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May 18 – WIT FORUM – Men Who Get It: Male Executives Share How They Help Women Write Remarkable Stories


Women make up 51% of the US population and 59% of the labor force, but only about 30% of the tech workforce. There is no single magic bullet but thanks to a multitude of articles, interviews and conversations taking place across the country and around the world about greater gender equality, we are collectively moving in the right direction. While women’s activism is critical to making progress, we can’t ignore the importance of both genders working together to create a more equitable and balanced workforce. Disrupting the status quo is literally everyone’s business. WIT is fortunate to have strong and influential male champions who not only get it, but consistently stand beside women to promote the advancement of women leaders.

For the May Forum we rounded up some of Atlanta’s most accomplished male leaders to share their personal successes as champions for women in the workplace. The forum will be moderated by John Ezzell, who partnered with one of BIAS Corporation’s female leaders to help found her own company that after two years of operation is generating $14M in revenue.  Ben Hendrick not only currently serves on the host committee of WIT Connect 2016 but has shown leadership for over 5 years by facilitating key sponsorships for WIT Connect and scholarships for the WIT Girls program. Derek Johnson not only listens to his employees but takes action. When a female co-worker expressed concern over being the only woman on the project team, Derek set out on a mission to recruit more women. Kyle Tothill is a successful entrepreneur who understands the importance of building and managing successful recruiting programs. Kyle supports WIT’s mission of assisting women at every stage of their STEM careers.

Please make note of our new Forums venue – Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina


Moderator: John Ezzell
EVP and Co-Founder
BIAS Corporation

As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of BIAS, John continues to bring new solutions and fresh perspective to our customers and partners. John is a former Director for Oracle Consulting’s Custom Development, Architecture and Business Intelligence practices. John has received numerous leadership awards and is an active member of the SOA advisory board at Oracle. Prior to joining Oracle, John worked in finance and investment consulting for Interstate Johnson and Lane. John has been quoted in the Wall St. Journal, Forbes, Inc., BPM and Oracle magazines for his forward thinking approach to business solutions, and real-world successes achieved with the BIAS team. John is a graduate of East Carolina University.


Speaker: Ben Hendrick
Global Competency Leader & Managing Partner

Ben Hendrick is a Global Infrastructure & Endpoint Security (IES) – Managing Partner within IBM Security. In this executive role, Ben is responsible for leading the Global – IES competency within the Consulting & Systems Integration team.  A veteran of twenty-five years in the technology sector, Hendrick has significant experience in building and leading Consulting, Support, and IT Services organizations focused on delivering quality services for global clients. He spent more than seven years at Dell Incorporated, with the last year as  Managing Director over the Global – Enterprise Systems & Networking (ES&N) Service Lines, Pre-Sales, Practices, and world-wide delivery teams. Hendrick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management from Brigham Young  University’s Marriott School of Management in  Provo, UT. He completed an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business in 2007. He resides in Acworth, Georgia, with his wife and their four children.


Speaker: Derek Johnson
Regional Director
ThoughtWorks, Inc.

Derek Johnson is the Regional Director for ThoughtWorks Inc., a global software consultancy.  After years developing teams in India and Brazil, Derek now leads teams of designers, developers, and analysts to bring advanced comprehensive solutions to the southeastern Unites States.  With a focus on leveraging technology to build communities, Derek and his team maintain ongoing support for Women Who Code, Technologists of Color, and the Atlanta Latino Tech Group, among others.  Derek is a proud graduate of Morehouse College, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Kennesaw State University.  He has been an active member of the Atlanta community, having served with both Junior Achievement and the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.  He is a published author, and maintains a keen focus on creating opportunities for young people to enter high-tech careers and thrive as they navigate the corporate world.


Speaker: Kyle Tothill
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Kyle is a Founder and CEO of Atlanta-based eHire, a specialized Technology staffing and recruiting organization. He is proven entrepreneur and executive leader who has spent the past 20 years helping organizations acquire select talent and build successful teams. eHire is one of the fasting growing companies in Atlanta and is well known for its commitment to the community, deep subject matter and domain expertise and has a reputation of excellence amongst its clients and candidates. Kyle is passionate about changing people’s lives for the better and helping his client companies grow.


* Please make note of our new Forums venue – Villa Christina *

7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:00 am – 9:00 am Panel Presentation with Q&A
9:00 am Event Ends

Advanced registration tickets are $35, and $30 for TAG members. You can also purchase a table of 10 at the TAG member rate of $300.
Registration will close on Monday, May 16th.
Please note: walk-up registration price is $40 – register early to get discounted admission!



May 18, 2016

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Organizer: Lenora Kopkin



Ticket Prices

Advanced Registration:
General: $35
TAG members: $30
Table of 10: $300

Walk-up Registration: $40


Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina

4000 Summit Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30319 United States

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