NCWIT Honors MetricStream CEO Shellye Archambeau with the 2015 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award

July 23, 2015

NCWIT recognizes Shellye as an innovator who has made a considerable impact in the tech industry through her remarkable leadership.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) today celebrates Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream, as the 2015 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award recipient. This award honors an outstanding woman who has successfully built or led an IT business, inspiring others to pursue IT entrepreneurship and emphasizing the importance of women’s participation in IT innovation and business.

Shellye receives the Innovator Award at an awards ceremony today at Andreessen Horowitz in Menlo Park, which will also include a presentation on Ten Things to Know About Girls, Women, and Computing from NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders.

Shellye has more than 25 years of experience in technology, leading both business-to-business and business-to-consumer focused organizations. She co-authored the book Marketing That Works: How Entrepreneurial Marketing Can Add Sustainable Profits to Any Sized Company. In addition to being recognized as one of the Top Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, Shellye was named the second-most influential African American in IT by Business Insider in 2013. She serves on the boards of Verizon Communications, Nordstrom, Watermark, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. She holds a BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. Shellye guest lectures at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School of Business and pens a monthly column on entrepreneurship and innovation for Xconomy.

“We’re privileged to recognize Shellye for her outstanding tech leadership,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Although the tech industry has yet to fully capitalize on the benefits of diversity, Shellye’s work serves as a testament to the importance of having women in management positions to enhance innovation and financial performance.”

Research shows that technology companies with the highest representation of women in their senior management teams benefit from a higher return on equity as compared to those with fewer or no women in senior management. A recent study determined that both racial and gender diversity were associated with increased sales revenue, more customers, and greater profits. (www.ncwit.org/scorecard)

About NCWIT and the Symons Innovator Award

Nominees for the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award are selected from more than 100 NCWIT “Entrepreneurial Heroes,” a free podcast series featuring interviews with notable women IT entrepreneurs. The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award is named for Jeanette Symons, founder of Industrious Kid, Zhone Technologies, and Ascend Communications, and an NCWIT Entrepreneurial Hero whose pioneering work made her an inspiration to many. Previous winners include Katie Hall, Caterina Fake, Jessica Jackley, Audrey MacLean, Kim Polese, and Anousheh Ansari. The award was created by the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

NCWIT receives significant financial support from Lifetime Partner Apple, Strategic Partners NSF (the National Science Foundation), Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, and Intel, as well as from Investment Partners Avaya, Pfizer, Merck, AT&T, Bloomberg, and Hewlett-Packard. View all of NCWIT’s supporters at www.ncwit.org/about/supporters.

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