Annual Fundraising Event Benefits Girls Get IT – March 31, 2011 – Women In Technology (WIT), an association committed to the development of women in Georgia’s technology industry, today announced the start of ticket sales for WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause fundraising event to be held on June 15, 2011.

WIT Connect is a unique auction-style fundraiser where companies bid on time with executives from top Georgia corporations. The event draws technology leaders together with up-and-coming professionals for an entertaining evening of networking and competitive bidding for quality time with individuals and executive teams.

The money raised at WIT Connect supports 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. 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.

“Tickets for our popular WIT Connect event sell out quickly each year,” remarked Heather S. Rocker, executive director of WIT. “Last year, more than 400 technology professionals attended the record-breaking auction, raising over $400,000 to support WIT and the WIT Foundation,” Rocker said.

Tickets for WIT Connect 2011 can now be purchased for individuals or tables of ten. Prices are $85 for individuals, $2,000 for a reserved table of ten, including recognition as a table sponsor. Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) member tickets are $75.

“We’re thrilled to see the technology community turn out to support WIT’s programs,” said co-chair Amy Hassinger. “Programs like Girls Get IT, the WIT Foundation’s initiative to connect the business community with girls ranging from elementary school through college, provide vital inspiration for young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

“Sponsorships are still available,” indicated co-chair Debey Stratton. “By sponsoring WIT Connect, technology companies can take a leadership role in spreading awareness of WIT’s mission, providing important opportunities for members of Georgia’s technology community to connect and helping to develop the potential of women in technology.”

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.

Other Information:

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 Name: Heather Rocker
Company: Women in Technology/WIT Foundation
Phone: 678.778.5152
E-mail: hrocker@mywit.org