2018 Award Winners

Dorri McWhorter
Social Impact
Ally Award

Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. Dorri has also led the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of YShop.org (e-commerce platform), womenshealthexchange.org (health insurance and information) and the MPWR mobile app (community engagement). Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and recognized by Good City Chicago receiving its Innovative Leader Award. Dorri lead the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment ($WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product.
A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri is also active in the accounting profession having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including The Metropolitan Club, Chicago Finance Exchange, and Chicago Child Care Society. McWhorter is also a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech advancing women businesses in technology and a board member of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. As an engaged community leader, McWhorter served as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s second term transition team. She is also a board member for the State of Illinois Charitable Trust. McWhorter received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Yana Nirshberg
Sales Media and Digital Marketing
Digital Marketing and Media Award
Shayna Atkins
Talent Award
Amy Welsh
Corporate Tech Leader
Corporate Tech Leader Award

Technology organizational leader in Financial Services. Passionate for low effort UX & CX leveraging applicable technologies to support servicing applications.

Aarti Mehta
Lifestyle Award
Carolina Hadad
Women Tech Founder Award

Co-founder of Chicas en Tecnología, and Argentinian NGO where we motivate, train and support the next generation of women leaders in technology.
Carolina Hadad is a Bachelor in Computer Science by University of Buenos Aires UBA.

She specializes in Social Innovation, she is one of the 15 social entrepreneurs selected to participate in the Innovation for Equality Fellowship by University of California (Berkeley), California, USA. She was selected to attend Recurse Center, New York, USA 3/2017 - 5/2017, a programming retreat with less than 10% acceptance rate. She was one of the 50 Global Shapers chosen by the World Economic Forum to attend Davos in 2017.

Currently she works at Google Argentina as a Technical Account Manager, giving support to the largest publishers in Argentina about their Digital Strategy. Before that she worked at the Argentina Government (5/2015 - 8/2016) as a Team Manager in a team 8 programmers, devops and UX designers in the Open Data office in the Argentina Government. She did a consulting job to help coordinating Fundación Huésped’s technical projects implemented by external providers(12/2016 - 3/2017). And worked as a Full Stack Developer for +5 years at Manas Technology Solutions - InSTEDD iLab Latam (2/2009 - 5/2015) where she coded Webapps in Ruby on Rails + Knokout.js, Android and iPhone apps and infrastructure projects using C#. She did a Software Engineering Internship at Google, Mountain View, USA (12/2013 - 2/2014).

She is also a TEDx Speaker, her talk Programming with a Social Impact has over 14K views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cx8UwdN-g4.
She wrote a column about Technology in La Nación, the biggest newspaper in Argentina and was interviewed by international media, such as DW, El País, CNN, Clarín, La Nación, Infobae and many more.

Carolina's passion is about Gender Equality in Technology. She is a co Founder of Chicas en Tecnología (3/2015 - present). Chicas en Tecnología is changing the lives of over 1,000 girls in Argentina and generating reports, data and investigations that will change the Technology Landscape in Argentina.

Shaily Baranwal
Social Impact
Social Impact Award

Shaily founded Elevate K-12 , a live classroom service that replaces zipcode based classroom formats to bring quality online instruction to low-income students in K-12 schools!

Alexandra Prodromos
FinTech Award
Sofia Elizondo
Health and Biotech
Health and Biotech Award

Co-founder and COO of Brightseed. We use AI to discover plant-based molecules that are clinically beneficial for health. Former advisor to the UN, former consultant and proud mom.