Our Partners and Sponsors 2022

Past Partners and Sponsors

The Right Time is Now.

People, companies, programs, media, and educators are being awarded for creating an environment where men and women are equally valued, honored, and heard. 

Voting process:

  • Public voting - we will collect nominations through an online form with set criteria. Dec 18th - Mar 16th, 2022.
  • Selected judges will review the nominations, from Mar 27th - April 21st, 2022.
  • April 24th, we will announce the finalists for each category.
  • The winners will be revealed during the awards event on Jun 5th, 2022. 

Voting Categories and Criteria

Company AYA 2022 Significant contribution by a single company to create inclusive work cultures that welcome, support, and retain women in technology.  

Male Ally of the Year 2022 Significant personal contribution to co-creating opportunities and building a personal brand for accountability & trust for women in technology.  

Educator AYA 2022 Significant contribution by an educational entity that has made significant progress in educating about gender equality for women in technology.

Investor AYA 2022 Significant contribution by a financial entity that has made a large financial investment to support women who are entrepreneurs in the technology field.

People's Choice AYA 2022 Significant contribution leading initiatives that continuously promote and empower women in technology. This award is for those who may have gone unnoticed but deserve recognition for their ongoing contributions.

Program AYA 2022 Substantial contribution by a program that has made significant progress in building a community of supporters who continuously cultivate an attitude of encouragement for women.

Non-profit AYA 2022 The significant contribution of a nonprofit whose mission has made a large impact on building an inclusive society for women in the working world.

Recruiter AYA 2022 A significant contribution by a single recruiter or recruiting company making gender equality the priority. 

Media AYA 2022 A significant contribution by a media outlet with the most extensive coverage of women in technology.

Philanthropy AYA 2022 A significant contribution by a philanthropic foundation or person who demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of women to take leadership roles in technology. 

DEI Champion AYA 2022 A significant contribution to creating sustainable workplace culture change. Must demonstrate actions taken to shift mindsets, behaviors, and practices toward equitable and inclusive leadership for individuals, teams, and organizations.

AYA 2022 Finalists

2022 Selection Committee

Ankita Dhakar

Managing Director at SecurityLit

New Zealand

Alexandra Mercz

Information Security Chief of Staff

at GoTo Financial


Confidence Staveley

Founder and Executive/Director at CyberSafe Foundation


Diane M. Janosek

Deputy Director of Compliance at NSA


Esther Pinto

Head of Informations Security at anecdotes


Firuzi Kotwal

Founder at PROTEQme

United Arab Emirates

Gabrielle B.

Offensive Security Consultant at Desjardins


Dr. Magda Chelly

Founder at Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd.


Madinah S. Ali

President at SafePC Solutions/Safe PC Cloud


Marjana Sencar - Srdic

Head of IoT technology and Innovation department @A1 Slovenija


May Brooks - Kempler

CEO & Founder

at Helena


Naomi Buckwalter

Director of Information Security & IT


Katie Trimble - Noble

Director, PSIRT and Bug Bounty at Intel Corporation


Stacy Tatem

Cloud Data Services Specialist at NetApp


Gina Yacone

Senior Cybersecurity Consultant & vCISO


AYA 2021 Winners

AYA 2020 Winners

2020 AYA Awards Event at RSA