The 2018 Las Vegas Women in Tech Awards (LVWTA), held in Downtown Las Vegas at Zappos.com Headquarters, celebrated the achievements of women who work in technology in the Las Vegas area. The event featured female entrepreneurs, innovators, community leaders, and STEM educators in Clark County.
Las Vegas Women in Tech Awards: Five Years of Celebrating Women in Tech
The Las Vegas Women in Tech Awards was originally founded by Melissa Skipworth, a Las Vegas native and event technology expert. Melissa is also the former chapter lead for Women Advancing Las Vegas. Women Advancing Las Vegas collaborated on many projects and events with Girls in Tech Las Vegas, a non-profit organization on which our Managing Director Jennifer Kilkenny and web project manager Christina Aldan were board members.
Today, LVWTA is run by the Las Vegas Community Tech Fund. Led by Lori Nguyen, this non-profit organization raises money to bring together the Las Vegas tech community and enhance local technology access and education.
This year’s event was sponsored by local, national, and international brands and organizations, including Texas Instruments, zSpace, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
Highlights From the 2018 Las Vegas Women in Tech Awards
This year’s event was held at Zappos Headquarters in Downtown Las Vegas, NV and hosted by the talented JJ Snyder, Las Vegas television host on KTNV’s Morning Blend. Winners included Shannon Wilkinson, President and Co-Founder of Axiom Cyber Solutions; Heather Wilde, Chief Technology Officer of ROCeteer; and Duana Malone, Founder of Tech Queen Systems.
Supporting the future of technology and innovation in Las Vegas while enhancing the role of women in technology fields was major theme of the event; emerging female tech leaders, STEM students and educators, and event volunteers were also honored at the event.
Why the Las Vegas Women in Tech Awards is Important
At Total Social Solutions, we value and support women in business and technology. In fact, the majority of our team is made up of female entrepreneurs, tech experts, and marketers, including Owner and Managing Director Jennifer Kilkenny, who holds a degree in Web Technologies and a certificate in Web Design and Development. Many of the aesthetic medical practices we work with are also led by women: physicians, nurses, physician assistants, practice managers, and marketing managers. We’re passionate about supporting women-led medical practices and practices that employ women in medicine and business.
Nevada has become a technological hub in the United States:
- Tesla Motors began building their new Gigafactory outside of Reno, NV
- Las Vegas agency Axiom Cyber Solutions is led by cyber security experts (one of whom is a woman and winner of one of this year’s awards) with experience in the U.S. State Department, European Union, and United Nations
- Switch, a Las Vegas based global technology infrastructure that builds all of their data centers to be run by 100% renewable energy
A Special Shout-Out to Our Clients
The Las Vegas Women in Tech Awards reminds us how blessed we are to work with many women in science, business, marketing, and technology. Most of our clients are already doing amazing work supporting women in STEM career fields. With a growing number of female medical and aesthetic providers, the majority of our clients employ a large number of women in their practices. During our time working with plastic surgery, dermatology, and other aesthetic medical practices, we have had the joy of working with countless women who are successful, and even renowned, in medicine and business. We are honored to work with so many talented and successful women who are making a real difference.