Atlanta, GA – June 22, 2015 – Close to 525 sponsors, supporters and guests attended Women in Technology’s (WIT’s) 21st annual fundraiser to raise money for programs aimed at developing future technology leaders. WIT Connect, an auction-style fundraiser, brought the best and brightest stars in the Atlanta business and technology communities together for a fun evening where companies bid on packages featuring quality “time” with executives from some of Atlanta’s top companies.
SILENT AUCTION COMPANIES
The silent auction featured more than 100 senior executives from over 50 companies. Auction candidate companies included the American Cancer Society, Arby’s, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Cox Communications, Dell, Equifax, Georgia State University, Home Depot, Manheim, NCR, Parkmobile, RaceTrac, SunTrust, UPS, and The Weather Company.
Major sponsors of the event included: Presenting Sponsor – Dell; Bidders’ Breakfast Sponsor – Infor; Technology Sponsor – Infor; and Silver Sponsors – CA Technologies, Careerbuilder, Fulton County Schools, IHG, Manheim, Matrix, McKesson, Orasi, Southern Company, Sutherland, The Weather Company, and Workday.
“Thank you to our generous partners and friends for your support at WIT Connect! Funds raised enable us to continue providing programs to develop technology leaders for Georgia’s present and future,” according to Sandy D. Welfare, WIT Executive Director. “WIT is passionate about advancing women and girls in technology. From the classroom to the boardroom, WIT ssupports, inspires and challenges women so they will fill half of Georgia’s new STEM jobs by 2020.”
For the first time ever at the 21st annual WIT Connect, WIT gave away three branded, fully-funded scholarships: CareerBuildHer by CareerBuilder® ($5,000), Edge Solutions ($5,000) and NCR ($20,000). WIT Connect raised just over $300,000, which will enable WIT to continue providing networking, thought leadership, behind-the-scene tours, mentorships and other professional development opportunities for Georgia’s female technology leaders at every stage of their career.
ABOUT WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
Women in Technology, an Atlanta-based organization, passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers — from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT has set a goal of making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM workforce by the year 2020. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT is the largest, most active female-centered STEM organization in the metro Atlanta region.