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22nd Annual Woman of Merit


Judith Bankowski
Vice President & CIO,
Sikorsky Aircraft

Judy Bankowski

Mika Brzezinski
Co-host MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
& bestselling author

Mika Brzezinski

Judith (Judy) E. Bankowski serves as Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. In this position, she leads the Information Technology function and provides strategic directions that ensure the efficiency, availability and security of information system and services.  She is responsible for development and implementation of information system solutions that support Sikorsky’s short and long-term goals.

Prior to joining Sikorsky in 2010, Judy worked at Hamilton Sundstrand as Director of Information Technology.  She was responsible for the overall IT direction for the Aerospace OEM businesses as well as  IT product and service delivery for the Order through Distribution value stream, Finance and Legal.  Previously, Judy worked at Carrier Corporation where she held positions of Director of the SAP Program for the Carrier North America businesses and Director of Information Systems for Carrier Transicold. Judy began her UTC career in 1985 at Pratt & Whitney where she held positions of increasing responsibility in Information Technology over an 18- year period.

In 2011, Judy was appointed by the Connecticut Commissioner of Education to serve on the Bridgeport Board of Education. In the year-long appointment, the Board established a program to reform the school district.  She currently serves on the Board for Community Health Charities of New England. She is the Sikorsky Executive Champion for the Sikorsky Women’s Forum, INROADS program, and UTC's Information Technology Women's Forum.

Judy holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and the author of four best-selling books. Her memoir “All Things At Once” became a "New York Times" best seller in January 2010.  Her second book “Knowing Your Value,” which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached #1 on the "New York Times" best sellers list for business books in spring 2011. Her book “Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own” debuted on the best-sellers list in spring 2013. Most recently, Brzezinski released "Grow Your Value," which explores the intersection between self fulfillment, family, and career. Brzezinski also writes "Getting What You Want" for Cosmopolitan, a monthly column about career confidence and empowerment.

In 2014, Brzezinski partnered with NBCUniversal to produce 5 events based on "Knowing Your Value" throughout the country.  Know Your Value is a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth in business and in life.  Through these events, Brzezinski will provide tangible, relatable advice that will support all women – at all ages and stages of their careers and their lives.

Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition" and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to "CBS Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes." She reported live from Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of Foreign Policy Expert and Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a Williams College alum. Brzezinski lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

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