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Congratulations to WiC's Newest Leading Lights

Sarah Thomas
5/16/2017
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Women in Comms capped off a productive, insightful and fun afternoon spent discussing the future of technology and the progress being made for women in the industry by recognizing two women who are leading the charge on technology and making a material difference for women in comms.

Congratulations to the our newest 2017 Leading Lights:

Most Inspiring Woman in Comms: Heather Kirksey, Executive Director, Open Platform for NFV Project Inc.

OPNFV's Heather Kirksey strikes an inspiring pose in between Heavy Reading's Roz Roseboro and Light Reading's Liz Coyne.
OPNFV's Heather Kirksey strikes an inspiring pose in between Heavy Reading's Roz Roseboro and Light Reading's Liz Coyne.

Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year: Nithya Ramanathan, President & Co-Founder, Nexleaf Analytics

Nextleaf's Nithya Ramanathan accepts her award from Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre as the paparazzi and audience looks on.
Nextleaf's Nithya Ramanathan accepts her award from Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre as the paparazzi and audience looks on.

You can read more about why our winners were chosen, as well as the other deserving finalists, in the following blogs:

  • WiC Leading Lights Finalists 2017: Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year
  • WiC 2017 Leading Lights Finalists: Most Inspiring Woman in Comms

    And, revisit our inaugural 2016 Leading Lights, who are still moving and shaking in comms here: Women in Comms' Leading Lights Awards Winners Revealed .

    The winners were revealed Monday evening, at the Leading Lights dinner, after WiC's one-day conference and ahead of the Big Communications Event, taking place today and tomorrow in Austin. Check back all week for more coverage of all the action.

    Congratulations to our winners -- and all the finalists -- and thank you for leading the way for women in comms!

    — Sarah Thomas, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Director, Women in Comms

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    ErynLeavens
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    ErynLeavens,
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    5/16/2017 | 12:48:37 PM
    Congrats!
    Love the pic with Heather in the glasses! Looks like a great event and I'm so glad these incredible women were celebrated properly.
    Sarah Thomas
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    Sarah Thomas,
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    5/16/2017 | 12:43:24 PM
    Congrats!
    Congratulations to Nithya and Heather, as well as all our other finalists! Both categories were really tough to judge. Great to see so much talent in our industry.
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