The Washington Times - January 12, 2010, 11:29AM

Here’s something very worthy, in my opinion — and perhaps you know someone who qualifies.

Women in Technology (WIT) [has] announced the call for nominations for the 11th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards. This year WIT announces the debut of four new award categories: Public Sector Corporate Award (Large and Small), Health IT Award, Global Impact Award and Unsung Hero Award. Nominations will be accepted until February 19, 2010.  The nomination form can be accessed online at

The annual awards program honors leading female professionals working in the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area who have exemplified unique vision and talent in the technology industry during the previous year. Members and non-members are eligible for nomination and winners will be announced at the Leadership Awards Banquet on May 20, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner.

“The 11th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Award’s theme, ‘No One Path,’ celebrates the various career paths, challenges and aspirations that have led professional women to make an unprecedented impact on the technology industry,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, president of WIT. “We are thrilled to add four new award categories that will honor a broader range of professional women who have brought lasting progress, innovation and cooperation to the local technology industry and the community as a whole.”

There are 11 award categories for which WIT is soliciting nominations:

· Corporate Leadership – Private Sector (Large and Small)

· Corporate Leadership – Public Sector (Large and Small)

·  Entrepreneur Leadership

· Government Leadership

· Health IT Leadership

· Global Impact Leadership

· Unsung Hero

· Rising Star

· Women in Technology Champion

WIT is celebrating the 11th consecutive year of the Leadership Awards program. The Leadership Awards demonstrate WIT’s commitment to honor and support women who connect, lead and succeed in their professional endeavors and communities. The 2010 Leadership Awards program theme is a salute to the recently published book, “No One Path,” featuring compilations of perspectives on leadership from 48 past winners of the WIT Leadership Awards over the past decade.

For more information on the awards, including submission guidelines and sponsor details, please visit

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Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering women involved in all levels of the technology industry a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities. One of the organization’s main goals is to create a forum where women in technology can be recognized and promoted as role models. The organization’s values are embodied in its tag line: Connect. Lead. Succeed. WIT was founded in 1994 and has nearly 1,000 members. For more information, please visit WIT’s web site,


In this writer’s opinion, some of the best people in tech have been women, including the amazing Jill Stelfox, whose Defywire contributed important technology to school safety and who now advises other entrepreneurs via Accession Point. (Full disclosure: I interviewed Ms. Stelfox in 2004 for a magazine published for Swedish telecom firm Ericsson; you can find a PDF of that article here.)

Another woman doing great things in technology is Asli Bilgin of Microsoft Corp., whose work in helping young people, particularly young women, learn about tech career opportunities is something I covered for this newspaper a year ago. Since then, Ms. Bilgin is still doing great things.

My point: Encouraging everyone to do good stuff in tech is important, so supporting the WIT awards is a positive move.