Women in Technology announces 22nd Annual Leadership Award winners

Women tech leaders in the DMV recognised for tremendous achievements and inspiring leadership.

Women in Technology (WIT), the premier organisation contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C. area technology community, announced winners of the 22nd Annual Leadership Awards at a Gala held virtually on Thursday, May 20, 2021. The evening honoured highly successful women who have inspired their industry counterparts and significantly impacted the local technology community.

The annual WIT Leadership Awards showcases the accomplishments and contributions of female leaders in entrepreneurial, STEM, academia, nonprofit and corporate roles across the Washington, DC technology landscape.

“Though this past year presented unprecedented challenges, our mission to celebrate inspiring female leaders in the technology community remains unwavering,” said Daphne Wotherspoon, WIT president. “This year’s winners represent a unique group as they’ve proven their ability to overcome adversity and continue to prioritise innovation, even in times of strife.”

This year’s winners are as follows:

  • Corporate Large-Market Sector – Nisa Moore, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Corporate Mid-Market Sector – Michelle Tuggle, Okta, Inc.
  • Corporate Small-Market Sector – Manisha Morris, MSM Technology, LLC
  • Nonprofit & Academia – Sreelata Pillai, College Board
  • Rising Star – Shaleen Braley, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Small Business/Entrepreneur – Jen Sovada, Avantus (formerly MissionTech Solutions)
  • STEM Leadership – Patty Obermaier, Microsoft Corporation
  • Unsung Hero – Jessica Langlais, Alpha Omega Integration, LLC

The Leadership Foundry, a signature program of WIT created to prepare women for corporate board service, also presented its annual Corporate Leadership Award to Booz Allen Hamilton. The Corporate Leadership Award recognises local public companies making a difference in gender diversity on their Board of Directors and the C-Suite.

In addition to the above winners, this year’s WIT President’s Award was given to Cristine Gollayan. Throughout her career, Cristine has been a role model for women in technology and cybersecurity and through her outreach and volunteer efforts, she has inspired future generations of young women to embrace STEM education and careers. This year as the WIT President-Elect, she launched a successful podcast series for WIT, driving greater engagement in the community and offering a new platform for women leaders in the D.C. area to share their unique expertise and perspective. She has helped to drive membership goals across the organisation and represents the best that WIT has to offer in all that she does.


About Women in Technology

Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission of advancing women in technology — from the classroom to the boardroom. With more than 1,000 members in the Washington, D.C. area, WIT fulfils its vision by providing leadership development, technology education, networking, and mentoring opportunities for women at all levels of their careers and girls interested in STEM. 

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