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Jan Willis Receives 2007 Marie Pistilli award at DAC

Jan Willis Receives 2007 Marie Pistilli award at DAC
Jan Willis, Cadence Senior Vice President, Industry Alliances, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Achievement Award, for her commitment and dedication to fostering the careers of women in the EDA industry. Throughout her career as a leading technology executive, she has served as a role model and mentor to women.

"Jan's leadership and dedication in serving as a mentor and role model to women in EDA, and young girls and boys as they begin to consider career options, exemplifies what the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award is all about," said Sabina Burns, Chairperson of the Workshop for Women in Design Automation. "Jan joins a distinguished list of previous Marie R. Pistilli award recipients."

Willis received her award on Monday, June 4, from DAC Chair Steve Levitan at the Workshop for Women in Design Automation. "The type of passion, leadership, commitment, and competency Jan brings to Cadence is phenomenal," said Ted Vucurevich, Cadence CTO. I don't know anybody who does a better job at championing a cause that will advance the EDA industry."

Over the past five years, Willis has been instrumental in helping the X Initiative, OpenAccess, and Power Forward Initiative achieve significant membership growth and acceptance throughout the industry. Willis serves on the board of Si2 and is a founder and steering group member for the X Initiative. She is also on the Board of Directors of The Tech Museum of Innovation, and actively supports the Anita Borg Institute to encourage women in engineering.

Willis holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

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