Founded in 1992, Women In Technology (WIT) empowers girls and women at every stage of their STEAM 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 STEAM leaders in Georgia.
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
2016 – The NCR Foundation awarded WIT with a $100,000 grant to fund WIT Girls and WIT Campus
2017 – WIT adds “A” in STEM, now making it STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
About Women In Technology
Women In Technology (WIT) empowers girls and women to excel in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) from the classroom to the boardroom. We do this by providing female students in middle school, high school, and college with education, exposure, and experience. By sharing the stories of successful professionals across the STEAM fields, we encourage all generations of girls and women to write their future.
Our team of more than 300 volunteers delivers professional development and networking opportunities to our more than 3,000 professionals and programs at no charge to more than 1,500 students.
WIT is committed to making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEAM workforce by providing opportunities that champion women throughout their education and career.
President and CEO
President and CEO - WIT
Penny joins WIT from First Data Corporation, where she served as Chief Technology Control Officer, Global Lead for Disaster Recovery Application Development, and Head of Global Cyber Security and Controls PMO. In addition to leading the company's technology compliance and controls, she was also the global leader for First Data's Women's Leadership Council, and a solid champion for the organization's support of WIT as a strategic partner.
Prior to First Data, Penny spent time as a business owner and entrepreneur, was Chief Process and Usability Officer for British Telecom (BT), and has spent her career leading global technology teams. She was awarded Women in Payments' award for Education in 2019 and is an active member of the Atlanta non-profit community.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Development Officer
Sr. Director, Marketing, Communications & WIT Girls Program Development
Women In Technology Board of Directors Executive Committee
Danielle Joiner McPherson
Kitty Chaney Reed
Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner
Women In Technology Board of Directors
Jennifer Martin Hall
WIT Connect Co-Chair
WIT Forums & Socials
Adeshola "Shola" Adeniyi
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Sulaekha Kolloru Barger
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Strategist, Change Management Advisor & Effectiveness Coach
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