Almost 50 Girls, From 6th-12th Grades, Participate in Half-Day Workshop Aimed at Educating Young Girls on the Benefits of a Career in Technology

Atlanta, GA – July 26, 2012 – July 26, 2012 – Atlanta, GA – The Women in Technology Girls Get IT program thanks IBM for hosting one of its most successful Behind the Scenes events in the history of the program.

On Friday, July 13th, forty-nine girls, ranging from 6th to 12th graders, participated in the half day event, hosted at IBM’s offices in Smyrna, GA. Girls heard keynotes and speeches from senior IBM technologists and staff, and were provided a tour of IBM’s facilities. In addition, the girls were treated to a demo of IBM’s Watson technology, playing in a Jeopardy challenge.

Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. “IBM opened my eyes to new experiences,” noted one participant. Another young lady commented that the speakers “opened my eyes to various degrees for my chosen field,” while another noted that “the experience impacted my decision because I want to be a doctor but didn’t know you could do that through IBM.”

“IBM has been an incredible partner to the WIT Girls Get IT program, and this latest event is the result of a number of women within the organization donating their time, energy and resources to educating these young girls on the benefits of a career in technology,” said Ann Jacobs-Long, director of Girls Get IT. “We thank them for their dedication to the program, and efforts to put together such a successful event.”

“IBM was proud to hold this event and continue our affiliation with WIT,” said Veronica Kirn, Marketing Manager, IBM Global Financing. “We look forward to future successes such as this one with the Girls Get IT program.”


Maggie Kempken