Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards for Outstanding Women in Technology

The Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards for Outstanding Women in Technology, celebrates and recognizes contributions made by women engineers and technologists in our region in two categories; contribution to community, and contribution to business.

Lyn should be an inspiration to any young person, and especially any woman, who has a desire to become a technologist. In the 1970’s, the opportunity to attend college wasn’t available to her, so she traveled to Newport News to learn about engineering in the shipyards. There she joined the Patternmaker’s Apprentice Program. The fact that she was the first and only woman didn’t slow her down a bit. She went on to earn a degree from Mary Baldwin College and an MBA from the University of Richmond. In her career she’s been a CIO for Dominion Virginia Power, CIO for the Richmond Federal Reserve System, served on the Board for VirginiaFIRST Robotics, and long served on the Richmond Technology Council’s board including Chair for six years.

Impact on Community
is awarded to the individual that has made a significant impact in the growth, enhancement, education, and promotion of technology in central Virginia, and/or has made a positive contribution to women in technology.

2016 Winner: Rebecca Dovi, Co-founder of CodeVA

Rebecca Dovi has taught high school computer science for 20 years and is among only 10 secondary school teachers nationwide selected to pilot the new CS Principles course under development by CollegeBoard. In Virginia, she serves as the founding president of the Computer Science Teachers Association – Central Virginia chapter and represents Virginia nationally in the CSTA Leadership Cohort.

Becca also works for Virginia Advanced Studies Strategies, the Virginia branch of the National Math Science Initiative, as a coordinator for computer science. A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BS in mathematics, she completed extensive post graduate coursework in computer science at Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Becca co-founded CodeVA, a non-profit built to promote computer science and computer programming all across Virginia. CodeVA trains trainers and was the lead advocate this year successfully getting legislation passed requiring computer science for a standard H.S. diploma.




Breakthrough Technology
is awarded to an individual whose work developed new technology applications and/or whose creative use of existing technology enhanced processes, methodologies, and/or services to benefit the organization.

2016 Winner: Anne McClain, Senior IT Manager of Store Experience Transformation at CarMax

Anne McClain led the creation of CarMax’s Offsite Buying Mobile Website: A mobile application that drives efficiency in the way CarMax buys cars (source the inventory), saving $5M / year; savings they can pass onto the consumer. This project was the recipient of the Innovation in Utilization (Large Cap) award at the 21st Awards Gala this past May.

In addition to leading the Offsite Buying Website team, her teams created CarMax’s Online Wholesale Registration for their wholesale auctions increasing attendance and driving CarMax’s wholesale sales; CarMax’s first large scale Matching and Payment system for buying inventory resulting in $2B of transactions flow per year; and is currently leading CarMax’s Store Experience Transformation for Sales. This is a massive multi-year effort to modernize the store systems to provide seamless customer journeys and empowered associates. The first of many releases of the Sales modernization occurred successfully in mid-September.

Not only is she passionate about driving technology’s role in business innovation, she’s also passionate about motivating, inspiring and educating the next generation of women technologists.