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Cara Turano, TAO Chief Operating Officer, Wins TECNA Major Impact Award

Cara Turano Major Impact Award

PORTLAND, Oregon – July 22, 2021 — Cara Turano, Chief Operating Officer of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), is the winner of the 2021 Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Major Impact on Tech Community Award. The organization’s third annual Innovation Awards took place on Wednesday, July 21st. The awards program recognizes and honors tech council staff and teams who are integral to developing and implementing innovative and impactful work on behalf of a tech association. 

Composed of over sixty technology councils representing more than 22,000 member technology companies throughout the United States and Canada, TECNA is known for its focus on issues important to the technology industry. The Major Impact on Tech Community award recognizes TECNA members who have made a substantial impact on the tech community on behalf of their tech council.

In my mind, the Major Impact on Tech Community is TECNA’s MVP award,” said TECNA Awards Co-Chair Doug Robertson. “Cara is relentless in her passion and enthusiasm for promoting and celebrating tech companies and leaders in her council’s ecosystem. She is a champion for inclusiveness, a leader for women in tech, from MemberMondays to WomanCrush Wednesdays to Thankful Thursdays, and something else for every other day of the week. Congratulations, Cara!”

“Being named the TECNA MVP is incredibly humbling as I am very aware of the amazing work being done around North America on behalf of the tech industry,” said Turano. “Thank you to the judging committee, TECNA Board of Directors, the TECNA staff, and the TAO team who make being an MVP possible.”

This year’s TECNA Innovation Awards celebrated seven award winners along with seventeen finalists. Click here for a full list of winners and finalists. A recording of the 2021 Innovation Awards can be viewed on TECNA’s YouTube Channel.

About the Technology Association of Oregon
The Technology Association of Oregon seeks to create a world-class and inclusive innovation economy in Oregon and SW Washington. TAO does this by helping the region’s technology and tech-enabled industries grow through programs and initiatives that focus on advocacy, community, visibility, and resources. With an expanding network that extends beyond Oregon and SW Washington, TAO connects its members to thought leaders, executives, public officials, entrepreneurs, service providers, and investors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In addition to economic development programs that accelerate business growth and advocacy efforts that seek to improve the region’s competitiveness in areas such as STEM education and the investment environment, TAO organizes over 160 events and professional development opportunities annually for employees of its member companies.

The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents approximately 60 IT and Technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry. This is accomplished by empowering regional technology organizations and serving as their collective voice in growing the North American technology economy. More information on TECNA can be found at: or @techcouncils on Twitter.

For more information please contact:
Ruthie Ditzler
Marketing & Regional Programs Coordinator
Technology Association of Oregon


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