Atlanta – October 10, 2009 – Women in Technology (WIT), the leading association devoted to developing and promoting women for success in technology in Georgia, announced the winners of its 10TH annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards (WOTY) presented by Grant Thornton. The winners were announced at the annual WOTY Awards gala on Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel. Winners were announced in three categories: enterprise business, representing companies with more than 2,500 employees; medium business, representing companies with 251 to 2,500 employees, and small business, representing companies with 250 employees or less. The winners are:

  • In the enterprise business category: Amy Brady, Senior Vice President and Global Integrated Business and Technology Services Executive, Bank of America
  • In the medium business category: Shannon Johnston, Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services, CompuCredit
  • In the small business category: Linda Braddon, President, Secure BioMed Evaluations

Forty-two women were nominated this year for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in our communities. Nine finalists were selected to participate in an interview conducted by a judging panel focusing on each finalist’s accomplishments within their organization, in the community and in the important role of mentor to other women. The judges then selected a winner in each category based on the merit of their applications and the strength of their interviews.

“Carrying on a ten-year tradition, this year’s winners are women at the top of the technology field in Georgia,” says Heather S. Rocker, executive director of WIT. “These women are visionaries, business leaders, and change agents in their communities. The entire WIT community joins me in congratulating them on this honor.”

Marianne Johnson of Equifax and Beth Westbrook of Grant Thornton co-chaired this year’s WOTY awards.

Event sponsors included Grant Thornton, Kilpatrick Stockton, Cbeyond, Equifax, NPI, What’s Up Interactive, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Compuware, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Foster & Associates, and Teryl Jackson Photography.

For more information on the WOTY awards, visit

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT is a not-for-profit organization made up of an influential community of diverse, talented professional women focused on promoting the advancement of women in the field of technology in Georgia. WIT’s monthly meetings feature nationally recognized speakers who address topics on leadership and professional advancement to support women in their technology careers while also providing a valuable networking opportunity. WIT delivers programs, such as WIT Executive Coaching 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

About Grant Thornton LLP, presenting sponsor

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity. The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at