Deadline Approaches for Top Women in Restaurant Technology Nominations

Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine has extend the deadline to submit nominations for fourth annual Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards. Nominations are being accepted through January 18. The program, sponsored by Tillster, will recognize and honor a diverse array of females in the restaurant technology industry, including restaurant companies and technology providers.

“Women have always had a vital role in the technology community, but we must do more to make sure that their contributions are given the appropriate visibility to inspire the next generation,” Dorothy Creamer, editor-in-chief of Hospitality Technology magazine says.  “Recent studies show that only 34% of Gen Z females seek technology roles, compared to 73% of Gen Z males. The Top Women in Restaurant Technology awards program is one way HT hopes to establish a legacy of laying a foundation for innovation that is diverse, inclusive and a true representation of the entire talent pool that will shape IT for restaurants and organizations of the future.”


Cacy Merrifield, Sonic Drive-In Director, Program Management (Oklahoma City, Okla.)     

Carissa De Santis, Director, IT Restaurant Solutions, TGI Friday's (Carrollton, Texas)

Laura Kirkwood, Head of Innovation & Customer Experience,  Merivale (Sydney, Australia)

Sif Rai, Chief Marketing Officer, QikServe (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Kesha Williams, Software Engineering Manager, Chick-fil-A (Atlanta)

Allison Page, Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer, SevenRooms (New York)   

Nora Naranjo, Mechanical Engineer, eatsa (San Francisco)

Kathy Hartman, Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer, HubKonnect (New York and Chicago)

 Kristi Turner, Chief Marketing Officer, Compeat (Austin, Texas, and Atlanta)

Laura Rea Dickey, Chief Executive Officer, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Dallas)

Karen Bird, VP of IT, Buffalo Wild Wings

Pat Darling, VP of Operations, Ctuit

Tamy Duplantis, Vice President of IT, Le Duff America

Anne Fischer, Vice President of Produce Management, Papa John's International

Mary Hamill, Vice President of Sales Engineering, HotSchedules

Kristen House, Project Management Team Lead, Paytronix

Mukta Joglekar, Senior Engineer, BlueCart

Sherril Kaplan, VP of Digital Marketing & Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands

Anita Klopfenstein, VP, eCommerce & Consumer Systems, Panera

Lauren LaFortune, Restaurant Systems Analyst, Sage Hospitality

Susan Lintonsmith, President & CEO, Quiznos

Veronica Luna, Digital Innovation Manager, Taco Bell

Stefania Mallett, Co-founder & CEO, ezCater

Michelle Matthews, Vice President of Direct Sales, Dickey’s Capital Group

Na’Ama Moran, Co-founder & CEO, Sourcery

Stephanie Nardini, Sr. Director of IT, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems

Joy Ugi, Director of Marketing, Orderly

Caroline Wise, Product Manager, Tripleseat Software

Kathy Yeoman, Vice President of IT, Darden Restaurants

Honors will go to women who are re-imagining how things are done in restaurants while demonstrating excellence in leadership, inventiveness and skill.

“We are incredibly honored to be a sponsor of this year’s Women in Restaurant Technology Awards, the principles for which these awards support, are ones that we uphold daily in our own organization with women at the helm of our leadership,” says Hope Neiman, chief marketing officer at Tillster. “Breaking through the barriers of the restaurant industry is a feat of itself for women, those women who have managed to do so in the additional field of technology are certainly exceptional and deserve to be recognized for their incredible accomplishments.”

The 2020 Honorees will be recognized in three categories including:

Rising Star
Presented to women from any level of an organization, with less than five years of experience in the industry, who have demonstrated leadership and are already making a mark in restaurant technology at an early stage in their careers. From an up-and-coming social media guru at a restaurant brand to a stellar sales rep for IT providers, we want to recognize rising star rockstars!

Presented to women who are forward thinkers and who have executed on tools and strategies to transform the restaurant technology space in a positive manner by creating or deploying emerging technologies that reimagine how things are done while paving the way for future technologies.

The Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is presented in recognition of a lifetime (no less than 15 years) of service and accomplishments in the restaurant technology industry. We seek to honor women who have had an impact on the restaurant technology industry as well as their colleagues and industry peers through enthusiasm, mentorship and commitment, while also showing how technologies can provide new ways of doing things.

Winners will be chosen by Hospitality Technology magazine and members of its Research Advisory Board. Winners will be profiled in the April 2020 issue of Hospitality Technology magazine and throughout the month in digital profiles on The winners will be announced and honored during an  awards program on March 10, 2020 at the 25th annual MURTEC (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference), being held March 9-11, 2020, at The Paris in Las Vegas.

Nominations can be submitted here at The deadline for nominations is January 11, 2020.


About Hospitality Technology 

Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for both hotel and restaurant operators. The Hospitality Technology editorial portfolio includes: a print publication that publishes nine times annually and reaches more than 16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and educational events (MURTEC, HT-NEXT and MURTEC Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Hospitality Technology is the parent brand of the Restaurant Technology Network (, a membership community of restaurants and suppliers working together to solve industry challenges by shaping standards and sharing best practices. Visit Hospitality Technology online at Hospitality Technology is published by EnsembleIQ, headquartered in Chicago. 


About Tillster
Tillster is the global leader in powering online ordering and delivery solutions for restaurant brands looking to increase revenue and achieve operational efficiencies.  Enabling nearly 50 million digital orders per year, it offers the added dimension of integrated marketing and data mining so that restaurants can realize more orders, more often, more ways.  With teams in the US, Europe and Asia, Tillster serves more than 100 global and regional brands, including Burger King, Baskin-Robbins, Jollibee, and Pizza Hut. For more information, please visit