Women in Technology Announces the Winners of the Women of the Year in Technology Awards Presented by Grant Thornton

Women in Technology, a non-profit organization focused on promoting the advancement of women in the field of technology in Georgia, announces the winners of its annual Women of the Year in Technology awards.

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 25, 2008

Women in Technology (WIT) announced on Sept. 18 the winners for the ninth annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards presented by Grant Thornton. The 2008 awards recognize and celebrate the winners as "WOMEN OF IMPACT" for their accomplishments as leaders in business, as visionaries of technology, and as women who make a difference in our communities. The winners were announced at the annual Women of the Year in Technology awards gala at the Cobb Galleria.

The winners are:

In the enterprise business category: Marianne Johnson, Senior Vice President of Global Technology New Product Innovation, Equifax, Inc.;

In the medium business category: Theresa Brunasso, Principal Engineer & Director of Technology Development, EMS Technologies, Defense & Space Systems; and

In the emerging/small business category: Nadia Butler, Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-founder, ESi.

"WIT' s mission is simple: to develop and promote women for success in technology in Georgia," says Judi Vitale, President of WIT. "With statistics showing only 26.7 percent of employees in computer and mathematical fields are female, recognizing women like Marianne, Theresa and Nadia allows us to pay tribute to these women who are leading by example ― and are doing their part to change that statistic for the better."

Johnson, of Lawrenceville, Ga., has been with Equifax since 1996, and in her current position leads a team focused on creating and delivering new product innovation to drive growth across the Equifax Enterprise. Johnson was selected as a finalist for the 2007 Women of the Year in Technology Award and has also been recognized with a GEM Award, a coveted technology honor within Equifax Business Solutions.

Brunasso, of Snellville, Ga., joined EMS Defense & Space Systems in 1989 and is a 30-year veteran in the field of electrical engineering. At EMS, Brunasso has provided innovative design and development expertise for Defense and Space Systems heritage programs and was the lead EMS author for a 2005 U.S. patent application titled "A Compact Beam Former with Low Side Lobes."

Butler, of Augusta, Ga., has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international business development, strategic planning, preparation of major proposals and operations management of profit/loss centers - all with high-tech companies. Butler has worked with NPDB, Thermo Technology Ventures, NUMATIC, Jacobs Engineering Group, Battelle Memorial Institute and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Additionally, Butler has participated in Harvard University's Entrepreneurship Program.

Each winner of the Women of the Year in Technology Award participated in an interview conducted by the judging panel focusing on each finalist's accomplishments within their organization, in the community and in the important role of mentor to other women. The judges then selected the winner in each category based on the merit of their applications and the strength of their interviews.

More than 40 women were honored by being nominated as a Woman of the Year in Technology.

Grant Thornton LLP is the presenting sponsor of the Awards. "The winners of the 2008 Women of the Year in Technology Awards are each outstanding, accomplished leaders in the field," says Lori Turbé, Atlanta partner and Women@Grant Thornton leader. "Each one sets an example of how to succeed and lead, and inspires other women in the field of technology to raise the bar each day in their own careers. Grant Thornton congratulates this year's esteemed winners, the finalists and every honoree."

Additional sponsors include Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, the Gold Sponsor of the event; Silver Sponsors ING, What's Up Interactive and NPI; Media Sponsor the Atlanta Business Chronicle; with CarterBaldwin participating as the sponsor of the VIP reception announcing the finalists held on Aug. 14.

About Women in Technology (WIT):
WIT is a not-for-profit organization made up of an influential community of diverse, talented professional women focused on promoting the advancement of women in the field of technology in Georgia. WIT's monthly meetings feature nationally recognized speakers who address topics on leadership and professional advancement to support women in their technology careers while also providing a valuable networking opportunity. WIT delivers 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 http://www.witinc.org.

About Grant Thornton LLP:
The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a world wide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity.

In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at http://www.GrantThornton.com.

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