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Women in Technology Announces Winners of the 2023 Women of the Year Awards in S.T.E.A.M

Tuesday, October 17th, 2023

WIT Awards celebrates women and men in S.T.E.A.M who live in the state of Georgia for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries, and women who make a difference in their communities. Additionally, a special high school girl is recognized as the Girl of The Year, a campus club as the Campus Club of the Year Award, and a single mom with the Single Mother of The Year Award.

“It is an honor to be supported by companies that are major proponents of diversity and inclusion, who also align with our mission to empower girls and women to excel in STEAM,” said Penny Collins, WIT President & CEO “The energy on the field at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium last night was unbelievable as we honored more than 10 leaders for doing their part to empower S.T.E.A.M in their workplaces, communities and schools.”

One winner from each of the following categories was selected and announced at this event:

Woman of the Year in Science Winner:
Leila Barkhadle
Compliance Sr. Director at Equifax

Woman of the Year in Technology Winner:
Kate Mandrell
Executive Vice President at NCR

Woman of the Year in Engineering Winner:
Jasmine Grant
SVP, Head of Treasury Technology at Truist

Woman of the Year Arts Winner:
Denise Nicole Francis
Product Design Lead at Salesforce

Woman of the Year Mathematics Winner:
Susan Twadell
AVP, Enterprise Data Management & Enablement at Cox Automotive

Woman of the Year S.T.E.A.M Education Winner:
Hannah Oldham
Mathematics Educator & STEM Scholar Academy Coordinator at Sprayberry High School

Woman to Watch Winner:
Trina L. Hill
SVP, Technology Consumer Bank & Finance at Synchrony

Build Her Up Winner:
Scott Reynolds
IT Manager at Synovus

Single Mother of the Year Winner:
Shatara Davis

Girl of the Year Winner:
Zareenah Ahmed
Walton High School

Campus Club of the Year Winner:
Gwinnett Technical College

Volunteer of the Year Winner:
Ashley Russell
Key Account Manager at Pyramid Consulting

The Single Mother of the Year, sponsored by RNDC and Verizon Wireless. Shatara Davis will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

The Girl of the Year, Zareenah Ahmed, will be receiving a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by State Farm.

The Campus Club of the Year, Gwinnett Technical College, will be receiving a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by ADP and The Coca-Cola Company.

“With the conclusion of our final signature event of the year, we are excited to shift our focus to planning programs and events that will continue to educate, uplift, and inspire women from the classroom to the boardroom,” said Collins.

Article courtesy of Metro Atlanta CEO, published October 17, 2023.