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WITI Contact:
Rick Budd

WITI Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Award Honorees: Dr. Marian Croak; Ms. Peggy Johnson; Ms. Lisa McVey; Ms. Heidi Roizen; Ms. Laura Sanders

18th Annual WITI Hall of Fame Award Ceremony Takes Place at the Marriott Santa Clara on the Evening of Monday, June 3, 2013, during WITI's Annual Women Powering Technology Summit

San Jose, CA, April 1, 2013 - WITI (Women In Technology International) is delighted to announce the recipients of the 18th WITI Hall of Fame Awards, to be honored the evening of Monday, June 3, 2013, during WITI's annual three-day Women Powering Technology Summit at the Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara, California, June 2-4, 2013.

The Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame Awards, sponsored by the Women In Technology Foundation, are considered among the most illustrious honors for women in science and technology.

The five distinguished recipients of this year's WITI Hall of Fame Awards are:

  • Marian Croak, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Applications & Services Infrastructure, AT&T Labs;
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and President, Global Market Development;
  • Lisa McVey, CIO, Enterprise Information Systems, Enterprise Medical Imaging, Automation, McKesson Corporation;
  • Heidi Roizen, Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson;
  • Laura Sanders, General Manager of Delivery Engineering & Technology and CTO for Global Technology Services, IBM Corporation.

"The WITI Hall of Fame was established to recognize the notable contributions of women who are leading innovation in science and technology, and have demonstrated a commitment to supporting/ mentoring women and girls," says Carolyn Leighton, WITI Founder and Chairwoman. "These women represent the role models who will inspire current and future generations to reach higher and push new boundary lines to make a positive difference for all of us."

The 2013 WITI Hall of Fame Honorees are:

  • Marian R. Croak, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Applications and Services Infrastructure, AT&T Labs
    Marian Croak is responsible for a team of over 2,000 developers, engineers, and program managers who manage over 500 programs impacting AT&T's enterprise, consumer, and mobility services, and create the tools used by developers inside and outside AT&T to build new apps and services. Her team is tightly integrated with the AT&T Foundry® innovation centers in Palo Alto, CA; Plano, TX; and Ra'anana, Israel. A mentor for numerous staff members, Dr. Croak is also an executive sponsor for organizations supporting Asian, African American, and Hispanic employees. Previously, Dr. Croak was Vice President of the Services Network in Research and Development at AT&T Labs, where she managed 500+ world-class engineers and computer scientists responsible for over 200 programs impacting AT&T's wireline and wireless services. Dr. Croak has received over 100 patents in VoIP technology, with an additional 100+ under review by the U.S. Patent Office. She joined AT&T in 1982 at Bell Laboratories and has held multiple assignments in integrated voice and data communications. Dr. Croak attended Princeton University and the University of Southern California and holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Quantitative Analysis. The mother of three young adults, she enjoys long-distance running and sits on the board of the Holocaust and Human Rights Educational Center in New Jersey.
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and President, Global Market Development
    Peggy Johnson is responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships for Qualcomm Technologies. Notably, she oversees Qualcomm Labs, an incubator focused on launching new businesses and products as well as exploring new technology market segments. Ms. Johnson also serves as a member of Qualcomm's executive committee. Under her leadership, Qualcomm developed and commercially launched the BREW platform, which pioneered the world's first large-scale mobile app store, helped developers monetize their applications, and inspired the growth of a global ecosphere that has generated $3 billion in revenues to date. Ms. Johnson began her 23-year Qualcomm career as a software engineer, working up to Vice President of Technology. As President of Qualcomm Internet Services and MediaFLO Technologies, she was integral in establishing the foundation to bring next-generation wireless technologies for mobile applications and mobile broadcast video to market. Most recently, as Executive Vice President of the Americas and India, Ms. Johnson played an instrumental role in the global development and adoption of 3G wireless broadband technology and services in those regions. In 2012 she was named as one of STEMconnector's 100 Women Leaders in STEM, in 2011 as one of Fierce Wireless' Most Influential Women in Wireless, and in 2010 received the Athena Pinnacle Award. Ms. Johnson holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.
  • Lisa McVey, CIO, Enterprise Information Systems, Enterprise Medical Imaging, Automation, McKesson Corporation
    Lisa McVey has overall IT responsibility for three key businesses within McKesson Technology Solutions, directing and managing IT strategic plans, policies, programs, and schedules for McKesson's Enterprise Information Systems, Enterprise Medical Imaging and Automation groups. Since joining McKesson in 1994, Ms. McVey has: led the operational development of a sales process integrating 22 sales leaders and 15 diverse processes; improved business processes with IT governance and funnel management methodologies; and introduced a service product philosophy, implementation strategies, and a client education approach still in use by the company today. Ms. McVey played an integral role in an initiative that integrated three IT teams to optimize efficiency, collaborate and reduce cost, achieving a run rate reduction of $31M in less than two years. She created a new enterprise service supporting the product development lifecycle, creating a $2M infrastructure savings through cost avoidance. Ms. McVey has received a POW Womenetics Award, was named a 2010 Woman of the Year by Women In Technology Georgia, and was ranked among the Top Ten Technology Women by The Pink Book. An active member of Women in Technology, a non-profit focused on promoting the advancement of women in the field of technology in Georgia, Ms. McVey also created and serves as Executive sponsor for McKesson's Women's Employee Resource Group in Georgia. She also participates in the Technology Association of Georgia, CIO Executive Council, Customer Relationship Management Association, and she is an active Six Sigma Black Belt.
  • Heidi Roizen, Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
    Heidi Roizen has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem - as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, educator, and member of the boards of directors of private and public companies, trade associations, and nonprofit institutions. After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University, in 1983 Ms. Roizen co-founded T/Maker Company (an early personal computer software firm), where she served as CEO from inception through its acquisition in 1994 by Deluxe Corporation. In 1996, Ms. Roizen joined Apple as Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. From there she entered the venture capital world, serving as a Managing Director for Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007. Today, Ms. Roizen is a Venture Partner at leading global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). She is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches the course Spirit of Entrepreneurship. Ms. Roizen is a member of the board of directors of TiVo, DMGT, TrustedID, ShareThis, XTime, and Eventful, and serves on the advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises and the National Center for Women in Information Technology.
  • Laura Sanders, General Manager of Delivery Engineering & Technology; CTO for Global Technology Services, IBM Corporation
    At IBM, Laura Sanders is responsible for developing, executing, and implementing global technology strategy and architecture, and leads the Global Technology Services technical team. Previously, Ms. Sanders was Vice President of Strategy and Development for IBM Tivoli Software, including IBM's portfolio for Integrated Service Management and Cloud. She also served as Vice President of System Storage Products and Solutions, where she managed IBM's Storage portfolio strategy and, prior to that, IBM's Storage Software portfolio and development. Ms. Sanders was IBM's first integration executive, integrating the Informix acquisition. Prior to that, she also served as the VP of IBM's e-learning business and led IBM's core-banking services business. Ms. Sanders started her IBM career as an engineer in Boca Raton - the first female engineer in her department - during the development and launch of the PS/2. She has managed many software development projects, including multiple deliveries of OS/2. Ms. Sanders has a passion for developing the technical careers of IBM women across her organization and the corporation, and has had the opportunity to mentor and coach women all over the world as well as develop and support programs focused on career growth of women in technology in IBM. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans.

To register for WITI's 2013 Women Powering Technology Summit, or to purchase tickets for the WITI Hall of Fame Awards dinner, please visit:

For group Hall of Fame table reservations and sponsorship opportunities at WITI's 2013 Women Powering Technology Summit, please contact: Michele Weisblatt, Executive Vice President, WITI; 323-522-3125 /

About WITI:

WITI (Women In Technology International) is the world's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources, and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented female professionals and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership, and economic prosperity. For more information, please visit

About the WITI Hall of Fame Awards:

The WITI Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame began as a US-based outreach initiative supported by the Clinton Administration. While the majority of the inductees to the WITI Hall of Fame come from the United States, honorees now include noteworthy women from France, Spain, China, Japan, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Israel. Please take time to review the amazing stories of all WITI Hall of Fame Award recipients by visiting

The Women in Technology Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that develops and supports empowerment programs for young girls and women in technology throughout the world. For more information about WITI and the Women in Technology Foundation, please visit

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