1st Annual WITI 'Women To Watch ' Awards Honors Southern Florida's Top Women In Technology

Top Quote It has been a long time coming but WITI South Florida was able to recognize some of our best and brightest at the recent Women to Watch Awards. It was magical and we can not wait to do it again. End Quote
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (1888PressRelease) November 22, 2010 - Honorees Included:
    Edie Olmedo, Deana Pizzo, Julieta Ross PhD., Bridget Carey, Sonia Fenske, Gayle Goodman

    WITI 's (Women In Technology International) South Florida Network honored the recipients of the 1st Annual WITI 'Women to Watch' Awards on November 11, 2010 at the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale.

    Regional Director Jackye Clayton stated, "This is an exciting moment for WITI. These are our unsung heroes of technology!"

    Carolyn Leighton, WITI Founder and Chairwoman, explains, "Historically, too many notable achievements by women have gone unrecognized. WITI was founded to provide a platform to recognize women whose contributions to technology and science and commitment to advancing women can be celebrated and recorded. WITI Networks are an extension of these endeavors and serve to honor and connect women directly in their local communities."

    "The women chosen for the WITI 'Women To Watch' Awards lead exceptional careers in their respective fields and make incredible contributions to society while also mentoring, inspiring and empowering other women and girls to pursue careers in science and technology," says Leighton.

    This year's honorees included:

    Edie Olmedo Director, Q.A., I.T. Security & Compliance - World Fuel Services Leading by example, she is a results-driven professional with extensive "hands-on" Director.

    She has successfully mentored and employed over 45 consultants in the area of Quality Assurance, with about 35 of them continuing to grow in the QA space and becoming VPs and Senior Management contributors in their fields. Recently, she developed Mentoring 101 training at WFS meant to serve as a foundation/model on how to be a mentor within a team.

    Deana Pizzo CEO -I.T. Solutions of South Florida
    Deana leads her company with passion from the heart. She is the CEO of my company, a wife, and a mother of 2 elementary aged children. She skillfully manages to "steer the boat" at work, and make every effort to guide her children's development into the best young Christian leaders they can be.

    Julieta Ross PhD. EVP - Latin America Regional Head of Architecture and Technology Engineering -Citi
    And while doing my PhD and Masters she developed image processing algorithms for texture segmentation of medical images to detect cancer. She spent a significant amount of time with Radiologists learning to read mammograms, and later developed algorithms and wrote software to automatically interpret mammograms for the purpose of providing a second opinion to radiologists.

    Bridget Carey Reporter and Online Producer - The Miami Herald
    Bridget Carey writes about technology for The Miami Herald writing about local companies and tech trends.. She majored in journalism at the University of Florida, but if there were a degree for pop culture, she would have a doctorate. This natural-born geek spent most of her life basking in the warm glow of a computer monitor and has a hard time remembering what life was like before instant messenger.

    Sonia Fenske Business Systems Analyst - Bluegreen Corporation
    Sonia is a versatile, results-oriented professional with over 8 years of experience in Project Management and Business Analysis reinforced with an MBA in Management Information Systems. "Sonia is the complete analyst. Once given a task, whether small or major, she approaches it with enthusiasm and takes all measures to make sure the task is completed within the timeframe requested and with quality. Sonia's a great communicator and is easy to coach."
    Nadeje Felix, Director, PMO - Bluegreen

    Gayle Goodman IT Director - AutoNation
    Gayle has been with AutoNation 12+ years. She is also part of an elite group a graduate of Leadership Broward. (Class XXII) and is a member of The Women's Executive Circle of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. This collective clout of Broward County's preeminent Jewish women business and professional leaders empower the women of tomorrow, and employ high-impact philanthropy to strengthen our community today.

    To sponsor the WITI South Florida Network, please contact:
    Michele Weisblatt, VP, Corporate Partnerships, WITI, 323-522-3125 / michele ( @ ) corp dot witi dot com

    WITI is the nation's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, business resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of professionals committed to helping each other. WITI's mission is to inspire women to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. The WITI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that endeavors to develop and support programs for young women and empower women through technology in underdeveloped countries. For more information about WITI and the WITI Foundation, please visit http://www.witi.com

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