Atlanta – August 20, 2009 – Women in Technology (WIT), the leading association devoted to developing and promoting women for success in technology in Georgia, is announcing today the judges and sponsors for its 10TH annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards (WOTY) presented by Grant Thornton.

WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards Awards celebrates women technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in our communities. To qualify, women must hold business, technology or scientific leadership roles within a technology organization or maintain technology or scientific leadership positions within a non-technology organization. WIT will announce award finalists at a VIP reception today, with award recipients unveiled during the 2009 WOTY Awards ceremony on Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

The judges for this year’s event are:

  • Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Technical College
  • Frank Bell, founder and CEO, Intellinet
  • Nadia Butler, CEO, president and co-founder, ESi
  • Tom Crawford, CEO, Crawford Corporate Coaching
  • Susan Hitchcock, vice president, Client Services and executive director, Women’s Initiatives; Turknett Leadership Group
  • Pam Kilday, CIO, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • Tino Mantello, president, Technology Association of Georgia
  • Diana Melick, head of IT Strategy & Governance, Siemens Industry U.S.
  • Guido Sacchi, CEO, Moneta

“The judges for this year’s WOTY event have the important task of selecting finalists and winners in three categories from a selection of prominent women leaders in technology. WIT appreciates their time and dedication to our organization and the technology community,” says Heather S. Rocker, executive director of WIT.

Grant Thornton is the presenting sponsor for this year’s WOTY awards joined by 10 additional sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsor: Kilpatrick Stockton
  • Silver Sponsors: Cbeyond, Equifax and NPI
  • Bronze Sponsor: What’s Up Interactive
  • Media Sponsor: Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • VIP Reception Sponsors: Compuware and Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • In-Kind Sponsors: Foster & Associates Photography and Teryl Jackson Photography

“Events like WOTY are only possible through the participation of our sponsors, and our organization is grateful for each of our sponsors’ commitment to WIT, especially in the current economic climate,” says Rocker.

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

For more information about the Women of the Year in Technology, including information regarding select sponsorships still available and ticket sales, please 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