Atlanta, GA – July 20, 2012 – The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) shines a light on the accomplishments of Georgia’s female executives in technology and their impact on their communities through its annual Grant Thornton Presents Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Nominations are being accepted now through Tuesday, July 31, 2012. A gala event celebrating the nominees and winners takes place Thursday, November 1 at Cobb Energy Centre.

“The Women of the Year program presents a tremendous opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made by Georgia’s business women in the technology field, and emphasizes WIT’s mission to serve as passionate advocates for the development of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers,” said Jay Ferro, 2012 Women of the Year co-chair. Ferro serves as chief information officer for the American Cancer Society. He will be joined as co-chair by Carol Kanemasu, vice president at The North Highland Company.

To qualify, female executives must be Georgia residents holding business, technology or scientific leadership roles within an organization whose primary product is technology, or maintain a leadership position in technology at a non-technology organization. Additional criteria include evidence of the executive’s impact on the organization’s mission, community involvement, demonstrated leadership in- and outside of the company and a track record of contributions to the advancement of women in the technology field. The short nomination forms, used for selecting candidates, are due no later than July 31, 2012. The nominee will then have a chance to fill out a longer nomination form detailing their accomplishments prior to the selection of finalists and winners.

There are three categories for nominees: enterprise business (more than 2500 employees), medium (251-2500 employees) and small (250 or fewer employees). Qualified candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by a co-worker, business colleague or any individual capable of identifying the nominee’s qualifications for the award. 

A committee of former finalists, technology executives and WIT representatives will jointly screen each application and discuss the merits of each nominee. Three finalists will be chosen for each category and will be interviewed by an independent panel of judges hailing from variety of business sectors. One winner from each category will be announced at the November 1 gala.

Additional details, including information about past winners, may be found at

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About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT is a passionate advocate of women in Georgia’s technology community, reaching more than 1,000 professionals annually through programs such as WIT Forums and Careers in Action. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT’s premier events include the annual WIT Connect fundraiser and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Through the WIT Foundation, WIT educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with programs like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia. For more information, visit


Maggie Kempken