COLUMBUS, Ohio — Doreen (Charles) Luke was recently recognized at Nationwide’s 2019 Women in IT “InspireHER Event” at the Grand Event Center in Columbus, Ohio, in the lifetime legacy category of accomplishment. 

This award honors a woman who is “Leaving an enduring legacy that paves the way for Women in IT (Internal or External to Nationwide)”.

Luke was nominated for the honor by IT leaders in the organization who sited her work in the early 1980s at AT&T Bell Laboratories when she was the first female supervisor at the Reading, Pennsylvania, integrated circuit design and manufacturing location. They also pointed out how her team was awarded the Bell Labs President’s Quality Award in 1991 for defining a process for measuring “Defect Latency” to improve software quality.

Luke attended Matewan High School, received a bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Wichita State University and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.

Currently, Luke is an associate vice president of infrastructure engineering in Nationwide’s IT Division. Luke’s teams at Nationwide have won several “Outstanding Contribution Awards” and successfully completed multi-million-dollar projects to remove old technology and bring in new technology to drive down costs and enable automation.

Nationwide’s Women in IT event hosted over 200 women and men in IT from Nationwide and other businesses in the Columbus, Ohio, area — and was live broadcast to over 500 additional registered participants.

The keynote speaker was author and motivational speaker Sylvia Baffour.

Luke is a native of Matewan, and her sisters and brothers-in-law (Tranquilla and Danny Whitt and Wilma and Terry Steele) are long-time residents of the area.