"“Since 2002, WIT Connect has been a line item in every single budget my organization has prepared. It is one of only a few MUST ATTEND events in the Atlanta market, both for deepening existing client relationships and developing new ones. Simply stated: if you are not attending and bidding at WIT Connect, you are not really serious about growing your business in Atlanta.”"
21st Annual WIT Connect Presented by Dell Thursday, June 11, 2015
Dear WIT Connect 2015 Guests, On behalf of Women in Technology, thank you for your support and engagement with WIT Connect 2015! The funds raised through WIT Connect help us to support Girls Get IT, WIT on Campus, and other WIT initiatives. Your participation validates and supports the mission of WIT: to serve as passionate advocates for women of all ages in Georgia's STEM community. We thank you, again, and look forward to seeing you at WIT Connect 2016! Sincerely, Sandy Welfare Executive Director
The 2015 Co-Chairs!
About WIT Connect
WIT Connect is a unique, auction-style fundraiser where companies bid on “time” with executives from top corporations, including Dell. Every year, leaders in the technology community gather for an entertaining evening of networking and competitive bidding to win quality time with executives and their technology teams.
Mona Charif, Vice President, Marketing and Communications for Dell Services and a keynote speaker at WIT Connect said, “Dell is committed to supporting professional women in IT and fostering a corporate culture where women thrive. Our metro Atlanta partnership with WIT Connect, including WIT’s many programs and volunteer opportunities, creates important awareness and opportunities for women and the girls who can be future leaders in Science Technology Math and Engineering (STEM).”
“We are delighted Dell is back as the Presenting Sponsor for WIT Connect,” said Sandy D. Welfare, Executive Director of WIT. “As a major technology employer in the Atlanta area, we appreciate Dell’s support of this key WIT event, which benefits philanthropic programs and grants provided by the WIT Foundation.
50/50 by 2020
WIT has set a strategic goal of 50/50 by 2020; that is, WIT wants 50% of all new technology jobs coming to Atlanta between now and 2020 to go to women. As part of WIT Connect, WIT is embarking on a thought leadership series to describe how and why partner companies like Dell see value in creating a corporate culture that supports women in technology, and why WIT works so hard to expand these opportunities. In the weeks leading up to WIT Connect on June 11th, WIT will feature the best practices of companies that partner with the organization to help achieve its mission of serving as “passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community.”
Companies large and small, in the technology field as well as manufacturing and consulting, are benefiting from ensuring a strong, corporate culture that allows both men and women in technology to thrive.
Proceeds from WIT Connect support WIT Foundation philanthropy initiatives like Girls Get IT, WIT on Campus, and grants to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused nonprofits and local schools. Since 2007, WIT Connect has raised more than $2 million to support WIT’s mission to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Funds raised enable WIT to provide networking, thought leadership, and professional development opportunities to Georgia’s leading women in technology.