Laura Black
Editor At Large

Naperville, Ill.– July 7, 2020 – While 2019 had the highest number on record of women in senior management roles, we are still desperate for more females to fill leadership positions in many industries and in the tech space in general. Enter the eighth annual Women of Technology and IoT 2020 list, which is comprised of notable women who are powerful, smart, and tech savvy across a host of vertical markets.

These trailblazers are chosen because they each bring a unique lens to their respective companies helping push innovation forward unleashing economic wealth as a result of their expertise. In addition, these winners have a remarkable vision for people, digital transformation, and innovation.

Each year, Connected World compiles nominations that are submitted by industry and researched by the editorial team. The Women of Technology entries are judged by a panel of past winners who determine the new winners based on established criteria including involvement with technology, how each individual has helped a company prosper and progress, how she has contributed to the growth of technology, and how she has mentored other women and goes above and beyond to support other women in business, technology, transformation, and her local community.

“We need even more women in leadership today. I respect this year’s women for understanding our future needs of sustainability and other transformative initiatives that make our lives better. I consider all of these women to be truly avant-garde,” says Peggy Smedley, president of Specialty Publishing Media and editorial director of Connected World. “I am personally looking forward to celebrating with this year’s winners in our new virtual event.”

These individuals have taken a big swath across their industry to help create a diverse leadership effort in order to move the needle forward—especially in the IoT (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence), security, digital transformation, and other emerging tech arenas within key verticals.

“As a recipient of the Women of Technology/IoT award and a Hall of Fame member, I am thrilled to welcome these well-deserving women to our club. They have shown true leadership in the field of Technology and IoT, I and Hitachi could not be more thrilled to have had the opportunity to sponsor this event and the awards given to these leaders of change,” says Beverly Rider, CCO, Hitachi.

Kimberly Green-Kerr, SVP, T-Mobile says, “Developing strong women to lead transformation in the sales and technology space is definitely a passion of mine. Women leading change and driving innovation especially through this era of automation is critical. We have such talented female nominees with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments. I’m excited to be a part of the 2020 Women of Technology event and look forward to celebrating this year’s winners.”

The 2020 Women of Technology/IoT are:

Angela Baskerville, AT&T
Mary Boosalis, Premier Health
Veronica Braker, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Chandra Brown, MXD
Joanna Burkey, HP
Pung Chan, GCP Applied Technologies
Annette Clayton, Schneider Electric NA
Lynn Comp, Intel
Susan Devore, Premier
Beverly Edwards, First Transit
Judy Faulkner, Epic Systems Corp.
Nuria Fernandez, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Peggy Gulick, AGCO
Shauna Hallmark, Paulsen
Chandra Holt, Walmart
Barbara Humpton, Siemens USA
Kate Johnson, Microsoft US
Laura Kaiser, SSM Health
Dr. Anne Klibanski, Partners HealthCare
Misty Kuamoo, Nationwide
Danessa Lambdin, AT&T Cybersecurity
Kathy Lancaster , Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
JuneAn Lanigan, Western Digital
Lisa Lavin, Ōmcare
Kim Loy, ACRE
Dyana Luhman, MultiTech
Lisa Matta, Wi-Tronix, LLC
Heather Milam, Travelport
Whitney Mirro, Livongo
Elissa Murphy, Google
Dr. Janice Nevin, ChristianaCare
Dorothy Li, Amazon
Angela  Nolan, Vistacom
Jeni Panhorst, Intel
Aparna Pappu, Google
Alison Powers, thyssenkrupp Elevator
Tara Prakriya, Microsoft
Stacy Schwartz, AT&T
Jyoti Seth, GCP Applied Technologies
Stephanie Slocum, Engineers Rising LLC
Dr. Joanne Smith, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Dr. Anastasia Toles, Livongo
Elvira Wallis, SAP
Mei Wang, ZingBox
Kathy Winter, Intel Corp.

Each year, in addition to recognizing the Women of Technology, Connected World also recognizes one woman who has been named in the past who earns her way on to the Hall of Fame list. The editors narrow down the options for the Hall of Fame, and then she is selected by a panel of peers.

The 2020 Hall of Fame Winner is:
Carlene Ileto, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security              

A sister list to the annual Women of Technology Awards list is the Women of IoT in Marketing. Telling the tale of the IoT is not an easy task, as those sharing the story need to have a grasp on the core technology that is being offered, as well as eloquently sharing the message with the audience. These women do it with ease. The following women have been chosen for their ability to effectivity think beyond the product or service they are representing, offering the right information needed.

The 2020 Women of IoT in Marketing are:
Donna Loughlin Michaels, LMGPR
Garima Mathur, Western Digital Technology
Erika Ernfors, Ericsson
Monique Elliott, Schneider Electric
Carol Montour, MultiTech
Bonnie Shepherd, Jensen Hughes
Courtnee Westendorf, Livongo

“MultiTech has long valued the contributions and unique perspectives of women in the industry. As a woman-owned business, we’re particularly pleased to have a hand in acknowledging the accomplishments of this year’s class of honorees,” says Sara Brown, vice president of marketing at MultiTech. “I’m looking forward to virtually meeting them and learning from their individual journeys as well as our shared experiences as women improving our world through our work in technology and IoT.”

Connected World will be celebrating the winners virtually during a live event taking place at
3 pm PT / 5 pm CT / 6 pm ET on Thursday, August 6. The virtual gathering, sponsored by Hitachi, MultiTech, and T-Mobile, will include a special keynote by Alyssa Rapp, author Leadership & Life Hacks and CEO, Surgical Solutions, followed by an awards presentation by Peggy Smedley with acceptance speeches from the winners.

To learn more about the virtual celebration, or register to attend, please visit

About Connected World magazine
Connected World’s mission it to be informative, yet fun, for the aspired, driven, influential, and transformative. It connects people, products, and processes. It’s all about the IoT and digital transformation.

About Specialty Publishing Media
Specialty Publishing Media is home to Constructech Connected World, The Peggy Smedley Institute, The Peggy Smedley Show, and Constructech TV. With content spanning print, online, radio, podcasts, and streaming video, each interactive platform delivers audiences the latest in the technological revolution.