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2020 Women of Color STEM Award Recipients

Each year the Women of Color STEM Conference gathers an audience of the nation's respected leaders in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) from Fortune 500 companies to government entities and colleges and universities to recognize the achievements of women from diverse backgrounds who create innovation and inspiration. This year, the prestigious Technologist of the Year will be awarded to Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams.

Technologist of the Year

RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health

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Congratulations to the 2020 Women of Color Awardees!

2020 Awardees by Category

2020 Women of Color STEM Awards Nomination and Selection Panel

What makes the Women of Color (WOC) STEM Awards so valuable is that they select the best of the best, and recognize the work of a lifetime. Each year, WOC judges select nominees from a talented pool of promising college students, new hires, mid-career professionals and managers, C-suite executives, innovators, inventors, and change agents. For more than 30 years, the judges have administered the selection process with integrity and distinction. We thank the 2020 judges for their dedication and selfless contribution.

Selection Committee Chairs

Angela Barbee

Vice President – Engineering and
New Product Development, Global Faucets

Kohler Co.

Dr. Mark D. Vaughn

Manager, Technical Talent Pipelining

Corning Incorporated

All Members of the Selection Committee

Dr. Donna L. Bell

Global Director, Technology and Features Strategy and Planning

Ford Motor Company

Lynne Bey

Associate Director, Commercial Aftermarket – Fleet Management

Raytheon Technologies - Pratt & Whitney

James Braxton

Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Retired)

Gayle Brocks-Becoat

Director, Client Services, Leadership, Learning & Organization Capability

The Boeing Company

Olivia Butler

IT Manager

The Boeing Company

Modupe Congleton

Global Inclusion, Diversity & Talent Strategy, Supply Chain Operations

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Randy McGuire

Department Head

The MITRE Corporation

Brandy Merritt

Director, Strategy Mobilization & Integration

Consumers Energy

Dr. Levonia Moore Parker

Principal Systems Engineer

The MITRE Corporation

Raquel Morris

Sr. Employment Brand Manager

Consumers Energy

Renae Myles

Chief of Staff & Business Manager to the VIP of Engineering & Design

Huntington Ingalls Industries

LaShanda Reed-Larry

Sr Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Dr. Jamese D. Sims

Senior Physical Scientist


Terrence Southern

President/Chief Consultant


Theresa Spralling

Chief of Staff, AT&T Chief Diversity Office

CEO Emeritus, Women of AT&T National Organization

Jacqueline Toussaint

U.S. Air Force

Learn More About the Awards

Award levels:

  • Peer-Reviewed Awards (PR) are subject to competitive review processes.
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards (OAA) are based on employer recommendations.

Award Categories

A complete description of all award categories and selection criteria can be found here.

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