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NM Women in Tech 2014 Awardees Announced!

For those who attended today, it’s obvious why we love our annual Women in Tech Celebration. We’re blessed to live and work in a state with so much talent and acheivement.

We’re proud to announce our 2014 NM Women in Tech Celebration honorees:



Lisa is a visionary leader and entrepreneur, dedicated to not only growing her company, the civic tech mobile platform, AppCityLife, but also creating opportunities to inform, connect and inspire women in tech and entrepreneurship through her writing, speaking engagements, coaching, and now “Hautepreneurs” – a newly launched peer network for women entrepreneurs. Her efforts are strengthening our local community are helping lead New Mexico into the future and put New Mexico on the map.





Kim is a passionate believer in the power of team projects and robotics to inspire students to learn and grow. The new tools and innovations she incorporates build enthusiasm for her students to create relationships with these technologies and empower them to control their learning. As a ‘Technology Champion’ for Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho and leader, coach and volunteer for robotics and STEM programs at her school and throughout New Mexico, she is a great role model for us all.




Deborah Peacock’s experience as a professional engineer and manager in the mining industry as well as CEO, Managing Partner, Director and Chair of a prominent intellectual property law firm has given her insight that’s helped guide Fortune 500 companies through myriad complex issues. Her work as a patent attorney and service on the Board of Regents for the New Mexio Institute of Mining and Technology, as chair of the Environmental Improvement Board for New Mexico and with other non-profits has contributed to tech business growth and helped raise the professional standards of our state as a whole.




Cochiti Elementary School’s Karen Pena is a part-time Technology Coordinator, but her dedication to ensuring her school has the best education technology resources possible has inspired students, teachers and community members alike. In addition to actively seeking new tools and pursuing grants and support to bring them to her school, Karen employs these technologies to reach both students and teachers, creating a supportive environment that embraces change and plants the seeds of success for young learners.





Accessing the tools and resources that help business grow and building connections with the tech community are challenging to many emerging entrepreneurs. In her role as WESST Albuquerque Regional Manager Julianna Silva is a tireless advocate for women and businesses in general. As a coach, volunteer and a driving force behind the WESST Technology Toolkit, she provides companies with the skills and environment they need to improve operations, seek funding, become self-sufficient and grow.




Dorothy has been a tireless advocate of women working in technology and programs that support the community good throughout her career. In her early days at Sandia she founded and chaired the “Women’s In-Reach Network” – now the “Sandia Women’s Action Network” – to promote networking, education, mentoring and support for technical and administrative women at Sandia. Through her leadership in both technical and management roles at Sandia as well as countless volunteer efforts in the community, Dorothy exemplifies much of why we celebrate Women in Tech.






Janet Webb founded Webb Design Studio in the early 1980’s and became an early adopter of Apple Computers for design and publishing, and later website development, registering the very first commercial domain in Taos County, ““ To ensure the reliability of her sites, she partnered to launch the region’s first Internet service provider, TaosNet. Her work – and work with – the community continues to evolve with award-winning sites that promote the region she loves. Today we recognize Janet as a true pioneer.

NMWIT 2014 Honoree Dr. Karin Wiburg

NMWIT 2014 Honoree Dr. Karin Wiburg



Dr. Karin Wiburg has been instrumental in changing the culture of how teachers use technology in the classroom. The research and development work she’s led with funding from NSF and DOE has helped put NMSU and New Mexico on the map for educational resources available online. Most recently, as PI for the “Math Snacks” project she led a team of developers, mathematicians and educators to create new interactive experiences that improve the teaching and learning of difficult mathematics concepts in middle school mathematics. 




#NMLeg 2014: Angel Investment Credit & Tech Jobs Credit

Via the NM Economic Development Department:

This afternoon (1/31) will see multiple bills heard in the NM House Tax & Revenue Committee (Room 317), scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM: 

HB94 – Angel Investment Tax Credit Bill (Powdrell-Culbert), which raises the number of investments that may qualify for the Angel Investment Credit; increases the maximum amount per credit, the number of credits a taxpayer may claim, and the total aggregate amount of annual credits that may be issued; allows for carry over for five years; and eliminates the sunset.

HB96 – Technology Jobs Tax Credit Act (C. Trujillo & M. Padilla), which amends the existing Technology Jobs Tax Credit Act to create the Technology Jobs and Research & Development Tax Credit Act. 

NM Legislature 2014: Think Jobs & More

We’ve got a short NM Legislature session this year, but there always promises to be action in Santa Fe, some of which could directly affect our technology business community. Which bills and issues (specific to business climate) are you tracking this year? 

One of the packages we’re looking at was developed by our friends at THINK New Mexico, a “a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans” backed by non-partisan independent research. (Read more about Think New Mexico at their site:

While the New Mexico Technology Council hasn’t taken a position on any legislation this year (yet), a few items on the Think New Mexico agenda are worth considering, including SB9 ( which will be introduced today. SB9, the ONE-STOP BUSINESS PORTAL ACT ”would reduce administrative burdens on businesses by creating a one-stop business portal for all fees and filings.”

While the energy around entrepreneurial development and some other signs on the ground seem quite promising, we’ve been bombarded by news recently on the dismal state of NM job growth overall. Please take a look at the Think New Mexico “Jobs Creation Initiative” ( if you have a chance. 



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