Atlanta, GA, August 19, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Scintel Technologies Inc. today announced that it contributed over $100,000 to Women in Technology (WIT) through the 16th annual WIT Connect fundraising event – Connecting for a Cause. This represented one-quarter of the $400,000 raised at the 2010 event. WIT helps promote and advance technology careers among women, critical to addressing an impending shortage of US technology workers.
“Thanks to the participation of Scintel and other Georgia companies, we were able to hold a record-breaking fundraising event that will allow WIT to inspire, mentor and connect a record number of girls and women seeking technology career entry and advancement,” said Sandy Hofmann, president of Women in Technology and CIO-in-residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center.
“I’ve been on the WIT Connect event committee since 2008, and have never seen the level of enthusiasm and support shown this year by the participating companies,” added Lisa McVey, CIO, McKesson Provider Technologies and RelayHealth Connectivity Solutions (NYSE: MCK).
According to a 2009 study conducted by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), the percentage of IT jobs held by women has declined to 25% in 2008 from a high of 36% in 1991. With fewer US technology students and degrees, the study warns that by 2018 there will be a potential 50% shortfall in talent to fill available jobs.
T.K. Ganesh, president and CEO of Scintel said, “Technology is critical to the future success of the Georgia and US economies, and we need to expand the talent pool to remain competitive. Scintel is committed to enhancing technology endeavors and supporting causes that develop and enrich the technology community.”
The sold-out event on June 24 was attended by more than 400 leaders from the Atlanta technology community, and included silent and live auctions for companies to “purchase” time with top technology executives. All money raised supports WIT's programs and WIT Foundation’s philanthropy activities.
Stewart Weaver, interim vice president of Enterprise System Engineering at InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG) commented, “It is very important for us to stay connected with the local technology community, so we look forward to volunteering our time and providing IHG executive access to technology companies like Scintel.”
“Scintel shares our same values and willingness to give back to the community. We are pleased to work with them to further promote technology careers in Georgia,” offered Susan Mauldin, senior vice president of Enterprise Security at First Data Corporation.
This year’s WIT Connect event raised nearly twice the previous record set in 2009.
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 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.
About Scintel Technologies Inc.
Run by CIOs, Scintel partners with clients to understand their business environments, develop innovative applications and customized business processes, manage and enhance existing technology infrastructure and convert raw data into knowledge. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a sustained focus on best practices, Scintel helps global clients engineer a strategic IT direction, and then applies the knowledge and the expertise to execute with precision. We solve real business problems by developing real business relationships. For more information, visit www.scintel.com.