Leann Jacobson, President
Technology Association of Iowa
Awards Program to Honor Women Leaders in Technology, Science and Engineering
Des Moines, IA (November 3. 2011). The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) has announced the finalists for the 2011 Pioneer Hi-Bred Iowa Women of Innovation Awards Presentation – a premier event to honor women leaders in science, technology and engineering. Nine awards will be given to showcase women in Iowa’s workforce who are pioneers and role models in their fields. Students at both the high school and college levels will also be recognized for their studies and accomplishments.
The winner in each of the award categories will be announced during the fourth annual Pioneer Hi-Bred Women of Innovation Awards Dinner held at the Hy-Vee Conference Center on Thursday, November 17.
“This year's winners will be chosen from among an elite group of extraordinary women who are making great strides in science and technology,” said Leann Jacobson, TAI president. “These women are advancing Iowa’s reputation in the world as a place where innovation is fostered and women's contributions matter."
Nominations were submitted for women from communities across the state. Finalists represent a range of backgrounds: teachers, researchers, technologists, vice-presidents, presidents, CIOs, and CEOs, among other titles. They include scholarship winners and providers. Many nominees are nationally and internationally recognized through various publications, panels, and media outlets. They all represent excellence in innovation and leadership.
Finalists also include high school, undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary and unique achievements in technology. The winner in both the Youth and Collegian Innovation and Leadership categories will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Research Innovation & Leadership
· Bryony Bonning, Ph.D., Iowa State University
· Vicki Grassian, Ph.D., University of Iowa
· Debra Satterfield, Iowa State University
· Hillary Sullivan, Pioneer, A DuPont Business
· Eve Wurtele, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Academic Innovation & Leadership (Secondary)
· Lisa Digman, Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids
· Marcia Elliott, Des Moines Public Schools - Central Campus
· Betty Griffin, Davenport Community Schools
· Denise Krefting, Heartland AEA
· Kristie Kuhse, Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School
· Victoria Pedersen, City High School, Iowa City
· Stacey Rector, Mediapolis High School, Mediapolis
Academic Innovation & Leadership (Post-Secondary)
· Lyn Countryman, Ph.D., Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Cedar Falls
· Beverly Davidson, Ph.D., University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
· Adrienne Lamberti, Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
· Sarah Larsen, Ph.D., University of Iowa
· Surya Mallapragada, Ph.D., Iowa State University
· Leslie Potter, Iowa State University
· Cheryll Reitmeier, Ph.D., Iowa State University
· Madeline Shea, Ph.D., University of Iowa
· Padmini Srinivasan, Ph.D., University of Iowa
· Mary Vaughan Sarrazin, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Government Agency/Non-Profit Innovation & Leadership
· LaDene Bowen, University of Northern Iowa
· Marlene Ehresman, The Iowa Wildlife Center
· Patti Lind, The Abilities Fund
· Sue Swartz, Iowa Department of Education
· Toni Tassone, Iowa Department of Corrections
· Martha Willits, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Entrepreneurial Innovation & Leadership
· Jo Dorhout, Virtual Interactive Families
· Jennifer Nieweg, Ph.D., AlbemarleCatilin
· Kate Washut, Far Reach Technologies
Small Business Innovation & Leadership
· Beth Cross, Sigler Companies
· Angela Evans, Lincoln Savings Bank
· Charise Flynn, Dwolla
· Toni Hogan, Crystal Group Inc.
· Paige Horton, Submittal Exchange
· Erica Kiefer, Submittal Exchange
· Tiffany Pesek, SmartyPig
Large Company Innovation & Leadership
· Sondra Ashmore, IBM
· Helen Groves-Wells, Nationwide Insurance
· Pam Lane, Rockwell Collins
· Mary Ann Osborn, St. Luke’s Hospital
· Kristin Runyan, CDS Global
Collegian Innovation & Leadership
· Chloe Dedic, Iowa State University
· Cara Hamann, University of Iowa
· Erica Jensen, Iowa State University
· Bethany Juhnke, Iowa State University
· Christine Kirpes, Iowa State University
· Mariah Lawler, Iowa State University
Youth Innovation & Leadership
· Chloe Campbell, Waukee High School
· Flying Monkeys, Ames
· Pavane Gorrepati, Rivermont Collegiate
· Tamara Mull, Marion High School
· Meghana Pagadala, Rivermont Collegiate
· Caroline Seilstad, Abraham Lincoln High School
Finalists were nominated by their peers and selected based on their professional experience, history of innovation, ability to think creatively and solve problems, and demonstration of leadership. Students were judged on inventiveness and accomplishment in science and technology, as well as academic achievement.
Finalists and winners were selected by the following panel of distinguished judges:
- Dr. Lilia Abron, PE, DEE, President, PEER Consultants, PC
- Janet E. Phipps Burkhead, Attorney , Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.; and Brigadier General – Iowa Army National Guard; and Brigadier General , Iowa Army National Guard
- Nan Mattai, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology – Rockwell Collins
- Michael Saddler, Director of Government Affairs, CenturyLink for Iowa and South Dakota
- Gary Scholten, Executive Vice President and CIO, Principal Financial Group
- David Sengpiel, Senior Investment Manager, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
The 2011 Pioneer Hi-Bred Women of Innovation Awards will be presented on Thursday, November 17. Daylong activities begin with a luncheon featuring Betsy Myers presented by the IWLC; followed by a women’s leadership conference beginning at 1:30 p.m.; and culminating with a VIP Reception at 5 p.m., and capstone dinner and the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The event will also include a keynote presentation by Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Athletic Director at Drake University.
Prior to the Iowa Women of Innovation awards dinner - and in conjunction with Microsoft - students in grades 8-12 are invited to attend a special afternoon session. The Microsoft DigiGirlz program works to dispel the stereotypes of the high-tech industry. Students will interact with executive women from technology industry; participate in technology tours and demonstrations; network with other participants; and learn with hands-on experience and discussion.
Individual tickets and table sponsorships are still available. For additional information or to register, visit www.technologyiowa.org or call at 515.280.7702.
The Pioneer Hi-Bred Women of Innovation Awards are made possible by the generous support of its sponsors: Pioneer Hi-Bred, Principal Financial Group, Rockwell Collins, Sage Assurity, Genova Technologies, Renew Rural Iowa, QCI and Drake University.
About Technology Association of Iowa. TAI is a member-based, non-profit organization accelerating the success of Iowa’s technology industry. TAI works to create and sustain a positive environment for technology-based economic growth and job creation through innovation, advocacy, and leadership. TAI members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Iowa. More information about the TAI can be found at its web site, located at www.technologyiowa.org.
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