Award Recognizes Individuals for Lifetime of Contributions to Atlanta’s Business and Technology Communities

sandy_hofmannAtlanta, GA – October 24, 2013 – The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) announced that Sandy Hofmann, Former CIO & Chief People Officer, MAPICS and Chair, TiE Atlanta Council of Board Advisors, is the recipient of WIT’s Legacy Award. The WIT Legacy Award was created to recognize extraordinary individuals who have inspired others and provided significant impact to the technology community, particularly in support and development of female professionals, over the course of their career. 

“This award was created to recognize individuals whose achievements are marked by exceptional leadership and positive influence,” said Brenda Holmes, president of WIT.  “The WIT Board of Directors could not think of a more distinguished professional whose work has enriched the lives of women in technology and business, and the community in general. Sandy’s dedication to the promotion of women in leadership, both over the course of her career, and through her extensive contributions to WIT as well as other local nonprofit organizations, makes her the perfect candidate for this honor, and we are thrilled that she has accepted.”

Sandy has provided leadership to technology and manufacturing professionals for over 25 years. Her broad management experience includes 14 years with IBM. She joined MAPICS as the VP and General Manager for a newly acquired business unit and was then a lead participant in the company’s re-engineering as a functional organization. She then stepped into the dual role of CIO and Chief People Officer and established the company’s organizational model for the “virtual office.”   

Currently, Sandy serves as Co-Chair of TiE Atlanta’s Council of Board Advisors to accelerate the growth of successful Entrepreneurs. Prior to retirement, Sandy was Chief Operating Officer at Closets and More, and also served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer for Turknett Leadership Group.  Sandy has concurrently provided executive mentorship as “CIO-in-Residence” with the Advanced Technology Development Center.

Sandy is a member of the Surya Carpets Board of Advisors, the Past Board of Directors’ chair for TechBridge and Society for Human Resource Management-Atlanta. She served Women in Technology as Board Director and then as President 2010 and 2011 and concurrently on the Technology Association of Georgia Board of Directors. She previously served on the board of AAA Auto Club and as Compensation Committee Chair for AkroMetrix Board of Directors.

Sandy’s industry recognitions include:

  • Georgia State University Distinguished Alumnus (2011)
  • ATP Professional of the Year Finalist (2011)
  • Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) inaugural Life Time Achievement Award (2010)
  • PathBuilders Mentor of the Year –2005
  • WIT Women of the Year in Technology Awards Finalist (2003 and 2004)
  • Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) Georgia CIO of the Year (2003)
  • Service News Significant Achievement as Top 25 Service and Support Executive (1999)

Articles highlighting Sandy’s achievements have been published in CIO and CFO Magazine, CIO Insight, CIO Quarterly, Information Week, Workforce Management, Human Resource Executive, and PINK Magazine.  She served as co-editor and contributing author of CLIMB: Leading Women in Technology Share their Journeys to Success, which was released in November 2010 and re-released as an eBook in April 2012. WIT BiblioBabes was founded by Sandy in April 2009.

Sandy graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor of science in education, has completed an intensive program for executive management at Stanford University, a fellowship to Harvard Business School for Excellence in Nonprofit Governance and received Corporate Directors certification from University of Georgia Terry College of Business.

The Legacy Award will be presented at WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards gala event, presented by Infor, on Thursday, November 14 at Georgia Aquarium. The annual awards were created to recognize the incredible accomplishments of Georgia’s female executives in technology and their impact on their communities. 

A networking reception will be followed by dinner and the presentation of the Women of the Year in Technology winners, the WIT Legacy Award and the Girls Get IT Girl of the Year award, which is generously sponsored by Scintel Technologies. Tickets and tables for the gala are still available.

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT is a passionate advocate of women in Georgia’s technology community, reaching more than 1,000 professionals annually through programs such as WIT Forums and Careers in Action. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT’s premier events include the annual WIT Connect fundraiser and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Through the WIT Foundation, WIT educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with programs like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia. For more information, visit www.mywit.org.