16 Oct Bisnow Honors Local Women in the 2014 Power Women in DC Tech Awards
Last night, I attended Bisnow Ventures’ first-ever Trending40 event, honoring and celebrating local women in technology who are launching or running innovative tech firms. The company featured forty of these women in their online tech newsletter leading up to the event that was held at Disruption Corporation’s office in Crystal City, VA.
Amazon’s Teresa Carlson was on hand to welcome the women and the nominees were each presented with a plaque naming them as a 2014 Power Woman in DC Tech. The turnout was fantastic; in fact there were so many attendees that it was hard to hear each other while networking and chatting!
At the event I got to talk with Lucie Leblois, co-founder and CEO of Crumbdrop, she said: “Tonight’s nominees are an impressive group of women and I’m flattered to be recognized among them. Events like this are important for the next generation of women to see what a career in technology is like or where the entrepreneurial mindset can take them.”
Women in technology has been a hot topic for some time with the conversations ranging from women deserving more respect to pay discrepancies and also a little more positive – how to help women succeed in today’s tech world. It’s no secret that women are lagging behind men in technology jobs. According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s recent statistics, women held 56% of professional occupations in the 2013 U.S. workforce, but filled just 26% of the U.S. computing jobs.
History shows that not enough was being done to encourage women at a young age to engage with computer science and technology. The Bureau for Labor Statistics reports that by 2020, there will be 1.4-billion computer science jobs available and not nearly enough people to fill them. Companies like Google and Yahoo! and organizations like and Code.org are now launching initiatives to further promote computer science education.
The Washington region is at the forefront some of those initiatives with programs like TechWomen.org (a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program) and Women in Technology (WiT) offering support of programs and resources for women in the technology industry.
“Bisnow’s Trending 40 is a great way to recognize many of the women who are paving the way in technology and entrepreneurship,” said Shana Glenzer – Social Marketing VP, SocialRadar. “I’m honored to be among the nominees and thrilled to see the Washington area embrace and support women in tech through events like these. Together I’m hopeful we can lower barriers to entry and provide opportunities for all women interested in technology.”
As a woman who has worked for technology companies, now working for a woman-owned firm that represents many technology companies (a few of the nominees, in fact), I was really excited to see this event pulled together. I’ve had my eyes and ears glued to the DC tech scene for the past few years and enjoy learning about how these women are pushing the boundaries and giving new light to a predominately-male industry. Here at SpeakerBox, we are constantly looking to build relationships with companies that are changing the industry for the better and are thrilled to see so many of our peers recognized for their incredible minds and dedication to their passion.
As mentioned before, Bisnow profiled each of these women and I encourage you to click through the profiles (linked below) to learn more about these rock-star women.
Here are the 2014 Bisnow Trending40 nominees:
- Pamela Arya – co-founder/CEO, Optensity
- Susan Tynan – founder/CEO, Framebridge
- Kellee James – co-founder/CEO, Mercaris
- Amber Wason – co-founder/COO, Riide
- Stephanie Nguyen – co-founder, Silica Labs; co-founder, DCFemTech
- Jordan Lloyd Bookey – co-founder/chief mom, Zoobean
- Tiffany Hosey Brown – founder/CEO, BuilDATAnalytics
- Tammy Cho – co-founder/product VP, Encore Alert
- Shana Lawlor – founder/CEO, YOPP
- Leah Bannon, founder – Tech Lady Hackathon, brigade co-captain, Code for DC, product lead, 18F
- Jenny Abramson – president/CEO, LiveSafe
- Brooke Salkoff – VP, Disruption Corp, venture partner; Crystal Tech Fund; co-founder, CampEasy
- Alison Salvin – co-founder, Alarm.com; SVP, Creation Lab
- Elise Whang – co-founder/CEO, SNOBSWAP
- April Pedersen – co-founder, Frankture
- Tammy Mank Wincup – COO, Everfi
- Abigail Seldin – innovation and product management VP, ECMC; co-founder, College Abacus
- Shana Glenzer – social marketing VP, SocialRadar
- Elana Fine – managing director, Dignman Center for Entreprenuership
- Donna Harris – co-founder/co-CEO, 1776
- Kristin Muhlner – CEO, newBrandAnalytics
- Melinda Wittstock – founder/CEO, Verifeed
- Shavanna Miller – co-founder/CEO, Bloompop
- Tatiana Langseth – founder/CEO, Augaroo
- Anne Balduzzi – founder/CMO, SameGrain
- Carol Politi – president/CEO, TRX Systems
- Ximena Hartstock – co-founder/president, Phone2Action
- Bonnie Bogle – COO, Mapbox
- Katherine Novikov – founder/CEO, Diamond Mind
- Lucie Leblois – co-founder/CEO, Crumbdrop
- Uyen Tang – founder/CEO, STYLECABLE
- Aliya Rahman – program director, Code for Progress
- Jamie Ratner – founder/CEO, CertifiKid
- Mili Mittal – director and head of product, Capital One Labs; co-founder/CEO, mor.sl
- Anthea Watson Strong – civic innovation, Google
- Karolyn Abram Dector – product VP, Optoro
- Alexis Juneja – VP, Vox Media; co-founder, Curbed LLC (sold to Vox)
- Song Pak – general counsel, Revolution LLC and Revolution Growth
- Roz Lemieux – co-founder/CEO, Attentivel.ly
- Maria Thomas – chief consumer officer, SmartThings
- Taryn Sullivan – founder/CEO, Efficiency Exchange