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And the WIICTA finalists are ....

And the WIICTA finalists are ....

Finalists announced for this year's six awards to be presented on November 27

The finalists for the second annual Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) have been selected after a record number of entries really heated up the competition.

All six categories - Achievement; Rising Star; Entrepreneur; Innovation; Technical; and Community - had many outstanding nominations.

The Awards will be presented at a lavish luncheon in Sydney at the Ivy Ballroom on Wednesday, November 27.

They recognise the very best in the channel, celebrating the achievements of a talented crop of female front runners who have made it through to become influential figures in Australia’s ICT industry. The awards also recognise the ‘rising stars’ in the industry, women who are quickly growing in importance in the ICT industry.

This year, there was a significant increase in the number of applicants from last year’s inaugural awards which is a real testament to the value of a program such as this. The Achievement and Rising Star Awards had so many outstanding nominations, that ARN decided to shortlist six finalists in both categories.

Congratulations to all of our worthy contenders. The finalists are:

ACHIEVEMENT

  • Karen Drewitt - The Missing Link
  • Bernadette Jenkinson - Westcon Group
  • Michelle Tea - Microsoft
  • Sara Watts - IBM
  • Suzanne Hansen - Cisco
  • Liz Wolahan - Ingram Micro

RISING STAR

  • Emma McCormack - ShoreTel
  • Lisa Youlden – Nextgen Distribution
  • Hwei Oh - Sophos
  • Mona Lolas - McAfee
  • Abigail Tornow - Distribution Central
  • Kerry Soussou - WhiteGold Solutions

ENTREPRENEUR

  • Nicki Bowers - Kloud Solutions
  • Angie Keeler - Zellabox
  • Sharon Whitehand – WhiteGold Solutions
  • Pia Broadley - Express Data
  • Sue Colclough – Infoview

INNOVATION

  • Angie Keeler - Zellabox
  • Flora Chao - Westcon Group
  • Angela Aspropotamitis - Express Data
  • Angela Coronica - Cisco
  • Rebecca Ullman - Ingram Micro

TECHNICAL

  • Linette Voller - Symantec
  • Tine Sorensen - Acquia
  • Victoria Armstrong - CTO Group
  • Cheryl Davis - VMware
  • Fatima Said – eWave

COMMUNITY

  • Caitlin Reidy - McAfee
  • Natalie Cowley - Symantec
  • Sue Johnston - WiT
  • Gabrielle Dracopoulos - VMware
  • Lindy Stephens - Thoughtworks

The finalists are now in the hands of the 2013 WIICTA Judging Panel. The panel is as follows: Pip Marlow (Microsoft); Maree Lowe (ASI Solutions); Wendy O’Keeffe (Westcon Group); Sara Adams; Kellie Reeves (Dimension Data); Mark Whittard (Toshiba); Duncan Bennet (VMware); Brenton Smith (Symantec); Margrith Appleby (HP); Andrea Della Mattea (Insight); Michelle Zamora (IBM); Dominic Whitehand (WhiteGold Solutions); Dawn Edmonds (NewLease); Alister Dias (EMC); and Ken Boal (Cisco).

ARN would like to thank the ICT community for submitting a record number of nominations (either self-nominated or by a colleague/manager/mentor), and congratulates our 2013 WIICTA finalists.

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