Leading by Example, Showing the Way
The premier professional association, Women In Technology (WiT) Atlanta, has partnered with eight metro area colleges to establish new WiT on Campus chapters – among them chapters at Gwinnett Technical College and Georgia Gwinnett College. More significantly, area technology leaders are also committing their time and talent to help guide these campus-based initiatives.
WiT on Campus provides programs that encourage college students to stay the course in S.T.E.M. studies (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by showing real-life opportunities and successes. Through enrichment and educational programs, events, networking and mentoring opportunities with local technology leaders, female students gain exposure to dynamic women in business. The campus programs provide a support structure to assist students as they navigate through their undergraduate studies and help these women better understand the opportunities open to them in the S.T.E.M. fields when they graduate.
Professional support for the Gwinnett Tech WiT on Campus Chapter is strong, as evidenced by its elite corporate advisory board of business mentors representing prominent technology companies in the area. As part of its second-year kick-off, the GTC chapter recently hosted an event featuring a panel discussion among technology leaders from its advisory board membership, who shared their career strategies.
Today”s technology leaders constantly redefine and reshape roles at all levels in every industry. Leading by example, they reveal to new generations of female students what careers are accessible to them. Meet the following members of the GTC Women in Technology on Campus chapter advisory board, mentors and professional leaders in their fields and recent participants in an open panel discussion that gave them a platform to share their career experiences and strategies as inspiration for others. >>
Dr. Victoria Seals
Gwinnett Technical College
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Leading the Gwinnett Tech faculty and the academic division through a number of significant transitions, Dr. Victoria Seals balances the importance of redefining the value of technical education with a relevant academic infrastructure to meet the workforce development needs for business and industry. Starting her teaching career in the K-12 public school system, Dr. Seals entered the technical college arena as a mathematics instructor in 2005. Steadily demonstrating her leadership skills through a number of different roles at GTC, she continues to spearhead academic development for the Life Sciences Center as well as new program development for the college. Her contributions to growing GTC”s Arts and Sciences Division, along with guiding faculty and staff development programs and several student retention initiatives, reflect her commitment to advancing the career aspirations for all in her sphere of influence. Dr. Seals also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for WiT on Campus at Gwinnett Tech.
Mary S. Hester
LAN Systems, President and CEO
Electrical Engineer Mary Hester believes her greatest strength is connecting with people to understand their unique technology needs. She leads the team at LAN Systems, an IT solutions provider renowned for its “Best in the Industry” rating and standards, to provide business technology that makes businesses more competitive and solutions that work for people. This expert in customer loyalty and retention has also designed and delivered numerous training courses and workshops, and is active in many professional organizations that promote STEM and leadership initiatives. Hester holds an MBA from the University of Georgia, and under her leadership, LAN Systems was named to the UGA Alumni Bulldog 100 Class of 2013: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses. As well, she serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for WiT on Campus at Gwinnett Tech.
Connie D. Jackson
Cisco, Community Relations Program Manager/ Volunteer Engagement Lead
Connie Jackson is responsible for ensuring that Cisco”s metro Atlanta region employees are actively engaged in the local community to promote partnerships with local nonprofits, improve the quality of life, and help position Cisco as a strategic business partner and aggregator for community issues; as well as positioning Cisco volunteers as community leaders. She and her Cisco team of ambassadors have received significant recognition. Her personal volunteer efforts are extensive, primarily focusing in the areas of homelessness, hunger and pet rescue. She is personally involved with a variety of local charitable organizations in the community and through her church, and serves on numerous boards, including the Corporate Advisory Board for WiT on Campus at Gwinnett Tech.
Vice President and Regional Chief Information Officer
Louise Scott oversees the development and implementation of IT strategy and operations, as well as overseeing technology distribution organization at Georgia Power. She has extensive leadership experience in operations, sales, customer service, community development and external affairs, in addition to serving in engineering, marketing and franchise negotiation roles. Scott holds a bachelor”s degree in both mechanical engineering and studio art, and has completed executive programs in business, accounting and finance. She is active in Society of Women Engineers and has served in leadership and board roles for many community and non-profit organizations, including the Corporate Advisory Board for WiT on Campus at Gwinnett Tech. In 2009, Scott was named a Woman on the Way by Atlanta Woman magazine.
Yvonne Whitaker promotes NCR”s commitment to the social contract and the communities in which the company lives and does business. In the spirit of NCR”s innovative leadership in the self-service arena, the NCR Foundation”s mission is “helping people help themselves.” Whitaker leads the strategic direction of the Foundation and makes funding recommendations to the trustees, as well as works directly with grant seekers and the Foundation Board. She has a broad background in non-profit management, research and special events planning. She also serves as a volunteer and board member for many other organizations, including the Corporate Advisory Board for WiT on Campus at Gwinnett Tech.