2020 Women to Watch
Global Awards

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Announcing our 2020 Women to Watch Global Awards List!

Who are the women disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of UAS?  Who is making a difference in the UAS field and helping other women do the same thanks to smarts, energy and tenacity?

Meet these trailblazers, innovators, mentors, and business leaders, and prepare to be inspired!

Susan Minne

Public Safety

Cedar Park Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

USA

 

Why A Woman to Watch?

Minne serves as a volunteer and lead pilot for the Cedar Park, Texas office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  She responds to calls for sUAS assistance from police and fire units as well as assists in the administration of the citywide Public Safety sUAS training program.

“Public Safety flights have turned a passion into a life-changing mission.”

Raquel Molina

Entrepreneurship

Founder and CEO, Futuriste Tecnologia

Brazil

 

Why A Woman To Watch?

A pioneer in the Brazilian drone market, Raquel has grown her company, Futuriste Tecnologia into one of the largest drone training companies in Brazil. Raquel was Brazil’s first female drone instructor.  She created the “Drone Without Barriers” program, which provides free training for physically disabled people to operate drones and also finds time to serve as a volunteer mentor in several projects to support female entrepreneurship.

“May this award be an example that with dedication we all can fly high!”

Kaye North

Education

Education Queensland

Australia

 

Why A Woman to Watch?

Kaye devotes time to inspiring students and fellow teachers by engaging them with drones. She shares with schools the value of drones within curriculum and provides professional development to teachers. Kaye also directs science students to design and code drones capable of delivering survival packages during disasters and creates opportunities for high school girls to develop drone pilot license programs.

“We are inspiring and empowering our girls by using drones in today’s classrooms”

Denise Soesilo

Leadership

Co-Founder, Outsight International

Switzerland

 

Why A Woman to Watch?

Denise has been at the forefront of the implementation of UAS for development and humanitarian aid. She is involved in cargo drone operations in Africa, coordinating between regulators, UTM providers and nine drone companies to enable their flying operations. Denise is also the lead facilitator between industry, donors and regulators for the progression of UAV technology.

“Inclusion and diversity are essential to our future with responsible technologies.”

About the Women to Watch Global Awards

The award is designed to acknowledge and motivate women who are driving change and leading the drone industry closer to gender parity. In creating this list, we aim to raise the profile of women doing amazing work and to encourage more women to embrace UAS technology.

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How We Made Our Selections

During the nomination period, we received nominations from eleven countries. Individuals were permitted to nominate themselves or others. Three judges were assigned to each category. Judges were required to review and score the submissions based on their assigned category. The submission within each category with the highest score was named the honoree to represent the category.

 

In the submission review process the judges considered the following:

  • Role Model:  She sets an example for others, inspires others and empowers more women to enter the industry.
  • Collaboration: She takes a collaborative approach in fostering relationships and opportunities to develop/deliver initiatives focused on advancing the use of drones. Collaborations could be internal or external projects, initiatives, programs, etc.
  • Shaping the industry:  She has positively helped shape the public perception of drones by promoting UAS best practices, promoting the value of UAS in her sector and/or advocating for UAS adoption.
  • Driving Change: She has demonstrated the ability to influence change through advocacy, vision, and drive.

Meet Our Judges

Listed in alphabetical order by first name

Brooke Tapsall

Brooke Tapsall

Founder and CEO DroneAlert
CEO of AGICS
2018 Woman To Watch
Italy

 

Christopher Korody

Christopher Korody

Founder, Dronin’ On 
USA

Dawn Zoldi

Dawn Zoldi

Founder & CEO
P3Tech Consulting
Women And Drones Advisor
2019 Woman to Watch 
USA

Fiona Lake

Fiona Lake

Founder & Chief Remote Pilot
Rural Drone Academy
Executive Director at Fiona Lake Photography
2018 Woman to Watch 
Australia

Heather Hasper

Heather Hasper

Senior Airport Operations and Planning Manager
2018 Woman to Watch Honoree 
USA

Helena Samsioe

Helena Samsioe

CEO & Founder, GLOBHE
2017 Woman to Watch 
Sweden

Jennifer Pidgen

Jennifer Pidgen

COO, Sundance Media Group
UAS book author
USA

Kimberly Penn

Kimberly Penn

Founder & President, Professor Drones
Founder & President, Webtropolis 
USA

Maria Cugini

Maria Cugini

Vice President
FoxFury Lighting Solutions 
USA

Meghan Salter

Meghan Salter

National Board Certified Teacher
FAA Certified Drone Pilot
Women And Drones Advisor
2019 Woman to Watch
USA

 

Nikki Brown

Nikki Brown

Director Law Enforcement Academy
FAA Certified Remote Pilot
W&D Public Safety Advisor 
USA

Probyn Thompson

Probyn Thompson

Founder and CEO
Air Probe UAV
Women And Drones Advisor 
USA

Sharon Rossmark

Founder and CEO
Women And Drones LLC

Sharon Rossmark is an American entrepreneur, author, mentor and FAA certified remote pilot. She has an extensive and diverse background in business and nonprofit board governance. Sharon is the Founder and CEO of Women And Drones, the premier global platform for women who are disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of the UAS industry. She is the co-author of several books introducing young children to drones. Most of the characters in the books are girls which is a purposeful, important part of her commitment to engaging more girls in STEM, STEAM and aviation. Sharon is a frequently requested speaker, panelist and moderator.

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