Though the “glass ceiling” may be invisible, it’s no secret that it’s there. Back in 2014, the U.S. Federal Glass Ceiling Commission defined the term as “the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements." Unfortunately, most of that still holds true today. But, the good news is, the word “unbreachable” no longer applies.
Minorities throughout the U.S., in every industry across the board, are shattering glass ceilings every day, and Mission Critical’s Top 25 Women In Technology (WIT) are no exception to that.
“As the world slowly progresses out of a difficult pandemic, all of the important people in the data center and other critical markets deserve our appreciation," said Mike Murphy, publisher, Mission Critical. "This month, we gladly recognize those women who have forged a place in this industry and helped to make it an essential resource. The women featured here represent thousands who are part of the fabric that binds a multitude of global businesses together. Congratulations to the inaugural Women In Technology contest winners, and thank you for being the leaders you are today.”
Each of the winners has a story of tremendous success that is also filled with challenges, doubt, and failures — it shouldn’t come as a surprise that shattering glass can get messy and, sometimes, people get hurt. But, what makes these women truly exceptional is that, after rising above the barrier, they have all chosen to come back down to clear a path so others can follow their lead.
Coaches, mentors, muses — call them what you will. They are the Top 25 Women In Technology today, and they are empowering the women of tomorrow.
Naaz Bax | Randi Beck | Erika Brunner | Carrie Busbee | Amber Caramella | Amanda Carter | Melissa Chambal | Melinda Conroy | Ali Fenn | Kelly Flowers | Amy Gates | Juli Ierulli | Donna Jacobs | Victoria Lamberth | Ee Hui Lim | Maria Lupo | Patricia Matwijec | Angie McMillin | Kelly Mehta | Nancy Novak | Laurie Oswald | Julie Prough | Vidya Reddy | Shireen Thomas | Amy Walters
Naaz Bax, Head of Marketing for Seabornread more
Randi Beck, Strategic Planning Manager for Preferred Technologies LLCread more
Erika Brunner Senior Manager of Enterprise Technology Services Integrations for UPMCread more
Carrie Busbee Senior Director of IT for Core & Mainread more
Amber Caramella Chief Revenue Officer for Netrality Data Centersread more
Amanda Carter, Senior Project Engineer - Electrical for Environmental Systems Designread more
Melissa Chambal, U.S., Canada, and Latin America Technical Manager for CNet Trainingread more
Melinda J Conroy, Associate Electrical Engineer for Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)read more
Amy Gates, Director of Information Technology for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Triberead more
Juli Ierulli, eCommerce Operations Manager for Caterpillarread more
Donna Jacobs, IT Senior Director, Information Systems and Computing - Infrastructure Operations for University of Pennsylvaniaread more
Victoria Lamberth, Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer for ZenFi Networksread more
Ee Hui Lim, Solutions Executive at Powertechnic and Managing Director at Reelion Co.read more
Maria Lupo, Automation Studio Leader for Environmental Systems Designread more
Patricia Matwijec, Product Line Manager, Distributed Power Infrastructure for Eatonread more
Angie McMillin, Vice President and General Manager, IT Management Systems for Vertivread more
Kelly Mehta, Commercial Marketing Manager for Eaton, Power Quality Division, Critical Power Solutions Business Unitread more
Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer for Compass Datacentersread more
Laurie Oswald, Senior Vice President, Global Sales for Vertivread more
Julie Prough, Director, Information Technology for UPMCread more
Vidya Reddy, Data Engineer - Lead for UPMC Enterprises Companies - Prodigoread more
Shireen Thomas, Staff Associate, Office of the CIO for UPMCread more
Amy Walters, Assistant Vice President, Technology Operations for Cancer Treatment Centers of America Inc.read more