Atlanta – February 20, 2009 – Women in Technology (WIT) executive director Heather S. Rocker was awarded the Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumna designation on Feb. 19, and was recently recognized as an Atlanta Business Chronicle “Up and Comer – Top 40 Under 40.”
“Working and volunteering with non-profits has always been extremely important in my life,” says Rocker. “It’s gratifying to use my leadership and organizational effectiveness skills to help these groups succeed, and it is an honor to be recognized by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and the Atlanta Business Chronicle for my contributions to the community and my profession.”
“Georgia Tech’s alumni help the institution stand tall among its peers. They’re leaders in every sense of the word. From time to time we get to recognize our alumni and we’re so pleased to recognize Heather Rocker and share our appreciation for her for her excellent service on behalf of Georgia Tech and the Alumni Association. The Outstanding Young Alumna award recognizes young alumni who have made a tremendous impact on their communities and Georgia Tech and Heather fits the bill perfectly,” says Joe Irwin, president and CEO of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
As the first-ever executive director of Women in Technology (WIT), a non-profit focused on promoting and developing women for success in technology in Georgia, Rocker has steered the organization with an innovative volunteer placement and management system; integrated succession planning, skills development, and career mapping for the organization; she’s implemented an outreach program to companies so they have a strategic way to put their associates into a volunteer role that not only supports the community but also helps them develop their own leadership skills through professional development via WIT training programs.
“Leading a board of executives with many years of collective experience, plus a small army of volunteers, would be a challenging task for even an extremely seasoned professional,” says Terry Trout, vice president of Customer Experience for Cbeyond and 2008 Women of the Year in Technology co-chair and board member for WIT. “Heather’s dynamic personality, her naturally strategic approach to organizational effectiveness and supreme ability to motivate are the reasons WIT successfully surpassed its goals for 2008 and continues to be one of the largest and most powerful women-focused technology organizations in the country.”
Rocker currently serves as the chair-elect of the Atlanta Women’s Alliance, is the immediate past president of the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, the State Chairman for Georgia’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, advisor for the Georgia Tech Young Alumni Council and a member of the League of Women Voters of Atlanta.
About Women in Technology (WIT)
WIT is a not-for-profit organization made up of an influential community of diverse, talented professional women focused on promoting the advancement of women in the field of technology in Georgia. WIT’s monthly meetings feature nationally recognized speakers who address topics on leadership and professional advancement to support women in their technology careers while also providing a valuable networking opportunity. WIT delivers 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 www.mywit.org.