Pictured: Kate Eberle Walker of Presence
The winner of the Business Innovation Leaders Forum ‘Women Business Leaders’ award has been declared. Announced at the NetEvents Global Media & CxO Summit at the Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California, the award was created to recognizes outstanding leadership in technology innovation, strategy and execution.
The winner was Kate Eberle Walker, an accomplished education industry leader and author. She was chosen for her exceptional work as the CEO of Presence, a provider of teletherapy solutions for children with diverse needs. Walker has over 20 years of experience in driving growth at high-profile education companies and has built value through strategic acquisitions, technical innovation, and cultural transformation. Her majority female remote workforce at Presence has delivered over five million teletherapy sessions across 45 states. She is also the author of the book The Good Boss, which shares valuable advice for women in the workplace. Kate is a contributor at Fast Company and Forbes and serves on several education-focused boards.
“We are delighted Kate has been awarded the Women Business Leaders award,” said Mark Fox, CEO of NetEvents. “Her dedication and commitment to work in education and wellbeing, utilising technology to facilitate teletherapy to children in need of such services, is remarkable and to be admired. Her philosophy that technology should enhance human connection is something we believe in and is one of the main challenges facing IT professionals today. She shines a spotlight on the importance of technology delivering vital services, hybrid working and empowering women in the workplace.”
The night saw another winner, namely the Business Innovation Leaders Forum ’CxO of the Year’ award. This prestigious accolade recognizes outstanding leadership in technology innovation, strategy and execution. Pavan Pidugu, Chief Technology Officer at FMCSA, an agency in the U.S. Department of Transportation, won the award for his outstanding leadership in pioneering digital transformation within his organization, supporting Motor Carrier Safety.
He has adopted platform and hardware independence to the digital toolkit FMCSA provides to millions of commercial vehicle drivers, hundreds of thousands of motor carriers, and 12,000+ federal and state enforcement authorities. With a background in retail and international markets, running IT for retail giants like Walmart and Target, Pavan is experienced in delivering innovative technology at a rapid pace to meet ever-changing business needs and customer expectations.
The NetEvents Global IT Summit offers a stimulating and topical two-day conference program of hot debates, head-to-heads and presentations by visionaries and industry analysts. For vendors it provides an exceptional opportunity to meet these networking and communications industry gatekeepers and spend quality time together in an informal yet focused environment.