Atlanta, GA – July 7, 2011 – The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) shines a light on the accomplishments of Georgia’s female executives in technology and their impact on their communities through its annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards presented by Grant Thornton. Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, September 2, 2011 at 5 p.m. EDT online at http://www.mywit.org/signature-events/women-of-the-year-presented-by-grant-thornton/nomination-selection-and-judging-process. A gala event announcing and celebrating the nominees and winners takes place Thursday, November 10 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill.

To qualify, female executives must be Georgia residents holding business, technology or scientific leadership roles within an organization whose primary product is technology or maintain a leadership position in the technology or science department of a non-technology organization. Additional criteria include evidence of the executive’s impact on the organization’s mission, community involvement, demonstrated leadership in- and outside of the company and a track record of contributions to the advancement of women in the technology field. One winner will be selected from each of three categories based on business size: enterprise business (more than 2500 employees), medium (251-2500 employees) and small (250 or fewer employees). Qualified candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by a co-worker, business colleague or any individual capable of identifying the nominee’s qualifications for the award.  Additional details and the nomination form may be found online at http://www.mywit.org/signature-events/women-of-the-year-presented-by-grant-thornton/nomination-selection-and-judging-process.

A committee of former finalists, technology executives and WIT representatives will jointly screen each application and discuss the merits of each nominee. Three finalists will be chosen for each category and will be interviewed by an independent panel of judges hailing from variety of business sectors. One winner from each category will be announced at the November 10 gala.    

“WIT provides opportunities for training and relationship-building that can propel women to greater heights in their technology careers. The Women of the Year program is our opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous progress being made and to spotlight outstanding women across Georgia who are leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Amy Brady, 2011 Women of the Year co-chair. Brady serves as chief information officer for Bank of America’s Global Enterprise Functions Technology and Operations organization.

Last year’s winners were Lisa McVey, vice president, CIO MPT and RelayHealth Provider and Consumer of McKesson Corporation (enterprise business category); Margaret L. Loper, chief scientist in the Information and Communications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute (medium business) and Barbara A. Carkenord, co-founder and chief curriculum strategist of B2T Training (small business).  More than 50 nominees were also honored.

Thank you to our 2011 event sponsors: Grant Thornton, Kilpatrick Townsend, and Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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.