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The LIPSTICK award is annually presented to a woman who upholds the values of Women in the Channel in their work and personal lives. We as an organization seek to inspire, uplift, and celebrate our members, and this award is the embodiment of just that.

This award is selected by the Women in the Channel Board.

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About our 2015 LIPSTICK Award Winner, Deborah Ward

Deb Ward

Deb Ward, 2015 LIPSTICK Award Recipient

This year’s winner, Deborah Ward, is a seasoned and respected telecom industry veteran. Since the early 1980s, Ward has been providing leadership and strategic direction to various companies and is well versed in all aspects of the business — from sales and marketing to network and product development. In 1999, she founded TSI, a facilities-based VoIP and TDM carrier providing long distance, international and toll-free services to carriers, resellers, agents and retail end users.

Ward is a regular contributor to groups devoted to the promotion of females in executive leadership positions. She also holds the distinction of being the first woman to be chosen as chairwoman for COMPTEL, the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners in Washington DC. She was unanimously re-elected as chairwoman based on her results during the first term.

“Deborah Ward is an inspiration to women in telecom/IT and business,” said WIC Past President & Cofounder Nancy Ridge, Vice President of Telecom Brokers. “Not only is she one of the few female CEOs in the male-dominated and highly competitive telecom industry, she is a respected leader among her peers. Deb epitomizes the values held by Women in the Channel. She is a loving mother, a community leader, a hard-working ranch owner and the brave wife of a bull-riding cowboy! As one of Deb’s longtime friends and admirers, I couldn’t be more pleased to name her our LIPSTICK Award winner for 2015.”

Ward is the second annual LIPSTICK Award winner. In 2014, WiC presented its first LIPSTICK Award to Bita Milanian, SVP Global Marketing at GENBAND, a developer of multimedia and cloud communications solutions. Milanian is a founding member and current board member for WiC.