Companies Bid on Time with Georgia IT Executives

Bidders SmallAtlanta, GA – May 23, 2013 –

Women In Technology (WIT), an association committed to the development of women in Georgia’s technology industry, announced today that 41 companies are participating in WIT Connect Presented by Dell, a unique, auction-style fundraiser where companies bid on time with executives from top Georgia corporations. Corporate tables are sold out and only individual tickets are available for this year’s event, held on June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium.

Each year, WIT Connect brings technology leaders together with up-and-coming professionals for an entertaining evening of networking and competitive bidding. Potential bidders met for an auction preview at the Bidders Breakfast, hosted by Intercontinental Hotels Group earlier this month.

This year’s auction lineup includes live auction packages (featuring at least four executives each) from American Cancer Society, Carter’s, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and SunTrust. The silent auction includes nine companies offering two or more executives, including Allconnect, Cbeyond, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Generation Mortgage, Manhattan Associates, McKesson Corporation, Southern Company, S.P. Richards, Co. and The Weather Company, and 28 additional companies donating time with one executive each. A full list of companies and the executives donating time is available here.

“This is the most impressive lineup of executives we have ever had on the auction block,” said Betsy Robinson, partner at jobTopia and co-chair for WIT Connect. “To have 40 of Georgia’s most well-known companies donating time with their most senior executives is truly impressive. I am confident that WIT Connect will exceed everyone’s expectations this year.”

As co-chair of WIT Connect, Betsy is joined by Intercontinental Hotels Group Chief Information Officer Eric Pearson, who is also a live auction candidate, and the event will be emceed by What’s Up Interactive’s CEO Richard Warner. Presenting Sponsor Dell’s Vice President of Commercial Sales Operations, Bobbi Dangerfield, will provide the keynote address.

During the event, business leaders will also have the opportunity to meet some of the young ladies that have benefited from the proceeds of WIT Connect. Monies raised at WIT Connect support programming aimed at developing future technology leaders, such as WIT Foundation philanthropy initiatives like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus, and grants to STEM-focused nonprofits and local schools. Since 2007, WIT Connect has raised more than $1.8 million.

Event sponsors include Dell (Presenting), Oracle and Illuminate 360 (Gold), and Advocate Consulting, Coca-Cola, Generation Mortgage, IBM and Sutherland Asbill (Silver). 24 companies have purchased tables for the event.

Individual tickets are still available, and are priced at $80 for TAG members, and $90 for the general public. To purchase tickets and get updates on auction candidates, visit www.mywit.org.

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT is a passionate advocate of women in Georgia’s technology community, reaching more than 1,000 professionals annually through programs such as WIT Forums and Careers in Action. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT’s premier events include the annual WIT Connect fundraiser and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Through the WIT Foundation, WIT educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with programs like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia. For more information, visit www.mywit.org. 

About Presenting Sponsor Dell

As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is committed to helping small and medium businesses grow and better serve their customers by drawing greater value from technology. Dell’s Women Powering Business initiative strives to help women entrepreneurs and technologists expand their networks while offering capabilities to help them use technology to do more. Learn more at www.dell.com/women.