NCWIT Symons Innovator Award

The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award promotes women’s participation in information technology and entrepreneurship by honoring an outstanding woman who has successfully built and funded an IT business. By recognizing women IT entrepreneurs, the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award hopes to inspire others to pursue IT entrepreneurship, and increase awareness about the importance of women’s participation in IT innovation and business.

Congratulations to Shellye Archambeau, the 2015 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award Winner!

Shellye Archambeau is CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based governance, risk, compliance, and quality software company that helps corporations comply with rules and regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. She 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.

Archambeau guest lectures at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School of Business and pens regular articles on entrepreneurship and business for Xconomy

Listen to Shellye's interview

The 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 HallCaterina FakeJessica JackleyAudrey MacLeanKim Polese, and Anousheh Ansari.

The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award was created by the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance. Sponsorship is provided by EMCTurner Broadcasting System, Inc. and the Motorola Mobility Foundation. For more on women and IT entrepreneurship, check out our research and listen to our Entrepreneurial Heroes interviews.

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