SOURCE: WITI (Women in Technology International)

October 11, 2006 09:00 ET

Women in Technology International Announces 2006 Inductees to Hall of Fame

5 Leaders in Science and Technology Inducted Into WITI Hall of Fame

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 11, 2006 -- WITI (Women in Technology International) the nation's leading professional organization for tech-savvy women, proudly announces the induction of five of the world's most pioneering women into its prestigious WITI Hall of Fame. These women will be honored during an awards ceremony and gala at WITI's 2006 Silicon Valley conference on Monday, October 30, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

In addition to being recognized for their groundbreaking and extraordinary work within the fields of science and technology, many of this year's honorees are mentors and active proponents of diversity and the advancement of women within their own organizations and local communities.

The 2006 WITI Hall of Fame inductees are:

--  Maria Azua is a vice president of Technology & Innovation at IBM
    Corporation.  Azua began her IBM career as an expert in ORACLE databases
    and UNIX.  She subsequently gained a reputation for developing banking
    solutions in the financial industry.  She architected two generations of
    home banking solutions for the largest banks in the world and led the
    architecture and implementation of the most extensive home banking Java
    solution available today.  Azua's contributions in Java design and e-
    business solutions for home banking and standards for automated teller
    machines (ATMs) make it possible for millions of people to easily and
    conveniently perform banking activities in the privacy of their homes.
    Azua's long history of technical contributions has produced 44 U.S.
    patents, with another 44 applications pending.  Azua serves as a role model
    for Latinas in IBM, where she mentors about 50 individuals on how to be
    successful in a corporate environment.
--  Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is the director of the Regulation of
    Retroviral Infections Unit (formerly the Retrovirus Biology Unit), at
    Institut Pasteur in Paris.  Prof. Barré-Sinoussi is credited for her
    revolutionary contribution to the field of international medicine through
    the identification and characterization of the HIV virus in the early
    1980s.  She is the author of the first published report (in Science
    magazine) that detailed the discovery of a retrovirus -- later named HIV.
    Prof. Barré-Sinoussi is author or co-author of more than 200 original
    publications and of more than 120 articles in book reviews.  She has
    received 10 national and international awards for her contributions to
    HIV/AIDS research.  Along with her research activities, Prof. Barré-
    Sinoussi has strongly promoted the integration between HIV/AIDS research
    and actions in resource-limited countries, and is involved in capacity
    development, training and technology transfers on-site in Africa and Asia.
--  Kim Jones is a vice president of Global Education, Government and
    Health Sciences, for Sun Microsystems.  At Sun, Jones leads a diverse
    organization committed to providing advanced technologies and services to
    key constituencies in the public sector.  Her team is responsible for sales
    of Sun products and services into a variety of communities, including
    higher education, research, primary and secondary schools (K-12), defense
    and security, public safety, state and local government, healthcare and
    life sciences. Jones serves on a variety of boards, and in 2001, as
    testament to her superior performance; Kim received the Sun Leadership
    Award and served on Sun's leadership council. She also received the
    prestigious YWCA Award for Women in Business.
--  Nor Rae Spohn is vice president and general manager for HP's personal
    LaserJet Solutions division, and for more than 30 years, has been working
    to keep HP at the top of the printing industry.  Spohn was a member of the
    team that launched the company's first personal LaserJet printer, and acted
    as R&D manager for the personal LaserJet division where she was responsible
    for the development of the HP 3100 and 1100A, which launched HP into the
    personal LaserJet multi-function space. Spohn serves on multiple community
    boards, including chair of Idaho Science, Mathematics and Technology
    Coalition; a board member of the Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science
    Center; and a member of the advisory board at Boise State University School
    of Engineering.
--  Been-Jon Woo is the director of Technology Integration and Development
    for Intel Corporation.  In her 20 plus year career, Woo's innovations and
    technical leadership in non-volatile memory and microprocessor logic have
    resulted in 13 patents as well as presenting and publishing at two of the
    most significant technical conferences: The International Electron Devices
    Meeting and the VLSI Symposium.  Woo's work in the semiconductor industry
    has greatly contributed to Intel's role as a technology leader.  Her
    efforts have resulted in the advancement of devices we use in our everyday
    lives ranging from personal computers to cell phones and digital cameras.
"Each of these women represent the most admirable role models for the next generation of young women," said Carolyn Leighton, CEO, chairwoman and founder of WITI. "Their contributions are superb advancements within their specific fields, and they deserve our applause and recognition. We are honored to include their personal and professional histories alongside the world's best-known women in technology."

Individual Tickets and tables are available for the Hall of Fame awards ceremony and gala, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 6:00 pm as part of the "Women and Technology Summit," a three-day professional educational and networking conference. Sponsorships to enable girls between 6th grade and high school, selected by the Santa Clara Girl Scouts and the YWCA to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner are also available. For more information, visit

WITI, a global organization dedicated to empowering women through technology, founded the Hall of Fame through its Women in Technology Foundation, a non-profit organization that annually co-hosts the event as a fundraiser, not just to recognize these innovative women, but to encourage young girls and women to become technology literate and pursue careers in these fields.

About WITI

WITI is the nation's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide connections, resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

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