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Nominees chosen for technology woman of the year honor

Rochester Business Journal
March 26, 2014

Digital Rochester has announced nine nominees for this year’s Technology Woman of the Year Award, which aims to recognize the achievements of women in high technology careers.

The winner is to be announced during the awards breakfast, which is sponsored by Entre Computer Services Inc. and is slated for 7:30 a.m. April 24 at the Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport.

The criteria for the award is based on sustained contributions to the technology profession, contributions advancing the status and opportunities for women in technology and contributions to the community.

The nominees are:
•    Anne Bell, vice president, enterprise and corporate applications, Xerox Corp.;
•    Julie Bentley, associate professor, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester; and president, Bentley Optical Design;
•    Melody Cofield, founder and creator, Divar Inc.;
•    Briget Grbic, senior account executive, CS Stars LLC;
•    Gloria Hitchcock, director, Care Improvement Initiatives, Rochester RHIO;
•    Sharon Lechon, co-founder, CEO/president, Edge - Global Technology Solutions;
•    Cheryl Nelan, owner and president, CMIT Solutions of Monroe;
•    Myneco Ramirez, network team, technology administrator, University of Rochester Medical Center; and owner, Little Miss Babycakes LLC;
•    Diane Trentini, vice president of sales and marketing, Optimation Technology Inc.

The event’s keynote speaker is Maureen Berkner Boyt, who founded the Moxie Exchange Movement and its program, the Go Girl Project, which focuses on leadership for girls.

Tickets are $45 for all levels of Digital Rochester supporting membership, $50 for nonmembers. Tickets and event details are available at

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