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Women Tech Leaders Receive Flywheel Awards from GovCIO Media & Research

Five federal technology leaders were presented with Flywheel Awards in recognition for their impact on federal technology including the Woman Tech Leader of the Year.

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The Flywheel Award winners from the 2024 Women Tech Leaders Summit.

Fairfax, Va. – GovCIO Media & Research, a leading federal technology multimedia company, hosted the annual  Women Tech Leaders Summit on May 15 in Washington, D.C. Key federal IT leaders were presented with Flywheel Awards during the event in recognition for their impact on the government technology community. “These awards embody what it means to be a transformer in government technology,” Editor-in-Chief Amy Kluber said. “Each year we look forward to bringing this powerful community together and providing a platform to make connections and elevate the great work these women across government.”  

The awards presentation featured five categories: Rising Star, Workforce Champion, Digital Transformer, Woman Tech Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. Among those recognized were leaders from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Navy. The winners were: 

Rising Star 

  • April Harding, Director of User Experience Services, IRS 

Workforce Champion  

  • Jessica Berrellez, Executive Officer, Office of Digital Transformation, FDA 

Digital Transformer  

  • Judy Cecchetti, Supervisory IT Specialist, VA 

Woman Tech Leader of the Year  

  • Sharon Woods, Director, J-6 Endpoint and Global Service Center, DISA 

Lifetime Achievement  

  • Jane Rathbun, CIO Department of the Navy 

“I am just so grateful to have this opportunity to be in a room with so many incredible leaders who are really driving change across government,” said Jessica Berrelez, Executive Officer, Office of Digital Transformation, FDA . “What an amazing time to be in government [and] work in tech, and I am so proud and grateful to be here with all of you.” 

Visit the Women Tech Leaders Summit page to view a recap of the entire event and session recordings. 

About GovCIO Media & Research 

GovCIO Media & Research, an independent media company owned by GovCIO, provides insights and analysis on federal IT innovation and is the leading industry solutions resource. Our team utilizes a multi-platform approach to today’s most pressing issues through video, podcasts, events, articles and special reports that keep federal IT decision-makers informed on technology’s impact on government. 

Media Contact 

Emyly Hall 
Sr. Communications & Marketing Specialist
[email protected] 

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