The 2020 Women of Technology Award honors the outstanding commitment  women are making in advancing innovation, digitization, and transformation, through the unique lens of their respective companies with their industry.

Join us in celebrating this year’s winners.


Thursday, August 6



Start Time

6 pm EST / 5 pm CST / 3 pm PST 


Register for free online here.


Opening: Peggy Smedley, president, Specialty Publishing Media and editorial director, Connected World

Sponsor Welcome: Sara Brown, VP of marketing, MultiTech

Keynote Speaker: Alyssa Rapp, CEO, Surgical Solutions and author Leadership & Life Hacks

Awards Presentation: Peggy Smedley, president, Specialty Publishing Media and editorial director, Connected World

Champagne Toast: Beverly Rider, CCO, Hitachi & Kimberly Green-Kerr, SVP, T-Mobile

Keynote Speaker
Alyssa Rapp, author Leadership & Life Hacks and CEO, Surgical Solutions

From training as a competitive gymnast to advising startups and running companies, Alyssa has always been used to working her tail off and looking ahead. By the time she added parenthood to the list, she quickly discovered the need to “hack” the system – find ways to work more efficiently, productively, and achieving at least episodic balance.

Alyssa fell in love with her first entrepreneurial idea while studying at Stanford Business School, and, for the better part of the next decade, ran an e-commerce business called Bottlenotes. Partway through the journey, Bottlenotes pivoted, transforming into a leading digital media company in the US wine industry. From 2015-2017. Alyssa advised startups and private equity-backed companies alike through AJR Ventures; she also taught a course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on the Global Dynamics of the Wine Industry.

In 2017, Alyssa and her family decided to move to Chicago where, as of of January 2018, Alyssa was named the CEO of Surgical Solutions by private equity firm Sterling Partners. Alyssa continues to teach at Stanford Business School and has recently been named Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth Business School. She also serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Housing Development Authority board. When not immersed in business and civic life, Alyssa loves to run track, do yoga, ski fast, and try as hard as possible to decipher a slider from a curveball from her husband, 1990 MLB World Series champion and partner at X10 Capital, Hal Morris.

Awards Presentation
Peggy Smedley, Editorial Director of Connected World, and President of Specialty Publishing Media

As the host, editorial director, and president of Specialty Publishing Media, Peggy gets the luxury of seeing the IoT (Internet of Things) world from a 30,000-foot perspective. Through storytelling, she helps thousands of customers aggregate, process, and make key decisions about data so they can navigate the IoT and digital transformation journey. While she is not a super-hero just yet, she does believe she must do whatever she can to adhere to her  motto, “with great technology, comes great responsibility.”

Smedley has been fortunate to have clocked in more than 25 years of experience to be considered a specialist in M2M/IoT, AI, and digital transformation. And now, she finds herself leading the discussion on sustainability, carbon reduction, and the resiliency that transformative companies need to deploy and execute with emerging tech in order to remain competitive in today’s global economy.

Coupled with a highly qualified and supportive team, we have a long history of covering manufacturing and construction and an even stronger passion to empower a younger workforce and women to join STEM, IoT, and construction.

As an award-winning journalist, she have written and collaborated on eight published books, including my own “Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture its Survival;” however, the most laudable is being awarded the 2019 ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award.

Sponsored by:

2020 Women of Technology/IoT Judges

Kiva Allgood
head of IoT

Hanane Becha
innovation and standards senior manager

Sara Brown
VP of marketing

Nadine Cino

Susan Dalton
vice president
GCP Applied Technologies

Tracey Dickinson
VP of program management and continuous improvement

Colleen Ekas
AVP IoT product management & channel enablement

Annette Evans
director channel sales
Trimble Transportation

Kimberly Green-Kerr

Poonam Gupta

Lyne Jacques

Erica Klampfl
greenfield labs director
Ford Smart Mobility

Sylvia Lu
head of Technology strategy

Pamela McCauley
University of Central Florida

Kathleen Mitford
chief strategy officer

Lisa Park
assistant VP

Jan Peterson
general manager

Jo Peterson
VP of the cloud services practice

Beverly Rider

Leigh Ann Ryals
COO and cofounder
Able Device

Dr. Jennifer Schneider
Livongo Health

Jean Weiss
executive director
Code Savvy

Cami Zimmer
EVP business development, sales and marketing