• Four Women Trailblazers in STEM Fields Honored at WCA's Fourth Annual Women in Tech Awards Luncheon on June 22

  • JULY 05, 2017 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

  • Outstanding Women Shared Their Stories at Packed Event

  • The Fourth Annual Women in Tech Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 22, honored four more outstanding women who have made their mark in STEM fields. Rita Cosby, the Emmy Award-winning TV host, radio star, and bestselling author moderated the event which drew over 200 people at Tappan Hill Mansion.. As always, it was a spirited and moving event. This year’s honorees were:


    Jaime Fabricant, Senior Marketing Manager, Cultural Foresights & Innovation at Pepsi Beverages North America has managed the company’s brands through digital and customer marketing, and brand innovation and launched new products for Kellogg, Campbell, Colgate, and Claritin with her team. Building on her experience in product innovation, Jaime now focuses on marketing innovation by helping PepsiCo marketers learn about and experiment with activations at the cutting edge of culture. She believes in the power of creators (techies, startups, artists, etc.) and seeks to collaborate and co-create never-been-done-before experiences, in partnership with PepsiCo brand teams. Ms. Fabricant is known for making creative and smart connections between PepsiCo teams and partners to drive both marketing innovations and brand relevance within the PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio. She earned a BA from Muhlenberg College and an MBA from Fordham University Gabelli School of Business.

    Jeannine Haggerty, General Manger of Con Edison’s Bronx and Westchester Electric Operations, is responsible for managing the operations of Con Ed’s Electric Distribution Systems serving 1.4 million customers in a 41 square mile area. Prior to this, she was a Director in the company’s Information Technology (IT) organization where she oversaw technology-related initiatives such as leading an enterprise wide HR/Payroll system and developing strategic roadmaps for mission-critical applications, including Distribution Automation, Outage Management and iOS mobile apps. Ms. Haggerty led several other initiatives that included system design and architecture, application development and implementation. She devotes a great deal of time mentoring employees with a special interest in attracting women into IT and has led various IT-focused recruiting initiatives.  Jeannine Haggerty holds a BA from Manhattan College and a MS from NY Institute of Technology.

    Merin Joseph, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WESTMED Practice Partners and WESTMED Medical Group, has been in leadership positions in information technology for WESTMED Medical Group since 2002. Her leadership of the IT team was instrumental in WESTMED Medical Group’s receiving national recognition as a leader in health care IT technology. She has also made it possible for WESTMED to pioneer countless new applications by working closely with the vendors, and has arranged for the Group to be a beta site for many of these applications.
    Ms. Joseph earned her bachelor’s degree in health information management from Kean University and an MA in information systems from Pace University. In addition, she holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

    Julie Roche is CEO, co-founder, and head of product technology for Burbio.com, a digital calendar platform that streams school, library, and non-profit information. Launched in 2013, the service has grown to 250 towns and cities and serves information from all of Westchester County. Burbio became the first company in the US to publish local community event information using Voice technology with its launch on Amazon Alexa in the Spring of 2017, and is a pioneer in the use of Voice platforms for civic communication. Ms. Roche, a mother of 4 boys, was inspired to create Burbio after years of volunteer community involvement. She is driven by the desire for Burbio be the platform of choice used across the country to help communities stay connected.

    The Women In Tech Award Luncheon was sponsored by:

    Premier Sponsors: ConEdison, Entergy, JP Morgan Chase, Pace University, Westchester County Office of Economic Development, White Plains Hospital

    Event Supporters: Citrin Cooperman, Harrison Edwards, WESTMED Medical Group, Verizon Communications

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