18 January 2018: Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President of Government Strategy and Policy for Inmarsat’s U.S. Government Business Unit, has been selected as a finalist in the category of STEM Leadership for the 19th Annual Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards.
The annual WIT Leadership Awards programme distinguishes and honours the success of women within the industry who have made mentoring the next generation of leaders a significant component of their own success.
The programme focuses on celebrating the women who empower their peers, engage within their communities through extracurricular activities and provide leadership within their professional roles.
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch has dedicated her lifetime to mentorship. Most significantly, she founded WIN, a standing committee of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) that enables women in IT and communications to expand their networks and professional development. Started in 2012, WIN has over 200 members, with its profits funding STEM scholarships.
Beyond her work with AFCEA, Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch has supported STEM education by recruiting women mentors to participate in NOVA’s Adopt-a-School programme, establishing role models for girls from elementary to high school levels.
She also personally mentors female students and professionals, and actively supports STEM scholarships and careers for them at all education levels.
“Each year we bring local companies together at our Annual Gala to hear the amazing stories of women demonstrating leadership and taking initiative to advance other women in STEM fields,” said Trish Barber, the president of WIT.
The winners of each category will be announced at the awards banquet on May 17, 2018 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. See the full list of finalists.