Atlanta, GA – October 8, 2014 – Women in Technology (WIT) yesterday announced the finalists for the Women of the Year in Technology Awards, presented by Infor, which honors the accomplishments of Georgia’s top female leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the impact they’ve made in their communities. 

Three finalists from each category, representing Small/Emerging, Medium/Mid-Size and Large/Enterprise businesses, have been selected.

Small/Emerging Category Finalists:

  • Cherie Fuzzell, CEO, Parkmobile
  • Mary Hester, Owner and CEO, LAN Systems
  • Karen Reynolds, President and CFO, zBoost

Medium/Mid-Size Category Finalists:

  • Dawn Jackson, Senior Director, IT Strategy and Operations, The Weather Company
  • Chris Watson, Chief Strategy Officer, Brightree
  • Leanne West, Chief Engineer, Pediatric Technologies, Georgia Institute of Technology

Large/Enterprise Category Finalists:

  • Janet Barnard, Executive Vice President and COO, Manheim
  • Jackie Boudreau, Executive Director, Enterprise Region Network Operation Centers, Cox Communications
  • Elizabeth Holmes, Senior Vice President, IT Transformation and Global QA, Elavon, Inc.

One winner from each category will be announced at the Women of the Year Awards gala and dinner on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Georgia Aquarium.  WIT will also honor the Girls Get IT Girl of the Year, a female middle or high school student who has demonstrated strong commitment to pursuing a career in STEM through participation in the Girls Get IT program.

The awards are sponsored by several companies in Georgia:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Infor
  • VIP Reception Sponsor: ProSys, Inc.
  • Gold Sponsor: Jabian Consulting, Oracle and Salesforce
  • Girl of the Year Sponsor: Scintel Technologies, Inc.
  • Silver Sponsors: Cognizant, Emory Goizueta Business School, Endava, Georgia Tech Scheller School of Business, The Intersect Group, McKesson, Pareto Solutions Group and Systems Evolution, Inc.
  • Media Partner: Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Video Production: What’s Up Interactive

A networking reception will be followed by dinner and the presentation of the awards. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are still available. For more information about the awards, visit mywit.org/WOTY.

About Infor

Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in 194 countries improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant.  Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

About Women in Technology (WIT)

With a vision of making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by the year 2020, Women in Technology (WIT), an Atlanta-based organization, passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM careers – from the classroom to the boardroom. The organization enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. Through the WIT Foundation, the organization educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue STEM careers with programs like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus.  Reaching more than 1,000 professionals annually through its programs and with 100+ volunteers, WIT has become the largest, most active organization of its kind in the region.