evolution, ecology, and organismal biology. She is also a director and cofounder of the artificial intelligence for wildlife conservation software nonprofit Wild Me, home of the Wildbook project, which brings together computer vision, crowdsourcing, and conservation. As a part of her research (and Wildbook) she gets to fly in a super-light airplane over a nature preserve in Kenya, taking a hyper-stereo video of zebra populations and learning how to identify each one of them by the unique stripe pattern. Perhaps even more impressive, she is leading the charge of machine-learning experts and software professionals in the fight against extinction with open software and artificial intelligence in the conservation research community.

Mandy Bishop

Deputy Director of Public Service

City of Columbus

Since 2019, Mandy Bishop led the ongoing feature development of the Smart Columbus Operating System—an open source, web-based data-management platform designed to support open data—and is leading the sustainability efforts for the system. Her efforts to engage partners in leveraging the operating system has elevated the importance of data management, governance, and transparency in the public sector and helped define the value of the system. On a journey to solidify Columbus’s reputation as America’s Smart City, Bishop helps deliver the Smart City Challenge program known locally as Smart Columbus program. As an example, she led the planning, design, and deployment of two autonomous shuttles, a 28-mile connected vehicle infrastructure environment, and the numerous technology-based mobility projects in Central Ohio. She also aims to make the city safe, having led the development of the Vision Zero Columbus Action Plan 1.0, which is the first iteration of a transformative shift in the mindset when designing streets. Bishop also oversees all contracted partners and serves as their point of contact and the finance team, leading modernization efforts to replace paper processes by leveraging existing systems. In the early days of the pandemic, she also took over managing HR and was responsible for maintaining core functions like hiring/firing, payroll, performance evaluation, and reporting for coronavirus infections and labor law changes. She is a resourceful professional who knows how to meet goals and manage multi-billion-dollar programs—all while motivating staff to reach peak performance.

Graciela Chichilnisky

Cofounder and CEO

Global Thermostat

A world-renowned economist, Graciela Chichilnisky is the creator of the formal theory of sustainable development and acted as lead U.S. author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to create green capitalism. In addition to acting as a special advisor to several UN organizations and heads of state, she is also the CEO and cofounder of a company that created a carbon negative technology that captures CO2 from air and transforms it into profitable assets such as biofuels, foods, beverages, and enhanced oil recovery. Chichilnisky also serves as a professor of economics and mathematical statistics and a university senator at Columbia University and is director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management, where she developed a methodology for a new foundation of probability and statistics in an approach to catastrophic risks that allow more realistic treatment of rare but important events. Prior to these roles, she founded and led two successful companies—a financial telecommunications that was sold in Japan and a global technology communications company sold to JP Morgan. Chichilnisky has worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, creating, designing, and negotiating the carbon market that became international law in 2005. She also wrote the wording for the carbon market into the Kyoto Protocol at the COP in Kyoto in December 1997. Her focus on economics, sustainability, and the carbon market enables her to make a real difference for our environment and our world.

Katherine Cooke

National Climate Finance Advisor – Fiji. Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development

Commonwealth Secretariat

With more than 15 years of experience in international climate change policy with experience in climate finance, mitigation, and M&E, Katherine Cooke has a detailed understanding of the international climate finance landscape, in particular public climate finance flows and the access requirements and accreditations to climate funds. Her expertise spans energy efficiency and low-carbon development with practical experience in industrial sectors under climate-change agreements. In her current role, Cooke is working with the Commonsensing Platform, which uses satellite remote sensing technology and data to feed into climate finance proposals, aiming to make them more evidence based. Data will also feed into enhanced climate resilience and decisionmaking. She will also be working to establish a Project Development Unit for enhanced access to and effective use of climate finance. Recently, she has conducted energy scoping studies to identify the priority research needs, on how research can inform South Africa and Zambia’s policies and investment decisions in the power sector. With strong communication skills, high integrity, and cultural flexibility working in an international environment, she has the ability to adapt to local workstyles and collaborate across cultural settings at a range of hierarchical levels.

Keri Speciale Corbin

Vice President of Client Solutions

Barcoding Inc.

With the direct responsibility for what new technologies will be delivered to clients, Keri Speciale Corbin’s team vets emerging technology based on what will have the best impact and outcomes. In her role, she contributes to the growth of emerging technology by being a champion of new solutions for sales, service, and leadership teams, as well as for customers. More specifically, she helps guide and shape the IoT (Internet of Things) and RFID (radio-frequency identification) practice. This includes everything from the delivery of IoT solutions to decisions on emerging technology. Additionally, Speciale Corbin directs the team that is responsible for deploying and supporting these new solutions so that customers can realize the benefits. She has also created Barcoding Business Reviews with customers to help elevate emerging technology to meet the specific needs of each customer. When it comes to inspiring and equipping others, she is always championing female leadership within the company and in the technology community, choosing to be highly visible and taking time to mentor more junior members of the team—and always looking for ways to highlight female leadership in the partner community as well.

Manon Den Dunnen

Strategisch Specialist Digital (Digital Transformation)

Politie

With a philosophy that digital transformation is not a goal; rather it is about adaptability and providing direction for responsible organizational development, Manon Den Dunnen’s strength lies in providing that direction and translating it into small concrete steps, all while involving stakeholders. Her current focus is a public trust infrastructure for the conditional sharing of data and synthetic media, deepfakes, and how to determine reliability and assign value in a computer-generated world. She also works to consider the intersections of social innovation, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, smart cities, and cybersecurity. Ultimately, her objective is to create awareness about the threats and ways to deal with them. Beyond her work, she is passionate about sharing knowledge and empowering and connecting people. She does this by guest lecturing at the Centre for Professional Learning at Leiden University and being an organizer of the IoT Sensemakers Community. Ultimately, this boils down to her one true goal in life, which is to make a difference on a personal level.

Melissa Drew

Associate Partner Digital Transformation, Strategy & Analytics with Cognitive Solutions

IBM

With more than 27 years of combined industry, consulting, and operational sales strategies, Melissa Drew is always thinking and knows first-hand how digital procurement and supply-chain innovations are constantly shifting the paradigm. In her role, and by using procurement and digital transformation, she lays the groundwork to set companies up for success by helping reach the agile state required to create a decision-based organization. The end result is an improved competitive advantage in a global changing landscape. One of her big objectives is to foster and motivate virtual teams, all while setting them up for success with the skills needed to grow personally and professionally. One of the ways she does this is as an advisor and mentor to female-founded, mid-market, and technology companies, supporting their growth—revenue, marketing, and operations—to the next level. Her work doesn’t end there. As a business and digital disruptor throughout her career dating back to 1994, she also serves as an instructor, mentor, and frequent speaker both domestic and internationally.

Cecilia Flores

Founder and COO

Webee

Believing in putting advanced technology into the hands of non-technical business users to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues—from wastefulness and procedural inefficiencies in the food industry to democratizing the adoption of disruptive technologies—Cecilia Flores leads a team that develops IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and artificial intelligence solutions to save enterprises millions of dollars and facilitate sustainable operations. Since initially cofounding Webee in Argentina in 2013, Flores opened the company to global markets and launched the business in the U.S. in 2015. The company’s technology reduces the negative impact of agriculture and food manufacturing operations on the environment and the use of natural resources. The no-code toolset allows simple connectivity of sensors and controllers using multiple communication protocols such as ZWave, ZigBee, LoRaWAN, NB IoT, and others. As an entrepreneur passionate about the social impact of technology, her goal is to democratize the adoption of disruptive solutions. She also spearheaded Webee’s growth in annual recurring revenue through keen business decisions and by forming strong land-and-expand relationships with customers. An advocate for inclusion and equal opportunities for women in technology, Flores is an active mentor for Stanford Latino entrepreneurs, helping Latina business owners scale. In addition to being an active member of Vital Voices Network, she is also a board member and tech advisor at We Evolution, a non-profit for women empowerment that advocates for conscious leadership, while also taking on gigs as a motivational speaker to inspire younger generations and women in STEM.

Tracy Galloway

Corporate Vice President & COO Leading Marketing & Operations

Microsoft

Gratitude and optimism are at the foundation of Tracy Galloway’s leadership. She believes that is the secret equation to happiness and success. In her current role, she is responsible for leading sales, services, and support for high-tech process, discrete, and aero-space clients—as well as for defining strategy and aligning client acceleration, all while supporting the lifecycle for transformational solutions from resilient supply chains through automation of connected factories. Her passion lies in bringing strategy and clarity to fast-paced, complex marketplace challenges, and landing impact at scale. Prior to this role, she held the positions VP of Manufacturing and VP of US Services, leading consulting and support organization where she focused on customers and partners transform business outcomes to meet today’s digital demands. Outside of her core responsibilities in her management position, she also serves on several leadership councils and strategic task forces, where she prioritizes mentoring young professionals. When not working, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

JoAnna Garcia Sohovich

CEO

The Chamberlain Group

Viewing herself as a chief culture officer—while holding the role of CEO— JoAnna Garcia Sohovich is responsible for championing the company’s path toward attracting the right people who will grow the culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Making sure to connect with younger generations so she can help to empower young women, she recently discovered mentoring a group of Gen Z women was as meaningful a learning experience for her. In addition, she had led the company’s business, technological, and cultural transformation centered on delivering smart access solutions to customers. Under her leadership, the company has moved from one that opens doors to one that connects people, access points, and events with smart access inside a smartphone app. Tapping into her background in engineering, she developed strategies that allowed the company to create a niche in access technology and has built a culture of innovation where reliable hardware and smart technology is creating value for connected consumers. This has opened the door for the company to collaborate with companies like Amazon, adding value to the tech giant’s Prime delivery services with Key by Amazon In-Garage Delivery. Eligible Prime Members can shop on Amazon and choose In-Garage Delivery at checkout. They will then receive a mobile notification before the delivery driver opens the garage door and immediately after it’s securely closed. Her approach has not only guided the company through the most advanced innovations in smart-access technology, but also has revolutionized how millions of homeowners connect with the largest entry point to the home—the garage.

Jeanne Holm

Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation

City of Los Angeles

Working at the cross-section of civic innovation, open data, and education, Jeanne Holm works on issues ranging from homelessness to digital equity technology innovation, data and analytics, fiscal transparency, and public-private partnerships. As a senior consultant with the World Bank, she worked with governments throughout the world to build robust open data ecosystems and ensure transparency. She was the Evangelist for open data for the U.S. White House, leading collaboration and building communities on data.gov with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. She was the chief knowledge architect at NASA, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, and collaborative systems. Her research and courses focus on data science, knowledge management, and civic innovation and her specialties include building advanced data and knowledge architectures using data science to break through intractable social problems. Her work is helping to create innovation ecosystems and system design and integration—all while streamlining costs and services and enabling interorganizational collaboration—and changing the world in the process.

Julie Johnson

Sr. Product and Operations Executive, Board Director

Zebra Technologies

Julie Johnson believes being detail-oriented, having a great work ethic, and being able to effectively relay a message to a variety of stakeholders is the key to success and earning credibility in the technology industry. She takes a three-pronged approach, which is infused by her STEM background: know the facts, have the drive, and tell the story. Within her first seven months at Zebra, Johnson and her team secured a large sale of mobile computers to a leading package delivery and supply-chain management company in the U.S. The sale was critical to achieving an ambitious goal of selling a higher percentage of devices with value-added services and software. These holistic solutions help empower businesses to improve productivity, reduce expenses, and increase opportunities for sustainable success. Today, she leads product management and is responsible for managing and advancing the entire mobile computing product portfolio and strategy operations. Her scope includes creating innovative mobile computing products, SaaS, and solutions that provide real business benefits. Outside of her core business, she has been involved in the Society of Women Engineers, leading committees, developing forums, and connecting young women with other women further along in their careers. She is also a member of the Athena Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women through mentorship, coaching, and helping companies secure strong, diverse female leaders. What’s more, she’s a member of the WomenCorporateDirectors nonprofit, a community of women corporate board directors. All in all, she is passionate about communicating the benefits of having diverse leadership broadly within her own organization and the nonprofits she supports. Her lifelong love of STEM has even inspired both of her daughters to join and grow in the field.

Cindy Jordan

CEO

Pyx Health

Cindy Jordan has built her technology companies with the intention of solving human problems—not just for technology’s sake. This approach has been particularly valuable given Pyx Health’s primary focus is on serving vulnerable populations who are traditionally forgotten by technology—Medicaid and Medicare members. As the founder and CEO, Jordan focuses on what the people using the technology really need, and the view that technology shouldn’t strive to replace humans, but rather enhance or extend their reach is what transforms something like an app into an actual solution. Pyx Health, a technology that offers a scalable loneliness and social isolation solution for healthcare organizations, consists of two parts: a mobile app and compassionate call center, which fulfills Jordan’s vision and passion to solve the loneliness crisis with technology. In the last 18 months alone Pyx Health expanded its footprint from exclusively Arizona to having a coast-to-coast presence. Jordan’s professional path alone is an example to women from all walks: law enforcement, politics, and now health IT CEO are traditionally male dominated pursuits that she has excelled in and she’s generous with her time in mentoring and speaking to business groups about that path.

Jackie Jung

Chief of Staff and Strategy, Global Operations

Western Digital

A global leader in driving operation transformation and strategic initiatives, Jackie Jung is responsible for Western Digital’s 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution) transformation that aims to achieve lights-out autonomous self-optimizing operations in 18 manufacturing sites. She drives implementations of robotic, process, materials and storage automation disciplines, and 4IR technologies—IoT, cognitive computing, cloud computing, autonomous collaborative robots, simulations, big data analytics, AR/VR, 3D printing, and system integrations—deployment across all global operations functions, including manufacturing, quality and reliability, supply chain, and procurement. The transformation has led to a 30% key process indicators advancement and has realized 25% in reductions in overall operations costs. A champion of embracing new technologies and initiatives, one success story was the implementation of a machine-learning algorithm-based product testing, which reduced test time and increased capital efficiencies. Jung led a large cross-functional operation to launch the company’s first ML-based test time reduction program. This was Western Digital’s tipping point in the adoption journey. As a result, today, Jung leads two of Western Digital’s manufacturing sites’ benchmarks in these areas, that have been recognized as exhibiting some of the industry’s best practices. The sites have been accepted by The World Economic Forum to be assessed against Global Lighthouse Network as leaders. She also encourages female students and young professionals to enter the field of data science and prides herself on the company’s full 35% of staff that are women technologists and program managers. Jung is currently mentoring half a dozen emerging leaders in the company and in her local community.

Ann Kelleher

Technology and Manufacturing General Manager

Intel

Joining Intel in 1996 as a process engineer, Ann Kelleher went on to manage technology transfers and factory ramp-ups in a variety of positions spanning 200mm and 300mm technologies. Starting her manufacturing leadership journey as the factory manager of Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland, she has also been the site manager of Intel’s Fab 11X fabrication facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and plant manager of Intel’s Fab 12 facility in Chandler, Ariz. She then became general manager of the Fab Sort Manufacturing organization where she was responsible for all aspects of Intel’s high-volume silicon manufacturing, assembly test manufacturing and strategic planning, as well as corporate quality assurance and corporate services. Today, Kelleher is responsible for the research, development, and deployment of next-generation silicon logic, packaging, and test technologies that play a critical role in powering the future of innovation. Her leadership and experience are helping guide industries into the next generation of technology.

Natalia Klafke

General Manager of Upstream Business

Radix Engineering and Software

With a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 people composed of engineers, software developers, and data scientists, Natalia Klafke is responsible for leading diverse teams in the execution of complex business models—while leveraging new technologies and initiatives to deliver true value to the oil and gas customers—and working to identify application of digital technologies to reduce risk of the oil and gas offshore assets by reducing people exposed to offshore facilities and reducing net carbon emissions of an operating asset. She was eager to identify the opportunities of digitalization for the FPSOs industry and connect different partners to convey into unique solutions in terms of architecture, business model, and finance/EHS impact. She was an ambassador of the concept of autonomous operation and unmanned facilities for oil and gas offshore production, identifying the changes required in the workflows and in the technology involved to execute this task. Klafke is a role model at Radix and encourages diversity in her team. The company is developing a diversity model to foster and accelerate career development for all employees to help them reach their individual goals.

Bernadette Kogler

CEO

RickSpan

With the responsibility overseeing the development and evolution of a technology platform that unifies a broad array of data, models, and other tools required by traders, asset and portfolio managers, and risk management professionals, Bernadette Kogler is at the forefront of encouraging the adoption of several emerging technologies by an industry that has traditionally shown reluctance to evolve. In the last 14 years, Kogler has overseen the growth of company from being primarily a consulting firm with a nascent technology offering with a small handful of subscribers to full-service platform with more than 50 institutional clients. Under her leadership, RiskSpan has expanded the use of machine learning in its behavior models used by the edge platform to predict mortgage prepayments and defaults. An early advocate of blockchain as a means of streamlining the historically slow and painstaking process of manually verifying the hundreds of data points required by every mortgage transaction, she was awarded a patent earlier this year for developing a system that automates the generation of prospectus documents for mortgage-backed securities. Having personally mentored dozens of women in her professional capacity, she is also an active member of Women & Housing Finance, an association promoting women in the housing and financial services industries.

Stefanie Kondik

Director of Software Engineering

Mason

A staunch advocate for diversity in the workplace, Stefanie Kondik has been pivotal in driving the future of Mason platform and service ecosystem, in addition to scaling the company’s engineering team. Since joining the company in 2019, it has launched dozens of features including mobile observability, connectivity functionality, and user access control to improve the user experience. Under Kondik’s leadership, Mason has released multiple new devices, mobile peripherals, and OS capabilities. Mason received its Series A funding during Kondik’s time at the company, a big part of which was due to Mason’s technology innovation and aggressive engineering roadmap. She has also contributed to the growth of Mason’s customer base and manages various solution-driven conversations with key customers. Her high impact role led to her recent promotion to Director of Software Engineering. Today, Kondik builds processes, grows the engineering team, and sets the product vision to position the company as a disruptor in the mobile device management and enterprise device space—all while tackling complex issues including device fragmentation, enterprise OS customizations, management of dedicated devices, as well as how to leverage mobile infrastructure to build new frontiers for smart and sustainable products on behalf of humanity. Kondik also mentors and boosts voices of other women in technology, particularly in the trans community.

Christina Lampe-Onnerud

Founder and CEO

Cadenza Innovation

With a passion for global energy solutions, battery technology, and high-growth markets, Christina Lampe-Onnerud is a market shaper, industry collaborator, inorganic chemist, battery-inventor, and entrepreneur. She founded the companies Boston-Power Inc., in 2005 and Cadenza Innovation in 2012—initially CLOTEAM—and is developing batteries for use in computers, electric vehicles, and grid storage. Since founding her most recent venture, Lampe-Onnerud’s work has focused on making an impact on energy transformation through sustainable products. Holding 80+ patents, her commitment is to bring safety to a whole new level for Lithium-ion battery systems. In addition to her entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, she’s heavily involved in women in tech and women in STEM associations and is invited regularly to speak at industry events.

Dee Lollie

Network Operations Center Engineer

Edafio Technology Partners

All things are possible when you have a healthy support system. This strategy is what got Dee Lollie to where she is today. What’s more, she takes that philosophy and pays it forward, recognizing there is no better way to contribute than by paying it forward to those seeking guidance and encouragement to achieve their dreams. With authenticity, relentless drive, and a collaborative spirit, she was the first Black female engineer hired at the company and her passion for improving people’s lives through technology is evident in her work with strategic clients. As the first contact point for clients’ seeking technical assistance for software or hardware-related issues via the phone, email, or in-person, she consistently resolves problems by listening, troubleshooting, and monitoring. As clients continue to make investments in security, cloud computing, and SDN (software-defined networking), Lollie’s agile network operations skills are a must, from customer-centric service calls with the client to remote tickets and doing personal on-site visits with each client. Her polite persistence, guidance, openness, and sound judgement helped lead to the launch of a diversity and inclusion committee, which she is guiding at the company to develop a workforce and culture comprised of different viewpoints. Lollie remains steadfast and focused on supporting women and women of color through continuous training and mentoring for herself and encouraging her peers to reach for the stars.