Ability to bid via iPhone or Blackberry at event expedites connecting with executives from top companies including NCR, Delta Air Lines and The Coca-Cola Company

ATLANTA – June 14, 2010 – Women in Technology (WIT) is hosting its 16th annual WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause on June 24, 2010 at the Atlanta History Center, with the silent and live auction event beginning at 5:30 p.m. WIT Connect is a top networking fundraiser that auctions the time of executives of top Georgia corporations and draws hundreds of the technology community’s leaders together to raise money to support WIT programs and philanthropies.WIT Connect is known to industry insiders as the place to network, gain personal introductions to top level industry leaders and discover new ways to develop your career – all while supporting a great cause.

For the first time at WIT Connect, attendees will have the ability to bid on silent auction companies via their iPhone or Blackberry. This cutting-edge live mobile auction technology streamlines the process of a bidder’s ability to track activity on their bids.

“WIT Connect 2010 promises to be an electric executive networking event,” says Debey Stratton, co-chair, WIT Connect. “We have already reached sold-out status for tables, which means the ability to stay connected to manage bids will be at a premium. In the past, a bidder might have to wait for an on-site computer to become available to check the status of a bid. This year, attendees can be vigilant in placing the winning bid for their top company simply by keeping their mobile phone handy.”

New companies to WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause include First Data and ING for the live auction and Kimberly Clark, Cisco, Bank of America and Lexis Nexis for the silent auction – plus many returning favorites including InterContinental Hotels Group, The Coca-Cola Company and The Home Depot.

“In the last three years, WIT Connect has raised more than half $1 million for WIT philanthropies and programs,” said Heather S. Rocker, executive director, WIT.  “Every auction candidate and each sponsor represents top companies not only supporting business development efforts in Atlanta’s technology community, but also fueling the WIT programs and charitable giving that provide support and development for current and future women in technology. Their participation makes a significant difference in the lives of girls and women in technology in Georgia, and their time, effort, and financial contributions are greatly appreciated.”

Last year, more than 400 of the technology communities’ leaders gathered for WIT Connect, which auctioned the time of 60 high-level executives of 30 top Georgia corporations to raise more than $220,000 to support WIT programs and philanthropy initiatives.

“We continue to be thrilled with the results of our winning auction bid at last year’s WIT Connect. The level of commitment of the auction candidates to go the extra mile to offer solid business opportunities is extraordinary. WIT Connect was the catalyst in the opportunity to build this key business relationship, and we’re already eagerly anticipating WIT Connect 2010,” said Wade Hughes, partner, The Intersect Group.

The co-chairs for 2010 WIT Connect: Connecting for a cause are Theresa Brunasso, D&S Microwave and Debey Stratton, Genesys. The 2010 WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause sponsors are Oracle, Gold Sponsor; and Cbeyond, Muddy Faces, Exact Target, 3iPeople, McKesson, HiQo Solutions, What’s Up Interactive and Datum Software, Silver Sponsors.

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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