As part of fulfilling its mission of championing association women who use technology in their career, AWTC honors members every year for their work and leadership.
Come celebrate with AWTC on March 19, 2024, as we honor our awardees.
AWTC Leadership Technology Award
This award recognizes a career of achievement and leadership and is awarded to only one or two women yearly. The recipient is a leader in her association and profession and is known to her peers as an outstanding association IT leader. Typically, she is in a CIO or other leadership role advancing technology and has had an impact beyond her association.
Tracy Petrillo, EdD, CAE | Chief Learning Officer, California Association of School Business Officials
Tracy Petrillo, EdD, CAE, is a thought leader in continuing professional education, adult learning, credentialing, certification, educational technology, and leadership development. Dr. Petrillo was awarded the highest national honor for staff, the ASAE Professional Performance Award, and is a past Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission Chair. Tracy currently serves on the ASAE Individual Honors Committee, as well as speaks and writes on learning innovations and technologies and advises on educational strategy planning to create actionable initiatives while driving non-dues revenue. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership and management with a specialization in human resource development. She is a pioneer in digital badging/credentialing and has conducted credential value research within professional associations.
AWTC Technology Innovation Award
The AWTC Technology Innovation Award honors an individual in an association for their novel use of technology or introduction of innovative technological solutions. This recognition spotlights those who have found inventive applications for technology that substantially impacts internal or external stakeholders and moves their association forward. It highlights AWTC's commitment to nurturing creative advancements in association technology.
Megan Cottrell | Director, Digital Strategy, CREW Network
Well-known for her drive, creativity, knowledge, and empower all who know her, Megan Cottrell is director of digital strategy for Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, a networking business organization of more than 14,000 members in 80+ major global markets, dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate. With 22 years of association management experience, Megan is responsible for oversight of CREW Network’s strategic and operational leadership for marking and communications efforts targeted to various audiences. She is dedicated to working collaboratively with like-minded organizations and companies that make diversity and inclusion a priority.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching sports and volunteering. Megan is a member of Association Women Technology Champions (AWTC) Marketing and Communications Committee and is secretary of the Hamm Foundation board. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and is a devoted mother of five.
AWTC Technology Champion Awards
This award recognizes women doing amazing work every day to advance technology in associations. The honoree might be a programmer developing innovative apps, a membership director who has used existing technologies to offer compelling new member services, or a data analyst who is changing the way the organization moves forward with data-driven decisions. This award is open to women working in associations or a company that serves associations.