ATLANTA – March 15, 2010 – Women In Technology (WIT), is pleased to announce WIT’s executive director, Heather Rocker, has been named the winner in the Inspiritor Category for Turknett Leadership Group’s Leadership Character awards. The winners were announced at the awards luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium on February 23.
Heather Rocker joined WIT in March 2007 as the organization’s first-ever executive director. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She brings more than 15 years experience in volunteer leadership positions to WIT along with a strong track record of establishing repeatable processes, procedures and operational efficiencies.
“To be a nominee for Turknett’s Leadership Character Awards is an incredible honor in itself,” says Rocker. “To be named a winner is one of the most exciting, unexpected, and impactful experiences of my career. It was an amazing experience to spend an afternoon with professionals dedicated to creating organizational impact with a strong focus on integrity, responsibility, and respect.”
Outside of WIT, Heather currently serves as board president of Atlanta Women’s Alliance, Alumnae Council board member for America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, trustee and committee chair for Georgia Tech’s Board of Trustees, and volunteer training director for the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties. Past leadership activities include serving as Georgia’s State Director for America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, board member of the North Metro Georgia Tech Club, and president of the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton. In recent years, Heather was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Top 40 Under 40” and was awarded the honor of “Outstanding Young Alumna” by Georgia Tech.
Turknett Leadership Character Awards recognize individuals who demonstrate character in the way they lead others: high levels of integrity; relating to employees, customers, suppliers and others with respect; and maintaining a culture in which everyone takes responsibility for achieving results while upholding the organization’s core values.
“The awards were instituted in 2002, at a low point in business, when there were stories day after day about dishonesty at companies like Enron and HealthSouth” said Lyn Turknett, co-founder of the awards with her husband and partner Dr. Robert Turknett. “We believe that most business people are decent and honest, and we wanted to find a way to recognize leaders of character.” More information about these inspirational leaders and their work, as well as a complete list of the nominees can be found at www.leadershipcharacter.com.
About WIT and WIT Foundation
WIT’s mission is to develop and promote women for success in technology in Georgia. 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 www.mywit.org.