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Women of Influence Awards
Co-presented by Alta Associates and Accenture, the annual Women of Influence Awards honor four women for their accomplishments and leadership roles in the fields of Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy. These awards recognize women in four categories:


• Corporate Practitioner
• "One-to-Watch" - honoring an up-and-coming thought leader
• Public Sector or Academia
Private Solutions Provider
Judges select the winners based upon a six-point set of criteria:


A positive influence on the professional community
The application of creativity or innovation in solving problems or overcoming challenges
A demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards
A history of designing and implementing effective solutions
Sustained record of accomplishments and contributions to the field
Service as mentor of trusted advisor to colleagues, students and others

 2017 Women of Influence Finalists


Corporate Practitioner

Lin LuSVP-Enterprise Operational Risk Officer, Freddie Mac

Radia PerlmanEMC Fellow, EMC

Nasrin Rezai, Global Chief Information and Product Cyber Security Officer, General Electric - GE



Sara DemeriaVP, Cyber Intelligence and Strategy, GE Digital

Stephanie Domas, Lead Medical Security Engineer, Battelle

Victoria ThomasInformation Security Awareness Program Lead, Kimberly-Clark Corporation


Private Solutions Provider

Syamla BandlaVice President Global Cloud Operations & DevOps, Qualys

Sam KingSVP & General Manager, CA Veracode

Angie MesserExecutive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton


Public Sector & Academic

Dr. Elisa BertinoProfessor, Purdue University

Deborah HurleyAssociate Faculty Director, Data Privacy, Executive Master in Cybersecurity, Brown University

Jan TigheDeputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/ Director of Naval Intelligence, United States Navy 


2016 Women of Influence Winners


Corporate Practitioner
Deneen DeFiore, Chief Technology & Risk Officer, GE Aviation


Sali Osman, Cyber Security & Risk Strategy Advisor, Ernst & Young

Private Solutions Provider
Diane Rinaldo, Director of U.S. Government Relations, SAP

Public Sector & Academic
Dr. Diana Burley, Executive Director & Chair, The George Washington University




2015 Women of Influence Winners


Corporate Practitioners

Lisa Humbert

Executive V.P., Chief Information Risk Officer

BNY Mellon


One To Watch

Samara Moore

Senior Manager, CIP Security and Compliance, Corporate Information Security Services



Private Solutions Provider

Kristin Lovejoy


Acuity Solutions


Public Sector

Patricia Larsen


National Insider Threat Task Force






2014 Women of Influence Winners


Corporate Practitioners

Jing de Jong-Chen

Senior Director of Security



One To Watch

Rinki Sethi

Senior Manager, Information Security



Private Solutions Provider

Julie Bernard


Ernst & Young


Public Sector

Jane Holl Lute

President and CEO

Council on CyberSecurity



2013 Women of Influence Winners

Lifetime Achievement

Catherine Allen

Founder and Chairman

The Santa Fe Group


Corporate Practitioners

Marene Allison

World Wide VP of Information Security

Johnson & Johnson


One To Watch

Eleanor Dallaway Smith

Editor and Associate Publisher

Infosecurity Magazine, Reed Exhibitions Ltd.


Private Solutions Provider

Joanne Moretti

Vice President & Global Head Software Marketing



Public Sector

Maureen Ohlhausen


Federal Trade Commission



2012 Women of Influence Winners


Lifetime Achievement

Sandra Hughes

Retired - Risk Management Strategy Consultant


Public Sector/Academia

Aimee Larsen Kirkpatrick

Director of Partnership Engagement & Strategic Initiatives

National Cyber Security Alliance


Private Solutions Provider

Laura Mather

Founder and Chief Visionary

Silver Tail Systems


Corporate Practitioner

Harriet Pearson


Hogan Lovells


One To Watch

Claire Pennline

Security Program Manager




2011 Women of Influence Winners


Public Sector/Academia

Lisa Lee

IT Examiner

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Private Solutions Provider

Pamela Warren

Cybercrime Strategist & Director of Global Public Sector



Corporate Practitioner

Michelle Nix

Director, IT Risk Management



One To Watch

Katie Moussouris

Senior Security Strategist Lead






2010 Women of Influence Winners


Public Sector

Kathleen Kiernan


Kiernan Group Holdings, Inc.


Private Solutions Provider

Galina Datskovsky

SVP Information Governance



Corporate Practitioner

Nuala O'Connor Kelly

Chief Privacy Leader & Sr. Counsel, Info Governance

General Electric


One To Watch

Caroline Wong

Sr. Manager Strategic Security




Dr. Carrie Gates

VP, Research

CA Technologies





2009 Women of Influence Winners


Public Sector

Mischel Kwon

Vice President of Public Sector Security Solutions



Private Solutions Provider

Patricia Titus

Chief Information Security Officer

Unisys Corporation


Corporate Practitioner

Michelle Dennedy

Chief Governance Officer

Sun Microsystems


One To Watch

Char Suter

SVP Information Security

HSBC North America



2008 Women of Influence Winners


Public Sector

Dena Haritos Tsamitis

Director, INI

Carnegie Mellon University


Private Solutions Provider

Joanne Moretti

Senior Vice President, IAR

CA, Inc.


Corporate Practitioner

Linda Meeks

Executive CSIO

The Boeing Company


One To Watch

Shira Rubinoff

President and Founder

Green Armor Solutions





2007 Women of Influence Winners


Public Sector

Cheryl Peace

Defense Intelligence Senior Service

Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center Office


Private Solutions Provider

Jayshree Ullal

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Security Technology Group, Cisco


Corporate Practitioner

Renee Guttman

Chief Information Security Officer

Time, Inc.


One To Watch

Magnolia (Maggie) Mansourkia

Chief Privacy Counsel & Assistant General Counsel

Verizon Communications





2006 Women of Influence Winners


Public Sector

Governor Jennifer Granholm

Governor of Michigan


Private Solutions Provider

Radia Perlman

Sun Microsystems


Corporate Practitioner

Susan Gueli

Assist Vice President



One To Watch

Suzanne Hall


Lerner Enterprises



2005 Women of Influence Winners


Public Sector

Pamela Fusco

Executive Vice President

Fishnet Security


Private Solutions Provider

Sarah Gordon

Senior Research Fellow



Corporate Practitioner

Annie Antón



One To Watch

Susan Lutz


ETSec, Inc.