Women in IT Have Plenty to Celebrate
With so many women in the global IT community, it’s disappointing we seldom hear about their feats. Instead, articles about underrepresentation and wage disparity overshadow their progress. Fortunately, that’s changing as women gain experience, build community, and thrive.

This article highlights a few of the outstanding woman recognized in the “Women in IT” awards hosted in London, U.K. last year. Hopefully, the accomplishments of these remarkable American women will inspire and confirm women in IT have plenty to offer. They advocate, innovate, and lead women towards greater opportunities. We’ve also highlighted new data on cities you may want to consider if you’re a woman in IT, and why they’re so attractive.

Outstanding U.S. Tech Women

Advocate of the Year

Ronni Eloff - Network Director - Women in Technology International With 30 years' experience as a software engineering technologist, Ronni now concentrates on creating opportunities for women in technology.

Woman of the Year

Mayumi Hiramatsu - Senior VP of Cloud Operations Engineering & Security - Infor Mayumi is currently accountable for operational design, delivery and management of Infor's cloud, infrastructure, tools, technology, security and compliance.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Jennifer Kyriakakis - Founder & VP Marketing - MATRIXX Software Jennifer founded MATRIXX Software in 2008 to meet the needs of the new mobile economy after smartphones appeared on the market.

e-Skills Initiative of the Year

Tracey Welson-Rossman - Founder, CEO - TechGirlz Tracey is an entrepreneur and founded TechGirlz to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers.

Young Leader of the Year

Karen Parisi - CEO - Oodi Karen launched the startup Oodi in 2017 to simplify and modernize the traditionally lengthy and complex process of contracting with and managing services from marketing agencies.

Additional Winners

Here in Las Vegas, we have our own movers and shakers. Take a look at a few of the winners from the 2018 Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards including our own Technical Recruiter, Christine Heinrich, who won the Technology Woman Mentor Award.

Christine partners with young candidates, hosts Friday soft skills sessions, participates in lunch and learns, and helps them realize their employment dreams in the Las Vegas IT community.

Other notables include Duana Malone, CEO & Founder of Tech Queen Systems, who won Technology Woman of the Year. Duana has over 30 years of experience as a website designer and app developer, but now offers expertise in customer relationship management & systems automation. Her company hosts, sponsors and participates in after-school technology classes and strives to ensure every student is equipped to compete with today's rapid technological advances. She advocates for opportunities in technology around the world.

This year awards also went to Elena Jaacks, Business Solutions Executive at MGM Resorts International for Technology Woman for Gaming & Hospitality; Shannon Wilkinson, President and Co-Founder AXIOM Cyber Solutions, for Technology Women for Cybersecurity; Jet Mitchell Recruiter Aristocrat Technologies for Technology Women for Community Service; Alicia Mejia of Worldwide Love Story for Technology Rising Star and Heather Wilde, CTO ROCeteer for Technology Women Entrepreneur.

Today, it’s not unusual to see women in senior positions or creating their own companies, innovative products, and a bright future in IT. While few women occupy positions as software developers or hardware engineers, that doesn’t mean it will always be that way. These women clearly show opportunities exist for women in technology and many forge their own path.

Cities Welcome Tech Women

Business increasingly looks at experience, skills and potential, regardless of gender. A recent Smart Asset survey found 15 inviting U.S. cities for women in technology.

The study rated the cities based on income after housing costs, gender pay gap, women’s representation in the workforce, and percent growth in employment. Washington, D.C., Kansas City, and Baltimore topped the list.

While the pay gap has not disappeared, it is shrinking in many places and that’s great news.

Las Vegas Women In IT

If you are a woman in IT looking for new opportunities, we can help. Taurean Consulting Group offers IT staffing and project positions valley-wide. We are a NWBOC Certified 100% Women-Owned Small Business.

With over 25 years’ experience connecting IT specialists to quality employers, we’ll help you prepare and match you to the best jobs for your needs. Browse our open job opportunities and let us help you move forward on your career path.