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Women & Hi Tech Announces Leading Light Award and Scholarship Nominees


Over 80 women and male allies in STEM will be celebrated on October 6e.

INDIANAPOLIS, August 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Women & Hi Tech is pleased to announce over 80 nominees and nominees for its Leading Light Awards & Scholarship Gala. This flagship biannual event focuses on celebrating Indiana women in STEM – women risk takers, leaders, educators, mentors and those changing our local STEM landscape. At the Indiana Roof Ballroom on October 6ethe organization will announce the recipients of the awards and scholarships at a gala. As an annual corporate sponsor of Women & Hi Tech and scholarship sponsor, Bell Techlogix is ​​proud to help share this exciting announcement.

The theme for this year’s event will be “In This Together”. Indiana The STEM community continues to grow and thrive as we all come together and innovate through diverse perspectives. Women & Hi Tech envisions STEM industries transformed by collaboration, and promotes, supports and encourages female and male allies who make this possible. The Leading Light Awards & Scholarship Gala is a biannual signature event to celebrate outstanding allies of women and men working to advance STEM fields while cultivating a diverse pipeline of talented future STEM leaders. When we work together to level the playing field, the results are more valuable for everyone.

The program facilitator is Jennie LopezHead of Global Recruitment and Talent Acquisition for Eli Lilly and Company. Jennie embodies “Bring Yourself to Work” in everything she does. It reinforces diversity and engages employees and organizations to reach new heights. Women & Hi Tech would also like to acknowledge and thank Eli Lilly and Company for their exclusive sponsorship of the 2022 Leading Light Awards & Scholarship Gala.

For more information on the Leading Light Awards, visit https://womenandhitech.org/2022-Leading-Light-Awards/.

Category Award Nominees

Equity and Inclusion Champion Award

  • Angel HenrySenior Director of Transformation Value Management Office and VP DEI, Genesys
  • candy geediversity and inclusion partner, Roche
  • Holly HarringtonSenior Director of Supplier Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • KristenCooperCEO and Founder, The Startup Ladies
  • Sonal Sheth ZawahriFounder, true you
  • Stacey McCreeryFounder and CEO, ROI Search Group

OperationALL Male Allies Award

  • Glenn KellerIT Director, Countrymark
  • Luke Zhang, Data scientist, resulting
  • Michel HinelineCEO, Make Ripples LLC
  • Michael LogginsGlobal Vice President, Information Technology, SMC
  • Ron FrankenfieldCEO, Bell Technologix
  • Scott Besexecutive director, Purdue Polytechnic High Schools

Mentor me! Award nominees

  • oh Jaylan FisherCoach, Speaker, HR Generalist, GoalFit LLC/120Water
  • oh Teresa Conroy Rothsenior technology and business executive, AXIA Consulting
  • oh Wendy SteinSVP, Site Head Indianapolis, General Manager Roche Diagnostics Operations, Roche

Leadership Award Nominees

  • Akilah DardenPresident, The Darden Group LLC
  • Christine SkaggsAnalytical Pharmaceutical Design Consultant, Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Danielle ShockeyExecutive Director, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Catherine KiangPrincipal Scientist, Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Linda CalvinTechnical Manager, Transcend Consulting
  • Mariah OlivierFounder and CEO, Boss Babe Network
  • Melissa Lavallatechnical support supervisor, Roche
  • Robyn MillerAssociate Director – Digital Health Applications and Operations, Eli Lilly & Co.

Risk Taker Award Nominees

  • Brei Cecil-SatchwellDirector of Foundation Operations, TechPoint Foundation for Youth
  • Faith RaineyManager, Customer Support Center, Roche Diagnostics

Rising Star Award Nominees

  • Jakki KieltyArea Manager, Endress + Hauser
  • Jamie InskeepDirector of Programs, TechPoint Foundation for Youth
  • Katie ObbagySenior Specialist – Technical Functional Excellence, Cummins Turbo Technologies
  • Maria HultHead of Sub-Chapter – Complaint Investigation Resolution, Roche Diagnostics
  • Mariah Olivierdigital marketing professional and founder of Boss Babe Network, TeeSnap, BBN, Behind the Screen
  • Mary HendricksonSenior Software Engineer II, Sallie Mae Bank
  • Michelle SharonManager, Roche Support Network Customer Support Center – Systems & Compliance, Roche Diagnostics
  • Pallavi satsangiGlobal Customer Quality Engineer and North America Warehouse Quality Operations Management, Cummins Inc
  • Sonal Sheth ZawahriFounder, true you
  • Stephanie Sponseldirector of operations, netlogx

You inspire us! Award nominees

  • Akilah DardenPresident, The Darden Group LLC
  • Jessica BakerConsulting Scientist, Eli Lilly & Co
  • Catherine KiangPrincipal Scientist, Eli Lilly & Co
  • Katie ObbagySenior Specialist – Technical Functional Excellence, Cummins Turbo Technologies
  • Sonal Sheth ZawahriFounder, true you
  • Terri TrabueGross to Net Contract Analyst, Roche Diabetes Care

Outstanding Educator in STEM Award Nominations

  • Genevieve McLeish PettyComputer Science Teacher, Cold Spring School
  • Megha JunejaHead of Academic Support and Coaching, Purdue Polytechnic High Schools
  • Sarah Mundyscience teacher, Purdue Polytechnic High Schools
  • Sharita ItemsEngineering and Technology Educator, East Tipp Middle School
  • Susan ElliotSTEM teacher, Lowell Elementary

Outstanding Achievement Among STEM Award Nominees

  • E. ZeNai Brooks, Controller, Corporate Responsibility and Foundation, Cummins; Chief Strategy Officer, Mind Your Business Accounting and Consulting; First Lady, New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church
  • KristenCooperCEO and Founder, The Startup Ladies
  • Rabia KhanPresident, Managed Systems Solutions
  • Sonal Sheth ZawahriFounder, true you

Changing landscape award nominees

  • Akilah DardenPresident, The Darden Group LLC
  • Christine Krullprogram director, Roche
  • Dawn Rosemonde, Practice Diversity Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Published Author (Boss Presence), Speaker and Founder, Reign Today
  • Deborah Pollack MilgatePartner, Barnes & Thornburg
  • Sarah BurnsSenior Director, Global Science Communications, Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Stacey McCreeryFounder and CEO, ROI Search Group

Scholarship and grant applicants by category

Undergraduate scholarship applicants

  • Alivia Fieldscellular, molecular and developmental biology, Purdue University
  • Courtney MummertInterior Design Science, Ball State University
  • Jaden Sollercyber security, Anderson University
  • Jazlyn Collyearcyber security, Indiana Technology
  • Jordan ClarkEngineering, Taylor University
  • OdessaLyonBiology, Indiana University
  • Rebecca BoydChemistry, Purdue University
  • Zoe BarnspereIntegrative Biology and Organism, Indiana University
  • Allie McClureMechanical Engineering, Indianapolis University
  • Amerti GutaCellular and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, DePauw University
  • audrey harrisonNeurobiology and Physiology, Purdue University
  • Corissa McClammerBiotechnology, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Danielle CookInformation system, Indiana Institute of Technology
  • Ella Virtcyber security, Purdue University
  • Evie IslandsNew Media and Computing, IUPUI
  • Gracie HicksBiomedical Engineering and Chemistry, Marian University
  • Hannah RupertEngineering, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Jadelynn LoganBiology & Computer Science, Ball State University & Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jessica JessaEngineering, Hannover College
  • Kimeesha GrahamElectrical Engineering and Chemistry, Marian University & IUPUI
  • Lauren DavisChemistry & Spanish, St. Mary’s College
  • Lily WoesteBiomedical Engineering and Biology, Marian University
  • McKenna StahlKinesiology, Purdue University
  • Rashi TyagiComputer Science, IUPUI
  • Samantha SchickBiology with a specialization in pre-veterinary medicine, Franklin College
  • Sara LakeNursing, University of Manchester
  • summer sextonComputer Science, Media Arts and Sciences, IUPUI
  • Stephanie LawrenceComputer Science and Mechanical Engineering, Marian University & Purdue University

Graduate Scholarship Applicants

  • Anusuya Das, Right. IU McKinney School of Law
  • Jalynn Gormanoccupational therapy, Huntington University
  • Kelly OrzePhysician Assistant Studies, Franklin College
  • Kimberley WheatenEpidemiology – Concentration in Diabetes and Cancer, IUPUI
  • Lovette CostonInformation system, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Mariah Judyphysical therapy, Indianapolis University
  • Michiko Jacksoninformation and communication sciences, Ball State University

Professional Development Scholarship Applicants

  • LaJoi RobinsonStartup Ladies Membership
  • Dinah AllenUX/UI design certificate

About Women and High Tech

Women & Hi Tech is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Indianapolis in 1999. Women & Hi Tech is a pillar of Indiana’s STEM community and provides valuable resources for STEM professionals and students. With a membership of nearly 2,000 professionals and students governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and emeritus members, Women & Hi Tech is the only Indiana-based nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the landscape of women represented in STEM must be equally inclusive for all.






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