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Hospitality Technology Opens Nominations for 2018 Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards


Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the second annual Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards. The program, sponsored by SALIDO, will recognize and honor a diverse array of females in the restaurant technology industry, including restaurant companies and technology providers.

“While innovation and leadership know no gender, it is important to highlight the achievements of women blazing trails in the often male-dominated technology space,” Dorothy Creamer, editor of Hospitality Technology magazine says.  “Here at Hospitality Technology, our team is largely comprised of women, so we are thrilled to have the chance to recognize powerful, smart women achieving great things. From those early in their careers to those who have already made – and continue to make – their mark in the restaurant industry, we look forward to hearing and sharing their stories.” 

Honors will go to those accomplished women who are reimagining how things are done in restaurants while demonstrating excellence in leadership, inventiveness and skill.

“At SALIDO our workplace diversity fosters a thriving, creative, and capable culture that directly enables our company’s success, which is why we’re honored to support the Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards," said Shu Chowdhury, CEO/Founder of SALIDO, the restaurant operating system. “We are thrilled to have the privilege to shine a spotlight on those industry leaders we admire across long time veterans and future leaders. We look forward to honoring these remarkable women whose achievements continue to improve and evolve our industry by seamlessly blending together their passion and commitment to hospitality technology."

The 2018 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 2018 issue of Hospitality Technology. An awards program will also honor the winners at the 23nd annual MURTEC (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference), being held April 11-13, 2018 at The Paris in Las Vegas.

Nominations can be submitted here. The deadline for nominations is January 26, 2018.

Previous Winners Include:

Karen Bird, VP of IT, Buffalo Wild Wings

Pat Darling, VP of Operations, Ctuit

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

Stefania Mallett, Co-founder & CEO, ezCater

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

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

Joy Ugi, Director of Marketing, Orderly


About Hospitality Technology

Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for 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. Visit Hospitality Technology online at

Hospitality Technology is published by Chicago-based EnsembleIQ.

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SALIDO offers a restaurant operating system that empowers hospitality businesses to combat the rising costs in the industry by controlling, analyzing and leveraging their critical data, with the goal of lowering costs and increasing profitability. Using a cloud-based, unified system, the SALIDO Restaurant OS currently offers point of sale, advance reports, kitchen display systems and will soon feature labor management, inventory and CRM. Together, these functions offer a full-stack, one login system that enables businesses to manage the entire restaurant experience, changing the way the hospitality industry operates.


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