Atlanta – February 8, 2010 – Women In Technology (WIT), is pleased to announce two board members and WIT’s executive director have been named nominees for Turknett Leadership Group’s Leadership Character awards. Tricia Dempsey, Heather S. Rocker and Judi Vitale will be honored for their nomination at the awards luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium on February 23.

tricia_dempseyTricia Dempsey is a WIT board member and currently serves as secretary. Dempsey is the founder and chief executive officer of Agile, an IT talent firm headquartered in Atlanta. Dempsey entered the IT staffing industry in 1996. Prior to founding Agile, she served in a variety of leadership positions at companies ranging from $5 million to over $1 billion in annual revenues. Tricia has worked with clients of all sizes – from Fortune 100 companies to mid-market and emerging organizations. Her experience reaches across a variety of different industries including healthcare, financial services, media, technology, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, and more.

Since 2004, Tricia has been captain of Team Agile in the Race for the Cure. In 2004, she also founded Agile on the Green – the technology community’s premiere golf charity. Agile on the Green benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and has raised more than $100,000 for the cure.

heather_rockerHeather Rocker joined WIT in March 2007 as the organization’s first-ever executive director. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She brings more than 15 years experience in volunteer leadership positions to WIT along with a strong track record of establishing repeatable processes, procedures and operational efficiencies.

Outside of WIT, Heather currently serves as board president of Atlanta Women’s Alliance, state director for America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, trustee and committee chair for Georgia Tech’s Board of Trustees, and volunteer training director for the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties. Past leadership activities include serving as Georgia’s State Director for America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, board members of the North Metro Georgia Tech Club, and president of the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton. In recent years, Heather was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Top 40 Under 40” and was awarded the honor of “Outstanding Young Alumna” by Georgia Tech.

judi_vitaleJudi Vitale is the immediate past president of WIT and serves as the WIT board chair and on the WIT Foundation board as a director. Vitale joined AcuityCFO, a professional services firm that provides broad financial leadership to small and mid-sized companies needing to establish a solid foundation for growth as a partner, in July of 2007.  She has over 25 years of experience in financial and operational leadership.  Judi has moderated technology panels and has served as a judge in business launch competitions in Metro Atlanta. 

Prior to AcuityCFO, Vitale served as vice president and chief accounting officer of Indus International, now known as Ventyx, Inc., a service delivery management software company.  She managed the accounting and finance departments for Indus, including revenue recognition, SEC reporting, financial planning and analysis, SOx compliance, and cash management.  Prior to Indus, Vitale was with Firstwave Technologies, a customer relationship management software solutions provider.  She served as senior vice president and chief financial officer and held various financial positions before that, including vice president and director of Finance and Administration, and Corporate Controller. 

Vitale sits on the board of directors of TechBridge and Computers for Youth, and is a member of the Technology Executive Roundtable, Atlanta Executive Forum, CEO Netweavers, and Atlanta CEO Council. 

“Extraordinarily positive reflections of the leadership character so critical to success, each of these women are also significant contributors to WIT and our community.  Heather, Judi, and Tricia are inspiring models for women in technology,” said Sandy Hofmann, president of WIT.”

The awards are hosted by Turknett Leadership Group in partnership with the Siegel Institute of Leadership, Ethics & Character at Kennesaw State University and sponsored by Crawford & Company and KPMG.

About WIT and WIT Foundation

WIT’s mission is to develop and promote women for success in technology in Georgia. 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.