The Leading Light Awards were held on October 6, 2016 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom and celebrated the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math. Since 1999, Women & Hi Tech has existed as an organization of men and women whose goal is to attract, develop, retain, support, and promote women who are interested in technology, through networking, role modeling, education and professional development.
Women & Hi Tech President and Chief Project Engineer of Helicopters at Rolls-Royce, Tiffany White, welcomed attendees to the gala and spoke about the impact made by the 88 nominees. “Each has made a positive impact in Indiana through their expertise, professionalism, leadership, service, courage and tenacity” said Tiffany J. White. “They are superstars in their communities, whether that’s a small startup company or a large global organization.”
Former Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard gave the opening remarks followed by Tiffany Trusty, Director of Apprenticeship at Eleven Fifty Academy, who spoke about the outreach efforts of Women & Hi Tech.
Winners announced during the event include:
Women & Hi Tech Undergraduate Scholarship
Emily Barge, Grace College
Purdue University Undergraduate Scholarship
Sydney Boyce, Purdue University
TechPoint Undergraduate Scholarship
Blakely Heaton, Butler University
Women & Hi Tech Graduate Scholarship
Emily Starr, Butler University
Rocore Holdings Graduate Scholarship
Riley Mineart, Indiana University
Octiv Graduate Scholarship
Mary Rushton, Purdue University
Eleven Fifty Academy Scholarship
Bobbie LaFollette, Eleven Fifty Academy
Dr. Linda Rorick-Kehn, Principle Research Scientist, Lilly Research Labs, a division of Eli Lilly and Company
Jocelyn Dunn, Chief Scientist & Founder of Earthonauts, Purdue University/NASA
Laura Wayne, Associate Research Scientist, Dow AgroSciences, LLC
You Inspire Us!
Dr. Erin Albert, Entrepreneur, Writer, Health Outcomes Pharmacist, Attorney, Coach and Podcaster, Myers and Stauffer, LLC.; Pharm, LLC; Yuspie, LLC.
Outstanding Educator in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math
Christine Floyd, Teacher, Project Lead The Way, Brownsburg High School
Outstanding Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math
Dr. Maria J. Blanco, Director, Eli Lilly and Company
Karen Jung, President, Nextech
Barnes & Thornburg Woman of the Year
Sharon Barner, Vice President & General Counsel, Cummins Inc.
More information about the winners is available on the Women & Hi Tech website at www.womenandhitech.org.