CONGRATULATIONS TO WIT’S 2016 WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS!

Small/Emerging Organization: Tricia Dempsey

President, Agile Resources

Tricia Dempsey entered the IT staffing industry in 1996, serving in a variety of recruiting leadership positions before starting Agile Resources in 2003. She has worked with clients from Fortune 100 companies, to mid-market & emerging organizations. Tricia’s experience in technology, staffing, & professional services extends to industries including Healthcare, Financial Services, Media, Technology, Telecommunications, Transportation, Manufacturing, and more. Tricia Dempsey has been the driving force behind the growth and success of IT recruiting firm, Agile. From the day she launched the company, Tricia has been a passionate leader dedicated to the highest standards in IT RecruitiTricia Dempseyng. Her tireless commitment to excellence is demonstrated in her professional life & her advocacy for charitable causes that support women and children.
Tricia founded Agile at a time in her life when most people wouldn’t think of launching a company, in the midst of a battle against stage-three breast cancer. Through it all, Agile flourished – and has been recognized for its significant growth. Agile has consistently been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine, Staffing Industry Analysts & the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Tricia was a basketball scholarship recipient and Academic All-American. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Education & later earned her M.S. in Education at the same university. Tricia lives in Cumming with her husband, Jeff and daughter, Catherine. The Dempsey family enjoys spending time together boating on Lake Keowee & are avid fans of Georgia Tech football.

Medium/Mid-Size Organization & Educational Institution: Jill Gostin

Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jill Gostin has an MS in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a Principal Research Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). She has served on multiple GTRI and Georgia Tech committees and is currently the chair of the GTRI Awards Council. She has worked Jill Gostinat GTRI since 1985, where her work has focused on algorithm assessment and software testing and evaluation, specifically related to sensor systems. She has authored and co-authored over thirty technical papers, won multiple technical and service awards, managed large technical programs, was instrumental in creating an acoustic environment simulation, and has successfully developed fractal geometry applications. See her full bio at http://jgostin.wordpress.com. As a volunteer, Ms. Gostin currently serves as a member of the IEEE Computer Society (CS) Board of Governors and as the CS Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB) Vice Chair for Outreach and Geographic Activities. She also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the IEEE Sensors Council, as the IEEE Region 3
Leadership Training Chair, and on the IEEE Technical Activities Board Awards committee and the IEEE MGAB Awards committee. She recently began serving as the the Volunteer/Team Development Chair for the IEEE humanitarian disaster relief program, MOVE. She is a member of the CS, the Aero-space and Electronic Systems Society, and Women in Engineering.

Her other volunteer work has included multiple activities at her church, serving as a Girl Scout troop leader, and participating in IEEE and GTRI STEM activities, including being featured on a YouTube STEM careers video and at trycomputing.org.

Large/Enterprise Organization: Tracy L. Garner

Vice President of Internet and Entertainment Field Services for AT&T

Tracy L. Garner began her career in 1983 in Jacksonville, Florida working as an Outside Plant Engineer in the Southeast Jacksonville District. Over the last 33 years, Tracy has held positions of increasing responsibility in Outside Plant Engineer-ing, Infrastructure Planning, Consumer Services,Tracy Garner Strategic Relationship Development, Strategic Marketing, and Network Operations. Tracy currently serves as Vice President – Internet and Entertainment Field Services for the Southeast Mountain Shores region. Additionally, she serves as AT&T’s ACE Executive for the Southern Company, one of the largest generators of electricity in the United States. Prior to joining BellSouth/AT&T, Tracy attended Georgia Tech and graduated first in her class from Southern Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. Tracy is a member of the Women of AT&T, HACEMOS, OxyGEN, Community Network, 50 and Forward, The AT&T Veterans, The AT&T Telecom Pioneer, and is a graduate of Georgia 100 and the Turknett Leadership Group Executive Development Program. Additionally, she serves as Executive Advisor to the Atlanta Chapter and the National Chapter of the Women of AT&T. She currently serves as Capital Campaign Chair and President Elect – Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc. Tracy was recognized in 2012 with the Turknett Leadership Group Leadership Character Award. She was recognized by Women of AT&T in 2013 as the Leadership Award recipient and in 2014 as the RAVE (Recognition Award for Value and Excellence) Executive of the Year. In 2015, she was named the Distinguised Alumna in Career Achievement from Stratford Academy. She has been recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Tracy has been recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award every year since 2011 and as one of the Top 40 Women Who Inspire in AT&T.

Non-Profit Organization: Errika Mallett

Vice President of Membership, IT Senior Management Forum

Errika Mallett

Errika Mallet is an executive with sales, marketing and professional development experience. She is currently the Vice President of Member Services and External Affairs for IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). Errika has been an Account Executive for IBM in the oil & gas industry, a BMC Software Marketing Director impacting over 1,100 customers and 3,000 employees and an HR Strategist for Southwire reporting to the VP of HR working with business unit presidents.  Errika is committed to serving the community as the co-lead for the state of Georgia for the National Million Women Mentors initiative and as President of the Georgia Tech Business Network.  She also serves on the boards of the American Diabetes Association Regional Leadership Board, the PremierCIO Advisory Council, Leading Women @ Tech, and the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.  Previously she’s served on several boards such as Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees, the Arbor Montessori Board of Trustees, Georgia Tech’s Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, Georgia Tech’s Women Alumnae Network Executive Board, the National Society of Black Engineers and as the national President for the Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and the Atlanta Diversity Managers Affinity Group (ADMAG). She is also a former track coach. Errika is an effective communicator and student champion who has served as a presenter for national organizations, youth groups, women empowerment organizations, engineering programs and most recently U.S. News STEM Solutions on topics such as strategic planning, succession planning, leadership development, career development, strategic volunteerism and solutions for creating a sustainable STEM pipeline. Errika has been honored as a Young Alumna of the Year and a Mentor of the Year at Georgia Tech, a Volunteer of the Year Honoree by the Midtown Rotary Club and the Alumni Trailblazer Award by GTSBE.  In 2011 she was selected for the Diversity Leadership Academy and in 2014, InSpire Magazine’s honored her as one of the Top 40 Inspirers in America.  But her greatest honor is being a mother of two boys Jaylen & Jordan.


CONGRATULATIONS TO WIT’S 2016 WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS!

Small/Emerging Organization Finalists: Melinda “Lindy” Benton, Tricia Dempsey, Kimm Lincoln

Medium/Mid-Size Organization & Educational Institution Finalists: Kim Eaton, Jill Gostin, Elizabeth Ofili

Large/Enterprise Organization Finalists: Tracy Garner, Amy Hill, Sophia Williams

Non-Profit Organization Finalists: Bronwyn Morgan, Errika Mallett, Lydia Thacker

 

WIT’s Women of the Year Awards, created in 2000, celebrates female technology executives in Georgia for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology, ground-breakers in business and remarkable leaders who make a difference in our community.

 

Small/Emerging Organization Category Finalists:

Melinda "Lindy" Benton

Chief Executive Officer and President, Vyne

Tricia Dempsey

President, Agile

Kimm Lincoln

President, Nebo

Medium / Mid-Size Organization & Educational Institution Category Finalists:

Kim Eaton

Chief Executive Officer, Aptean, Inc

Jill Gostin

Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Elizabeth Ofili

Professor, Director and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Morehouse School of Medicine

Large / Enterprise Organization Category Finalists:

Tracy Garner

Vice President of Internet and Entertainment Field Services for AT&T

Amy Hill

Vice President of the Digital Content Studio for the Lottery division of Scientific Games

Sophia Williams

Vice President and General Manager, NCR

Non-Profit Organization Category Finalists:

Bronwyn Morgan

Chief Executive Officer, Subkulture Innovation

Errika Mallett

Vice President of Membership, IT Senior Management Forum

Lydia Thacker

Vice President of Membership of Academic Achievement & Diversity, Metro Atlanta YMCA