McVey of McKesson Technology Solutions, Loper of Georgia Tech Research Institute and Carkenord of B2T Training awarded highest honor for contributions to Georgia technology community

Atlanta – November 11, 2010 – Women in Technology (WIT) announced yesterday the winners for the 11TH annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards (WIT Awards) presented by Grant Thornton. Award recipients were unveiled during the 2010 WIT Awards Gala Dinner at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel. 

Winners were presented in three categories: enterprise business, representing companies with more than 2,500 employees; medium business, representing companies with 251 to 2,500 employees, and small business, representing companies with 250 employees or less.  The winners are:

  • In the enterprise business category: Lisa McVey, Vice President and CIO, MPT, Ambulatory and RelayHealth, McKesson Technology Solutions
  • In the medium business category: Margaret L. Loper, Chief Scientist, Information and Communications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • In the small business category: Barbara A. Carkenord, Co-Founder and Chief Curriculum Strategist, B2T Training

“This year, WIT recognized a record-breaking 52 honorees, proving there are many outstanding women positively impacting Georgia’s technology community,” says Heather S. Rocker, executive director, WIT.  “These business leaders are assets within their organizations and are positive role models for the next generation of women in technology.”

WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards celebrates female 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 Georgia-based technology organization, or maintain technology or scientific leadership positions within a non-technology, Georgia-based organization. All nominees must have a primary residence in Georgia.

More than 50 women were honored by being nominated as a Woman of the Year in Technology. Finalists for the Women of the Year in Technology Award participated in an interview conducted by the 2010 Women of the Year Award judging panel focusing on each finalist’s accomplishments within their organization, in the community and in the important role of mentor to other women. The selection committee then determines the winner in each category based on the merit of their applications and the strength of their interviews.

The 2010 WIT Awards sponsors are: Presenting Sponsor, Grant Thornton; VIP Reception Sponsor, Kilpatrick Stockton; Gold Sponsor, Wipro Inc.; Silver Sponsors, Generation Mortgage, Louis Foster & Associates, West Reed and What’s Up Interactive; and Media Partner, Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

Mary Ann Green, Consultant, North Highland Company, and Shannon Johnston, Chief Technology Officer, Points of Light Institute, are co-chairs of the 2010 WIT Awards. For more information about the WIT Awards, please visit

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.  WIT delivers professional development 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

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