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May 15, 2018
Women in Comms topped off a lively, inspiring and informative day of discussion by crowning three deserving Leading Lights Award Winners in Austin on Monday.
A big congratulations to:
Most Inspiring Woman in Comms: Anne Chow, President – National Business, AT&T Business
Figure 1: AT&T's Anne Chow receives her award for Most Inspiring Woman of the Year from WiC Director Sarah Thomas, while Light Reading's Phil Harvey basks in the inspiring glow.
Female-Led Startup to Watch: Movandi (Maryam Rofougaran, Co-CEO, Founder & COO)
Figure 2: Movandi's Maryam Rofougaran poses with her award for Female-Led Startup to Watch.
Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs
Figure 3: CableLab's Dr. Jennifer Andreoli-Fang takes the stage to be honored as the Hedy Lamarr Female Tech Pioneer of the Year.
Find out why the winners were chosen, and read about their fellow finalists, here:
To find out who won the other Leading Lights awards, see Leading Lights 2018: The Winners.
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 Tuesday and Wednesday 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 inspiring and impressing all of us!
— Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms
Director, Women in Comms
Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.
She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.
As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.
Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.
Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.
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