Association for Women in Computing Names Carol Bartz for Highest Honor; Autodesk CEO Receives Augusta Ada Lovelace Award

BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2003--Honoring her lifetime achievements and impact on women in the computing field, the Association for Women in Computing awarded Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz its highest honor: the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award. The ceremony took place at the Association's national board meeting in Berkeley, California.

The Association for Women in Computing is the leading resource connecting thousands of women throughout the US who are looking to advance in the computing field. Widely recognized for its professional growth services, including an extensive local chapter network, expert speakers, seminars, workshops and newsletters, the Association recently earned a spot among's Top 10 networking organizations.

The annual award is named for Augusta Ada Lovelace, the British mathematician known as the first computer programmer, and recognizes individuals' outstanding scientific and technical achievements and contributions on behalf of women in computing.

Carol Bartz is chairman of the board, president and CEO of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading supplier of design software and one of the biggest PC software companies in the world. Since Bartz took the helm in 1992, the company has diversified its product line and grown revenues from $285 million to more than $825 million in FY03.

Appointed to President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Bartz is one of a select group of industry leaders expected to play a key role in shaping and setting the government's high-tech agenda - ranging from R&D funding to new broadband incentives. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange.

"Carol Bartz represents the finest qualities we look for in a leader and role model - vision, hard work and the ability to inspire," said Suford Lewis, president of the Association for Women in Computing. "Women throughout the computing field can benefit from her example and the routes she has created to help us find success."

The Association for Women in Computing is a not-for-profit, professional organization that supports the careers of women in the various fields of computing, including IT. The Association is represented by chapters throughout the US that are dedicated to the advancement of women in the technology fields.

CONTACT: Association for Women in Computing
             Suford Lewis, 508/314-3802
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