Women of Innovation finalists Sally Gut Ruggeri and Stephany Santos

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Connecticut Technology Council’s 15th annual Women of Innovation Awards will honor women of all ages who are making their mark in a dozen different fields.

Over the past three decades, Sally Gut Ruggeri has worked on 60 potential drug candidates including six commercial products. She developed Xeljanz technology to treat severe Rheumatoid Arthritis for early clinical trials, leading to a patent application. Sally promotes and supports individual team
members’ growth, serving as a role model for more junior women. A scientific leader, Sally serves as a bridge between management and the scientific community.

Stephany Santos works to create a legacy of inclusion at UConn and beyond. In 2010, she co-founded Engineering Ambassadors which now has over 100 members who inspire K-12 students to enter STEM fields, reaching over 40,000 students to date. In addition, Stephany develops courses teaching communication and engineering empathy and mentors underrepresented students in her research lab. Stephany also co-founded the John Lof Leadership Institute, and researches confidence, identity, and microaggressions in underrepresented students. She serves on the American Society for Engineering Education Student Board, UConn’s Institutional Review Board and Senate Diversity Committee.

The event, taking place Wednesday March 27th at the Aqua Turf Club is officially sold you. You can catch News 8’s Jocelyn Maminta’s interview with keynote speaker Annie Lamont on our News 8 Facebook page around 7pm the night of the awards.

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