September 5, 2007

WITI (Women in Technology, International) the nation's leading professional organization for tech-savvy women, announced today that Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), will be one of four honorees inducted into its 2007 Hall of Fame.

This year's honorees are being acknowledged for their impressive work and accomplishments in areas of science and technology. Additionally, they have utilized their influential positions in top companies to advance diversity and acceptance for women in the workplace.

As CEO of NCWIT, Lucy Sanders brings her extensive industry background to the mission of increasing women's participation in information technology. She worked in R&D and executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years. She has six patents in the communications technology area. She has received the Bell Labs Fellow Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lucy also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lucy serves on several boards, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) Board of Trustees at the University of California at Berkeley; the Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Colorado at Boulder; the Denver Public Schools Computer Magnet Advisory Board; the Advisory Board for the Women's College Applied Computing Program at the University of Denver; and several corporate boards. Lucy also is Conference Chair for the 2007 Grace Hopper Conference, and is currently serving on the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies. Lucy received her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, respectively.

The other 2007 WITI Hall of Fame inductees are:

Wanda M. Austin is senior vice president of the National Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation. Dr. Austin joined The Aerospace Corporation as a Member of the Technical Staff in 1979. During her tenure, she has made significant contributions to systems engineering and simulation, satellite and payload integration, and launch readiness and mission success on several national security space systems. She has been instrumental in realizing the full potential of advanced space technology on these programs. As a result of her recent promotion to President and CEO, she has shattered the glass ceiling and has opened a path for aerospace industry women to reach new career heights.

Helen Greiner is co-founder and chairman of iRobot Corp. While at iRobot, Ms. Greiner has invented and sponsored the innovation of technologies that help to improve the human condition. Under her leadership, iRobot has succeeded in building robots that help people complete dull, dirty and dangerous tasks with better results. Today, more than 1,000 iRobot PackBot® Tactical Mobile Robots are keeping soldiers out of harm's way, and more than 2 million iRobot Roomba® Vacuum Cleaning Robots are helping people maintain cleaner homes. Additionally, Ms. Greiner is an innovator, and has recently spearheaded the development of iRobot Create™, a programmable robot designed for aspiring roboticists, advanced high-school and college students, and serious robot developers. Ms. Greiner is committed to giving back to the community and supports causes directly related to the advancement of women in business and science. For example, she has participated in the Society of Women Engineer's Extraordinary Women Engineer's project, which is designed to encourage women to embark on engineering careers. Ms. Greiner also is a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science.

Padmasree Warrior is executive vice president and chief technology officer at Motorola, Inc. Responsible for the company's $4.1 billion research and development investment, Ms. Warrior's charter is to drive innovation, prioritize technology programs and accelerate creative research to commercialization. Ms. Warrior has been recognized for shaping the vision of "seamless mobility" for next-generation communications and focusing Motorola's technology strategy to provide easy, uninterrupted access to everything people want in an "always on" mobile world. Ms. Warrior is an active leader in the global effort to "connect the unconnected" – bringing affordable wireless broadband technology to previously underserved communities. Ms. Warrior is revitalizing innovation at Motorola, transforming its intellectual property portfolio and bringing an almost ten-fold increase in labs technologies to market while reducing time to market by fifty percent. Under Ms. Warrior's leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States - the highest recognition of American innovation.

"These brilliant women are excellent leaders, and role models for young women eagerly seeking an academic or career path in a technology or science field," said Carolyn Leighton, CEO, chairwoman and founder of WITI. "Their accomplishments surpass the greatest of our expectations, and provide inspiration and encouragement to us all."

The Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Gala will take place at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara on Thursday, September 27 2007 at 6:00 pm, as part of the "Women and Technology Summit," a three-day professional educational and networking conference.

This is the 12th anniversary of WITI's Hall of Fame ceremony, which is sponsored by the Women in Technology Foundation. The WITI Hall of Fame award is considered the most prestigious recognition for women in technology and science. This event was designed to recognize innovative women across different fields of technology, and, to encourage young girls and women to become more technology literate and pursue careers in these fields. For more information, or to register, visit:


NCWIT is a capacity-building coalition of over 100 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working aggressively to increase women's participation in information technology (IT). NCWIT believes that women's participation is a compelling issue of innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability. NCWIT's work connects efforts along the entire pipeline, from K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at

About WITI

WITI is the nation's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide connections, resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.