Atlanta, GA – November 14, 2011 –  

Women in Technology (WIT) announced the winners of its 12th annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards, presented by Grant Thornton, last Thursday night at a gala and awards dinner held at the Foundry at Puritan Mill.

WIT’s 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 have been selected.

“WIT is proud to recognize Atlanta’s most prominent and influential female leaders in Georgia’s technology community,” said Sandra Hofmann, president of WIT. “These three women have extraordinary impact in the community and we applaud them for their impressive accomplishments.”

“Congratulations to these winners, who are tributes to the progress women in business are making in our community and beyond,” said André Schnabl, managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s Atlanta office. “These women are proven leaders who are leading the way for more diversity in senior leadership.”

Small/Emerging Category Winner:

Jenni Crenshaw, Executive Director, Jabian Consulting

Mid-sized/Medium Category Winner:

Carrie Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Cbeyond

Enterprise Category Winner

Trish Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief Emerging Technologies Officer, Turner Broadcasting

Southern Company’s SVP and CIO (retired) Becky Blalock was also recognized last night with the first-ever WIT Legacy Award, created to recognize women who have provided significant impact to the technology community over the course of their career.

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.  Through “Careers in Action”, WIT delivers professional development programs such as Executive Readiness, Leadership Foundations, and Success by Design, created to enable women to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community.   WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, known as Girls Get IT, collaborate with the business, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire girls of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause (our annual fundraiser) and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who successfully 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,

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.

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