Three Winners, A WIT Legacy Award Winner and Girls Get IT’s Girl of the Year Recognized at Event

Atlanta, GA – November 2, 2012 – Women in Technology (WIT) announced the winners of its 13th annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards, presented by Grant Thornton, yesterday at a gala and awards dinner held at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The Women of the Year in Technology Awards recognize the accomplishments of Georgia’s female executives in technology and their impact on their communities.  One winner from each of three categories representing small, medium and enterprise businesses has been selected.

“WIT is proud to continue our tradition of recognizing Atlanta’s most prominent and influential female leaders in Georgia’s technology community,” said Brenda Holmes, president of WIT. “These three women have had an extraordinary impact in the community and we applaud them for their impressive accomplishments.”

“Congratulations to these winners, who are having a profoundly positive impact on the lives of the individuals they lead and to the bottom line of the organizations they serve,” said Rick Gebert, Southeast region and Atlanta managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP. “Their ‘pay-it-forward’ leadership style is paving the road to more diversity of senior leadership in STEM professions, and is an inspiration for us all.”

Small/Emerging Category Winner:

Jackie Breiter, Chief Information Officer, Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Mid-Market/Medium Category Winner:

Lora Weiss, Chief Lab Scientist, Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems (ATAS) Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Enterprise Category Winner:

Carolyn Holcomb, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Also presented at the event: 

WIT Legacy Award:

André Schnabl, partner emeritus at global audit, tax and advisory organization Grant Thornton LLP, received WIT’s Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was created to recognize extraordinary individuals who have inspired others and provided significant impact to the technology community, particularly in support and development of female professionals, over the course of their career. 

Girls Get IT Girl of the Year:

Ariana Tyson, an eighth grader at Ron Clark Academy, was recognized with the inaugural Girls Get IT Girl of the Year award, which was created as part of WIT’s commitment to support the entire lifecycle of a woman’s career in technology. The award recognizes a girl who has demonstrated a strong interest in science, technology, engineering or math, who has been fully engaged in one or more of the WIT Foundation’s Girls Get IT programs in 2012, who is respectful and encouraging to others, who is credited with exemplary performance in education and school citizenship, and who has created a lasting and positive impression on a Girls Get IT sponsoring host and WIT member.

Sponsorship for the awards included an impressive roundup of companies in Georgia, including:

Presenting Sponsor: Grant Thornton

VIP Sponsor: Kilpatrick Townsend

Gold Sponsor: Oracle

Girl of the Year Sponsor: Scintel Technologies, Inc.

Silver Sponsors:

Jabian Consulting
What’s Up Interactive

About Grant Thornton, Presenting Sponsor

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. 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.

In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at