WIT’s Women of the Year (WOTY) Awards celebrates women technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology, and women who make a difference in their communities. Additionally, one special middle or high school girl is recognized as the Girl of the Year (GOTY) for her participation in the WIT GIRLS program.
Women in Technology (WIT) is a formidable force—an engine of change and innovation—that helps women and girls break through barriers and advance opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We tell the stories of successful women in STEM fields and will enable more women and girls to write stories of their own. From the classroom to the boardroom, we support, inspire and challenge women so they will fill half of Georgia’s new STEM jobs by 2020.
The statistics are alarming: according to the National Science Foundation, America lags behind other nations in the number of students majoring in science and engineering at colleges and universities. To improve this statistic, WIT GIRLS collaborates with the Georgia business community to support and inspire girls in middle and high school to break through barriers and advance opportunities in STEM fields.
With your help—and through the WIT Foundation—we’re changing that statistic. Founded in 2004, the WIT Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports the philanthropic aims of WIT. The WIT Foundation focuses on pre-career programs, awarding cash grants to area organizations and nonprofits focusing on girls and STEM.
Each year WIT is honored to provide scholarships—sponsored by WIT PARTNERS dedicated to advancing young women in STEM—to graduating high school seniors entering college, young women already in college pursuing a STEM major, and professional women who are established in their careers. Scholarships awarded to participants allow recipients to fulfill their dreams of a career in STEM.
WIT’s organization is structured to involve as many volunteers as possible with varying degrees of responsibility. There are programmatic positions consisting of committee membership, event speaking, company hosting, and event registration, and any combination thereof. All are challenging, all are important and all are necessary in order for WIT to function and effectively meet our mission.
Effective volunteer leadership requires the ability to appreciate WIT’s goals and to motivate all the various members which collectively make up this organization.
WIT PARTNERS is a customized partnership program with metro Atlanta area companies. WIT aligns its signature events, training and development, and volunteer opportunities with the strategic goals of its partners. WIT PARTNERS helps companies develop and retain leaders, build loyalty and diversity within their ranks, connect with the community, and achieve their strategic objectives.
Our mission is to provide college women opportunities to explore and experience careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. We do this by building strong partnerships among students, colleges, and companies which allow us to provide relevant educational programs, internships, and scholarships possibilities for these college women.
WIT CAREERS professional development programs provide women in STEM fields with the tools and strategies necessary to join the next generation of STEM women leaders. Employers who send participants build talent and enhance succession plans to better achieve organizational goals.
On behalf of Women in Technology, thank you to all our attendees, sponsors, and auction candidates, for making this year’s WIT Connect event a success! The funds raised through WIT Connect help us to support WIT programs and initiatives.
Congratulations to the four scholarship recipients: Shwetha Mudalegundi, Etienne Batiste, Allison Higgins, and Kamilah Kiser. Thank you, thank you, thank you!