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WIT Girls in Technology Committee to Present Fourth Annual Sharing Our Success Program for Girls in Grades 8 Through 12; Women Industry Leaders to Discuss Professional Experiences and Encourage Girls to Enter Technology Fields.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Women in Technology (WIT), the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington technology community, today announced that its Girls In Technology (GIT) Committee will host its fourth annual Sharing Our Success program designed to teach girls in grades 8 to 12 to network and encourage them to explore career paths in math, science and technology. This year's theme, You Can Be Anything, is taken from the video produced by the Center for Women in Information Technology (CWIT) at UMBC. The event features a panel of prominent women engineers, scientists, senior level executives and owners of technology companies sharing their educational and professional experiences, as well as insights. The program, which is free of charge for registered girls, will be held Thursday, April 27 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Freddie Mac, 1551 Park Run Drive, McLean, VA.

"Encouraging girls to explore career options in technology, math and science is one of our objectives at WIT and, in the month of April, we have a particular emphasis on this with two special programs - WIT.Connect and Sharing Our Success," said Gayle Sweeney, President of WIT. "Women who are today's technology leaders can have a tremendous impact in inspiring the next generation of women in technology, so Sharing Our Success is a program that parents and guardians will want their daughters to attend."

Among the technology leaders who will be speaking are Dr. Corinna Lathan, President and CEO of AnthroTronix; Amanda L. Richardson, Medical S&T Division, Chemical & Biological Defense Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency; Dr. Supriya Banerjee, VP Technology, SAIC C4IT Division; and Mary Walker, VP/Healthcare and HHS Account Manager at Apptis; with an introduction by Cyndi Shanahan, Vice President of Shared Services/Operations and Technology, Freddie Mac.

For more information and to register, please go to: http://www.GirlsInTechnology.org. Please direct all questions to Vernecia R. Lee at vlee01@sprintpcs.com or 301-524-6544.

Upcoming WIT Events to Encourage and Celebrate the Success of Women in Technology

In addition to Sharing Our Success, the theme of girls entering technology fields will also be explored with WIT's April WIT.Connect program, Will Girls in Technology Become Women in Technology? The Status of Women in Technology and Prospects for the Next Generation. The program, to be held April 20 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, will feature speakers from Catalyst and CWIT. For more information and to register please go to: http://www.womenintechnology.org.

WIT's Seventh Annual Leadership Awards banquet will recognize the success of women who have excelled as role models, mentors, or leaders; or have demonstrated leadership success in technology or its affiliated fields. The event will be held on May 18 at the Hilton McLean. For more information, contact staff@womenintechnology.org or call 703-683-4003.

About WIT

Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering women involved in all levels of the technology industry a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities. One of the organization's main goals is to create a forum where women in technology can be recognized and promoted as role models. The organization's values are embodied in its tag line: Connect. Lead. Succeed. WIT was founded in 1994 and has nearly 1,000 members. For more information, please visit WIT's web site, www.womenintechnology.org.
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