By Rachelle Avila

As women continue to trail-blaze and shatter glass ceilings here in Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Business Journal has announced its 2017 “Women of Influence Awards.”

The annual awards spotlight the 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and we are proud to announce two of our clients are among the recipients:

Dr. May Wang is the co-founder and chief technology officer at Zingbox, a leading Internet of Things security company. May has deep ties to Silicon Valley: prior to ZingBox she spent 14 years at Cisco’s CTO office where she served as principal architect and head of Asia Pac Research. Her contributions include developing security algorithms currently used in Cisco switches and leading the Internet of Things innovation. An advisor, an investor and a venture capitalist, May is a graduate from Stanford University where she received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and is also the author of the book “Women Executives in Silicon Valley.”

Mercedes Soria is VP of software engineering at Knightscope, makers of the K3 and K5 crime-fighting security robots. Mercedes is a technology professional with over 15 years of experience in systems development, life cycle management, project leadership, software architecture, and web applications development at companies including Carbon Motors Corporation, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Gibson Musical Instruments. She is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and currently serves as Executive Advisor to TechWomen, an initiative from the State Department that brings women tech entrepreneurs from the Middle East, Asia and Africa to the US for mentoring and coaching in tech business skills.

In addition to being honored at the Women of Influence awards ceremony on May 18, 2017, both women will be profiled in a Silicon Valley Business Journal special report. We congratulate May and Mercedes on this achievement and are excited to be working alongside them as they continue to innovate and deliver a brighter future for tomorrow.