NAPE Diversity in Technology Leadership Award

Karen Rapp

Congratulations to the 2016 Diversity in Technology Leadership award winner–Karen Rapp!

Purpose:  To recognize a leader in a technology, engineering, or IT field, career, or business who demonstrates (1) the power of diversity of thought to improve the education experience for all; (2) an appreciation for the importance of diverse minds to strengthen and broaden business solutions; (3) an understanding of value of diversity in building, growing, and/or sustaining entrepreneurship or business development to ensure innovative design and use; and (4) the ability to serve as a role model to the national community of excellence in leadership as a representative in a nontraditional field.

Eligibility: Any woman* who works in a high-tech business or commercial organization.  She does not need to be affiliated with a NAPE member organization.

Number Given:  1

Ideal Candidate:  Any woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations, including leadership and exceptional results in community-related work, and  has used the advancement to promote for others equal access, full equity, and broad diversity in her business or community.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be judged based on their embodiment of these NAPE Foundation values:

  • Collaborative, Diverse: (1) Mentors others above, below, and at the same level within their organization and (2) Develops future leaders in her profession and/or community
  • Innovative, Agile: (1) Demonstrates ability to create and implement a vision for her team; (2) Has a record of successfully motivating employees, colleagues, and community members; (3) Exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring employees, colleagues, and/or community members; and (4) Possesses an understanding of the power of technology and its ability to move her business or community forward to promote access, equity, and diversity
  • Data Driven: Demonstrates success at implementing or promoting technology, management principles, or processes that promote access, equity, and diversity.

Past Years’ Awardees: Lynn Dugle (2015),  Melendy Lovett (2014),  Tegwin Pulley (2013), Wanda Gass (2012), Pat Elizondo (2011), and Monica McManus (2010)

* Why is this award focused on females?  NAPE has a long history of support for a more equitable, diverse workforce. By shining a spotlight on successful female leaders in male-dominated technology careers, NAPE is providing national role models with the potential to  inspire others to achieve their dreams in nontraditional fields such as information technology or engineering.