For 25 years, Women in Technology (WIT) has been working to improve opportunities for women in STEM, and to improve STEM education opportunities for girls.  WIT is committed to building a bridge between women and girls who want to pursue careers in STEM, and those who are already excelling.

WIT Connect, WIT’s annual event, brings together more than 600 of Atlanta’s top technology leaders for a night of networking and fundraising. For the past several years, the WIT Connect event featured organizations presenting branded, fully-funded scholarships for WIT Girls and WIT Campus members.
This year’s event is presented by NTT Data and will feature the special presentation of $90,000 in scholarship funds to 8 individuals – members of WIT Girls, WIT Campus and STEM professionals. These exemplary women have competitive academic standing, an interest in STEM, have been active participants in WIT Girls or WIT Campus, and demonstrate leadership in STEM-related activities and careers.

Sponsorships are sold out, however, individual tickets are still available for WIT Connect, where the following scholarships will be presented:


WIT Girls NCR Foundation Scholarship for $10,000: Avanthika Ramesh

Ramesh is a 2017 graduate of Milton High School. She has an interest in electrical engineering and computer science and is committed to pursuing her passion for STEM through organizations such as the National Center for Women and Information Technology, Society of Women Engineers and WIT Girls

She nurtured this passion through internships at Georgia Tech Nanotechnology Lab, Georgia Tech Aerospace Lab and Digital Scientists, where she has been able to get hands-on experience creating java modules and testing emerging technology applications. In addition, Ramesh is also the founder of Company and author of Multivariable Calculus Book.

“Participating in the WIT Girls program has been extremely rewarding as I’ve grown passionate about technology. My passion for technology has even encouraged me to pursue an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) degree at UC Berkeley,” said Ramesh.



WIT Girls NCR Foundation Scholarship for $10,000: Morgan Keller

Keller is a 2017 graduate of Wesleyan School and will be studying Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is a founding member of the Wesleyan Omicron Service Society with over 300 community service hours, current member of the Wesleyan Alumni Board and field manager for both the varsity volleyball and track teams. Keller’s dream is to utilize her love for chemistry in an engineering environment.

“WIT and other organizations that encourage girls to be involved in science and technology have fostered my academic and professional growth and I certainly plan to follow in the footsteps of the amazing women I have met this year,” said Keller.







WIT Girls ThoughtWorks Scholarship for $2,500 and Daugherty Business Solutions for $2,500: Neely Swartz 

Swartz is an Alan C. Pope High School graduate where she was a member of the National Honors Society as well as the Spanish and English National Honors Societies. Swartz lettered

in robotics and received the Academic Letter Award for 4.0 GPA 2015-2017.

“WIT Girls has inspired me to pursue a science career by showing me the importance of STEM fields and the varied opportunities and innovations STEM careers bring,” said Swartz.

Swartz will continue to exercise her passion for science and lifelong learning by pursuing a microbiology degree at the University of Georgia beginning fall 2017.





WIT Campus Edge Solutions Scholarship for $5,000: Amani Konduru 

Konduru is a computer science major at Georgia State University. She exercises her leadership abilities on campus as co-president of the Computer Science Club, vice president of programs for Georgia State University Women in Technology, lead of Georgia State University HackGSU, and as a board member for the Georgia State University Student Alumni Association.

Konduru is proud of the community that WIT Campus provides and believes programs like this make a difference in the future of STEM.

“WIT Campus and its other programs empower women and this is changing the field of STEM more than anything. It provides girls and young women with support and embraces that they can do whatever they put their mind to and they don’t have to choose between a career and a family,” said Konduru.






WIT Campus Fiserv Scholarship for $5,000: Shadricka Walker

Walker is a candidate for Georgia State University’s 2018 Master of Science in information systems program. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has previously held internships with the City of Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz USA.

“As the chartering president of WIT Campus at Georgia State University, I had the opportunity to help young ladies like myself through many programs and networking opportunities. I helped promote awareness of women in STEM fields and offer advice for future career choices,” said Walker.







WIT Campus Mercedes-Benz Scholarship for $5,000: Etienne Batiste

Batiste is a civil engineering and math major at Spelman College. She is member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and is acting publicity chair for the Spelman Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics. In addition, Etienne is a current WIT Ambassador and previous WIT Girls McKesson Scholar (2016).

“Since working for Georgia Tech, I have taught many Atlanta Public School students about robotics, coding and much more. Since many girls are without access to such programs, I will continue to donate my time to this cause far into my future. My degree will benefit more than myself, through it I will help advance the STEM community’s diversity,” said Batiste.







Emory University Goizueta Business School MBA for Executives Program Scholarship – $25,000: Adrienne Baile

Baile is a senior consultant at Experient Group where she provides management and consulting services to achieve value-driven results.  She has over nine years of consulting experience in system and software integration implementation projects and the full systems development life cycle (SDLC) using different methodologies. Originally from Colorado, Baile holds an engineering degree from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Emory University Class of 2019 Executive MBA program.








Emory University Goizueta Business School MBA for Executives Program Scholarship – $25,000: Devyani Sharma

Sharma is a STEM professional with 12 years of programming experience and mother to her 4-year-old son. After obtaining her degree in arts, Sharma realized the influence and opportunity in the STEM field and decided to obtain her masters in computer science and pursue a career as a software engineer. After studying and working in India, she briefly worked in the UK before deciding to explore the U.S. – the land of opportunity. Sharma is all set to take the next step in her career by pursuing her MBA at Emory Goizueta Business School.






About The NCR Foundation
The NCR Foundation was established in 1953 to help support community needs consistent with its mission. As NCR Corporation has evolved into a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences, the NCR Foundation has evolved its grant strategy consistent with its focus on helping people help themselves.  Our mission, is to support NCR’s interest in building stronger communities by making strategic grants to non-profit partners that are aligned with the corporation’s self-service philosophy, including global grants through U.S.-based international non-profit agencies in the focus areas of education, disability issues and health support programs. For more information, visit


About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.


NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR. For more information, visit


About ThoughtWorks

We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients’ toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.

Founded over 20 years ago, ThoughtWorks has grown to a company of over 4000 people, including a products division which makes pioneering tools for software teams. ThoughtWorks has 42 offices across 15 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, visit


About Daugherty Business Solutions

Since 1985, Daugherty Business Solutions has specialized in helping companies think bigger and expect more, all while delivering results with a real-world approach. With expertise in the areas of enterprise planning, digital engagement, agile transformation, technology optimization, IoT and Mobile Applications, Information Management and more, Daugherty consultants are solving mission-critical projects for some of the most well-known companies in the world. Their partnering ability, proven methods, and team of 1,000+ consultants sets them apart in providing world-class strategy, technology and innovation across all industries and business functions. Discover the Daugherty Difference by visiting

Daugherty is headquartered in St. Louis with offices in Atlanta, New York, Minneapolis, Dallas, Chicago and Denver.


About Edge Solutions

Alpharetta-based Edge Solutions delivers proactive technology solutions – including data center infrastructure and cloud services – that provide a competitive advantage to customers across the Southeast. A certified majority-women owned company, Edge Solutions “lives its values” of diversity by consciously including women at every level of its workforce, including its management team. For more information, visit


About Fiserv

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) enables clients worldwide to create and deliver financial services experiences that are in step with the way people live and work today. For more than 30 years, Fiserv has been a trusted leader in financial services technology, helping clients achieve best-in-class results by driving quality and innovation in payments, processing services, risk and compliance, customer and channel management, and insights and optimization. Fiserv is a member of the FORTUNE® 500 and has been named among the FORTUNE Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies® for four consecutive years, ranking first in its category for innovation in 2016 and 2017. For more information, visit


About Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States.  MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse lineup in the luxury segment with 15 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

MBUSA is also responsible for Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at, and


Emory University Goizueta Business School

Business education has been an integral part of Emory University’s identity since 1919. That kind of longevity and significance does not come without a culture built around success and service. Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers a unique, community-oriented environment paired with the academic prestige of a major research institution. Goizueta trains business leaders of today and tomorrow with an Undergraduate degree program, a Two-Year Full-Time MBA, a One-Year MBA, an Evening MBA, an Executive MBA (Weekend and Modular formats), a Doctoral degree and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses. Together, the Goizueta community strives to solve the world’s most pressing business problems. The school is named for the late Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. For more information, visit


Originally published on Atlanta Daybook