Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for women in the broadcast technology sector, is pleased to announce the winners for this year’s Rise Awards, held as part of the DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing 2020.

The judges saw over 100 nominations from women in a variety of roles and across the globe, in several categories: Business, Engineer, Marketer/PR, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, Product Innovation and Woman of the Year.

The ceremony saw Sandy Nasseri, CEO and Founder of MelroseINC presented with the Woman of The Year Award. Nasseri was picked for the award by the Rise Advisory Board, who credited her for her significant contributions to the industry as well as dealing with major business incidents this year. As a woman-in-business leader, working in a male dominated industry, Sandy strives to be a voice for women in her marketplace. She serves on the Apple Advisory Reseller Board; serves as the President and Chair of the AVID Customer Association for the Reseller Channel; and is active in the American Express Women’s Initiative.

The winners of the 2020 Rise Awards, and those shortlisted, are as follows:

Business – sponsored by Adobe

**WINNER** Lindsay Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Stringr

Paola Hobson, Managing Director, InSync Technology

Soraya Robertson, Commercial Director, TheCollectv

Engineering – sponsored by OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies

**WINNER** Yulia Rozmarin, R&D Project Manager, LiveU

Janet Law, Senior Production Technician, Calrec

Abigail Seager, Senior Systems Engineer, BBC News

Marketer/PR – sponsored by ANNEX PRO

**WINNER** Donnelle Koselka,  Lead Employee & Crisis Communications, Avid

Ana Escauriaza, Senior Field Marketing Specialist, Avid

Julia Heighton, Marketing Manager, Media Production & Technology Show

Laura Light, Marketing Manager, Object Matrix

Product Innovation – sponsored by Clear-Com

**WINNER** Tove Bonander, Strategic Product Manager, Red Bee Media

Kate Dimbleby, Co-Founder & COO, Stornaway

Hannah Loughlin, Lead Product Designer, Avid

Lindsay Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Stringr

Rising Star – sponsored by EditShare

**WINNER** Gabriella Luck, Trainee Technical Support Engineer (ITV News), ITV Tyne Tees & Border

Sophia Hazari, Transmission Lead, Discovery

Sarah Thorp, Project Manager (Test), Red Bee Media

Sales – sponsored by Telstra

**WINNER** Eunice Park, VP, Global Sales & Revenue, Zixi

Paloma Santucci, Regional Director, LATAM, Accedo

Kathleen Skinski, General Manager, Broadcast and Media, Planar Systems

Technical Operations – sponsored by Ross Video

**WINNER** Kerry Shreeve, VP of Technology Operations, Discovery

Fiona Burton, Head of Post Production and Engineering EMEA, A+E Networks

Fiona Simons, VP, Production Operations, Discovery

The Woman of the Year – sponsored by Zixi

Sandy Nasseri, CEO and Founder, MelroseINC


For more information about Rise and the Awards, please visit here.

Press release originally written and published by Rise.


18 Nov 2020