NCWIT Awards Pay Tribute to Technology

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Haley Yanez, Aspirations Award winner in 2019

Women and female students winners demonstrate innovations in the IT field

(LAS VEGAS) Every area of life today involves technology demanding a skilled, educated population to work in the industry. The Las Vegas affiliate of NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) proudly presents the Techie, Aspirations, and Inspirations awards to honor these women and girls, which will be held at Zappos, 400 Stewart Ave., in downtown Las Vegas, on April 25.

The Las Vegas Techie Awards honors influential professionals and organizations, combining diversity and action along with meaningful dialogue. The Aspiration Awards honors and acknowledges girls and young women in middle school and high school aspiring for careers in computing and technology. In addition to the Aspirations Awards, the Las Vegas affiliate of NCWIT is the first affiliate to offer the Inspirations Awards, which recognizes, encourages, and supports girls in middle schools to consider pursuing careers in STEM and technology careers. The number of women increasing in the tech industry continues to rise with programs such as NCWIT.

“Magic happens with the combination of the awards,” explains Sonia Petkewich, current President of the Las Vegas affiliate of NCWIT. “The young ladies experience other women of all ages winning awards for cutting-edge technology and leadership as well as companies being recognized for their efforts.”

“The awards have grown locally over the past three years with 46 high school young women recognized in the past year,” says Snehal Bhakta, the Las Vegas affiliate coordinator for NCWIT. “Last year, our middle school pilot, powered by SIM of Las Vegas, honored 31 girls in the 8th grade.” Both programs continue to grow and encourage young women to consider careers in technology.

Nominations for the Las Vegas Techie awards are open until March 21 for categories including Best Place to Work, Tech Innovator/Start Up, The Catalyst, Bleeding Edge, Champion, and Techie of the Year at

Join the Southern Nevada technology community in supporting the meaningful impact that all women make in STEM and technology industries. For more information, visit and visit to purchase tickets.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a nonprofit community of more than 1,100 education organizations, companies, nonprofits, and government partners nationwide working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in STEM and Technology career fields. 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. The Las Vegas affiliate of NCWIT was established in 2016 with the Clark County School District as the K-12 Alliance member. Recently, the College of Southern Nevada has joined as the Academic Alliance member. For more information on how to get involved, contact Snehal Bhakta, NCWIT Affiliate Coordinator, at For more information, visit

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