DCFemTech Recognizes Top 30 Women Programmers

April 21, 2015

7:52 am

This morning, DCFemTech, the Washington, D.C.-based collective made up of more than 25 different organizations throughout the region all aimed at supporting women in tech, announced the recipients of their inaugural Powerful Women Programmers Award. Selected from nearly 80 nominations, the award aims to recognize some of the best women developers in the D.C. region that more often than not are failed to be mentioned in the public realm.

“We wanted to highlight women in tech who are often behind the scenes and have yet to be recognized through other awards,” said Shana Glenzer, a member of the organizing committee for the DCFemTech awards and VP at SocialRadar. “Whether a woman is coding for an organization she loves or helping her company achieve success during her engineering job, we want to celebrate these women and their achievements.”

According to the organization, nominations for the award were selected by a committee of women engineers, designers, and executives in the D.C. tech community. Those 30 selected for the DCFemTech Powerful Women Programmers award were chosen per three different criteria: 1) impact on organization (whether they helped their company or nonprofit organization grow and achieve their goals); 2) complexity of issues addressed with their code (was complex system built or merely a simple website?); and impact on community (did their work contribute to the broader tech or women in tech community?).

Kaylyn Gibilterra, who also served on the organizing committee for the DCFemTech awards, reiterated how truly important it is to highlight some of the great work that women programmers and engineers are doing in the D.C. region. Despite D.C.’s reputation for being one of the top cities for women in tech, there’s still a huge opportunity for the city. An engineer for Capital One herself, she understands the significance of highlighting the great work other technical women – mainly, it motivates other women to get involved in the tech community.

“Something that has stood out to me in DC is how infatuated the city is with solving some of the toughest problems facing our country,” said Gibilterra. “When you are solving such massive problems, you don’t have to spend as much time beating your chest to out-ego the startup next to you that’s building the exact same ‘Uber or Tinder for X.’ The more a city can quiet the repeat companies the are clouded with insecurities from their bad ideas, the better the work environment is for everyone – especially women. D.C. is full of jobs and companies that focus on real issues changing the lives of people across the world, which women have shown to take more seriously. I think that has contributed to the great reputation D.C. has for women in tech, and that is absolutely repeatable across the country.”

The many organizations in the D.C. tech ecosystem contribute to the region’s success as a top region for women in tech. According to Glenzer, not only are these organization enabling women to build their skills and to create communities in the tech scene, but leaders in companies and organizations in D.C. are also making it a priority to hire talented female engineers. The women selected for the DCFemTech “Powerful Women Programmers” award are examples of that great talent in the region.

The 30 women selected for the DCFemTech “Powerful Women Programmers” award include:

  • Alisha Ramos, Front-End Designer, Vox Media
  • Allison Carnwath, Senior Front-End Developer, Siteworx
  • Allison McMillan, Engineer, General Assembly
  • Ally Palanzi, Front-End Engineer, Vox Media
  • Betsy Haibel, Senior Developer, Optoro
  • Brenda Egeland, Director of Technology, All’asta
  • Carrie Xianyu, Senior .Net Developer, Creative Information Technology
  • Dolores Farley, Senior Software Engineer, AOL
  • Emily Williamson, Software Engineer, The Motley Fool
  • Jacqueline Kazil, Innovation Specialist , 18F
  • Jess Garson, Organizing Data Specialist, National Education Association
  • Joanne Garlow, Lead Programmer, NPR
  • Judy Jow, Software Engineer, Social Tables
  • Kaitlin Devine, Director of Engineering, 18F
  • Leah Bannon, Product Manager, 18F
  • Lisa Chung, Senior Developer, The Motley Fool
  • Lisa Nohealani Morton, Senior Database Developer, NGP VAN
  • Marakie Getachew, Lead Developer, AFL-CIO
  • Megan Zlock, Front-End Developer, Viget Labs
  • Molly Pickral, Lead Software Developer, Interfolio
  • Pamela Vong, Tech Wizard, InfernoRed Technology
  • Rebecca Bilbro, Data Scientist, Department of Labor, OSHA
  • Rebecca Goodman-Sudik, IT Specialist, Smithsonian Libraries
  • Samantha Quiñones, Principal Software Engineer, AOL
  • Savani Tatake, Technical Director, Siteworx
  • Selina Musuta, Jr. Front End Developer, Democratic National Committee
  • Shannon Turner, Founder, Hear Me Code
  • Sonia Hinson, Program Assistant, Syrian American Medical Society
  • Stephanie Nguyen, Cofounder, Landmark
  • Xiaoyan (Cheyenne) Yin, Principal Software Engineer, AOL

On April 28th, DCFemTech and its members will host a reception at Google DC to celebrate the recipients and nominees.

What: DCFemTech Awards Reception: Celebrating Powerful Women Programmers 
When: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 from 6-8pm
Where: Google DC, 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Media can RSVP: https://nvite.com/DCFemTech/c195 or by e-mailing Lisa Throckmorton at lthrockmorton@speakerboxpr.com

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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