October 30, 2006 09:00 ET

WITI (Women In Technology International) to Recognize Top Chicago Women at Global Leadership Event

WITI "Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership" Award Winners Unveiled for Top Chicago Female IT Executives

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 30, 2006 -- WITI (Women in Technology International), the world's leading professional organization for tech-savvy women, will host its annual WITI "Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership" Awards on Thursday, November 2nd to honor those who have excelled as industry and civic leaders in the Chicago IT community.

This year's winners are:

--  Noreen Iles, VP, Technology Solutions, Freddie Mac
--  Jan LaHayne, VP, Chief Information Officer, Littelfuse, Inc.
--  Susan Malisch, VP, Chief Information Officer, Loyola University
--  Barbara A. Zeller, VP, Information Technology Nicor Inc. and Nicor Gas

Past winners include Ellen Barry, Chief Information Officer, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority; Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola; Catherine Brune, Chief Information Officer, Allstate Insurance; Maureen Osborne, Chief Technology Officer, Bank One; June Drewry, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, AON Corporation; and Joy Keeler, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Information Officer, the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"The WITI 'Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership' Award builds on our mission to support and honor women who achieve their goals in the information technology and science fields," said Carolyn Leighton, CEO, chairwoman and founder of WITI. "WITI strives to empower women through example and these awards help achieve this by recognizing outstanding women locally."

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Ellen Barry, winner of the 2004 WITI "Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership" Award. Additionally, Ms. Barry will serve as a judge for this year's award with fellow award winners Ms. Warrior of Motorola and Ms. Brune of Allstate Insurance. To round out the impressive judging panel is Mr. Michael Krauss of The Chicago Sun-Times.

This event will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at Northwestern University -- Kellogg Conference Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST. Ticket prices are $40.00 for WITI members and $50.00 for non-members. All registration forms must be received by Wednesday, November 1, 2006.

WITI would also like to acknowledge several local board members who have graciously helped organize this event. They include: Marian F. Cook, Chief Executive Officer and President for Ageos; Connie Shoemake, Vice President of Public Sector Americas and Central Region for IBM Corporation; Carrie Ruetschlin, Manager of IT Cost Management for United Airlines; April Williams, Project Manager for Allstate Insurance Company; and Betty Davey of HP/Qwest.

The School of Continuing Studies, Northwestern University, has generously sponsored this WITI event.

Please visit for additional details, and to register on-line.

About WITI (Women In Technology International)

Since 1989, WITI has been the first global association dedicated to advancing women in technology. Our core values are to Build, Empower, and Inspire. For over fifteen years, WITI has worked to transform corporate and media perceptions of women and technology. We have established and continue to expand our global brand with local outreach, and to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of women. The WITI Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award builds on that mission by recognizing outstanding leaders in the Chicago area.

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