Honoring Women in Comms' Leading Lights

Cast your vote for the year's most inspiring woman in comms, female tech pioneer and female-led startup to watch, to be awarded at BCE's Leading Lights gala.

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

February 16, 2016

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Honoring Women in Comms' Leading Lights

Every year, Light Reading hands out more than 20 awards chronicling the best new products, services, strategies and companies in the communications space. Many of them are driven by women behind the scenes, but this year, we’d also like to recognize at least three women who are very much front and center.

To celebrate the launch of Light Reading's Women in Comms not-for-profit in 2016, we will have three Leading Lights awards reserved for the women in our industry who are helping pave the way for their fellow females, pioneering technology innovations and leading the way at a startup with the potential to be disruptive. The awards will include:

  • Most Inspiring Woman in Comms: A special award, voted on by the WiC Board of Advisors, that seeks to recognize a woman who has worked tirelessly and effectively to advance the cause of women and girls in the next-gen comms industry.

    Female Tech Pioneer of the Year: A special award, voted on by the WiC Board of Advisors, that seeks to recognize a woman in the next-gen comms industry for her remarkable influence and technological contributions to the sector in the past year.

    Female-Led Startup to Watch: Awarded to a startup that the WiC Board of Advisors sees as having considerable potential to disrupt the industry, advance technology and have a lasting impact.

These three categories are in addition to the usual impressive list of awards and will be announced alongside the famous -- and often infamous -- Light Reading Hall of Fame.

Peruse the full list of awards categories, details about how to nominate a worthy woman and a link to our FAQ document, at the Leading Lights 2016 home page.

The WiC awards will be judged by our esteemed Board of Advisors, made up of 18 top female executives in the industry, with help from the Light Reading editors and Heavy Reading analysts. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 25, 2016. The shortlists will be announced in late April/early May and the winners announced at an awards dinner in Austin (further details to follow) on Monday, May 23, following a full day of Women in Comms activities, including an expanded networking luncheon, women's jobs fair and coding workshop.

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Sarah Thomas

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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