The Women Tech Council honored 17 trailblazing women with 2014 Women Tech Awards, an annual award recognizing women who are changing the face of technology with ties to Utah. 

The awards luncheon took place at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five college students were also recognized for outstanding work in their pursuit of STEM-related fields of study.

Award recipients, are as follows:

  • Academic Excellence - Tina Van Riper, Weber State University
  • Engineering Excellence - Stacy Pierce, Rockwell Collins
  • Education Excellence - Helen Hu, Westminster College
  • Technology Innovator - Kathy Philpot, ATK
  • Marketing Excellence - Susan Cashen, Control4
  • Technology Leadership - Nicole Neumarker, Alliance Health

The Impact Award was presented to eBay Inc. for its exceptional work advancing women in technology.  This was the first year that the Impact Award was presented to a company.

"It is an honor to recognize these women whose innovative ideas and actions are opening the doors for future generations to make a difference in the technology industry," said Cydni Tetro, Executive Director of the Women Tech Council. "These role models demonstrate every day that women are leading the path in this field. My hope is that more young women across the nation become inspired by these accomplishments to pursue STEM-related courses and careers."

The 2014 Women Tech Award recipients are:

  • Parissa Aghdase, L-3 Communications
  • Bobbie Alexandrova, SanDisk
  • Stacy Bamberg, Veristride
  • Elizabeth Bonderson, ATK Aerospace
  • Susan Cashen, Control4
  • Deborah Dixon, Handstands Inc
  • Misty Frost, Instructure
  • Jodie Hewitson, Tanner LLC
  • Helen Hu, Westminster College
  • Julie Kehoe, Domo
  • Laura Kiessner, Packsize International
  • Michelle Kolbe, Backcountry.com
  • Tammy Moskites, Venafi
  • Nicole Neumarker, Alliance Health
  • Kathy Philpot, ATK Aerospace
  • Stacy Pierce, Rockwell Collins
  • Raquel Smith, eBay

These recipients join a prestigious list of more than 100 women who have been honored for their leading-edge contributions to technology over the past seven years. Finalists are selected by an elite committee composed of women and men in technology industry, venture capital, government and professional communities.

University-level students honored at the Women Tech Awards include the following:

  • Sarah Hong, University of Utah
  • Nicole Martin, Brigham Young University
  • Hannah Peterson, Utah Valley University
  • Sabina Schill, Westminster College
  • Tina Van Riper, Weber State University

The Women Tech Awards luncheon featured keynote speaker Liz Wiseman. Considered to be one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world, and listed on the Thinkers50 ranking, Wiseman teaches leadership to executives from top global corporations that include Apple, Dubai Bank, Nike, PayPal and Twitter. She is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, and of The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside our Schools. Her third book, Rookie Smarts, will be release later this year.