February 27, 2007 09:00 ET

WITI (Women in Technology International) to Participate in the United Nations Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

NY WITI Network Director Alicia Young to Participate as a Keynote Speaker

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 27, 2007 -- WITI (Women in Technology International), the nation's leading professional organization for tech-savvy women, today announced that they have been asked to participate in the United Nations "51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women," on Wednesday, February 28th at the UN headquarters in New York. The theme of this year's event is "Empowerment, Gender Equality, and Development through IT." Alicia Young, New York Network Director for WITI and Ruder Finn Head of the Technology Practice, Executive Vice President, will be presenting one of the opening keynote speeches and will participate on a panel with international experts on women's issues.

Alicia Young's presentation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. will follow the morning's welcome comments and will kick off the day's agenda with a discussion on "Initiatives to Reduce Costs and Improve Girls' Access to ICT and the Internet." This overview will offer great insights on how to empower young women in a technological world as well as serve to be a great lead-in to the rest of the day's activities.

"WITI is an exceptional organization that helps promote and empower women in the areas of science and technology, and we are honored to have them play an active role in our conference," said Michael Lackey, president of AIT Global, Inc. "This event highlights the need to promote women in the field of technology and helps create more awareness amongst a stellar set of international leaders."

"We are thrilled that WITI has the opportunity to participate in such an noteworthy topic," said Carolyn Leighton, chairwoman and founder of WITI. "Our New York Network chair, Alicia Young, will have the ability to emphasize the importance of exposing young women to the world of technology at an early age. By aligning ourselves with the United Nations and this conference, we are able to create a broader awareness of the need to mentor and enable young women to access information and communications technology."

This event will be hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th. There is no charge for the conference, and it is open to everyone who would like to attend. For additional information and to register online, please visit

About WITI

WITI is the nation's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide connections, resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

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