Opening video for the 2022 STEMMy Awards Ceremony.  Video Credit: Blase Pivovar

Now more than ever, those serving in STEMM fields are demonstrating how critical they are to our communities.
While those in STEMM help us stay connected and fight for lifesaving cures, we continue to be inspired
and proud of so many women in STEMM in our own backyard.

At the 9th Annual STEMMy Awards in October 2022, Central Exchange celebrated the accomplishments of twelve women and one corporate hero who are setting trends and breaking barriers in their STEMM fields. These prestigious awards were created to put a well-deserved spotlight on women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine across the greater Kansas City region.

The winners of the STEMMy Awards make changes for a better today and brighter tomorrow.  Their influence on a global and local level makes a difference, not just for our community, but around the world and for the next generation of STEMM leaders.

Meet the 2022 STEMMy Honorees
Watch the 2022 Awards Ceremony
2023 STEMMy Awards News + Alerts

2022 STEMMy Awards Events

Benefactor’s Roundtable Discussion + Happy Hour

SPONSORED BY T-MOBILE

OCTOBER 13, 2022 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | T-MOBILE OVERLAND PARK CAMPUS

A thought-provoking conversation focusing on women in STEMM.
Followed by drinks and appetizers.

ROUNDTABLE PANELISTS:

KISA CARUTHERS
Lead Electrical Engineer
Burns & McDonnell
2021 WiSTEMM Champion

SONIA HALL
Chief Executive Officer
BioKansas
2022 Honorary Co-Chair

CALA POLTERA
Chief Information Officer
QC Holdings
2022 Honorary Co-Chair

STEMMy Awards Gala Luncheon

OCTOBER 27, 2022 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | FIORELLA’S EVENT SPACE + ONLINE

Recognizing the outstanding 2022 STEMMy Award Honorees at the annual awards luncheon.

FEATURING KEYNOTE:

KARA LOWE
KC Tech Council
Chief Executive Officer

EVENT EMCEED BY:

MICHELLE BOGOWITH
Fox4 WDAF-TV
Meteorologist

Scroll to see a mix of photos from the awards ceremony.
Photo Credit: Ryan Bruce

Meet The
2022 Honorees

Meet Past Honorees

STUDENT ACHIEVER
Amanda Pierce

WiSTEMM EDUCATOR
Zdenka Guadarrama

WiSTEMM EDUCATOR
Frances Young

CORPORATE HERO
Catalent

ENTERPRISING INNOVATOR
Kellie Bartley

RISING TRENDSETTER
Karen Marie Dietze

RISING TRENDSETTER
Pooja Shah

RISING TRENDSETTER
Pamela Tran

GROUNDBREAKING LEADERSHIP
Tiffany Coleman

GROUNDBREAKING LEADERSHIP
Elise Kirchhofer

GROUNDBREAKING LEADERSHIP
Anita Ranhotra

WiSTEMM CHAMPION
Sharita Lurks

WiSTEMM CHAMPION
Fiona Nowling

Student Achiever

AMANDA PIERCE | UMKC

The Student Achiever STEMMy Award recognizes a female college student currently enrolled in a Kansas or Missouri college or university who has professional aspirations in a STEMM field. She has demonstrated academic achievements, shows exemplary student involvement in the campus/ community organizations and is a leader amongst her peers at her college or university.

WiSTEMM Educator

ZDENKA GUADARRAMA | ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY
FRANCES YANG | KU MED CENTER

The WiSTEMM Educator STEMMy Award recognizes a full-time faculty member in a STEMM field. She is recognized by her institution/community as an Excellent Educator based upon student or faculty assessments and community accolades.

Enterprising Innovator

KELLIE BARTLEY | TOP RAIL SOLUTIONS

The Enterprising Innovator STEMMy Award recognizes a woman business owner in a STEMM field. She demonstrates exemplary leadership in her business by establishing a strong vision and achieving great success. She demonstrates industry excellence by influencing others in her STEMM field and is viewed as a key contributor in her industry.

Corporate HERO

CATALENT

The Corporate/Organization HERO STEMMy Award recognizes a company (large or small) or a non-profit that promotes women in STEMM. The company/non-profit is actively engaged in KC Metro STEMM related activities/organizations. The company/non-profit is highly supportive of women working in STEMM fields and provides benefits in the form of education, growth opportunities, flexibility and camaraderie.

Rising Trendsetter

KAREN DIETZE | BLACK & VEATCH
POOJA SHAH | DNV
PAMELA TRAN | KU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The Rising Trendsetter Award recognizes a woman with less than 15-years of professional experience in a STEMM field and who has demonstrated significant achievement early in her career. She is an Influencer of women in STEMM, showing peer recognition and peer support. She is an emerging leader for women in STEMM and is involved in STEMM activities in her company and/or the community.

Groundbreaking Leadership

TIFFANY COLEMAN | BLACK & VEATCH
ELISE KIRCHHOFER | HOEFER WELKER
ANITA RANHOTRA | HALLMARK CARDS

The Groundbreaking Leadership Award recognizes a woman in STEMM who has made significant contributions to the STEMM community throughout her 15+ year professional career. She is a champion of women in STEMM, promoting gender equity in leadership roles, supporting women entering or growing STEMM careers and celebrating achievements by women in STEMM. She is a 360-degree leader who casts a vision, sets and attains goals, learns from other leaders, mentors others, influences peers and propels innovation and change.

WiSTEMM Champion

SHARITA LURKS | BURNS & MCDONNELL
FIONA NOWLING | WELLSKY

The WiSTEMM Champion Award recognizes a leader working in a STEMM field/organization or in association with a STEMM field/organization. They are bridge builders who cast a vision for gender equality and act on that vision. They advocate for women in STEMM, supporting them as they enter or grow in their STEMM and diversity careers and promote them in their workplace or in the community.

2022 STEMMy Award Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors