The 2013 Heroines in Technology Award Winners Are Announced

  The 2013 Heroines in Technology Award Winners Are Announced

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- November 12, 2013

The March of Dimes and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Association (AFCEA NOVA) announced the 2013 Heroines in Technology winners at
the 13^th Annual Heroines in Technology® Awards Gala.  Held November 8, 2013,
the black-tie event honored the significant contributions of women in the
technology community including government, nonprofit and commercial
organizations for their outstanding commitment to community service.

The 2013 Heroines in Technology winners include:

  *Rising Heroine: Juli Lawless, engineer manager, TASC Inc.
  *Individual Heroines: Ann Albright, senior systems analyst, Booz Allen
    Hamilton and Karen Newnam, senior federal channel marketing manager, EMC
  *AFCEA International Government Heroine: Dr. Tiffani Lash, health science
    policy officer, National Institutes of Health and co-founder Tea & Honey
  *Corporate Heroines: LaKeshia Grant, CEO, Virtual Enterprises, LLC and
    Stephanie C. Hill, president, Lockheed Martin Informational Systems &
    Global Solutions Civil, Lockheed Martin
  *Lifetime Achievement Heroines: Shantel Nickerson, systems engineering
    manager, The SI Organization and Juliette Rizzo, deputy director, special
    projects, partnerships and events, U.S. Department of Education

More than 375 guests enjoyed dinner, music and dancing in addition to the
awards presentation. The event successfully raised more than $215,000 to
support local March of Dimes programs around research, community services,
education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature
birth and infant mortality. Since 2001, the event has raised over $1.5 million
to support the March of Dimes mission of saving babies.

View event photos in our Facebook Gallery To learn more about the event
and view finalists videos, visit

The Heroines in Technology 2013 Platinum Technology sponsor is Harris
Corporation. Additional sponsors include AFCEA International, Berico
Technologies, DC Magazine, Federal News Radio, FedScoop, IBM, Lockeed Martin,
Sapient, and SmartCEO.

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and
baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies
the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth
defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and
information, visit or Find us on Facebook and
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This year, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75^th anniversary and its ongoing
work to help all babies get a healthy start in life. More than 4 million
babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has
helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and


The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and
Electronics Association (AFCEA NOVA) is partnered with the March of Dimes in
support of the Heroines in Technology awards program. AFCEA fosters an ethical
dialogue between industry, government and academia on the effective use of


March of Dimes
Michele Murphy-Hedrick, 571-257-2303
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