ELC 2019 Industry Chair
Teresa Carlson is the founder and leader of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector. Today, tens of thousands of government agencies, education institutions, and nonprofit organizations use AWS to pave the way for disruptive innovation and to make the world a better place.
Through her charismatic leadership, Carlson has helped change mindsets of both individuals and organizations, modernize policies at all levels of government and cultivate a 21st century global workforce equipped with the skillset necessary to leverage the full potential of cloud computing. She also advises Amazon on global policy issues, and is a strong advocate for empowering women in the technology field.
Carlson has over 20 years of executive experience, and has earned industry recognition for her leadership. Among other honors, Carlson is a member of the 2019 Washington Life Tech Hall of Fame, and the 2019 Wash100. Northern Virginia Technology Council has also previously named Teresa “Tech Exec of the Year,” and she is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented annually to individuals whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration.
Carlson earned her undergraduate and Master of Science degrees in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.