Atlanta, GA – September 20, 2011 –  The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) announced that Becky Blalock, former senior vice president and chief information officer of Southern Company is the recipient of WIT’s inaugural Legacy Award. The WIT Legacy Award was created to recognize extraordinary women who have inspired others and provided significant impact to the technology community over the course of their career. 

“The WIT Legacy Award recognizes a woman whose achievements are marked by exceptional leadership and positive influence,” said Sandra Hofmann, president of WIT.   “In selecting a winner, the members of the WIT Board of Directors wanted to honor a woman who provides a model for aspiring women, and who serves as a reflection of how our community is enriched by successful women. Becky is the perfect example of such a woman.”

Becky Blalock’s career has spanned more than 30 years, and has included leadership roles at Southern Company and Georgia Power. As senior vice president and chief information officer of Southern Company, Blalock directed IT strategy and operations across 120,000 square miles and nine subsidiaries, and led 1,400 employees and contractors. Under her leadership, Southern Company was named among the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO Magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld Magazine.  She is recognized across the community and continues to earn accolades for her service.

The Legacy Award will be presented at the 2011 Women of the Year in Technology Awards gala event on Thursday, November 10 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. WIT’s annual Women of the Year in Technology awards, presented by Grant Thornton, recognizes the incredible accomplishments of Georgia’s female executives in technology and their impact on their communities. Women of the Year winners will be chosen from a select pool of honorees representing small, medium and enterprise businesses.  A networking reception will be followed by dinner and the announcement of the Women of the Year Awards. Tickets and table sponsorships are now available at http://www.mywit.org/signature-events/women-of-the-year-presented-by-grant-thornton.

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, visit www.mywit.org.

Contact:

Sandra Hofmann, WIT Board President
404-408-1829
sandy.hofmann@comcast.net