ITSMF Awards and Honorees 2023

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the esteemed judges who graciously lent their expertise in evaluating the nominations for the Technology Leaders Awards. Your invaluable assistance and commitment to excellence have been instrumental in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of exceptional technology leaders. Thank you for your time, dedication, and insightful evaluations. Together, we honor innovation and drive in the ever-evolving world of technology.

Brian Benn

Linda Clement-Holmes

Wm. Kenneth Freeman

DeWayne Griffin

Sherrie Littlejohn

Dr. Stephanie Parson, Ph.D.

Jerry Walker


ITSMF 2023 Technology Leaders Awards Program Booklet

2023 ITSMF TLA Program

ITSMF Fellows

Highest ITSMF honor bestowed. Compare in prestige to the Kennedy Center awards. There is a rubric for the qualification criteria:

  • Distinctive Fortune 50 or 100 executive leader or equivalent classification
  • Recognized industry leadership and/or status as an industry influencer (by organizations such as BEYA, Black Enterprise, CIO Magazine, Computerworld or Various “Who’s Who”, etc.)
  • Member of a National, public board
  • Consistent and active engagement, stewardship, and leadership within ITSMF for at least 10 years


Marilyn Crouther
CEO & Principal
Crouther Consulting LLC

Art Hopkins
Global Technology Officers Practice Co-Leader
Russel Reynolds Associates 


Marilyn Crouthers

  • 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America – Black Enterprise
  • DC’s Top 50 Women in Technology five consecutive years (2014-2018)
  • She serves as a sponsor and mentor
  • established the Crouther Scholarship Endowment at their beloved alma mater, Mississippi State University, for African American students majoring in Engineering or Accounting.


Art Hopkins

  • Community involvement is focused on education and Workforce Development
  • Board Service on the board of Junior Achievement of Georgia, Georgia’s Commission for School Board Reform, as Board Chair of the W. E. B. Du Bois Society, and on the Board of Directors of ITSMF
  • Serves as a matchmaker ideally identifying people who are on their way and providing some accelerant to the process.

ITSMF Executive Member of the Year

This award is presented to the ITSMF Executive Member who meets the criteria established for Executive member of the Year (i.e., ITSMF- focused mentorship, stewardship, and advocacy). One singular winner per year. As of 2022 – the winner will also receive their Executive membership dues as complimentary for one year.


Eddie Bright
President and Global CEO
HCM Staffing and Consulting Group

Diana Caplinger
Managing Director, Digital Nexus Executive, Systems of Action

Damani Short
Founder & CEO


Eddie Bright

  • Involved in hundreds of placement of Black technology executives over the past 10 years

ITSMF Associate Member of the Year

This award is presented to the ITSMF Associate Member who meets the criteria established for Associate Member of the Year (i.e., ITSMF- focused mentorship, stewardship, and advocacy). One singular winner per year. As of 2022 – the winner will also receive their Associate Membership dues as complimentary for one year.


Timothy May
Senior Manager, Portfolio & Solutions
Deloitte Technology

Mwiza Munyandamutsa
Chief of Staff to the VP of IT

TianEn Stephenson
Product Management Senior Principal
Accenture Song


TianEn Stephenson

  • EMERGE Academy Graduation of 2018 (SOAR24)
  • Director’s Award Recipient
  • Founder and President of DFW Hawks Youth Sports Organization
  • Board Member of Scholarshots

ITSMF Partner of the Year

This award is presented to the Corporate Partner based on their stewardship and advocacy in support of ITSMF. The Partner of the Year is announced during the ITSMF Leadership Awards event.


ITSMF Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships are awarded to deserving black STEM students (high school to college). Each recipient is awarded one of the named ITSMF scholarships. ITSMF scholarships are established in the name of ITSMF Fellows, Founders and other named ITSMF Executive members who have made financial contributions over the years.

Carl C. Williams Scholarship Winners

Michaela Gray
Barnard College – Computer Science
Skylar Brooks
University of Kentucky – Information Communication Technology

ITSMF Fellows Scholarship Winners

Divine Kaloso
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff – Computer Science
Rubena Uyeh
Georgia State University – Computer Information Systems

ITSMF Technology Leader Awards

The ITSMF Technology Leaders Awards replaces the prior ITSMF Technology Achievement Awards.

Previously, the Technology Achievement honorees were 1 to 4 individuals hand-selected by a few members of the ITSMF Executive Office and a small set of volunteers (1 to 3 volunteers).

The newly launched (2022) Technology Leaders Award solicits nominees from the public and industry using a set of published qualification criteria. The finalists are selected by a panel of their IT industry peers serving as judges. The award categories have been expanded to include those from all sectors and verticals (i.e. corporate, education, non-profit, entrepreneurs).

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes the lasting contributions, leadership, enthusiasm, and tireless efforts of industry luminaries who’ve committed themselves and who have had a transformative effect on their organization and the technology industry. These individuals have provided a long-standing commitment to excellence, thought leadership on the industry’s strategic direction, served on boards of industry organizations, served their communities and served as mentors to countless others.


Ben Hasan
SVP & Chief Culture Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer (retired)
  • 33 years in Technology Jobs
  • ITSMF Executive Member for 20 years

Carl C. Williams Award


Douglas Ash
CEO and Founder
RisingTide Coaching and Consulting

Gregory Morrison
KMM Partners


Douglas Ash

  • 37 years of professional experience
  • Board of Director for Platinum Technologies and Innocent Lives Foundation
  • Former 2 term chairman for ITSMF Board of Directors
  • Howard University Board of Visitors for the College of Engineering
  • BDPA Director
  • Founder and Board Chairman fo the Kids’ Sake Foundation

Gregory Morrison

  • US Black Engineer Magazine’s Most Important Blacks in Technology for nine consecutive years from 2005-2013
  • Computerworld Magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders
  • Serves on three public corporate Board of Directors: Veritex Holdings, Rollins, Inc., and Veritiv Corporation
  • Serves on two private company boards: Amerisure Insurance
  • Listed by Black Enterprises as one of 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America
  • Savory Magazine’s named as one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America
  • Inducted into the Public Education Foundation of North Carolina Hall of Fame
  • Received the Epsilon Award for Lifetime Career Achievement from the National BDPA
  • CIO Hall of Fame
  • 2020 Georgia CIO Lifetime Achievement ORBIE Award
  • Business to Business Magazine named him an IMPACT Leader
  • Inducted into the Public Education Foundation of North Carolina Hall of Fame
  • ITSMF Founder and Fellow

Technology Executive of the Year 


Dwayne Allen
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Lawrence Anderson
Chief Technology and Operations Officer
National Student Clearinghouse

Patricia Bransford
National Urban Technology Center (Urban Tech)

M. Hans Delly
Managing Director

Michael Demissie
Managing Director & Global Head of Innovation and Advanced Solutions
BNY Mellon

Michelle Greene
Chief Information Officer
Cardinal Health

James Johnson II
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
James Hardie Industries

Maureen Jules-Perez
Managing Vice President – People Technology
Capital One

Rod McDaniel
S3 Recycling Solutions

Julius Smith
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Technology Executive of the Year – Global | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 100 company with reach beyond the U.S. and U.S. territories)

Michelle Greene

  • Sponsor of Cardinal Health’s STEM Initiative
  • Co-sponsor BOLD, the Black & African-American employee resource group
  • Serves on the Women’s Impact Network Leadership Team
  • Executive advisor for the Black and African American Equity Cabinet
  • 2023 Forbes CIO Next List

Technology Executive of the Year – Enterprise | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 1000 company with local or global reach)

Maureen Jules-Perez


Technology Executive of the Year – Large Business | Winner

(Leader of a business with 1000 or more employees )

Rod McDaniel

  • Board of Directors on the Greater Nashville Technology Council
  • Recognized by Nashville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”
  • Finalist of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leader Award
  • Recognized as Nashville Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs
  • Named to NBJ’s 2022 Power 100 List
  • ITSMF Management Academy Graduate

Technology Executive of the Year – Non-Profit/Public Sector | Winner

(Leader of an accredited U.S. based secondary institution, college or university)

Patricia Bransford

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from The Catholic University of America
  • MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business
  • Established 750 computer training systems across the US
  • 25 years at IBM impacting strategic planning, marketing and implementation of large-scale system projects

Technology Leader on the Rise

Daniel Adeboyejo
Director, Technology and Security Strategy and Customer Experience
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Ria Aiken
Head of Product Technology – US Retail Banking

Dane Bamburry
Senior Director, Enterprise Architecture
Cox Enterprises

Shawana Gaines
Head of Regional and Site Services

Kenny Goodwin
IT Division Director
Mecklenburg County

Jane Harper
Assoc. Vice President Info Security, Risk Management & Business Engagement
Eli Lilly

Melanie Hoskins
Director, Global Public Policy

Christopher Lemoine
SVP-Business Analyst-Project Management Organization Lead

Trina Nkhazi
Executive Director, Innovation Delivery, Budget & Performance
City of Atlanta

Theodore (Ted) Scott
Senior Relationship Technology Portfolio Account Manager

Antonio Taylor
Vice President of Infrastructure, Security and Services


Technology Leader on the Rise – Global | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 100 company with reach beyond the U.S. and U.S. territories)

Melanie Hoskins 

  • Tax CPA turned tech professional
  • Public Policy PhD Candidate
  • County Election Commissioner

Technology Leader on the Rise – Enterprise | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 1000 company with local or global reach)

Jane Harper

  • Past Secretary of Executive Board and current Board Member National Cyber Security Alliance
  • Board and Development Committee for Easter Seals Crossroads
  • Certified as a CRISC, CHC, CISA, ITIL, CRCMP, and CISSP
  • Certified Chief Risk Officer
  • Recognitions and awards include, including Women of Influence, Crain’s Detroit’s 40 under 40, Crain’s Detroit Notable Woman in Tech, Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40, and Michigan Chronicle’s Woman of Excellence.
  • Executive Academy Graduation Class of 2022

Technology Leader on the Rise – Non-Public/Public Sector | Winner

(Leader of a government institution or other not-for-profit organization generating at minimum $1M in revenue)

Ria Aiken

  • Mentor for Executive Women’s Forum for Information Security and IT Risk
  • Board member Northwestern Kellogg School of Management Alumni Board – Atlanta
  • Advisory Board Member, Georgia State University Evidenced Based Cybersecurity Research Group, Andrew Young School of Public Policy
  • United Negro College Fund/Atlanta Housing Authority Scholarship Committee
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President’s Award Nominee.
  • Senior Advisor for Preserving Pauli Murray LLC

Technology Leader on the Rise – Large | Winner

(Leader of government institution or other not-for-profit organization generating at minimum $1M in revenue)

Antonio Taylor

  • Serves as marketing chair for SIM Memphis and Setting the Standard Enterprise organization
  • Recipient of Mid-South Quality Award for Process Improvement
  • Lean six sigma black belt, ITIL Foundations, and Lean IT certifications

Entrepreneur of the Year


Tope Awotona

Eric Hardy
Founder/President & CEO

Gene Waddy
Alpha Business Solutions



Erick Hardy

  • Chairman of the Henry Ford Health Hospital and Physician Network

Entrepreneur of the Year


Ron Meeting
Rapid Strategy, Inc.


Ron Meeting

  • Bachelors in Business from Appalachian State University
  • Masters in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland
  • Recognized 2 times as Global CISO
  • Mentors children seeking to break into cybersecurity industry through Diversity CISO
  • Board Member of Appalachian State University’s Computer Information QC Social With a Purpose (SWAP

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