About WIT

Founded in 1992, Women In Technology (WIT) serves as a passionate advocate for women and girls 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.


Organizational Milestones

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


WIT Vision

Women in Technology (WIT) is an engine of change and innovation with a mission to serve as passionate advocates for women of all ages in Georgia. A formi­dable force that helps women and girls break through barriers and advance opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

For 25 years, WIT has been committed to changing the trajectory for women in STEAM in Georgia. WIT utilizes its programs, connections, volunteer opportunities and events to enable girls and women to excel in STEAM.

WIT is committed to a vison to make Georgia the state with the highest per­centage of women in the STEAM workforce. This vision includes a distinct initiative to support underserved and first-generation college students through grants from corporate partners such as NCR.

A visible force in the Atlanta community, WIT’s team of more than 250 vol­unteers delivers professional development and networking opportunities to more than 2,500 professionals, and programs to more than 1,000 students.

With the support of a vast community of partners, sponsors, and volunteers, WIT works daily to provide girls and women with the tools and resources they need to write their own stories of success in the STEAM field.

From the classroom to the boardroom, WIT is committed to empowering girls and women to excel in STEAM. 

Executive Director

Sandy D. Welfare

Executive Director - WIT

Sandy D. Welfare is the Executive Director of Women In Technology (WIT). Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Cool Girls Inc, an award-winning early intervention after-school program dedicated to the empowerment of girls (2009-2015).

Sandy’s career began in 1989 in Greenwich, Connecticut where she joined Rand Insurance as the Controller. Six years later, she accepted a position with Lucent Technologies, an international telecommunications leader, holding a number of positions including serving as Accounting and Treasury Manager in Singapore (1999-2000) and then as Senior Manager in Australia and New Zealand (2000-2002). Sandy returned to Atlanta in 2002 as Senior Manager of Global Financial Services.

In 2003, Sandy accepted a position as Director of Operations for Xchanging, a business processing outsourcing company. In 2006, her career took her to London, England as Managing Director for professional services, where she managed global business processing services for bank financial transactions, insurance and retail.

Sandy received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She serves on the board of several non-profits, including Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. Sandy resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, Cliff and son, Soloman.

WIT Staff

Pat Hurston

Resource Development

Women In Technology Board of Directors

Danielle Joiner-McPherson


Christina Critzer


Kitty Chaney Reed


Evelyn A. Ashley

Board Member

Henrietta Barnes

Board Member

Nancy Cox

Board Member

Dani Cushion

Board Member

Patti Dismukes

Board Member

Ann Fort

Board Member

Wendy Frazier

Board Member

Tracy Garner

Board Member

Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner

Board Member

Jennifer Martin Hall

Board Member

Monika Mueller

Board Member

Jacqueline Plair-Rushin

Board Member

Serena Sacks

Board Member

Volunteer Directors

Jill Arcadio

WIT Girls

Carrisa Jones

WIT Connect

Denise Smith

WIT Forums & Socials

Samantha Oltean

WIT Volunteers

Chris Walsh

WIT Awards

Natalie Miller

WIT Campus

Advisory Board

Jay Ferro

CIO - ExamWorks Group, Inc.

Vicki Hamilton

IT Consultant - Business Transformation Partners

Derek Johnson

Southeast General Manager - ThoughtWorks

Sulaekha Kolloru Barger

Partner & Managing Director - The Boston Consulting Group

Monica Moore

SVP Distributed Systems Development - Elavon, Inc

Greg Morrison

SVP & CIO - Cox Enterprise, Inc.

Betsy Robinson

President - Robinson Key

Judi Vitale

President - Vitale CFO

Nigel Zelcer

Partner & Co-Founder - Jabian Consulting