About WIT

Founded in 1992, Women In Technology (WIT) serves as a passionate advocate for women and girls at every stage of their STEM careers – from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT utilizes its programs, connections, volunteer opportunities and events to enable the development of the WIT community through recognition, thought leadership and foundation efforts. WIT is driven to help women and girls write their own stories of success throughout the full lifecycle of their careers and continued evolution as STEM leaders.

Organizational Milestones

1992 – WIT is founded

1995 – Creation of the executive auction now known as WIT Connect

1999 – WIT merged with Southeastern Software Association, Business & Technology Alliance to form Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

2000 – Establishment of WIT’s Women of the Year Awards

2002 – Creation of professional development programs now known as WIT Careers

2003 – WIT Girls program is launched

2004 – WIT Foundation is formed

2007 – Development of governing boards and hiring of first paid staff including an Executive Director

2008 – Official launch of WIT Careers program

2012 – WIT Campus program is launched

2015 – WIT undergoes re-branding, launches redesigned website

Executive Director

Sandy D. Welfare

Executive Director - WIT

Sandy D. Welfare is the Executive Director of Women In Technology (WIT). Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Cool Girls Inc, an award-winning early intervention after-school program dedicated to the empowerment of girls (2009-2015).

Sandy’s career began in 1989 in Greenwich, Connecticut where she joined Rand Insurance as the Controller. Six years later, she accepted a position with Lucent Technologies, an international telecommunications leader, holding a number of positions including serving as Accounting and Treasury Manager in Singapore (1999-2000) and then as Senior Manager in Australia and New Zealand (2000-2002). Sandy returned to Atlanta in 2002 as Senior Manager of Global Financial Services.

In 2003, Sandy accepted a position as Director of Operations for Xchanging, a business processing outsourcing company. In 2006, her career took her to London, England as Managing Director for professional services, where she managed global business processing services for bank financial transactions, insurance and retail.

Sandy received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She serves on the board of several non-profits, including Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. Sandy resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, Cliff and son, Soloman.

WIT Staff

Pat Hurston

Resource Development

Christina Beyer

Director of Events

WIT Incorporated Board of Directors

Jacqueline Plair-Rushin

WIT Inc. President

Jackie Breiter

WIT Inc. Vice President

Christina Critzer

WIT Inc. Secretary

Bonnie L. Herron

WIT Inc. Treasurer

Kitty Chaney Reed

Board Member

Julia Fare

Board Member

Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner

Board Member

WIT Foundation Board of Directors

Vicki Wright Hamilton

WIT Foundation President

Danielle Joiner-McPherson

WIT Foundation Vice President

Christina Critzer

WIT Foundation Secretary

Henrietta Barnes

WIT Foundation Treasurer

Ann G. Fort

Board Member

Sulaekha Kolloru Barger

Board Member

Denise Reese

Immediate Past President

Program Directors

Jennifer Falk

WIT Careers

Lindsay Hawkins

WIT Connect

Sara Showalter

WIT Campus

Carrisa Jones

WIT Girls

Kanyatta Walker

Forums & Socials

Samantha Oltean

WIT Awards

Advisory Board

Jay Ferro

CIO - American Cancer Society

Monica Moore

SVP Distributed Systems Development - Elavon, Inc

Greg Morrison

SVP & CIO - Cox Enterprise, Inc.

Betsy Robinson

President - Robinson Key

Terry Trout

Technology Consultant

Judi Vitale

President - Vitale CFO

Nigel Zelcer

Partner & Co-Founder - Jabian Consulting