For Immediate Release
Women in Technology Board Recognizes Departing Executive Director
Heather Rocker Accepts Role as CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
Atlanta, GA - August 26, 2011 - Women in Technology (WIT), a professional association serving women in Georgia’s technology sector, announced that Executive Director Heather Rocker will be leaving the organization to become CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta in the coming weeks.
Rocker served as the first-ever executive director for WIT, leading volunteers in raising funds for WIT’s programs, recruiting and managing more than 50 Atlanta-based corporate partners, and developing and managing the strategic volunteer program for 200-plus volunteers. Under her leadership, WIT has more than tripled their fundraising goals, and WIT Foundation’s Girls Get IT program was awarded the 2010 Spirit of Endeavor “Leadership in Technology” Education Award.
“We would like to thank Heather for her commitment and dedication to advancing WIT,” commented Sandra Hofmann, WIT’s president. “Her tenure as executive director has marked an exciting and productive time in WIT’s history. We wish her well in her new role with Girls Inc. and look forward to working with her in that capacity.”
WIT expects to announce a new executive director for the organization soon. WIT’s Board of Directors and its association management company, Meeting Expectations, will announce details of the search for Rocker’s successor in the coming weeks. WIT President Sandra Hofmann will be serving as executive director in the interim.
About Women in Technology (WIT)
WIT's mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Each year, more than 1,000 thought leaders and professionals attend WIT Forums, WIT’s leadership and networking series. Through “Careers in Action”, WIT delivers professional development programs such as Executive Readiness, Leadership Foundations, and Success by Design, created to enable women to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community. WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, known as Girls Get IT, collaborate with the business, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire girls of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause (our annual fundraiser) and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who successfully lead Georgia’s technology community. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community. For more information on WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT’s philanthropic arm, visit www.mywit.org.
WIT is currently accepting nominationsfor its annual Women of the Year in Technology awards, celebrating women technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in our communities. Nominations are open until September 2, and the awards ceremony will be held on November 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Foundry at Puritan Mill. For more information, visit www.mywit.org.
About Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta helps provide safe places and structured activities during non-school hours at their centers and in collaboration with other youth-serving agencies. The organization provides researched-based programs that help girls overcome the effects of gender inequity and become self-sufficient, responsible adults. Girls Incorporated is part of a national youth organization dedicated to helping every girl become strong, smart and bold. For 35 years, Girls Incorporated has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential.
Sandra Hofmann, Board President