Executive Auction Raises an Estimated $400K for WIT and the WIT Foundation

Atlanta, GA – June 16, 2011 – Women In Technology (WIT), an association committed to the development of women in Georgia’s technology industry, announced that the WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause fundraising event held on June 15, 2011 raised an estimated $400,000.

An annual event now in its seventeenth year, WIT Connect brings the best and brightest stars in the Atlanta technology community together for a fun and exciting evening. Bidding can be intense as attendees compete to win time with technology executives from some of Atlanta’s top companies. This year, students who benefit from the WIT Foundation’s programming participated in the event. Middle- and high school student robotics teams supported by WIT introduced auction candidates, as well as demonstrated their robots and other innovations.

Candidates in the live auction this year represented The Coca Cola Company, IHG, Cox Communications, Inc. and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. The silent auction featured more than forty senior executives at companies ranging from AGL Resources, Inc. to the Waffle House.

“We are delighted by the outstanding support from the technology community for WIT Connect this year,” commented Heather S. Rocker, executive director of WIT. “WIT Connect was a stellar success, and that would not have been possible without the dedication of our star sponsors, auction candidates, attendees and volunteers,” Rocker said.

Funds raised through WIT Connect support programming aimed at developing future technology leaders, as well as WIT Foundation philanthropy initiatives like Girls Get IT and grants to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focused nonprofits and local schools.

“WIT Connect is such an important event for developing women in technology,” explained co-chair Debey Stratton, executive assistant in strategic solutions at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. “It’s a real pleasure to see our business community’s commitment to WIT’s mission of helping women realize their potential in these STEM-focused roles.”

Proceeds from WIT Connect enable WIT to provide networking, thought leadership and professional development opportunities for Georgia’s leading women in technology. Since 2008, the event has raised over $1.1 million to support WIT’s mission to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women and girls in Georgia’s technology community.

Event co-chair Amy Hassinger, Director of Service Management, Promethean, Inc., said, “It was an honor to participate in WIT Connect this year, knowing what an important role the event plays in providing programs that connect the technology community with girls ranging from elementary school through college.”

Major sponsors for the event included Presenting Sponsor Oracle Corporation and Gold Sponsor 3i People. Silver sponsors include Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Anteo Group, ExactTarget, jobTopia, and Matthew Druin Photography.

About Women in Technology (WIT):

WIT’s mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Each year, more than 1,000 thought leaders and professionals attend WIT Forums, WIT’s leadership and networking series. WIT delivers professional development programs, such as WIT Executive Readiness and WIT Careers in Action, to enable members to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community.

WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, such as Girls Get IT, provide outreach to educate and encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in science and technology. WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect, WIT’s annual fundraiser event, and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who lead Georgia’s technology community. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community. For more information on WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT’s philanthropic arm, visit www.mywit.org.

About WIT Foundation:

Founded in 2004, the WIT Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the philanthropic aims of WIT, Inc. The WIT Foundation focuses on pre-career programs, awarding cash grants to area organizations and non-profits focusing on girls and STEM.

WIT starts early guiding women in technology toward success, and the WIT Foundation-created Girls Get IT program is a perfect example. Girls Get IT creates a community of female students of all ages, partners them with local professional women in technology, and then helps them make informed decisions about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


Heather Rocker, Executive Director
Women in Technology (WIT)