WIT’s Girls Get IT program awarded top accolade at TechAmerica Georgia’s Spirit of Endeavor Awards Banquet

ATLANTA – December 7, 2010 – TechAmerica Georgia has selected the Women in Technology Foundation’s Girls Get IT program the winner of its Spirit of Endeavor Leadership in Technology Education Award. The recipients were revealed at the 2010 Spirit of Endeavor awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 3.

Girls Get IT, as part of the WIT Foundation, collaborates with the Georgia business community to inspire girls in middle and high school to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

In 2010 alone, WIT’s Girls Get IT (GGIT) program has reached more than 200 young women, providing technology education experiences at no charge to the students.  GGIT spearheads multiple programs for Atlanta-area companies (including AutoTrader.com, Turner Broadcasting and SunTrust) to impact female students by hosting behind the scenes events, mentoring through job shadow, and sharing their stories as part of career exploration. This year, students have experienced topics including nanotechnology, robotics, healthcare technology, and how technology drives the hospitality industry.

“America lags behind other countries in students choosing science and math as career paths, and of all engineering degrees awarded only 9 percent go to women. The WIT Foundation is on a mission: change these statistics,” says Heather Rocker, executive director of WIT. “The best way to accomplish this mission is give young women the opportunity to learn how rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and math can be.

“By recognizing the WIT Foundation’s efforts, TechAmerica Georgia is not only acknowledging WIT, but also the efforts of the companies and women in leadership who shape the future of technology through GGIT,” said Rocker.

The Spirit of Endeavor awards are presented annually to outstanding individuals and companies in the technology industry by TechAmerica Georgia. This year, 85 nominations were received for the Spirit of Endeavor awards.

For more information about the WIT Foundation and GGIT, please visit www.mywit.org.

About WIT Foundation

Founded in 2004, the WIT Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the philanthropic aims of WIT, Inc. The WIT Foundation focuses on pre-career programs, awarding cash grants to area organizations and non-profits focusing on girls and STEM.

WIT starts early guiding women in technology toward success, and the WIT Foundation-created Girls Get IT program is a perfect example. WIT creates a community of middle and high school girls, partners them with local professional women in technology, then helps them make informed decisions about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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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