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2019 Aspirations and LV Techie Awards Set For April 6 at Zappos

2019 Aspirations and LV Techie Awards Set For April 6 at Zappos
The Southern Nevada technology community will honor the talented women and girls who accelerate innovation and transform industries with game-changing ideas on April 6 at the LV Techie Awards and the Aspiration Awards.

The awards program, running 5 to 7 p.m. at Zappos, 400 Stewart Ave., will take a “what they will see, they will be” approach to highlighting and promoting top talent and amplifying the impact of women and girls across technology industries.

Besides honoring influential women, the LV Techie Awards will honor male allies and corporations devoted to spurring diversity in technology careers. The Aspiration Awards, meanwhile, will recognize girls in middle school and high school who aspire to careers in computing and technology.

Sonia Petkewich of the Las Vegas affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology
Sonia Petkewich of the Las Vegas affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology

“We are excited to have the Aspiration Awards and LV Techie Awards together,” said Sonia Petkewich of the Las Vegas affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a nonprofit group. “By combining the two award shows, young girls and women can see professional women earning accolades for their hard work in their careers and contribution in the tech community.”

Awards program sponsors include Zappos (venue sponsor), Nutanix and Taurean Consulting Group (title sponsors), SIM of Las Vegas (Inspiration Awards and partner sponsor), Trend Micro, Technologent and Healliam (partner sponsors), Troxell, Discovery Education, Lego Education, National Geographic Learning, Cengage Learning and Extreme (advocate sponsors)

The National Center for Women & Information Technology recognizes local young women excelling in pursuit of computing and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. The center’s Las Vegas affiliate collaborates with Clark County School District’s Career & Technical Education Department and community partners like the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada to support and empower women of all ages in the Las Vegas Valley who are pursuing STEM and technology studies and careers.

LV Techie Award nominees were named in six categories: Best Place to Work; Bleeding Edge; Champion; Tech Innovator-Startup; Techie of the Year and Catalyst.

LV Techie Award nominees include:

Best Place to Work: Credit One Bank, Caesars Entertainment Corp., Absolute Games, ROCeteer, Stimulus Technologies, Skywire, Everywhere Managed, the COOP.

Bleeding Edge: Dana Berggren, owner, the COOP; Savi Panchapakesan, architect, Innovation and Emerging Technology; Caesars Entertainment Corp.; Pokin Yeung, founder and CEO, Absolute Games; Heather Wilde, chief technology officer/unicorn whisperer, ROCeteer; Angeline Cosca, chief information officer, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers; Theresa Fette, founder, Fette Holdings; Carrie Simpson, CEO, Everywhere Managed.

Champion: Matthew Bissell, director, information security SRG, Aristocrat; Joan Drew, robotics teacher, Clark County School District; Simone Browne, magnet theme coordinator, Clark County School District; Dana Berggren, owner, the COOP; Pokin Yeung, founder and CEO, Absolute Games; Sonia Petkewich, CEO, Taurean Consulting; Matthew Renze, owner, Renze Consulting; Heather Wilde, chief technology officer/unicorn whisperer, ROCeteer; Angeline Cosca, chief information officer, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers; Kera Dorsey, regional programs manager, Tech Impact; Carrie Simpson, CEO, Everywhere Managed; Cynthia Vollmer, vice president, Enterprise Risk management, MGM Resorts International; Skywire.

Tech innovator/Startup: Dana Berggren, owner, the COOP; Pokin Yeung, founder and CEO, Absolute Games; Heather Wilde, chief technology officer/unicorn whisperer, ROCeteer; Daranda Catto, chief information officer, Credit One Bank; Crystal Fletcher, vice president Project Management and Office of the chief information officer, Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Techie of the Year: Daranda Catto, chief information officer, Credit One Bank; Dana Berggren, owner, the COOP; Pokin Yeung, founder and CEO, Absolute Games; Heather Wilde, chief technology officer/unicorn whisperer, ROCeteer; Kera Dorsey, regional programs manager, Tech Impact; Cindi Chang, education programs professional (K-12 computer science) Nevada Department of Education; Angeline Cosca, chief information officer, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers.

Catalyst: Dana Berggren, owner, the COOP; Pokin Yeung, founder and CEO, Absolute Games; Heather Wilde, chief technology officer/unicorn whisperer, ROCeteer; Crystal Fletcher, vice president Project Management and Office of the chief information officer, Caesars Entertainment Corp.; Ruth Furman, principal, ImageWords; Dawn Trujillo, teacher, Clark County School District; Cynthia Vollmer, vice president, enterprise risk management, MGM Resorts International; Angeline Cosca, chief information officer, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers; Sultaneh Tadrous, international system security administrator, Station Casinos; Kera Dorsey, regional programs manager, Tech Impact; Carrie Simpson, CEO, Everywhere Managed; POWHer of We.

To register to attend the LV Techie and Aspiration Awards program, click here