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WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD WINNERS NEW MEDIA/IT LEADERSHIP


2014


As one of the few woman of color in a traditionally male field, she has worked hard to build a successful career.


Ms. Sooudi received her master’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.


NEW MEDIA/IT LEADERSHIP


Janice Sooudi Assistant Vice President, Technical Operations, Planning and Solutions AT&T


s. Janice Sooudi is an example of how hard work and dedication can create an amazing career. AT&T benefits from her expertise in technology, and she has earned the respect of her peers. She accomplished this by developing innovative technology solutions for AT&T. Her contributions to AT&T speak for themselves.


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As assistant vice president in network process and quality, Ms. Sooudi improved cost and capabilities for all of AT&T’s frontline technicians and managers. This was possible due to numerous factors, including leveraging apps, application programming interfaces (API) and innovative technology, cloud and other devices to their fullest advantage.


One of her most notable career accomplishments is driving the creation of mobile workforce solutions to better equip frontline managers and technicians with more than 37,000 tablets, and adopting a mobile-first mentality to stay in touch with new technology. She also played an important role in making improvements to AT&T network audit and compliance efforts, analytics and reporting client solutions and utilization of the cloud.


Ms. Sooudi also eased the burden of AT&T care agents by eliminating more than 8,600 monthly customer calls. This was possible by using automation to keep customers updated about information concerning technician appointments.


Ms. Sooudi has received recognition and several awards for her career accomplishments. Her IT teams have received recognition such as the CIO Magazine Innovation Award, InfoWeek Top 100, and Retail Design Institute Award for Retail Technology.


She was also one of 35 leaders from AT&T chosen for the 2014 General Manager’s Accelerated Development Program.


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Jessica Jia Sun Information Technology Program Manager Northrop Grumman Corporation


essica Sun is currently the Information Technology Program Manager (ITPM) supporting multiple sector staff functions for Northrop Grumman. She has several responsibilities, including delivering cost effective, timely, high-quality information technology (IT) products and services to the staff functions of a sector with over 18,000 employees. Ms. Sun is successful because she loves technology and media.


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Ms. Sun loves to challenge herself, and solve complex problems with new and innovative ideas. As an information technology program manager, she helps provide advanced solutions for defense, intelligence, civil agency and commercial customers. She defines and executes the IS sector’s IT strategy, and delivers innovative and cost-effective solutions which improves business performance.


She is responsible for more than $5 million in savings through application rationalization, innovations and process enhancements. Ms. Sun’s recent accomplishments include deploying the sector-wide SCALA digital signage solution.


Ms. Sun consolidated intranet and collaboration systems platforms to SharePoint. This allows the organization to create websites, and supplies a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device. Her SharePoint expertise helped achieve 99 percent remote accessibility for company resources.


During her 16 years with the Northrop Grumman Corporation, she has held several technical leadership


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