SOURCE: Women in Technology

October 19, 2005 15:55 ET

Women In Technology Announces Best Employers in Georgia Awards Finalists for 2005

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 19, 2005 -- Women In Technology (WIT), the leading association committed to the development of Georgia's businesswomen in the technology industry and a society of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), today announced its 2005 finalists for the WIT's Best Employers in Georgia Awards, sponsored by Platinum sponsor, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). WIT's Best Employers in Georgia Awards, now in its fourth year, recognizes companies with programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for professional growth and leadership for talented female professionals. Three finalist companies are chosen in each category of Enterprise Class Organizations and Midsize Class Organizations.

"Microsoft is pleased to be this year's Platinum sponsor and to support this award to recognize corporate programs that elevate the role and potential of women in leadership," said Microsoft Greater Southeast District General Manager Kirsten Kliphouse. "We embrace and support the philosophy of not just recognizing what talented women can bring to an organization, but also offering a true opportunity for them to excel."

The 2005 Finalists for WIT's Best Employers in Georgia Awards are:

Midsize Class (annual revenue greater than $100 million and less than $1 billion)

--  Cbeyond Communications
--  Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP
--  Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Enterprise Class (annual revenue greater than $1 billion)

--  AGL Resources, Information Services
--  IBM Corporation
--  McKesson Provider Technologies
"Our finalist organizations have demonstrated their commitment to developing and implementing systemic programs that ensure women are represented in their development pool," said Ann Franks, chief information officer of Lanier Worldwide and chair of the 2005 awards program. "The Georgia business community should be proud of the quality of the organizations that represent this year's finalists."

In addition to Microsoft, other sponsors include Gold sponsor -- Home Depot; Silver sponsors -- Lanier Worldwide, Avaya, Southern Company and Intellinet; Bronze sponsors -- ICS; Patron -- Sponsor; What's Up Interactive. The event is also supported by media sponsor TechLINKS.

The WIT's Best Employers in Georgia Awards 2005 will be held November 4 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead. Individual tickets are $50 for TAG members and $75 for non-members. Tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased by visiting

About Women in Technology (WIT)

Women in Technology (WIT) is the leading (all volunteer, not-for-profit) association devoted to the development of Georgia's businesswomen in the technology industry. WIT accelerates the growth path of women through initiatives that promote visibility and opportunities for their individual goals and success in the industry. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves more than 5,000 members of the Georgia technology community. WIT hosts bimonthly meetings with nationally recognized speakers who address business issues of particular interest to women, although men are always invited to attend. WIT also sponsors a number of initiatives like WIT Mentor, Executive Roundtables, Woman Launch, Executive Coaching and WIT's Executive Speakers Bureau. WIT presents premier annual events including The Woman of the Year in Technology Award, WIT's Best Employer Award and WIT Connect, which is WIT's annual fundraiser. Through its philanthropic arm, the WIT Foundation, WIT organizes and funds programs like Girls-Get-IT and WIT on Track. For more information on WIT, visit

About the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is a non-profit organization that serves the technology community in Georgia. TAG is dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state's technology industry and provides leadership in driving initiatives in the areas of policy, capital, education and giving. TAG helps to bring the technology community together through events, initiative programs and networking opportunities. Founded in 1999 through the merger of the Business & Technology Alliance (B&TA), the Southeastern Software Association (SSA) and Women in Technology (WIT); TAG is one of the largest state technology associations in the nation. TAG is made up of several thousand members representing technology leaders from over 1,500 Georgia-based companies, affiliated technology and business organizations. TAG recognizes the support and contributions of its Premier Patron; Kilpatrick Stockton and Patrons; Hunton & Williams, Computer Associates, Deloitte and Noro-Moseley Partners. For more information on TAG, visit

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.

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