Atlanta, GA – March 7, 2011 – Women in Technology Executive Director Heather S. Rocker has received Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering 2011 Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award. Rocker is a 1998 alumna, possessing a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. She will be honored along with other 2011 alumni award winners at a March 11 ceremony at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

Rocker serves as the first-ever executive director of Women in Technology, an Atlanta-based non-profit association with a mission 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 Leadership Foundations, 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

Rocker currently serves as immediate past board president of Atlanta Women’s Alliance, executive team member and past state chairman for the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia Scholarship Program, trustee and past Young Alumni Committee chair for Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees and volunteer training director for the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties. She currently authors a blog (http://strategicvolunteering.blogspot.com) about strategic volunteering and speaks to nonprofit and corporate groups about incorporating this concept into their leadership development plans. 

The Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional practice and/or service to the Institute, profession, or society at-large. They are on the “fast track” and have made rapid advancement within their organizations and have been recognized for early professional achievements by others within their profession, field, or organization.

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.