Mary Ann Green and Shannon Johnston to Co-chair Event

Atlanta – July 16, 2010 – Women in Technology (WIT) is launching the call for nominations today for the 11TH annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards (WIT Awards) presented by Grant Thornton. Applications are available online at www.mywit.orguntil the Sept. 1 deadline for submission.

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.

The event is co-chaired this year by Mary Ann Green, strategic technology consultant, former Vice President of Airline Operations Systems for Delta Technology and 2008 WIT Awards finalist in the enterprise category; and Shannon Johnston, Chief Technology Officer of Points of Light Institute and 2009 WIT Awards winner in the medium-size business category.

Green is a strategic technology consultant, applying her more than 20 years experience to deliver client results in the areas of systems development, portfolio management, and IT integration.  She is accomplished in leading the development of strategic business systems in a highly competitive and complex environment.  As a consultant, she has advised organizations in the financial services, sustainability, and consumer products industries.

Previously Green held the position of Vice President of Airline Operations Systems for Delta Technology. In this role, she served as the senior consultant and partner to executive leaders in operating units across the corporate organization. 

Green is a member of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), is active in Women in Technology, and serves as chair of the board of trustees for Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta.

 “I am honored to be part of WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards, recognizing the outstanding women who are such a force in a variety of companies across Georgia,” said Green.  “Their leadership has furthered the success of Atlanta’s technology sector, and they inspire others to take their careers in new directions while making a positive contribution to our community.  We look forward to recognizing their many talents and accomplishments.”

Shannon Johnston is Chief Technology Officer at Points of Light Institute, a non-profit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world.  She leads the technology organization and is responsible for web, Salesforce, and infrastructure design and delivery, and affiliate and partner support for Points of Light’s technology products. 

Previously Johnston held various senior positions at CompuCredit, including Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services, responsible for worldwide IT Operations. She relocated to the United Kingdom for a year in 2007 to build and deliver the U.K. IT strategy and plan for CompuCredit’s entrance into the EEU financial markets.

Johnston is a member of TAG, the MentorNet community and the International Association for Outsourcing Professionals. She is active in Women in Technology and is on the board of directors for TAG Diversity.

 “I am thrilled to be co-chairing WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards and helping support WIT in its mission to celebrate women technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in our communities,” said Johnston.

WIT will announce all finalists at a VIP reception on Oct. 5, 2010 with award recipients unveiled during the 2010 WIT Awards Gala Dinner on Nov. 10, 2010 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.  For more information about the Women of the Year in Technology, including applications and sponsor information, please visit www.mywit.org/specialevents.

The 2010 WIT Awards sponsors are: Presenting Sponsor, Grant Thornton; VIP Reception Sponsor, Kilpatrick Stockton; Silver Sponsor, Cbeyond; and Media Sponsor, Atlanta Business Chronicle.  Heather S. Rocker serves as WIT’s executive director.

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 www.mywit.org.

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