Atlanta, GA – October 12, 2011 – Women in Technology (WIT) today announced the finalists for its 12th annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards, presented by Grant Thornton on Thursday, November 10 at the Foundry at Puritan Mill.

WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Georgia’s female executives in technology and their impact on their communities.  Three finalists for each category, representing small, medium and enterprise businesses have been selected.

“WIT is proud to honor these prominent female leaders in Georgia’s technology community,” said Sandra Hofmann, president of WIT. “These nine women have been selected from a very prestigious pool of 30 nominees, representing the best of the best in their fields. The impact our finalists have had in the technology community is extraordinary.”

Small/Emerging Category Finalists

  • Jenni Crenshaw, Executive Director, Jabian Consulting
  • Julie Ison Haley, Chief Executive Officer, Edge Solutions
  • Josette Fleszar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jigsaw Meeting

Mid-sized/Medium Category Finalists

  • Lauret Howard, Vice President of Strategy, Brand and Risk Management, NASCO
  • Sharon James Jordan, Senior Vice President, Operations & Systems, Chartis Aerospace Insurance
  • Carrie Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Cbeyond

EnterpriseCategory Finalists

  • Elizabeth Erckmann Holmes, Chief of Staff, Enterprise Information Services, First Data Corporation
  • Trish Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief Emerging Technologies Officer, Turner Broadcasting
  • Barbara Thwaites, Executive Director, Cox Communications, Inc.

One winner from each category will be announced at the event, and WIT will also honor Becky Blalock with the first-ever Legacy Award, created to recognize women who have provided significant impact to the technology community over the course of their career.

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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.  Through “Careers in Action”, WIT delivers professional development programs such as Executive Readiness, Leadership Foundations, and Success by Design, created to enable women to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community.   WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, known as Girls Get IT, collaborate with the business, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire girls of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause (our annual fundraiser) and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who successfully 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 


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