Key Sponsors Support WIT’s Fundraising Auction Benefiting Girls Get IT

Atlanta, GA – May 24, 2011 – Women In Technology (WIT), an association committed to the development of women in Georgia’s technology industry, today announced several key sponsors for the annual WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause fundraising event on June 15, 2011.

Major contributors include Presenting Sponsor Oracle Corporation and Gold Sponsor 3i People. Silver sponsors include Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Anteo Group, ExactTarget, jobTopia, and Matthew Druin Photography.

 “We are honored to have Oracle as the presenting sponsor of WIT Connect this year,” said Heather S. Rocker, executive director of WIT. “As a major technology employer in the Atlanta area, we appreciate their support for WIT initiatives and the WIT Foundation,” Rocker remarked.

Event co-chair Amy Hassinger, head of partner support services at Promethean, Ltd, said, “The companies supporting WIT Connect this year play an important role in providing programs like Girls Get IT, the WIT Foundation’s initiative to provide inspiration for young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. These programs connect the technology community with girls ranging from elementary school through college.”

WIT Connect proceeds enable WIT to provide networking, thought leadership and professional development opportunities for Georgia’s leading women in technology. Since 2008, 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.

Funds raised through WIT Connect support programming aimed at developing future technology leaders, as well as WIT Foundation philanthropy initiatives like Girls Get IT and grants to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focused nonprofits and local schools.

“The contributions of all our sponsors are vital to the future of women in technology,” said co-chair Debey Stratton, executive assistant in strategic solutions at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. “Investing in developing tomorrow’s leaders is essential for the growth of our business community. The commitment of leading technology firms to WIT’s mission of helping women realize their potential in STEM-focused roles demonstrates the importance of WIT Foundation’s programs.”

Tickets for WIT Connect 2011 may be purchased individually for $85 or as a table sponsorship for $2000, including recognition as a table sponsor and a reserved table for ten. Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) member tickets are $75.

WIT Connect will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.  at the Grand Atrium at 200 Peachtree, a new venue in the heart of Atlanta, located at 200 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. To purchase tickets, get event updates, and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.myWIT.org.

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 female students of all ages, partners them with local professional women in technology, then helps them make informed decisions about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Contact:

Heather Rocker, Executive Director
Women in Technology (WIT)
678.778.5152
hrocker@mywit.org