Annual Fundraising Event Benefits WIT’s Girls Get IT Program

Atlanta, GA – March 2, 2011 – Women In Technology (WIT), an association committed to the development of women in Georgia’s technology industry, today announced Amy Hassinger and Debey Stratton will co-chair WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause to be held at 200 Peachtree on June 15, 2011.

WIT Connect is a unique fundraiser that auctions time with executives from top Georgia corporations, drawing hundreds of leaders in the technology community together to raise money in support of WIT programming aimed at developing leaders and WIT Foundation philanthropy initiatives like Girls Get IT and grants to STEM-focused nonprofits.

Girls Get IT is the WIT Foundation’s initiative to connect the business community with middle- and high-school-aged girls to inspire them to select careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Over the last three years, WIT Connect has raised more than $800,000 to support WIT’s mission to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community.

“Last year, more than 400 technology professionals and executives turned out for WIT Connect, breaking records to raise more than $400,000 to support WIT and the WIT Foundation,” said Heather S. Rocker, executive director of WIT. “We’re looking forward to another great event with our talented WIT Connect co-chairs, Amy Hassinger and Debey Stratton, so that we can serve more women and girls who seek to advance in science and technology careers,” continued Rocker.

“We’re excited about WIT Connect for 2011,” commented Debey Stratton, “not only because of the unique networking opportunities it presents for today’s leaders in the Georgia technology community, but also for the opportunity to support young women as they grow to become the future leaders in technology.”

According to Amy Hassinger, “We’re all looking forward to getting new companies involved as we spread awareness of WIT’s mission, and continuing to provide outstanding opportunities for members of Georgia’s technology community to connect and grow.”

WIT Connect will take place at the Grand Atrium at 200 Peachtree, a new venue in the heart of Atlanta. WIT Connect will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm. For event updates, sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, visit www.myWIT.org.

About the Co-Chairs

Amy Hassinger is the Director of Operations, Customer Services at Verint Witness Actionable Solutions (formerly Witness Systems).  Amy manages all systems and processes for the Implementation Services, Training and Consulting Services, and Customer Support organizations. She is an active volunteer and fund raiser for many charities throughout the Atlanta community and has been involved with WIT since her first nomination for Woman of the Year in Technology, mid-size, in 2008. Last year Amy served as Chair of the Auction Candidate Committee for WIT Connect and is excited to co-chair the event with Debey this year.

Debey Stratton supports senior vice president and vice president-level executives on the Strategic Solutions team at Genesys, an Alcatel-Lucent Company, where she serves as an executive assistant and office manager. Prior to her position with Genesys, Debey worked for OnSite Resource Solutions, MDI Group and Linden and Fenton (Mich.) community schools. Debey has been an active volunteer with WIT since 2006, serving as project manager for 2009 WIT Connect and co-chair in 2010.

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. WIT creates a community of middle and high school girls, partners them with local professional women in technology, then helps them make informed decisions about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.