November 07, 2018 | Birmingham, MI
MCWT Names 'Woman of the Year in Technology'

Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation Names Ford Motor Company’s Judy Asher ‘Woman of the Year in Technology’

Ford Motor Company works with several organizations to achieve success in its commitment to STEAM education – encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Many Ford employees actively participate and volunteer for the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWT), supporting the mission to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology.


MCWT strives to inspire and grow the female IT workforce - students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with networking, learning, mentoring and technology experiences for professionals and students.


Judy Asher is this year’s recipient of MCWT’s “Woman of the Year in Technology” award, which recognizes women in Michigan who are leading or driving change in information technology careers or fields of study. Asher was presented with the award at the nonprofit’s signature gala on Nov. 3 in Rochester, Mich.


Asher is manager of cyber security governance, risk and compliance and security and controls compliance at Ford. She is a passionate advocate for MCWT and its programs – a leader in STEAM initiatives at Ford, and has inspired a multitude of young people to explore related career paths.


She’s been engaged with MCWT for the past 10 years, and is the chief mission officer for university programs. Scholarships, technology camps and programs like Girls Solve IT have gained momentum as a result of her dedication and mentoring.


“I am excited to continue to contribute to the state of Michigan becoming the place where women in technology can thrive,” said Asher.


Jeff Lemmer, Ford Motor Company vice president and CIO, said "It’s an honor to see Judy recognized as a leader driving inspiration and education for women in the field of technology. Her work with MCWT and Ford’s STEAM Experience programs are strengthening our community to inspire the hearts and developing minds for the next generation.”

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