Atlanta – March 17, 2009 – Women in Technology (WIT), the leading association committed to the development of Georgia’s businesswomen in the technology industry, today announced Jennifer Poole Sobocinski, founding partner, CarterBaldwin, and Gina Gallo, president, Stratix, will co-chair WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause to be held at the Atlanta History Center on July 16, 2009.
With industry leaders like Gina and Jennifer bringing their vision to this year’s WIT Connect, everyone attending this event will be part of executive networking at its best,” says Jamie Greene, president of WIT.
WIT Connect is a unique fundraiser that auctions the time of executives of top Atlanta corporations and draws hundreds of the technology community’s leaders together to raise money to support WIT programs and philanthropy initiatives.
Sobocinski is nationally recognized for her expertise in executing “C” level officer and board of director level searches for public and private clients. Under her leadership, CarterBaldwin has achieved more than 400 percent revenue growth since its founding in 2001 and she has expanded the organization’s presence throughout North America. CarterBaldwin was named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies twice, and to Atlanta’s Top 10 Retained Search Firms. Catalyst Magazine named Sobocinski among Atlanta’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs. Currently, she serves on the board of the Technology Executive Roundtable, and is a sponsor of the Atlanta CEO Council.
“In this economy, fundraising for organizations like WIT and the WIT Foundation is critical,” says Sobocinski. ““The funds raised from WIT Connect support WIT’s leadership development programs and WIT Foundation programs that help middle and high school-age girls make informed decisions about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. I am honored to work with Gina and the team of WIT volunteers who work tirelessly to help women succeed in technology and change girls’ lives through this event.”
Gina Gallo joined Stratix in September 2004 as vice president of sales. Gallo was appointed president of Stratix in April 2007 and is responsible for the company’s strategic planning and execution. A mobile enterprise industry executive with over 25 years experience, Gallo has worked with leading Fortune 1000 companies enabling innovative mobile solutions throughout the supply chain sector. Under her leadership, Stratix has achieved more than a 200 percent revenue growth since joining the company, been named twice to the prestigious Inc5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies and been named among Atlanta’s Top 25 Women Owned Firms. Ms. Gallo serves on the board of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and is the chair for the Employee Enablement Committee.
“Recent studies have shown interest in technology fields declining – especially among girls. Women today only account for approximately 20 percent of the IT workforce and the aim of the WIT Foundation is to reverse this trend,” says Gallo. “We are very pleased to have already secured Georgia industry leaders including Autotrader, Equifax and McKesson as participants for this year’s WIT Connect, and it’s these companies and others that will help us raise funds to get girls interested in IT fields,” says Gallo.
About Women in Technology (WIT)
WIT is a not-for-profit organization made up of an influential community of diverse, talented professional women focused on promoting the advancement of women in the field of technology in Georgia. WIT’s monthly meetings feature nationally recognized speakers who address topics on leadership and professional advancement to support women in their technology careers while also providing a valuable networking opportunity. WIT delivers programs, such as WIT Executive Coaching 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 the WIT Connect, visit www.mywit.org.