CONGRATULATIONS TO WIT’S 2018 WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS!
SMALL/EMERGING ORGANIZATION: Annie Eaton
Annie Eaton is the CEO of Atlanta-based future technologies company Futurus, where she creates immersive, engaging and interactive experiences in virtual reality, augmented reality and 360° capture. Annie earned her degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. In 2014, she created XR Atlanta, which now boasts over 1,100 active members. Annie also founded Women in XR Atlanta, and is a re:imagine/ATL Alliance member. She currently serves as an advisor to the TAG Digital Media and Entertainment society and is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council. Earlier this year, Annie received the Women in IT Rising Star award and was named the Technology Association of Georgia Young Professionals’ 2017 Technologist of the Year. She is a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicles’ Small Business Person of the Year for 2018. Annie has vast public speaking experience, including television, conferences, educational institutions, podcasts, and radio.
MEDIUM/MID-SIZE ORGANIZATION & EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION: Sherry Farrugia
Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, GT/CHOA Pediatric Technology Center
As the COO and CSO of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Pediatric Technology Center, Sherry manages the multimillion dollar pediatric research portfolio, and the public-private partnership between GT and CHOA. In this dual role she is responsible for the execution of key business initiatives, provides executive level leadership for business and operational functions and insight into the innovations, technologies and start ups developed as a result of the partnership. She also co-founded and sold a healthcare IT company to McKesson HBO & Company. After selling her company she ran a successful healthcare consulting company assisting startups with their strategic and business plans, and creating new verticals in healthcare. Sherry is the VP for the International Society for Pediatric Innovation, and represents both CHOA and GT at the Global Health ATL: Innovation Hub. She was recently awarded the Community Life Science Impact Award by GaBIO for her community service.
LARGE/ENTERPRISE ORGANIZATION: Diana Lee Caplinger
Chief Administrative Officer, Consumer Technology, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Diana Lee Caplinger is the Chief Administrative Officer for Consumer Technology at SunTrust Bank. She supports the Consumer Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for Consumer Technology Operations. She responsible for the operations, communication, financials, strategy, and change execution for Consumer Technology which is comprised of Mortgage, Marketing, Digital, Private Wealth, and Teammate-Assisted channels and technology. She is a well-seasoned information technology executive and an accomplished leader with over sixteen years of success delivering digital, financial, and supply chain programs. Diana is dedicated to excellence with an exceptional track record for leading and delivering complex, innovative and transformational solutions.
Her experience includes senior management positions in the financial, food & beverage, multi-media and automotive industries. A dynamic and driven trailblazer, Diana is known for developing strategies and roadmaps that expedite value realization and drive profitability.
Mrs. Caplinger is passionate about financial literacy and STEAM education. She is a SunTrust Purpose Ambassador and actively participates in CIO magazine’s Executive Women in IT forums. In addition, she is a member of the CIO Executive Council Leadership Development Program. She volunteers her time and speaks to several audiences about financial literacy. She is also a highly sought after public speaker.
She is a certified Project Management Professional, Scrum Master, Microsoft Technology Specialist, and Six Sigma Greenbelt. She has an Executive MBA from Georgia State University and a Computer Information Systems degree from Florida A & M University. She was recently recognized as an Experience Maker by Adobe and received the SunTrust Performance Excellence Award in 2017.
Non-Profit Organization: Michelle Coward Wells
Lead Physicist, Piedmont Healthcare
As a Lead Physicist with Piedmont Healthcare, Michelle Wells leads the technical operations of several Piedmont Cancer Radiation Oncology Centers. A graduate of Francis Marion University and The Georgia Institute of Technology, Michelle is board certified in both Therapeutic Medical Physics and Diagnostic Radiological Physics by The American Board of Radiology. She volunteers with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and is President-elect of the Southeast Chapter. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta. A Leadership Atlanta alumni and Junior League of Atlanta past president, Michelle has a heart for community service and supports organizations that promote breaking the cycle of generational poverty, developing leaders, and improving STEM education. Michelle and her husband (William) love travel, theater, and football. She is an avid reader and enjoys time in her garden.