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.

2017 Impact on Community:
Michele Matthews | Director | Women Who Code Richmond

Michele’s initiative and leadership brought together the team that now keeps Women Who Code moving forward. She was persistent in bringing this global organization to Richmond and finding backing from multiple tech companies around RVA to make it happen. With her help, WWC Richmond will continue to make an impact on Richmond as we offer a space for women to come together, learn from each other, and continue developing the best technical skills they can.


2017 Breakthrough Technology:
Hemanki Doshi | CEO & Co-Founder | Be Topnotch, LLC

Hemanki Doshi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Be Topnotch, LLC. She has been truly motivational and has made Be Topnotch, LLC (a local Henrico startup) to become well-known in self-driving related innovations. Under Hemanki’s leadership, Be Topnotch, LLC is certainly keeping up with its mission and vision and demonstrates a true potential for growth and future job creation in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the most important of all – bringing the hottest technology of self-driving industry to the state of Virginia!