WOI | 2015 Recap

WOI | 2015 Recap

WOI 2015

The 11th annual Women of Innovation awards gala set the bar high for future celebrations. More than 530 attendees consisting of women innovators, friends, colleagues, sponsors, parents, scientists, educators, reporters and more began filling the Aqua Turfs Kay Pier as early at 4:00pm on Wednesday April 1. As always, the atmosphere was full of excitement as Women of Innovation alumni and new honorees gathered to discuss their STEM related work, studies, challenges and dreams in both their classroom, field, and communities.

Once the 2015 Women honorees were announced and dinner was served, keynote speaker Cecilia K. McKenney, Executive Vice President of Frontier Secure and Administration for Frontier Communications, took the stage. McKenney delivered a witty and entertaining talk on her No pain, no gain, attitude and how it helped her to achieve higher ground in her HR career. She encouraged all women to never take no for an answer, to believe in themselves and to take risks, especially those that would pay off.

We would like to extend a huge round of applause to this year’s outstanding women in STEM, and more specially to announce this year’s category winners! You can read the full press release here.


2015 Women of Innovation 

2015 Women of Innovation Press Releases

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2015 Women of Innovation Keynote Speaker:

Cecilia K. McKenney, Executive Vice President of Frontier Secure and Administration, Frontier Communications

McKenney is a member of The Leadership Council of Franklin & Marshall College and a member of the Board of Directors of The Child Care Council of Westchester County, Inc.  On May 15, 2014, she was honored with the HR Leader Award in the Large Company category at the 2014 Fairfield County HR People of the Year Awards. The awards are given each year by The Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management to recognize individuals whose performance and contributions have significantly benefited their organizations, the Human Resources profession and the community. Click here to learn more.


2015 Women of Innovation Category Winners:

Youth Innovation & Leadership: Anubhuti Mathur, High School Student, Glastonbury High School

Collegian Innovation & Leadership: Sapna Gupta, Ph.D. Student, University of Connecticut &
Monika Weber, Ph.D. Student, Yale University

Community Innovation & Leadership: Keshia Ashe, Co-Founder & CEO, ManyMentors

Research Innovation a& Leadership: Serap Aksoy, Professor, Yale School of Public Health &
Radenka Maric, Connecticut Clean Energy Professor in Sustainable Energy, University of Connecticut

Academic Innovation & Leadership: Medria Blue-Ellis, Principal, Engineering & Science University Magnet School

Entrepreneurial Innovation & Leadership: Christina Lampe-Onnerud, CEO & Founder, CLOTEAM LLC

Small Business Innovation & Leadership: Lisa Braden-Harder, CEO, Appen

Large Business Innovation & Leadership: Yu-Hui Rogers, Site Director, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

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2015 Women of Innovation:

Keshia Ashe
Co-Founder & CEO, ManyMentors, Newington

Serap Aksoy
Professor, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven

Medria Blue-Ellis
Principal, Engineering & Science University Magnet School, Hamden

Lisa Braden-Harder
CEO, Appen, Ridgefield

Shari Bugaj
Engineering Part Family Manager, Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford

Stormy Chamberlain
Raymond & Beverly Sackler, Assistant Professor of Genetics & Developmental Biology, UCONN, Farmington

Janis Collins
Co-Founder, The Refinery, Westport

Patricia Cushman
Manager of Environment Health & Safety, United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford

Emily Davis
Senior Development Engineer, Covidien, North Haven

Wendy Davis
Founder, GestVision, Inc., New Haven

Deborah Dorcemus
Student, UCONN, Danbury

Wafa Elmannai
Ph. D. Student, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport

Katherine Emery
CEO , The Walker Group/reSET, Farmington

Maureen Ezzo
Air Vehicle Project Lead Executive Transport Development Programs, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Northford

Lynn Fiellin
Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven

Marisha Godek
Principal Research Scientist, Covidien, North Haven

Heidi Gold
Founder & CEO, Little Scientists, Milford

Emma Goodman
Student, Greenwich High School, Greenwich

Sapna Gupta
Ph. D. Student, UCONN, Storrs

Megan Hislop
Student, Central Connecticut State University, Torrington

Jeannette Ickovics
Professor, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven

Odia Kane
Student, Engineering & Science University Magnet School, New Haven

Janine Kerr
Student, Danbury High School, Danbury

Leslie Krumholz
CEO, Goodstreets, Guilford

Christina Lampe-Onnerud
Founder & CEO, CLOTEAM LLC, Wilton

Lindsey Landry
Senior Engineer, Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford

Victoria Liu
Student, Amity Regional High School, Bethany

Amy Lydon
Intellectual Property Counsel, Covidien, New Haven

Allison MacKay
Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCONN, Storrs

Radenka Maric
Connecticut Clean Energy Professor in Sustainable Energy, UCONN, Storrs

Vicky Margiott
Lead EMU Systems Engineers, UTC Aerospace Systems, South Windsor

Anubhuti Mathur
Student, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury

Susan McNulty-LoPiccol
Senior Manager Portfolio Management, Pfizer, Inc., Groton

Sarah Mehner
Manager of Director, Connecticut Information Security, Wilton

Sarah Mogielnicki
Student, Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science, Berlin

Rebecca Napolitano
Student, Connecticut College, New London

Lizette Nigro
Vice President, Product Operations Fiserv, Glastonbury

Cindy Oksanen
Senior Director, Pfizer, Inc., Groton

Julie Olson
Business Mentor/Growth Advisor, SECT Tech/CTNext, Pawcatuck

Anna Patrizzi
Procurement Director, International Parts Center, Global Supply Chain, Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford

Shelley Phelan
Professor of Biology, Fairfield University, Fairfield

Diane Pintavalle
Instructor of Advanced Research Mentorship & AP Biology, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury

Maryne Robin
Founder & President, NANTES Solutions, LLC, Stamford

Yu-Hui Rogers
Site Director, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington

Nicole Russo
President, Microboard Processing, Inc., Seymour

Kimberly Sendlein
Electrical Design Manager of Advanced Programs, UTC Aerospace Systems, Marlborough

Jade Smart
Student, Hamden High School, Hamden

Ellen Su
Founder, Wellinks, New Haven

Karen Tepper
Vice President of Mobile, Priceline.com, Norwalk

Allison Thomas
ORION Air Revitalization System Lead-UTAS ISR & Space Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems, Hampden MA

Lynn Tinker
CH-53K Chief System Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford

Kyle Vanderlick
Dean, Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, New Haven

Monika Weber
Ph. D. Student, Yale University, New Haven

Phyllis Winters
President & Founder, Information Technology Group, North Haven

Martha Yaney
Owner, Vista Group International, Inc., Norwalk

Quing Zhu
Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCONN, Storrs

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