Author Elizabeth Wilmot

2009 Heroines in Technology Awards

ARLINGTON, VA., November 16, 2009 – Women in Technology (WIT) and the March of Dimes announced the recipients of the 2009 Heroines in Technology Awards on Friday, November 13, 2009, at a black-tie gala event that raised $139,000 to support the March of Dimes.

Mistress of Ceremonies Jane Norris of Federal News Radio joined Women in Technology president Toni Townes-Whitley and Heroines in Technology co-chairs Sandy Scearce, business development director with Grant Thornton LLP, and Reggie Kouba, principal at RMK Productions, in presenting the awards at the ninth annual gala held at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Va.

The keynote speaker was Carol Evans, CEO and founder of Working Mother Media, which includes Working Mother magazine.

Heroines in Technology honors local women who balance demanding roles in the fast-paced technology sector with significant commitments to community service.  The event included a cocktail reception, dinner, and live and silent auctions.  Proceeds from the event support local March of Dimes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The new Rising Heroine award was presented to Zalenda Cyrille, Systems Engineering Associate Manager, Lockheed Martin.

The Individual Heroines in Technology awards went to Lydia Gizdavcic, Principal Information Systems Engineer, MITRE; and Sue Hoffman, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton.

The Corporate Heroines in Technology awards were awarded to Elizabeth Wilmot, President and CEO, Turtle Wings Electronics Recycling; and Annette Gildea, President and CEO, Ollie Interactive.

Lifetime Achievement awards went to Marie Johns, Consultant, Leftwich and Ludaway; and Kathy Kleiman, Senior Internet Law and Policy Attorney, Internet Matters.

The 2009 finalists who joined in the celebration included Dee Dean, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; Patrice D’Eramo, Senior Director, public sector marketing, Cisco; Colleen Galo, Regional Merchandising Consultant, Verizon Wireless; Sue Hoffman, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; Shameka McCaskill, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin; Vonda Rhodes, Engineering Manager, Lockheed Martin; Michelle Tortolani, Senior Engineering Manager, Northrop Grumman; Katy Warren, Associate Department Head, MITRE; and Kerrie Wilson, CEO, Reston Interfaith, Inc.

Media partners included Federal News Radio, Washington Life magazine, Fairfax Woman, Working Mother magazine and Smart CEO. Video production was being provided by Moondance Productions. Print production was being provided by Paras Productions, Inc.

For more information on the event, including opportunities for sponsorship for the 2010 Heroines in Technology event, contact Kate Leib at (703) 824-0111, ext. 21.

About Women in Technology

Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering women involved in all levels of the technology industry a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities. One of the organization’s main goals is to create a forum where women in technology can be recognized and promoted as role models. WIT was founded in 1994 and has nearly 1,000 members. For more information, please visit WIT’s web site,

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or