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Mary Monson (she/her) is a seasoned leader in business, the public sector and technology. She boasts over 25 years of managerial expertise at Sandia National Laboratories, particularly in technology partnerships, intellectual property, and business development. We are so excited to highlight Mary as one of our 16th Annual Women In Tech Honorees! 

Currently, Mary is a Senior Manager for the Integrated Partnerships Organization and a Program Director of the Office of Research and Technology Applications. Across these two impressive roles, she oversees 150 staff members, who work across all of Sandia National Labs’ mission portfolios. 

Mary’s dedication extends beyond Sandia National Labs An active member of state, regional and national initiatives, she sits on various national and state technology advisory boards that facilitate the transition of lab inventions into the marketplace. 

 As a savvy business leader, Mary played a pivotal role in establishing Sandia’s business development capability, growing it from five staffers to a team of over 150 employees, and leading the Integrated Partnerships Organization with a $28 million budget. In her role at Sandia National Labs she drives technology transfer programs, including IP management and strategic partnerships, emphasizing collaboration with diverse organizations seeking innovation. Under her leadership, Sandia’s tech transfer capability has resulted in significant economic impact and job creation, solidifying the importance of such public/private partnerships. 

I am committed to increasing the engagement of women in our technology transfer programs at the labs and engaging both internal and external women entrepreneurs in our commercialization programs,” says Mary of the importance of the program. “Every technology transfer program we execute has a gender diversity component to combat the underrepresentation challenge. 

Mary is deeply committed to advancing women in STEM and fostering innovation and spearheaded the DIVERSE-W initiative at Sandia National Labs with the goal of promoting women’s participation across the many departments within the labs. In addition, Mary shows her, dedication to gender diversity in the STEM workforce through active engagement in mentorship programs and internships, nurturing talent and fostering a culture of innovation within Sandia and the broader community. 

Mary‘s community involvement extends to supporting local businesses during the pandemic, collaborating with programs like the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program and providing training for first responders. Additionally, she leads initiatives like the C-4 Partnership Model, focusing on clean energy manufacturing and commercialization, and contributes nationally by sharing best practices in technology transfer. Mary‘s multifaceted leadership embodies a commitment to innovation, collaboration, and economic development, making her a driving force in both local and national tech ecosystems. 

As a force for change in New Mexico and beyond, Mary is an exceptional woman in tech. We are excited to honor Mary’s many achievements and highlight her contributions at the 16th Annual Women In Tech Awards!