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Start-up Superstars


Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia

4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road

Atlanta, GA 30346

May 17, 2017 | 7:30am – 9:00am

 Are you curious about what it takes to run a small tech business?  Would you like to know more about some local Atlanta startups?  Join us on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 for an informative, and inclusive forum on the Atlanta startup community, you will have the opportunity to meet several new or emerging startups and engage with them discuss and learn what they faced in terms of roadblocks, opportunities, and risks. This forum is promised to broaden your exposure, meet some really talented people, and join a fast-paced growing community; a WIT event you don’t want to miss.

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.

Please note: walk-up registration is $40 – register early for discounted admission!register


Join WIT’s celebration of 25 years being passionate advocates for women and girls in STEM!  Since its inception, WIT Connect has raised more than $2.3 million to support the development of young girls and the advancement of women in STEM. For over 20 years, this unique executive auction continues to offer the opportunity to compete for a meeting with Atlanta’s top corporate executives that can potentially propel your company or career skyward. Sponsorship brochure can be viewed here.

WIT Connect 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SunTrust Park – Cobb County, GA
wit connect

For more information, please contact:

Pat Hurston, WIT Director of Resource Development

Phone:  (470) 823-3228

Email:  phurston@mywit.org




The RoboChicks, an all WIT Girls’ robotics team from Sharpsburg, competed at the Atlanta Seaperch Regional Competition at Chamblee High School and won first Place which qualified the team to compete at the national competition.

The team consists of three members, Madison Kenney (eighth/ninth grade Homeschooled), Leilani Linehan( seventh grader from Brighton Academy) and Courtney Curtis (seventh grader from Brighton Academy). Seaperch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Team members build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. The Search National Competition will be held May 19th and 20th at Georgia Tech.

The RoboChicks are also STEM Robotics Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Troop 16368 of the Coweta County Service Unit 610. The biggest part of being a RoboChick is sharing STEM and robotics. The girls have earned over 150 service hours and reached over 10,000 people this school year through Outreach events around the Atlanta metro area.

Keeping with that theme, in November of last year, the RoboChicks applied for a Seaperch Grant to receive three underwater Seaeperch robotics kits and one tool kit. In exchange for receiving the grant, the girls promised to mentor two additional teams and help them get to the Regional Competition.

The RoboChicks are Coached by Larry and Bisa Kenney. More information can be found about the RoboChicks at https://www.facebook.com/robochicks/.


Listen to the April segment of Business Radio X’s Women in Tech/STEM Series featuring Mona Charif, Senior Vice President and Chief of Marketing at NTT Data, Inc here.



Denise Smith is the Service Centre, CoreHR, and Reporting Portfolio Lead in HR Systems at EY and is based at Atlanta, Georgia. She is a PMP certified Senior Project Management professional, whose experience and expertise spans over 16 years with a focus on all project stages, leading multiple cross-functional global technology projects.

“Denise has always prided herself on being an active  member in each community in which she has lived, a  penchant, which found its start growing up in Guilford,   Connecticut. A resident of Atlanta for over ten  years,  she has been an active participant in a wide variety of community service programs.  Along with her husband, son and daughter, she is a member of North Point Ministries, Inc. where she serves as Team Captain for the organization’s KidStuf Live program.

“When I volunteer, I make a difference. When you volunteer, you make a difference. Every person counts! My son and daughter are the reason why I donate my time and treasure as the Volunteer Program Director for WIT Forums and Socials. The quote, ‘Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them,’ by novelist James Baldwin sums it up best!”


Support WIT’s mission to ensure more girls like Selina are exposed and get involved with STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math. In celebration of our 25th anniversary, make your donation today of $25, $50, $100 or any amount you choose to support WIT programs!


Georgia Bio/ACTSI 8th Annual Academic & Industry Intersection Conference

Event Date: May 10, 2017 from 9:00am – 1:30pm

Location: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

This year’s conference will explore the digital tools needed to facilitate a vision of personalized connected health and population health management. The event provides a collaborative environment for university researchers and industry executives using a program filled with subject matter experts describing current models and innovative trends shaping the future of translational science through the lens of mobile/digital health. The program includes a national industry perspective, academic experts on digital health, big data integration, and cybersecurity imperatives, and stories of successful academic-industry partnerships and useful collaborative ideas and resources from an expert academic-industry panel.

A Conversation with Sandy Rodgers

Event Date: May 10, 2017 | 6:30pm

Location: Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave, Room ATLStat, Atlanta, GA 30303

With Sandy Rodgers, PMI Atlanta will present a discussion on how to make your impact on internet radio. Also, we will outline how project management relates to a having a successful show. Click here to register. 

SunTrust 2017 Enterprise Information Services (EIS) Expo

Event Date: May 11, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: SunTrust Plaza Atrium, 303 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA

Please join the SunTrust team on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 303 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA. in the SunTrust Plaza Atrium, located in the lower level of the Plaza to experience:

  • More than 40 tables representing nearly every part of the SunTrust technology team
  • Interactive demos that feature cutting edge technology
  • Seminars covering Financial Management, Service Leadership, and Career “Myth Busters”
  • Professional headshots for your professional profile or resume
  • Access to key leaders transforming banking technology and delivering value to our shareholders, clients, and partners

PowHERful Foundation Enrichment Conference

Event Date: May 13, 2017 from 8:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave, Room ATLStat, Atlanta, GA 30303

The conference is a free, daylong empowerment summit for young women aged 13 to 23 years old. We give these high school and college-aged girls a chance to explore different career options, receive useful guidance and advice, and interact with successful professionals. We feature industry experts who present curriculum in areas like finance and digital literacy, STEM, college readiness, health, and more. In addition, we have morning and afternoon keynotes by inspiring leaders from various backgrounds.

Click here to register.


ShowMe50 Lean In Circle and Wine and Progress

Event Date: May 15, 2017 from 6:15pm – 8:00pm

Location: The Savvy Cellars Le Gout, 6690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

The ShowMe50.org vision is to achieve 50% women leading corporate America. We’re using Lean In Circles to teach our strategic program. Our meetings are open to men and women who want to collaborate to improve the status quo in talent management.

Enjoy a wine tasting paired with light bites at Le Gout Tasting Room. Network with professionals and   leaders in Atlanta.

Click here to register.

Judson’s Women Leadership Conference

Event Date: June 20, 2017 from 7:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Cobb Galleria, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

A full day conference designed to create a great learning environment to share and analyze the unique strengths, challenges, and opportunities facing women. Participants will discover powerful strategies to move their leadership forward as they interact with peers and deepen understandings of the practices of successful women. There will be unique opportunities for networking, mentoring, and leadership development between attendees and the C-level executives, best selling authors, and successful leaders who will be a part of this year’s event.Click here to register.

State Farm Java Coding Competition

Event Date: October 10, 2017 Online Competition| November 6, 2017 (Finalists in Atlanta, GA)

For more details, visit the official State Farm Coding Competition website here.