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Powerful Women in Consumer Technology is a program designed to not only recognize, but honor those women who are effective in their fields, mentors to the up-and-coming females in consumer technology, and natural leaders among their peers and colleagues.

The program honors individuals across the entire spectrum of the consumer technology industry including the retail segment, the manufacturing world, professional organizations and associations, marketing and PR, and the custom integration space. And our aim is to not only recognize this outstanding collection of individuals for the work that they've done to get to where they are in their careers and lives, but also to create a community where they can come together, network, and learn from and support one another in their careers.

It’s with that in mind that we present the 2018 class of Powerful Women in Consumer Technology.

Melissa Andresko

Melissa Andresko
Communications Director, Lutron Electronics


What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

I worked for an entire year with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on getting Lutron artifacts accepted into their Electricity Collection. It was a proud moment for me in 2010, watching Lutron founder, Joel Spira, sign over his original inventor’s notebook, among other Lutron product prototypes, to the Museum curator in front of several hundred industry colleagues, family and friends.

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Susan Cashen

Susan Cashen
Sr. VP of Marketing, Control4


How is the industry performing when it comes to attracting women to careers in consumer technology?

I believe we’re getting better at attracting women to our technology world and I credit consumer technology as a driver of awareness and interest in young women. So many cool companies are front and center in our lives. Where we need to focus is driving career growth and professional development for women in technology during all phases of their careers.

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Marie Devlin

Marie Devlin
CEO, Smart Systems


What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?

I have always liked technology and the things you can do with it. I love the way the products keep evolving and enjoy being able to learn about new products and how they work.

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Kimberly Fassetta

Kimberly Fassetta
Chief Marketing Officer, AfterShokz


How is the industry performing when it comes to attracting women to careers in consumer technology?

Though there are a couple of organizations that aim to gather and further develop women who land here, (to my knowledge) none are actively recruiting female minds to the space. It’s for that reason I’ve made it one of my life missions to discover and help cultivate young women that were just like me nearly 20 years ago.

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Jessica Garvey

Jessica Garvey
Sr. VP of Procurement, HARMAN


What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

I’m most proud of being a leader on the ground in Shenzhen, China, driving ambitious change to consumer audio innovation and product development approach. I succeeded at speed to market, launching headphones and portables with all product development functions under one roof in Shenzhen.

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Delia Hansen

Delia Hansen
Sales Manager – California Residential, Lutron Electronics


What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?

I was struggling with deciding between interior design or engineering as a career. As it turns out, I enjoy the balance between technology and application. I love helping clients, and newer team members, experience their first “ah-ha” moment, especially after they tell me they are not technical and have no interest in the technology. By uncovering something they are passionate about and aligning that passion with unique technology, I can demonstrate how they can enjoy that passion ever so much more.

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Kimberly Lancaster

Kimberly Lancaster
President and Founder, Caster Communications


How is the industry performing when it comes to attracting women to careers in consumer technology?

Hurdles are created when we do not have each other’s backs. Women helping each other is key. Caster has twelve full-time female employees and one male. This team is filled with incredibly smart people - quick witted, excellent writers who are also technically savvy, and they are excited to be a part of this fast-paced industry. We are constantly sharing knowledge and learning from one another. It’s so important to empower each other to grow and succeed.

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Lucy Lentini

Lucy Lentini
VP of Sales and Marketing, Totem Acoustic


What accomplishments are you most group of in your career?

Unique marketing and unique products. Marketing is close to my heart, not only because it’s one of my specialties, but also because I’m a firm believer in its unrivalled ability to deliver results. I wish the industry did a better job of marketing because it would be mutually beneficial to all. Our marketing addresses what music is supposed to do, which is create an emotional response. Specifications do not.

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Jennifer Monasterio

Jennifer Monasterio
President, Mack Worldwide Warranty


What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?

I have always had a passion for technology. The products and the industry are continuously evolving. Our industry greatly impacts the world in which we live. Information can be created or viewed online, broadcasted or created in high definition.

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Madeleine Noland

Madeleine Noland
Sr. Technology and Standards Advisor, LG Electronics


How is the industry performing when it comes to attracting women to careers in consumer technology?

First, let me say that the men I work with every day are fantastic. I have never felt like a “woman in a man’s world.” One of the main hurdles is that women don’t necessarily see themselves working in technology. It’s important for women to see other women having successful, enjoyable careers in technology.

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Jessica Paskon

Jessica Paskon
VP of Finance and Operations, ProSource


What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?

Quite honestly, the consumer technology industry chose me! When I came in for the job interview with PRO Group (now ProSource), I had no idea what a consumer electronics buying group did, but having an extensive background in the computer industry, it really was a natural fit!

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Jill Shank

Jill Shank
Executive Director of Purchasing, D&H Distributing


What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?

I was attracted to the industry because computer technology was just beginning to ramp up at the time I was building my career. People who were starting to become vested in this emerging area saw its potential. It seemed like a good, strategic decision to stay involved at the time—and that strategy panned out very well.

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Michelle Winfrey

Michelle Winfrey
Sr. Director of Trade Shows and Events, C+A Global


How is the industry performing when it comes to attracting women to careers in consumer technology?

I am a firm believer in having mentors throughout one’s life and career. For me, I have had several who have helped me to understand that no career was out of my reach. Therefore, as a professional and as a woman, hurdles just become something for me to jump over.

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Sydney Wiseman

Sydney Wiseman
Creator and Brand Guru, WowWee


What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

Fingerlings winning Overall Toy of the Year last year was definitely the proudest moment of my career! Creating a fad and toy craze has always been something I’ve dreamed of accomplishing since the early days of collecting my own Beanie Babies. Seeing this come to fruition last year was truly a remarkable and unforgettable experience.

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