WIT names Washington area's top women execs

The Coast Guard's first woman admiral, Rear Adm. Vivien Crea, received the lifetime achievement award from Women In Technology at its annual dinner last night in McLean, Va. Crea, the Guard's former CIO, recently has been working on its enterprise architecture and E-Coast Guard initiatives.

Crea currently commands the First Coast Guard District and Maritime Defense Command One, but her career spans decades.
She was the Guard's first woman helicopter pilot and first woman station commander. During the Reagan administration, she became the first female military aide to a president.

Emcee Maureen Bunyan of Washington's WJLA-TV told how, as commander of the Coast Guard's Detroit district, Crea baked and personally 'coptered dozens of cookies on New Year's Day to an ice-breaker crew that had been working around the clock for three weeks.

WIT gave its government leadership award to Deborah Loudon, deputy CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office. Loudon received a Hammer Award during the Clinton administration for her work as program manager of the Defense Department's purchase card program.

Other award winners:

  • Marguerete Luter, a vice president in Unisys Corp.'s Global Infrastructure Services unit, who won WIT's Champion Award

  • Vonya McCann, senior vice president for federal external affairs at Sprint Corp., who received the Corporate Leadership Award

  • Kimberly McCabe, president and CEO of Advanced Performance Consulting Group Inc. of Washington, who received WIT's Entrepreneur Award.

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