ATLANTA, GA — Women in Technology (WIT) announces Dell as our Presenting Sponsor for the 21st annual WIT Connect fundraiser on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Georgia Aquarium.  This is the company’s fourth consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor.

WHAT: 21st Annual WIT Connect

WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 6PM

WHERE: Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

WIT Connect is a unique, auction-style fundraiser where companies bid on “time” with executives from top corporations, including Dell. Every year, leaders in the technology community gather for an entertaining evening of networking and competitive bidding to win quality time with executives and their technology teams.

Mona Charif, Vice President, Marketing and Communications for Dell Services and a keynote speaker at WIT Connect said, “Dell is committed to supporting professional women in IT and fostering a corporate culture where women thrive. Our metro Atlanta partnership with WIT Connect, including WIT’s many programs and volunteer opportunities, creates important awareness and opportunities for women and the girls who can be future leaders in Science Technology Math and Engineering (STEM).” 

“Since 2002, WIT Connect has been a line item in every single budget my organization has prepared,” according to Brian Church, Senior Vice President-Business Development, Pyramid Consulting. “It is one of only a few MUST ATTEND events in the Atlanta market, both for deepening existing client relationships and developing new ones. Simply stated: if you are not attending and bidding at WIT Connect, you are not really serious about growing your business in Atlanta.”

“We are delighted Dell is back as the Presenting Sponsor for WIT Connect,” said Sandy D. Welfare, Executive Director of WIT.  “As a major technology employer in the Atlanta area, we appreciate Dell’s support of this key WIT event, which benefits philanthropic programs and grants provided by the WIT Foundation.               

WIT has set a strategic goal of 50/50 by 2020; that is, WIT wants 50% of all new technology jobs coming to Atlanta between now and 2020 to go to women. As part of WIT Connect, WIT is embarking on a thought leadership series to describe how and why partner companies like Dell see value in creating a corporate culture that supports women in technology, and why WIT works so hard to expand these opportunities. In the weeks leading up to WIT Connect on June 11th, WIT will feature the best practices of companies that partner with the organization to help achieve its mission of serving as “passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community.”

Companies large and small, in the technology field as well as manufacturing and consulting, are benefiting from ensuring a strong, corporate culture that allows both men and women in technology to thrive.

Proceeds from WIT Connect support WIT Foundation philanthropy initiatives like Girls Get IT, WIT on Campus, and grants to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused nonprofits and local schools. Since 2007, WIT Connect has raised more than $2 million to support WIT’s mission to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Funds raised enable WIT to provide networking, thought leadership, and professional development opportunities to Georgia’s leading women in technology. 

To sponsor WIT Connect or get event updates, please contact Pat Hurston, phurston@mywit.org; (T) 470-823-3228.

Women in Technology (WIT), an Atlanta-based organization, passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers — from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT has set a goal of making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM workforce by the year 2020. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT is the largest, most active female-centered STEM organization in the metro Atlanta region.

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