Powerful Women in Consumer Technology is a program designed to not only recognize, but to 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 CT industry including the retail segment, manufacturing world, other industry professionals, and the custom integration space. Our aim is to not only recognize this outstanding collection of individuals, but to also create a community where they can come together, network, and learn from and support one another in their careers. A separate category within these awards, Women on the Rise, recognizes individuals who have already achieved both respect and standing worthy of note in the consumer technology field as they move in rank.

It’s with all this in mind that we present the 2019 Class of Powerful Women in Consumer Technology.

Jenniffer Breitenstein

Jenniffer Breitenstein
CMO | OnPoint Warranty Solutions, LLC


What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?

We’re all connected 24x7 to each other and to the companies which we buy from through the devices in our pockets. The opportunities for us as product service providers to use the same technology to drive great product service experiences is infinite! Technology isn’t the single element in a great CX strategy used to exceed consumer expectations, but it is a foundational piece of the strategy. Developing CX-oriented technology to deliver product service in a more personalized, more intimate way than the IVRs of the past is exciting. 

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Jamie Briesemeister

Jamie Briesemeister
CEO & Co-founder | Integration Controls


What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

I enjoy helping others help themselves – or – helping a mission along its path. My volunteer efforts with CEDIA have provided opportunities where I could meet with fellow integrators and we could share business successes and business blunders. The Xchange was a result of these opportunities and I have won some volunteer awards because of my efforts; the real accomplishments, however, come from knowing I helped others on a personal level.

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Karina Costa

Karina Costa
President | LynQ


What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

My business partner, Dave Shor, measures success as “the level of impact that you can have in people's lives.” I think there is no better definition of accomplishment than creating vehicles to empower other people to build things. I’m grateful that throughout my career, I’ve created and joined companies and organizations that helped me in such endeavors.

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Jennifer Danko

Jennifer Danko
VP of Technology | Nationwide Marketing Group


Any thoughts you'd like to share?

I sincerely hope more women will consider a career in technology. This has been an exciting industry to be a part of and if I had to go back more than 20 years ago, I would choose this career again. It is both rewarding and challenging to be part of a community of people that are always trying to find ways to improve efficiency, speed and accuracy of daily tasks or more innovative ways to connect with customers.  

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June
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June Ip
VP, Marketing (Global) | Lenbrook International


Tell us a little about your career history.

My career history is peppered with so many interesting experiences and people; it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve worked in for-profit, non-profit, bootstrapped and venture-funded start-ups, $500 million market cap publicly traded companies, and everything in between. I’ve worked in consumer products, heavy industry, medical and aerospace, ad agencies and sustainability consulting, and have seen a thousand ways to do business.

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June
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June Lai
CEO | Catalyst


What are the best initiatives available to attract women to careers in technology—and what hurdles are left to overcome?

There have been many efforts, especially over the last decade, to train and recruit more women into STEM careers. When you talk about initiatives, there are opportunities at every level to support and encourage a future generation of women leaders in tech. Starting at home and in schools, we need to teach girls to recognize barriers and have the courage and confidence to overcome them. As a community, we should be encouraging girls early on to feed their curiosities about technology and support their educational path to success.

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Elizabeth Parks

Elizabeth Parks
President | Parks Associates


What are the best initiatives available to attract women to careers in technology—and what hurdles are left to overcome?

I think education and exposure to business opportunities and other women in business are the best things to attract women to technology and executive careers. Time and continued efforts from large and small corporations will help shift opportunities to include more women in technology as the newer generations are offered more opportunities for advancement.

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Dawn Pratt

Dawn Pratt
CEO and Co-Founder | Tech Up for Women


What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

My favorite accomplishments begin with the many customized corporate training programs we have created to advance so many careers to having our event, in it's second year, being named by FORBES as  "top five most inspiring conferences of 2018".  

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Toni Sabatino

Toni Sabatino
Lifestyle Pundit | Toni Sabatino Style


What attracted you to a career in consumer technology?

Technology has become a huge part of home design. Incorporating AV, security systems, smart lighting  and other cool features with an operating system that is easy for clients to use is very important to creating a great experience to go with the aesthetic. I have been exposed to Cedia Expo through the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) and have had my eyes opened to the incredible possibilities which has cemented my belief that a good design team needs a technology expert. 

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Dawn Taylor

Dawn Taylor
President | Centricity


Tell us a little about your career history.

My experience in Accounting, Marketing, Client Services, and Operations provided me with a perspective not many have the opportunity to develop – knowledge and understanding through multiple lenses of the product life cycle. In 2012 I was promoted to president and have incorporated the front-line understanding of our products and services into our corporate strategy, never losing sight of the client, customer and our associates who support them every day.

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Miranda Grantham

Miranda Grantham
National Sales Manager | Origin Acoustics


Tell us a little about your career history.

Fresh out of high school, I started college in Florida while working at a signage firm in Orlando. I quickly worked my way from warehouse employee into sales. I started in the Consumer Technology industry at Metra Electronics at the age of 22 as a West Coast Regional and quickly climbed up to National Sales Manager by the time I was 24. I’ve now been with Origin Acoustics for over two years in the National Sales Manager role.

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Rebecca Melott

Rebecca Melott
Manager, Field Sales | New Age Electronics, a division of SYNNEX Corp.


What are the best initiatives available to attract women to careers in technology—and what hurdles are left to overcome?

Technology is always growing and changing. For women in technology, I believe there is ample opportunity to be hired and grow within those roles. The addition of more work from home opportunities also allows more flexibility. I have been well supported in my career and able to pursue various directions based on my passions.

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Lauren Simmen

Lauren Simmen
Director, Marketing | SurgeX, AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection


What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

I am a NSCA Education Foundation board member, and it is definitely the work I’m most proud of in my career. I and my fellow board members have been working on the Ignite program, which was designed to address the issues and gaps in labor in our industry. Developing internships and programs to entice the next generation to join our industry has been incredibly rewarding.

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