Leading Women in STEM to Be Honored at 23rd Women of Color STEM Conference

Ford Motor Company's Donna Bell recipient of 2018 Technologist of the Year Award
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BALTIMORE - July 2, 2018 - PRLog -- 2018 marks the 23rd anniversary of the annual Women of Color STEM Conference co-hosted by Consumers Energy Company and General Motors and sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation. The conference will be October 11 – 13, 2018, in Detroit, MI, and the 2018 Technologist of the Year award will be presented to Donna Bell, Director of Research Operations at Ford Motor Company.

The Women of Color STEM Conference is more important than ever before as just half of STEM graduates pursue careers in their educational paths. For more than two decades, this conference has served the dual purpose of showcasing outstanding contributions in STEM and highlighting the challenges of gender harassment, gender bias, discouragement, and the lack of support women face in the workforce. This year's conference theme, "Press for Progress," reflects the global push for gender parity.

"This year, the award candidates were the strongest and represented the most diverse collection of executive professionals we have had the pleasure of evaluating," said Monica Emerson, national chair of the 23rd Women of Color STEM Conference. "From managers to vice presidents, this year's Women of Color STEM award candidates stand out as superior authorities in their respective fields."

Just a quarter of the over five million tech jobs last year were held by women, and the percentage of women of color – particularly black and Hispanic workers – in the industry stands at single digits.

The full list of award winners can be found on the next page.

The Women of Color STEM Conference is produced by Career Communications Group Inc. (CCG), the leader in workforce diversity, working with all types of companies to help support them in promoting multiculturalism and gender equity in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). For 23 years, the Women of Color STEM Conference has been a leading event for professional development and networking, and it has provided a resource for women to feel empowered. For more information about the 2018 Women of Color STEM Conference, visit www.womenofcolor.net


2018 Women of Color STEM Award Recipients

Technologist of the Year

Donna Bell
Director, Research Operations Ford Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

Career Achievement – Government

Rekha Rao
Research & Development Science & Engineering Principal Chemical Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories

Brenda Ellis
Program Manager
National Aeronautics and Space Administration John H. Glenn Research Center

Career Achievement – Industry

Jie Xue
Vice President
Cisco Systems Inc.

Gena Lovett
Vice President, Operations; Boeing Defense, Space & Security
The Boeing Company

College-Level Promotion of Education

Melanie Villatoro
Assistant Professor
New York City College of Technology

Kathleen Johnson
Associate Professor
University of California, Irvine

Community Service – Government

Gihan Oraby
Chief, QE&SA Sciences Division
U.S. Army – ARDEC

Community Service – Industry

Tracey Hughes
Manager, Cyber Risk
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Corporate Promotion of Education

Jessica Taylor
Physical Scientist
NASA Langley Research Center

Managerial Leadership – Government

Brittany Carter
Director of Operations
552 Air Control Networks Squadron

Brenda Johnson-Turner
Director of Real Estate
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Managerial Leadership – Industry

Miquel Antoine
Surveillance Systems Program Manager
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Delores Alexander
Vice President, Indirect Supply Chain, Supply
Chain and Operations
The Boeing Company

New Media Leadership

Paris Fores
Information Technology Director--Product Systems
The Boeing Company

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Government

Susan Gorton
Project Manager for NASA's Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project
NASA Langley Research Center

Ali Guarneros Luna
Aerospace Engineer
NASA Ames Research Center

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Industry

Gandhi Sivakumar
Chief Architect – Cognitive Solutions

Liza Resley
Senior Radio Frequency Engineer
Lockheed Martin

President's Award

Monica Greenhalgh
CIO – Chief Information Officer
General Motors – Information Technology

Professional Achievement – Industry

Hadiyah-Nicole Green
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Morehouse School of Medicine & Founder, Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation
Morehouse School of Medicine

Rosielynn Fox
Director, Apache International Programs
The Boeing Company

Professional Achievement – Government

Tahirih Lackey
Research Hydraulic Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center

Dawn Davis
Supervisor, Aerospace Technologist, Electrical
Experimental Equipment
NASA/John C. Stennis Space Center

Special Recognition

Mahathi Choudhry
Staff Applications Engineer and Technical Collateral Lead
Factory Applications Engineering, Customer Experience Group, Intel Programmable Solutions Group Business Unit

Crystal R. Emery
Founder and CEO
URU The Right To Be Inc.

Nicole Fontayne-Bardowell
VP & Chief Information Officer
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Laura Jones
Senior Risk Manager and Senior IT Security Engineer
Kimberly Clark Corporation

Yogita Krishnamurthy
Director, Data Platform – Technology

Jackie Mason
Principal Member of Tech Staff
AT&T Technology Development, Network and Shared Solution Management

Mimi Nguyen
Powertrain Planning and Powertrain Long Range Plans Lead
FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Jennifer (Onyi) Oradiegwu
Engineering Specialist
Owens Corning

Jenney Shen
Vice President
Fannie Mae

Regina Solomon
Lead Systems Engineer
General Dynamics Land Systems

Dawn Treece
Department Manager
Raytheon Company

Teri VanSumeren
Executive Director Clean Energy Products
Consumers Energy

Student Leadership

Alexandra Garr-Schultz
Doctoral Candidate
Northwestern University Department of Psychology

Technical Innovation – Government

Maricela Lizcano
Research Materials Engineer
NASA Glenn Research Center

Kim Babcock
Research Physical Scientist
United States Coast Guard Research and Development Center

Technical Innovation – Industry

Soroor Soltani
Service Delivery Manager
General Motors

Nia Jetter
Technical Fellow, Spacecraft Autonomy, Flight and Controls
The Boeing Company
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