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Here are DC’s 30 ‘Powerful Women Programmers’

Strong showing from Vox Media, 18F and AOL. You might recognize a few names.

DCFemTech convened at Google DC last year to kick off a series of events from local women-in-tech groups. (Photo by Lalita Clozel)

DCFemTech, the umbrella organization for local women-in-tech groups, announced the list of 30 women who will receive the first annual “Powerful Women Programmers” award.
“The more the media talks about the rockstar women engineers in D.C. the more workers at companies throughout our region will talk internally about this,” said organizer Kaylyn Gibilterra in an email.
Evolution is essential, she added, because those who create the technology of tomorrow will also be inspired as end users. “So many incredible products like Apple computers or Facebook, were built by the same people that wanted to use the product,” said Gibilterra. “Women have the highest potential to shift company culture and increase long term profitability.”
Without further ado, here is the full list:

  • 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, 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

The winners were chosen out of almost 80 submissions by a jury of a dozen women engineers, designers and executives. The criteria? The impact of their work on their organization; on the community; and its complexity.
“Many of the awards programs and events honoring women in technology tend to include non techies (e.g.marketers or executives),” said organizer and SocialRadar VP of marketing Shana Glenzer in an email. “We felt that it was important to get more specific.”
The award ceremony will be held on April 28 at Google DC.

Companies: DCFemTech
People: Jacqueline Kazil / Sonia Hinson / Stephanie Nguyen / Shana Glenzer / Shannon Turner / Leah Bannon

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