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dcfemtech awards 2016_richkesslerphotography (JoAnna)Earlier this year I was presented with a “Powerful Woman Designer” award by wonderful organization who is doing amazing things to recognize women in technology in the Washington DC area – DCFemTech. This recognition was an incredible honor. It was also a very big surprise. Well, it was a very big surprise TO ME. Everyone else around me didn’t seem surprised in the slightest. Everyone else was surprised that I was surprised. Since receiving the award I’ve been reflecting on my career and how I got here.

Here is what I’ve discovered. I’m a design thinker, a problem solver, an avid rock climber, a coach, and an advocate for the differently-abled. I’m passionate about and really good at what I do. But it’s taken me a very long time to recognize and own my successes. My story is just getting started. I’m looking forward to sharing more of it with you.


  1. joe

    This is awesome Jo! I didnt know you were doing this w/your rock climbing group. Inspiring!

    May 18, 2016
  2. William H Langford
    William H Langford

    Nice article JoAnna. Very Inspirational

    May 19, 2016

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