HT Opens Nominations for Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards. 

Now in the fifth year, Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards are presented to individuals for accomplishments driving technology in the enterprise in the past year and beyond. This award recognizes women 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. Nominees may include restaurant IT executives as well as leaders at technology supplier and consultant firms. Self nominations are encouraged. Deadline for nominations is February 24.

Submit your Top Women in Restaurant Technology nominations here:


Previous Top Women in Restaurant Technology Honorees

Nicole West, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Felicia White, Church’s Chicken

Catherine Tabor, Founder and CEO of Sparkfly

Susan Carroll-Boser, White Castle

Krystle Mobayeni, founder, BentoBox 

Leslie Leaf, Chief Customer Officer, Revel Systems

Sarah Kabakoff Director of Enterprise Solutions at Toast

Sharon Evans, Executive Program Manager, Dine Brands Global
Malia Alley, Senior Manager - Digital, Taco Bell

Richelle Anderson, COO OneDine

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


NEW!:  Industry Heroes Awards

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, HT takes a look back at the momentous change in the restaurant technology industry to recognize not only Top Women but also Industry Heroes and innovation. Read more about HT's new Industry Heroes awards program here.  

For Top Women in Restaurant Technology and Industry Heroes awards, the deadline to submit nominations is February 24, 2021

Winners are chosen based on both self-nominations and/or those from industry peers. Submissions will be judged by HT editors and HT’s Board of Advisors. Winners will be notified around March 7 and profiled in the summer issue of Hospitality Technology magazine.

Submissions should demonstrate:

  1. Tech wins in 2020. What challenges were you facing? How did you identify what to tackle and what was your plan?  Explain how you leaned in and adapted to the times. What did you do internally to get that amount of change? 
  2. What tech is being used?  
  3. Results:  Explain the impact to your brand. (Minimized disruption to staff, preserving revenue, speed of pivot. Beyond the enterprise, this may include charitable contributions, in the way of no- or low-cost services, or brands who gave away products to those in need (front-line worker initiatives, providing free food to furloughed employees, no-cost technology for long-term introductory period, etc.)
  4. Additional Recognition:  Is there anyone (including colleagues, vendor, consultant)  in your universe that you want to recognize? What were their contributions to this project?   Please include name, company name and contact information.
  5. Why:  Explain why the nominee is worthy of the award.

Be convincing, be specific, and tell the story of the nominee’s achievements, accolades and overall successes. The form, which includes the questions above, will take about 15 minutes to complete.  There is ample space on this form to go into detail, so do so, and include any testimonials, supporting materials and/or links to applicable supporting documents. 

Nominees may only be entered in one category.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Hospitality Technology's Senior Editor Anna Wolfe at [email protected].  If you would like to submit supporting documents to further showcase a nominee’s achievements, please send them separately to [email protected].

Submit your nominations here:


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