Meet the Women in Consumer Technology 2021 Legacy Awards Honorees
Jackie Black, Director, Membership, Consumer Technology Association
Jackie Black is a Director of Membership at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, North America’s largest technology trade association. CTA owns and produces CES® – the most influential tech event in the world.
Jackie leads CTA’s Future of Work initiatives that demonstrate the tech industry’s commitment to closing the nation’s skills gap, growing the number of high-skilled jobs, and investing in creating a fully-equipped, diverse, and inclusive 21st-century workforce.
Jackie leads CTA’s 21st Century Workforce Council and the CTA Apprenticeship Coalition, in partnership with IBM, helping tech companies build and scale registered apprenticeship programs as a talent solution. She is a passionate thought leader on workforce topics, frequently speaking and writing on new ways employers can attract, hire, train and upskill Americans in the tech industry.
Jackie joined CTA in 2012 in the executive office and served as corporate secretary where she managed CTA’s Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and Executive Board.
Black has a B.A. in American studies from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business.
Trayce Blake, President, Studio Décor
Trayce Blake is married and lives in Huntington Beach, California, and has three adult children. She enjoys sport fishing and cruising to Catalina with family and friends. Trayce is a business owner with an entrepreneur’s vision, years of expertise and adds comprehensive design-build fundamentals to her role as a designer and manufacturer’s representative. Her rep firm, Studio Décor, established in 2006, is renowned for its expertise in blending disciplines and achieving exceptional results by applying its unique design and architectural perspectives in harmony with well-matched product lines. In addition, Trayce and her team at Cinema Décor consult, design, and install about a dozen home theater projects a year.
Laura Mitchell, CEO, GrandCare
Laura has over 15 years of experience in aging, connected health technology, and remote monitoring for seniors. In 2005, she co-founded GrandCare Systems, a leading RPM, social engagement, and telehealth platform for the aging & disability industry. She launched the first series of weekly aging and technology webinars in 2008, co-founded and co-chaired the Aging & Technology Alliance (AgeTek) with fellow industry leaders and competitors. In 2015, Laura started a business development and marketing consulting agency (LMCLLC.us) with a niche in healthcare, aging & technology. In 2019, she came back to GrandCare in the role of CEO. Laura has been featured in Forbes magazine, listed in Dealerscope Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″, awarded the 2014 Connected World women of M2M, was a 2011 recipient of the Mary Furlong’s Silicon Valley Venture Summit ‘Flame Award for Innovation and Leadership”, was listed as a 2021 Top 5 Health Innovators in Wisconsin and is humbled to be a 2021 Leading Women in Consumer Technology Honoree. She recently relocated from her home state of Wisconsin to southern California with her husband, two boys, and 3 dogs to open a west coast branch of GrandCare.
Janyl Yousefpour, Vice President of Partner and Customer Marketing, Snap One
Janyl Yousefpour is the Vice President of Partner and Customer Marketing at Snap One. She has been a part of the team for six years, and in her current role, she is responsible for Partner acquisition and growth strategies, loyalty and specialty programs, as well as customer and international marketing. Before her time at Snap One, she was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America, where she was in charge of customer acquisition and portfolio growth strategies for co-branded credit card travel programs.
Woman to Watch: Brittany Mier y Terán, Partnership and CI Channel Manager for North America, Somfy
Since 2016, the WiCT Advisory Board has been tasked with identifying the up-and-coming women in our channel as candidates for the annual selection of the Woman to Watch. We look for the same qualities as our Legacy Award honorees, leadership, initiative, passion, and industry engagement.
With a contagious enthusiasm for the designed environment, Brittany Mier y