2013 ITWomen Role Models Recognition & NCWIT Aspiration Awards
Host Sponsor: CITRIX, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
More than 100 people celebrated at ITWomen’s high-energy awards ceremony honoring “Rock Star” volunteers and outstanding high school girls aspiring to careers in computer technology and engineering. The ceremony was held March 7, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the corporate headquarters of the host sponsor, CITRIX.
ITWomen honored 42 Role Model Speakers (RMS) as “Rock Star” volunteers for ITWomen’s RMS program. The 2012 volunteers spent hundreds of hours speaking to thousands of boys and girls throughout South Florida about the rewards of careers in technology and engineering. Showcased at the event was an animated video produced by middle school girls during four Role Model sessions presented by volunteers Victor Herrera and Morexi Morejon.
Twenty South Florida high school girls who ranked at the top of regional competition for the Aspirations in Computing Awards from NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) were also recognized. ITWomen is the South Florida Affiliate for the NCWIT Aspiration Awards.
2013 NCWIT South Florida “Educator of the Year”
Sabrina Cromartie, of North Miami Beach Senior High School, was honored as the
Michelle L. Nason, Director, Back Office Portfolio, World Wide Operations of Citrix Systems, Inc.
Gail Farnsley, NCWIT’s Program Manager of Affinity Group Alliance, located in Boulder, Co., spoke on behalf of NCWIT.
Victoria Usherenko, ITWomen Founder & President, welcomed attendees. She was followed by Sylvia Henderson, Group Director Rewards, Human Resources, Citrix Systems.
Role Model Volunteer Awards
ITWomen board member Sherry Giordano and Role Models Program Coordinator Arlene Willis presented the Role Model volunteer awards.
Host Sponsor / Hospitality – Citrix
As host sponsor, CITRIX provided the venue as well as the dinner buffet and dessert bar for the event. Sponsors enabling the ITWomen awards ceremony and Aspiration Awards also include Google, Microsoft, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, and The Talent Source from South Florida.
ITWomen holds its awards ceremony in March each year in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8.
SOUTH FLORIDA NCWIT ASPIRATION AWARD WINNERS:
Alyssa Berman AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL
Brittney Falcon MONSIGNOR EDWARD PACE HIGH SCHOOL
Julieta MAST ACADEMY
Achliann Gallardo BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH
Alexandria La Cara WILLIAM T. MCFATTER TECHNICAL CENTER
Carey MacDonald JOHN I. LEONARD HIGH SCHOOL
Dorielis Padron MIAMI LAKES EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Veronica Padron MIAMI SPRINGS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Morgan Pritchett NOVA HIGH SCHOOL
Laura Salinas DR MICHAEL M KROP SENIOR HIGH
Talia Statsky-Frank AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL
Rena Stern WILLIAM T. MCFATTER TECHNICAL CENTER
SOUTH FLORIDA NCWIT ASPIRATION AWARD RUNNER-UPS:
Alicia Ashmeade NORTH MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH
Tanzila Auni SOUTH BROWARD HIGH SCHOOL
Wisline Fenelus NORTH MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH
Isabel Heyninck SOUTHWEST MIAMI SENIOR HIGH
Emily Morinelli SOUTH PLANTATION HIGH SCHOOL
Briana Ortega MIAMI LAKES EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Jessica Rodier ATLANTIC TECHNICAL CENTER MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
Juliana Toyloy-Stanton DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL