March 24, 2016

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Digital Rochester Announces Nominees for 2016 Technology Woman of the Year Award
Award recognizes and celebrates women in high technology fields
Rochester, N.Y. - Digital Rochester announces 14 nominees for its 2016 Technology Woman of the Year Awards. This award recognizes, celebrates, and makes visible the achievements of women in high technology fields. The awards breakfast will take place Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 a.m. at Casa Larga Vineyards.
This year's nominees are:
  • Michelle Arbore, Owner, Savvy Social Media
  • Dr. Margaret Bailey, Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE/Principal Investigator & Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Kate Bennett, President, Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Susan Bernegger, Project Manager, Test Engineering, Communications Systems, Harris Corporation
  • Mary Pat Cottengim, Human Factors & Usability Lead, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
  • Stephanie Dickman, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Space and Intelligence Systems, Harris Corporation
  • Cynthia Gordon, Director of Telemedicine, Rochester Regional Health
  • Pamela Gratzer, President/CEO, Mindware Connections Inc.
  • Marie Kraus, Technology Education Teacher, Fairport School District; Martha Brown and Fairport High Schools
  • Karen Kuppinger, Chief Information Officer, Nazareth College
  • Donna Lange, Associate Professor & Director of DeafTEC, Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf
  • Amy Perry-DelCorvo, CEO/Executive Director, NYS Computers and Technology Educators
  • Ewa Pigna, Engineering Leader, United Technologies
  • Lana Verschage, Director of Women in Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology
This award is based on nominees' sustained contributions to the technology profession, contributions advancing the status and opportunities for women in technology and contributions to the community.
The awards breakfast will take place Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 a.m. at Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, N.Y. 14450. Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., President and CEO at Technically Speaking Inc. will give the keynote speech at the event. Tickets are $45 for Digital Rochester members and $50 for non-members. To register for the event go to



About Digital Rochester


Digital Rochester was founded in 2000 and is made up of professionals and companies working together to strengthen the Greater Rochester Area's technology business community. DR events and community services include a wide array of educational and networking activities designed to support the growth and success of the Rochester business community. 


In 2010, the organization grew with the inclusion of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and eBusiness Association (eBA). In 2012, DR entered into a strategic alliance with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). This alliance enhances DR's ability to support the Greater Rochester Region's business community.

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