Women of Color STEM Conference

Since 1995, Women of Color magazine´s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference has been the premier forum of choice for recognizing the significant contributions by women in STEM fields.

2019 Women of Color STEM Award Recipients

2019 Technologist of the Year
Dr. Pamela McCauley
Program Director for NSF's Innovation Corps Program (i-CORPS), National Science Foundation
Professor and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory, University of Central Florida

List of 2019 Peer-Reviewed Award Winners (Finalized August 12, 2019)
List of 2019 Technology All-Stars (Updated July 24, 2019)
List of 2019 Technology Rising Stars (Updated July 24, 2019)
Lists of award winners are subject to change.

About the Awards 

For more than 20 years, the Women of Color STEM conference has recognized the achievement of women in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. These prestigious awards have earned widespread praise for offering unique opportunities for women to parlay their career successes into gains for themselves and the STEM community as a whole. The Women of Color awards advance the conference’s mission to recognize excellence as a means for sustaining and growing the STEM pipeline.

We offer two award levels:

Peer-Reviewed Awards (PR) are subject to competitive review processes.
Outstanding Achievement Awards (OAA) are based on employer recommendations.

Award Categories 

A complete description of all award categories and selection criteria can be found here.

2019 Women of Color STEM Awards Nomination and Selection Panel

What makes the Women of Color (WOC) STEM Awards so valuable is that they select the best of the best, and recognize the work of a lifetime. Each year, WOC judges select nominees from a talented pool of promising college students, new hires, mid-career professionals and managers, C-suite executives, innovators, inventors, and change agents. For more than 30 years, the judges have administered the selection process with integrity and distinction. We thank the 2019 judges for their dedication and selfless contribution.


Angela Barbee
Vice President – Engineering and New
Product Development, Global Faucets

Kohler Co.
Dr. Mark Vaughn
Manager, Technical Talent Pipelining
Corning Incorporated


Gayle Brocks-Becoat
Director, Client Services,
Leadership, Learning &
Organization Capability

The Boeing Company

Aretha Carr
Director, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO)
NASA Glenn Research Center
Kirsti Dunn
Strategic Partnerships/Global Corporate Responsibility
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Irma Fuentes
Project Manager/Architect/
CADD Manager

U.S. Department of Homeland
Jessica Gomez
Director of Engineering
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Barbara Hardy
Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
Ashley Harris
Community Outreach Specialist
World Wide Technology
Vernecia Johnson
Human Resources Director
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Felicia Jones
Electric Vehicle Product Manager, Global Connected Services
Ford Motor Company
Telva McGruder
Director, Sustainable
Workplaces Facility Engineering and Manager Operations

General Motors
Joseph Moore
The MITRE Corporation
Raquel Morris
Senior Brand Manager
Consumers Energy
Carolyn Nichols
Director, V-22 Sustainment Program
The Boeing Company
Liza Marie Raiser
Manager Diversity & Inclusion
Ashley Schneider
Engineering Operations Manager
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Theresa Spralling
Senior Associate Director,
Diversity & Inclusion


Angela Thompkins
Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion
Consumers Energy
Daphane Womack
Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager
Fannie Mae


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