Women in Cloud announces 2023 #empowHERaccess 2023 Award Winners

(1888PressRelease) The empowHERaccess awards are more than just accolades – they represent a pivotal moment for women in tech.

Women in Cloud, in partnership with Insight Enterprises, is proud to announce the winners of the third annual #empowHERaccess Awards which honor and uplift extraordinary women and ally tech leaders and entrepreneurs illuminating the path toward equitable economic access.

Now in its third year, the #empowerHERaccess Awards received a record number of nominations – 195 nominations ranging across 9 categories.

Aimed to serve as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of championing representation in creating equal access and opportunity, Jen Vasin, Chief Human Resources Officer at Insight shared, “At Insight, we are committed to bolstering the success of women in technology through career recruitment, professional development and mentorship. We are excited to partner with Women in Cloud to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women leaders, entrepreneurs and allies who share our mission to promote responsible, equitable practices in the technology industry through the 2023 #empowHERaccess Awards.”

Women in Cloud and Insight Enterprises revealed the following list of Award Winners, praising each recipient as trailblazers creating a brighter, more inclusive technological landscape for future generations.

Trailblazer Leadership Award: Aeryn Heidemann, Director – SaaS Engineering / Oracle America, Inc. Presented by Insight.

Cloud Technologist Visionary Award: Jennifer Estes, Cloud Transformation Senior Manager – Accenture Federal Services. Presented by Boeing.

B2B Woman Tech Entrepreneur of the Year: Vinothini Raju, Founder & CEO – gopaddle. Presented by Microsoft.

Generative AI Award: Amanda Martinez, CEO – FoodViiision. Presented by Accenture.

Community Leadership Award: Sonal Shah, VP – Barclays. Presented by Meylah.

Rising B2B Startup of the Year: Rajashree Varma, Founder & CEO, AffableBPM Corporation. Presented by Kyndryl.

Fearless Tech Enterprise Leader of the Year: Catherine Bye, Founder & CEO Knack Collective. Presented by Founders First Capital Partners.

Mentor of the Year: Karen Cone, Venture Partner & Board Director – Mastersfund, Fyrii, AffableBPM, Pagedip. Presented by Teradata

Ally of the Year: Dale Degen, Senior Director – Hyperscaler Marketing, Netapp. Presented by Veeam.

“The empowHERaccess awards are more than just accolades – they represent a pivotal moment for women in tech,” affirms Chaitra Vedullapalli, President of Women in Cloud. “The empowHERaccess awards shine a brilliant spotlight on the remarkable women tech founders and leaders who are reshaping the industry. It is an unparalleled opportunity for them to acknowledge the trailblazers, mentors, and advocates who have fought tirelessly to create pathways of access and opportunity. As we gather to celebrate these accomplishments, we also recognize the phenomenal collective impact of Women in Cloud’s partners and community. Together, we are forging a future where economic access for women tech entrepreneurs and leaders becomes the new standard.”

Winners were announced at the #WICxICONS awards ceremony on July 20, 2023 The #empowHERaccess Awards will return in for the fourth year in 2024, with nominations set to open in the Spring of 2023.

To learn more about the #empowHERaccess awards and the 2023 winners, please visit: https://womenincloud.com/empowheraccess-awards2023/

Women in Cloud is a community-led economic development organization dedicated to taking collective action to generate $1B in new net economic access for women entrepreneurs and professionals by 2030 through global partnerships with corporations, community leaders, and policy makers. All of which are united by the ESG and UN Sustainable Development Goals that are driven by job creation, diversity and inclusion, technology innovation and sustainability, giving women a powerful platform to accelerate as industry leaders. https://womenincloud.com/

Insight Enterprises, Inc. is a Fortune 500 Solutions Integrator with nearly 13,500 teammates worldwide helping organizations accelerate their digital journey to modernize their business and maximize the value of technology. We enable secure, end-to-end transformation and meet the needs of our clients through a comprehensive portfolio of solutions, far-reaching partnerships and 35 years of broad IT expertise. Rated as a Forbes World’s Top Female-Friendly Company and a Great Place to Work, we amplify our solutions and services with global scale, local expertise and a world-class e-commerce experience, realizing the digital ambitions of our clients at every opportunity. Discover more at insight.com.

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