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Women in Comms' Leading Lights Awards Winners Revealed

Sarah Thomas
5/24/2016

What better way to cap off a fantastic day of networking, panel discussions and a job fair than by honoring some of the leading women in the comms industry? That's just what Women in Comms did last night at the Leading Lights awards dinner at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas.

Congratulations to the three winners of WiC's inaugural 2016 Leading Lights awards:

  • Female-Led Startup to Watch: Grid4C and CEO Noa Ruschin Rimini, Ph.D.

  • Most Inspiring Woman in Comms: Sandi Mays, EVP of IT, Billing, Client Service Management, Tranzact, and Big Data, Zayo Group Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO)

  • Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year: Yvette Kanouff, Senior Vice President/General Manager (SVP/GM) of the Service Provider Business (SP), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)

Grid4C's Noa Ruschin Rimini (right) accepts her WiC Leading Lights awards from Intel's Lynn Comp at Monday evening's awards presentation.
Grid4C's Noa Ruschin Rimini (right) accepts her WiC Leading Lights awards from Intel's Lynn Comp at Monday evening's awards presentation.

You can read more about our winners and their fellow finalists in the following blogs: WiC Leading Lights Finalists: Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year , WiC Leading Lights Finalists: Most Inspiring Woman in Comms , WiC Leading Lights Finalists: Female-Led Startup to Watch and Women in Comms Leading Lights: The Finalists.

The winners were voted on by the WiC Board of Directors, with help from the editors of Light Reading and analysts of Heavy Reading. They were announced Monday evening, at the Leading Lights dinner, after WiC's one-day conference and job fair 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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jamekurt
jamekurt
9/7/2016 | 8:44:35 AM
I really like that she mentioned creativity
I really like that she mentioned creativity at the end here. assignment help company It's so important to have a balance and not be pigeonholed into STEM or the arts (or whatever else) if you have a variety of interests. Well rounded is the way to be!
Kelsey Ziser
Kelsey Ziser
5/24/2016 | 11:08:38 AM
Congratulations!
Wow, what a stellar lineup, I'm glad to hear these women are being recognized for their amazing achievements!
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