Atlanta, GA – November 20, 2015 – Women in Technology (WIT) has announced the winners of its 16th annual Women of the Year Awards, presented by Cox Automotive, at a gala and dinner held Thursday evening at the Georgia Aquarium, attended by a record-setting 750 people. The Women of the Year Awards program 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.  One winner from each category representing Small/Emerging Organizations, Medium Organizations and Educational Institutions, and Large/Enterprise Organizations, was selected.


Small/Emerging Organization Category Winner: 

Julie Haley, Chief Executive Officer, Edge Solutions


Medium Organization and Educational Institution Category Winner: 

Serena Sacks, Chief Information Officer, Fulton County Schools


Large/Enterprise Category Winner: 

Laura Miller, Senior Vice President of Global Solutions Delivery, Intercontinental Hotels Group


This year’s event was a tremendous success with a record-setting attendance of over 700 guests. The winners are prime examples of WIT’s community of professionals as shared by WIT’s Executive Director, Sandy Welfare. ““What a fabulous evening celebrating Georgia’s top women in STEM! Julie, Serena and Laura exemplify how women in technology are writing their own amazing stories. They serve as great roles models to not only the girls, young women and seasoned professionals that WIT serves, but to the entire STEM community.”


Also presented at the event:


Goizueta Business School at Emory University Scholarships

Goizueta Business School at Emory University also presented two $25,000 scholarships toward their MBA studies at Goizueta. The awardees of these scholarships were Elizabeth Callen, Vice President of Data Services for eVestment, and Feliza Skaggs, Operations Analyst at Aflac Worldwide.


WIT Girl of the Year Award

Taya Amari Welch, a senior at Mt. Paran Christian School, was recognized with the WIT Girl of the Year Award which is sponsored by Scintel Technologies.


For more information about WIT and its programs, visit


About Women in Technology
Women in Technology (WIT) passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM careers—from the classroom to the boardroom. We do this by telling the stories of successful women and by helping more women write their own. This takes place in a wide variety of formats—from educating middle and high school girls about the opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to providing networking and education for professionals. With over 2,500 professionals attending our programs and events, over 500 students, and over 250 volunteers, WIT has become the largest, most active organization of its kind in the region.


About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive, Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Manheim®, Autotrader®, Kelley Blue Book®, Dealertrack®, vAuto®, Xtime®, NextGear Capital® and a host of other brands. The global company has nearly 30,000 team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry.  Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues of more than $17 billion and approximately 55,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit