Earlier this week, NYSCI’s 2014 Evening of Science and Inspiration honored two prominent business leaders who are committed to advancing STEM education and workforce development.
Denise Ramos, the chief executive of ITT Corp, received the Distinguished Leadership Award for her leadership in establishing diversity throughout the STEM fields. Her unique background combines more than two decades in the oil and gas industry with significant retail and customer-centric experience. Prior to ITT, Denise worked at ARCO, Yum! Brands, KFC Corporation and Furniture Brands International. Denise serves on the Board of Directors for Praxair Inc. and is a member of the Business Roundtable and The Business Council. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and was recently included in the Top 100 CEO Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math publication by STEMconnector™. Last week, she was named #5 on Fortune Magazine’s Biz Person of the Year.
Jeanne Sullivan, Co-Founder of StarVest Partners received the Vision and Venture Award for her dedication to supporting and mentoring a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles. Jeanne serves on the board of New York Venture Capital Association, is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, and is an Athena Entrepreneur Fellow for Barnard College. She also serves as advisor for many women-focused organizations that work to “fund and fuel” women entrepreneurs, and is on the Global Board of Trustees of Astia, an organization that empowers high growth women entrepreneurs. Forbes cited Sullivan as “one of the women VCs changing the world – grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs.” Jeanne has also been honored by the New York with the OPEL award, recognizing Outstanding Professionals for Entrepreneurial Leadership.