Women Of Innovation®

Women Of Innovation®


The Women of Innovation® awards dinner recognizes women accomplished in science, technology, engineering, math and those who are involved in their community. This awards event is a time for like-minded, successful women to network and celebrate their accomplishments.

Join us as we celebrate the Women of Innovation who make Connecticut’s businesses and institutions strong leaders on the cutting edge. The Women of Innovation® event seeks to create a growing network of women in the “trenches” of STEM. Our finalists are the scientists, researchers, academics, manufacturers, student leaders, drafters, entrepreneurs, and technicians who create tomorrow’s advancements through their tireless efforts today.

Join us

March 29, 2017
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
the AquaTurf Club in Southington, CT

Online registration for this event has closed.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $150.
Thank you for your support!  

As we have received inquiries, please note that we recommend business wear for the awards dinner. In order to ensure your partywill be seated together, we encourage you to purchase a table of eight. Seating is otherwise open.

Adda Birnir, CEO SkillcrushThe Connecticut Technology Council is excited to announce that our Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Women of Innovation® event will be Adda Birnir.

Adda is founder and CEO of Skillcrush, the country’s largest online education company focused on training women in technical topics, boasting an audience of over 250,000 women learning life-changing digital skills.

Before founding Skillcrush, Adda ran a web design and development company that built sites for media clients such as The New York Times, ProPublica, the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and MTV. She has been named one of the “20 Women to Watch in Media” by the Columbia Journalism Review, one of the “30 Most Important Women in Tech” by Business Insider, and has been featured on the BBC, PBS, Fast Company, and Mashable. She was recently appointed by Mayor Bill DeBlasio to the New York City Workforce Development board.

Adda is a graduate of Yale University and now calls New York City home. When not developing or teaching at Skillcrush, she enjoys exploring her home borough of Queens!

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Skillcrush is the country’s largest online education company focused on training women in technical topics, boasting an audience of over 250,000 women actively learning life-changing digital skills. Their mission is simple: to empower their audience with the technical skills they need to enter high-earning and flexible careers. In particular, Skillcrush is focused on creating affordable and realistic on ramps into the technical fields for early to mid-career women who have no prior work or educational experience in computer science.

We are pleased to announce that Connecticut’s own Diane Smith will once again be Emcee for the evening’s festivities.

Diane Smith

Connecticut’s own Diane Smith will Emcee the 2017 Women of Innovation.

Register to attend today! We look forward to seeing you and your nominees on March 29!

Please note: nominations for the 2017 Women of Innovation® Awards are now closed. Stay tuned for our list of Finalists! 

Women of Innovation 2016

2017 Women of Innovation Finalists

CategoryFirst NameLast NameCompany/Organization
Academic Innovation and Leadership-CollegeJenniferMcFaddenYale University
Academic Innovation and Leadership-CollegeSummerMcGeeUniversity of New Haven
Academic Innovation and Leadership-CollegeJanNaegeleWesleyan University
Academic Innovation and Leadership-High SchoolMichelleBellingerAcademy of Aerospace & Engineering
Academic Innovation and Leadership-High SchoolNiveaTorresConnecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS)
Collegian Innovation and LeadershipJunChenUniversity of Connecticut, School of Engineering
Collegian Innovation and LeadershipDeborahDorcemusUniversity of Connecticut
Collegian Innovation and LeadershipErinDuffyYale University
Collegian Innovation and LeadershipWafaElmannaiUniversity of Bridgeport
Collegian Innovation and LeadershipManishaMishraUniversity of Connecticut
Community Innovation and LeadershipHelenCharovConnecticut Invention Convention
Community Innovation and LeadershipClaudinePhaireSikorsky Aircraft, A Lockheed Martin Company
Community Innovation and LeadershipEmilySwiatekPratt and Whitney
Entrepreneurial Innovation and LeadershipJessicaAngierHybrid Intelligence, Inc.
Entrepreneurial Innovation and LeadershipJessicaBaileyGreenworks Lending
Entrepreneurial Innovation and LeadershipWendyDavisGestVision, Inc.
Entrepreneurial Innovation and LeadershipMarciaFournierBioarray Genetics
Entrepreneurial Innovation and LeadershipEllenMatloffMy Gene Counsel, LLC
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipMelissaBaranSikorsky Aircraft, A Lockheed Martin Company
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipVickiConantSikorsky Aircraft, A Lockheed Martin Company
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipJenniferGrahamSikorsky Aircraft, A Lockheed Martin Company
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipKarenIanellaBoehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipJackieJonesMedtronic
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipBhagyashreeKhuntePfizer
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipJeanneLarsenUTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipPingLiuSikorsky Aircraft, A Lockheed Martin Company
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipDevuManikantan Shila, Ph.DUnited Technologies Research Center
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipJenniferMcLaurenUTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipLindsayO'DonnellSikorsky Aircraft, A Lockheed Martin Company
Large Business Innovation and LeadershipKremena "Kemmie" SimitchievaBoehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Research Innovation and LeadershipSusanBasergaYale School of Medicine
Research Innovation and LeadershipJinboBiUniversity of Connecticut
Research Innovation and LeadershipAlisonGotkinUnited Technologies Research Center
Research Innovation and LeadershipNancyPetryUConn Health
Research Innovation and LeadershipDanyelRacenetMedtronic
Research Innovation and LeadershipKellyValentineMedtronic
Research Innovation and LeadershipChristineWetzel3M
Small Business Innovation and LeadershipMargaretBaileySonalysts
Small Business Innovation and LeadershipJeanineGouinMilone & MacBroom, Inc
Small Business Innovation and LeadershipChunLiDiameter Health
Small Business Innovation and LeadershipMary EllenMateleskaMystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation
Small Business Innovation and LeadershipFeliciatasThurmayrQuality Health Ideas, Inc.
Small Business Innovation and LeadershipMeghanWestCNC Software Inc. / Mastercam
Youth Innovation and LeadershipAakshiAgarwalHamden High School
Youth Innovation and LeadershipMargaretCirinoGreenwich High School
Youth Innovation and LeadershipNickolinaDoranGreater Hartford Academy of Math & Science
Youth Innovation and LeadershipMadisonD'OstuniSuffield High School
Youth Innovation and LeadershipOliviaHalliseyGreenwich High School
Youth Innovation and LeadershipGrace AnneHerrickThe Gunnery
Youth Innovation and LeadershipDanaJosephEngineering & Science University Magnet School

Top category award winners (2005-2016): woi home page image

Youth Innovation and Leadership
Collegian Innovation and Leadership
Community Innovation and Leadership
Research Innovation and Leadership
Academic Innovation and Leadership
Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership
Small Business Innovation and Leadership
Large Business Innovation and Leadership

Congratulations to the Women of Innovation from the previous 12 years! Please use the links Women 2015 winners_smallbelow to explore previous events:

Event Recaps:

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2015 Women of Innovation 

2015 Women of Innovation Press Releases

2015 Event Multimedia


Women of Innovation are Game Changers

“These women have broken through the glass ceiling. And not only have they broken through it — they are keeping it open for other women to come through.” – Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. Listen to the full interview.

Event Details

Event Date
Wednesday March 29, 2017

Event Time
5:00pm - 8:30pm

Event Location
Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, CT

Contact Information
Cindy Lang, clang@ct.org
p: 860-289-0878, x344
e: events@ct.org

Presenting Sponsors

  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Medtronic
  • United Technologies Corporation

Supporting Sponsors

  • Datto
  • Pfizer Inc.

Contributing Sponsors

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
  • CNC Software
  • Marcum LLP
  • Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Premier Limousine

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