2020 Merit Award Winner 

Lori Beer

Global Chief Information Officer

 Lori Beer is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a member of the company's Operating Committee, responsible for the firm's technology systems and infrastructure worldwide. Beer manages a budget of more than $11 billion and over 50,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase's retail, wholesale and asset and wealth management businesses. She also serves as the co-sponsor of the firm's Access Ability Business Resource Group. Beer joined the firm in 2014, and was most recently the Chief Information Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to joining the firm she was Executive Vice President of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc., responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint's Specialty Products. Beer has been named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader and National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion. She has been featured in many publications including Fortune, Computerworld, efinancialcareers and MIT Sloan Management Review.

She also serves as a member of the University of Cincinnati's Lindner College of Business Advisory Council and has endowed a scholarship at the University to support the growing number of women in STEM careers. Beer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Dayton.

2020 Betty Cook Award Winner  

Christina Lowery

 CEO, Girl Rising

Girl Rising (GR) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the way girls are valued, supported and educated around the world. Driven by decades of research demonstrating that girls' access to education and opportunity are the single most effective factors in transforming today’s most pressing global issues, GR creates original media and campaigns to educate the public and catalyze action in support of girls. Through deep collaborations with local NGO partners and teachers, GR also engages girls and their communities to help them build the confidence, skills and mindsets they need to persist in school, and to change attitudes so that entire communities - girls, boys, parents, teachers, and leaders - stand up for girls and against gender discrimination. GR proudly partners with many organizations, companies, influencers, teachers, students, and grass-roots activists under the banner of girls’ equality. In her current role as CEO, Christina leverages her decades of experience in documentary film, during which she produced and contributed to films for CNN, ABC, PBS and more, to lead GR in using storytelling as an engine of social awareness and change. In 2009, she helped found GR and, eight years later, led its transition from film production company to global non-profit. Under Christina’s leadership, GR has expanded its work to 12 countries around the world and is collaborating with over 50 local partners. She has also led the organization in the creation of new media content, including Brave Girl Rising, a film about refugee and displaced girls as well as two new projects, currently in development, on the link between girls’ education and climate change as well as the power of sports for girls’ empowerment. Christina holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Texas, Austin. She is a proud mother to three children - two boys and a girl - and lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley with her husband, children, and beloved cat and dog