AIS Honors 13 Leading Women in Tech and Names 10 Winners of Its 2018 Technology Awards
In a validation of the goals of #MeToo and #TimesUp, and with rhetoric demonstrating how far those movements still have to go, the 13 women who won the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Award made impassioned pleas for the inclusion of more women in science, technology, engineering and math.
The women were honored in a combined ceremony on Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, which also recognized 10 companies with AIS’ 2018 Technology Awards. Variety was a media sponsor.
In a sense, it wasn’t just women who were being honored, it was also the expanding and essential role of technology in the entertainment space. Honoree Cindy McKenzie, chief information officer at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, pointed out that when she first started working at Sony Pictures earlier in her career “technology was considered a necessary evil… Now it’s a necessity, end to end, throughout the entertainment industry.”
The other women honored at the event were: Vicky Colf, CTO, Warner Bros. Entertainment; Ashley Crowder, CEO, co-founder, Vntana; Poppy Crum, chief scientist, Dolby Laboratories; Karen Dufilho, exec producer, Google Spotlight Stories; Marcie Jastrow, SVP immersive media, head of the Technicolor Experience Center; Esther Pearl, founder and executive director, Camp Reel Stories; Nanea Reeves, CEO, co-founder, TRIPP Inc.; Kathleen Schroeter, head of marketing, video and wireless, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz; and Bettina Sherick, SVP, consumer insights and innovation, 20th Century Fox.