Congratulations to the 2018 Leading Light Award and Scholarship Nominees. We have a record number of nominees this year from a variety of prestigious and influential companies and universities.
Nominees must have positively promoted or provided significant value or innovation in a STEM field. The winner will have made noteworthy contributions in areas that may include but are not limited to research & development, design, engineering, operational efficiency, process improvement, sustainability, logistics, legal, human resource management, marketing, information technology, or supply chain management.
Nominees must have demonstrated courage in promoting purposeful change for which success was not guaranteed. The winner will have pursued innovation focused on STEM-related products, services or ideas in the face of personal or professional sacrifice.
|Kristen Cooper||CEO & Founder||The Startup Ladies|
|Jenn Lisak Golding||CEO||Sapphire Strategy|
|Heidi Melton||Owner/Founder||ONBB LLC|
|Lisa Mitchell||Co-Founder & COO||Selfless.ly|
|Lakshmi Sastry-Dent||Associate R & D Director||Corteva Agriscience™ - Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™|
|Amanda Thompson||CEO||Explore Interactive|
This award will honor an individual who has demonstrated exceptional and substantive achievements early in her professional STEM career, and who shows promise for future contributions.
|Sara Abruzzo||Component Design Engineer||Rolls-Royce|
|Aneatria Bailey||Defense Services Capability Manager||Rolls-Royce|
|Debby Basu||Manager, Center for Global Health||American Society for Clinical Pathology|
|Brooke Brown||Software Engineer||hc1.com|
|Vimbai Chikwana||Associate Research Scientist||Corteva Agriscience™ - Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™|
|Rebekah Dickerson||Industrial Hygiene Research Chemist||Heritage Research Group|
|Avery Dillon||IT Vendor Relations Manager||Cook Medical|
|Tracey Everett||Director, Talent Programs||Conexus Indiana|
|Kate Gundlach||Assistant Race Engineer||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Jessica LaRocca||Associate Research Toxicologist||Corteva Agriscience™ - Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™|
|Elyse McMillen||Fluids and Surface Engineer||Rolls-Royce|
|Heidi Melton||Owner||ONBB LLC|
|Carly Osinski||Orr Fellow - Marketing||Allegion|
|Lauren Petersen||Senior Director of Relationship Management||TechPoint|
|Joanna Shannon||Director of Sales||Centurylink|
|Ariane Spidel||Senior Manager of Global R&D Process Management||Roche Diabetes Care|
|Ellie Symes||CEO||The Bee Corp|
|Iyunna Walker||Technical Program Manager||Rolls-Royce|
|Kendrea Williams||Chapter President||The Next IT Girl|