Four women recognized for their excellence in leadership and mentorship, along with a willingness to take on new challenges, are the winners of the 2020 Spotlight Awards presented by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the global technology industry.
The CompTIA Spotlight Award winners for 2020 are:
Caitlyn McCaughran, global events manager, Auvik Networks
Hannah O’Donnell, director of sales, Collabrance
Deborah Kestin-Schildkraut, global blockchain ecosystem marketing leader, IBM
Susanne Tedrick, cloud platform technical specialist, IBM
The annual awards honor individuals from CompTIA Corporate Member companies whose commitments to diversity, leadership, mentoring and service have been recognized by their industry peers.
“Each year the nomination and selection process reminds us that there are many people from our member companies who display their caring, compassion and dedication daily; not for the accolades, but because of their commitment to building a stronger industry with opportunities for everyone,” said Nancy Hammervik, executive vice president for industry relations at CompTIA.
“In a year unlike any other, and at a time when every bit of good news gives us hope for better days ahead, our 2020 Spotlight Award Winners exemplify the technology industry’s best and brightest.”
About the 2020 CompTIA Spotlight Award Winners
Caitlyn McCaughran was selected as winner of the Future Leader Award. A member of the Auvik Networks team since 2017, McCaughran focuses on forming meaningful relationships with other channel vendors. She has a passion for event management, demonstrated by her global travels to lead Auvik’s channel events and connect with industry peers and partners.
Hannah O’Donnell is this year’s recipient of the ChannelChanger Award. At Collabrance, she is responsible for building the company’s sales strategy. O’Donnell also provides business planning, education, training, and sales assistance to managed services providers, whether they are established MSPs or up and coming market entrants looking to grow their business.
The Woman in Technology Leadership Award winner is Deborah Kestin-Schildkraut of IBM. Known as a change agent and problem solver, Kestin-Schildkraut is an experienced channel marketer with a proven track record, successfully building strategic channel relationships and global initiatives. She became the IBM blockchain ecosystem marketing leader to establish the business partner route to market and blockchain-for-good initiatives.
Susanne Tedrick, also of IBM, is the winner of the Diversity in Technology Leadership Award. Tedrick, a cloud computing technical specialist, is the author of Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators. She is fiercely committed to community service and increasing participation of women and people of color in STEM professional opportunities.
The 2020 CompTIA Spotlight Award winners will be recognized next week during ChannelCon Online 2020. To register for the free conference visit https://www.comptia.org/channelcon.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.