IEEE Computer Society Individual Staff Awards
Each year, the Computer Society recognizes staff members that have performed above and beyond to aid the mission of the society. These dedicated professionals are recognized during quarterly staff meetings and are presented with certificates in recognition of their contributions.
2021 Individual Awards
Jennifer Salazar
Sales & Marketing
Jen played a crucial role in improving M & S processes and operations. She has a get-it-done attitude and turns things around very quickly. She regularly comes up with new ideas of improvement and juggles multiple assignments at any given time. Furthermore, she has provided a great amount of support to the 75th anniversary activities and manages the monthly trivia contest. There has been a tremendous improvement in the website maintenance and operations. The website is going through continuous improvement process to add new content and features. Jen is also very knowledgeable about Salesforce platform and has led several improvement releases for the Salesforce process. Jen has also been vigilant about implementing new process improvement to improve email deliverability.
Taylor Collins
Sales & Marketing
Taylor has made great strides since joining the Computer Society and stepped up after Cassie’s departure by proactively taking on new assignments and responsibilities. Notably, she has changed the style and tone of social media postings and has created several 75th anniversary videos from clips submitted by volunteers. She successfully transitioned pubs alerts back to BDRS. The new video content has increased engagement on our social media channels and has contributed to the 75th anniversary activities. New projects she took saved the society from having to outsource specific projects and maintain operations while we were short on staff. The transition of pubs alerts to BDRS has enabled her to take on more projects that have more impact on the society, including video projects and new campaigns.
Kathie Mansfield
Sales & Marketing
Kathie has taken on new projects this year, most notably organizing a special panel for CVPR and providing exceptional promotional support for the Task Force on Rebooting Computing and the IRDS. These projects have helped the society gain additional visibility within our volunteer community, by demonstrating additional support above and beyond the norm. Furthermore, the CVPR panel demonstrated served as a way to strengthen our relationship with ANT, a potential corporate partner, while also providing visibility for the society within the rapidly growing computer vision community.
Tricia Yamaguchi
Conferences & Events
Tricia has been crucial to the continuation of the registration service business for the Computer Society. In a short period of time, she was able to learn the CVENT platform and the IEEE systems to build sites, run reports and process payments. She has been the main contact point for our conferences using internal registration services, problem solving for multiple aspects of the registration business. Because of her support we have been able to continue to offer this service with no interruptions while key staff is out on leave. We have also increased the number of contracts and have received positive feedback from our organizers.
Lisa O’Conner
Conferences & Events
Lisa has taken on additional responsibilities and maintained her own portfolio to support the CPS business during a period where the department has been short-staffed. Without her help, we would not have been able to meet our delivery deadlines during one of the busiest times of year for conferences. Her efforts ensured CPS business continued uninterrupted. We have been able to continue the proceeding production without interruption. This allows us to maintain our high level of customer service and push content to Xplore in a timely manner.
2020 Individual Awards
Kerry Cosby
Kerry spent several hours helping the TC finance portion of the KPI dashboard work appropriately. He met with the team several times throughout the year to make sure that the formulae links properly as well as demonstrating a great deal of patience in explaining and teaching me how to set it up correctly.
Marie Trinh Lee
Conferences & Events
Marie has gone above and beyond in 2020. Due to COVID-19 almost all of our conferences were required to pivot to a virtual format, requiring a change in how Conference Registration Services worked with our portfolio. As many of these conferences had already opened registration the entire fee structure had to be changed on the fly. Marie was able to pivot to an entirely virtual model, changing and rebuilding multiple registration sites, processing over 1100 partial or full refunds for conferences, and ensuring the proper messaging was being sent to attendees so that they were aware of these changes. Of particular note is her work with VIS, ICDE, SERVICES, and ITC, all of which offered unique challenges that required equally high levels of customer service.
Kathy Park
Conferences & Events
Kathy Park, in her first year with IEEE, has shown herself to be an exemplary employee. She handled a non- traditional year with COVID-19 AND a learning curve of starting at a new company with competence and a wonderful attitude. Her ability to reach out and connect with volunteers and organizers of her conferences as well as her fellow team members has been a wonderful thing to see.
Michelle Ocampo
Conferences & Events
Michelle has been invaluable to the Conference Team in 2020. This was primarily demonstrated in her determination and willingness to go above and beyond, and her ability to think and act strategically for her conference organizers - even more so during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle was the first planner to successfully enact Force Majeure with Hotel Contracts (some even more than 10 months out), as well as work with hotel partners in 2021 to reduce blocks and space with no penalties - thus alone has saved the Computer Society hundreds of thousands of dollars in liquidated damages. She is respected and sought out as a subject matter expert by the team, volunteers, and conference organizers.
Laura Perry
Conferences & Events
Laura joined the Computer Society in December 2019 and just a few months into her tenure, was faced with the challenges presented by Covid-19. In the face of immense challenges, Laura was able utilize her organizational skills to establish a process with guidelines and structure that enabled the Computer Society to convert the originally planned in-person 2020 conferences to virtual conferences. With Laura’s incredible support and leadership, the conference team was able to navigate all the 2020 challenges in a positive and transparent manner.
Carmen Saliba
Conferences & Events
Carmen was the first event planner to tackle enforcing force majeure for a city-wide conference in the wake of Covid-19. She successfully eliminated all liquidated damages, saving the conference over a million dollars
Cassie Stevenson
Sales & Marketing
Cassie was instrumental in launching the Women in STEM interviews, which are a new initiative launched by the CS Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. The interviews have been a priority for the organization. Throughout the process, Cassie was extremely helpful and responsive to changes. She has been patient with requests from volunteers, which are sometimes sent at the last minute. She always has a great attitude and we could not have executed the project without her.
Steve Woods
Sales & Marketing
Steve provided a huge amount of support for CS conferences in 2020. He met with dozens of conferences, provided advice on virtual platforms, training on how to run a virtual event, and support during the actual conferences themselves. He has created documentation on running a live session that is not only being used by CS and IEEE conferences but those outside the IEEE. He has been deeply involved with some of our highest profile conferences. An example was his work on QCE 2020. He was a driving force on the technical side, learning the back-end of the chosen platform, acting as an advocate for the organizers, pushing the vendor to deliver on their promised functionality, and handling last second changes during the actual virtual event. His contributions to CS conferences have allowed them to survive and, in some cases, flourish during a year when other events, both within and outside the IEEE, have struggled to even get off the ground.