We are beyond thrilled to congratulate Kathryn Murphy, Demandware Vice President of Engineering, Store Solutions, on being named Women Tech Leader of the Year by the Utah Technology Council.

The UTC, the state’s premier professional tech association for more than 5,000 high tech, clean tech and life sciences companies, will honor Kathryn this week at its annual members meeting. The recognition acknowledges her significant contribution to the Utah tech community and the industry, as well as educational initiatives. Kathryn has been a longtime member of the UTC, where she has hosted the product management peer-to-peer forum and supports an annual initiative to get technology executives in front of more than 600 high school counselors who in turn guide the career paths of nearly 600,000 students, with the objective of directing them towards STEM programs and careers.

I am not the least bit surprised with this recognition, and not just because engineering is in her blood. Her father, an engineer, founded Tomax. Five of her six siblings are engineers, and her husband is a chemical engineer.

Kathryn has been with Demandware since January 2015 when Demandware acquired Tomax, a leader in cloud-based POS solutions. She is naturally curious and has had a longstanding love of building technology solutions to solve business problems. Moreover, she has the perfect mix of engineering and business acumen, which makes her a double threat out in the field.

As an accomplished woman in a field populated primarily by men, Kathryn advocates for preparing all young people, but especially girls, for STEM-related careers.

Those are potential recruits to Utah’s thriving tech scene, which is attracting ever-larger sums of venture capital funding.

At Demandware, Kathryn leads an engineering and product management team focused on building innovative retail store technology. She drives product management, engineering, quality assurance and technical writing for the Demandware Commerce platform and adjunct applications.

On behalf of everyone at Demandware, I extend our hearty congratulations to Kathryn on this well-deserved recognition.