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WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology 2012 Awards

WIT announced the winners of its 13th annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards at an awards gala on Thursday, November 1st at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.  Results Matter Radio is pleased to host the winners for Enterprise, Medium and Small Business.

Jackie Breiter/Goizueta Business School at Emory University, Winner – Small Business

Jackie Breiter is the Senior Director and CIO at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.  She has over two decades’ experience building and leading teams in Fortune 1000 companies and combines extensive technological knowledge with strong strategy and communication skills. Jackie has a particular expertise in aligning organizational objectives with real-world solutions and a “get it done” approach. At Goizueta, Jackie drives the strategic direction and management for all aspects of technology relating to teaching, faculty research, students, and administration.

Prior to joining Goizueta, Jackie served for nearly four years as vice president of global customer success for CA Technologies, an IT management software and solutions company. At CA she managed a team of VP- and director-level associates responsible for increasing customer loyalty among the firm’s top global CIO clients. She previously served for nearly three years as vice president of technical services at PharMerica Inc., where she led a team of technology directors responsible for setting the technical vision and managing the operations of PharMerica’s IT services.

Lora Weiss, Ph.D/Georgia Tech Research Institute, Winner – Medium Business

Dr. Lora Weiss is a Lab Chief Scientist and Technical Director of Autonomous Systems at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Her research focus is on the design and development of technologies for unmanned and autonomous systems. She has conducted research on systems spanning the domains of air, ground, sea-surface, and undersea. She has chaired technical sessions at professional conferences and has provided over 300 technical presentations. Dr. Weiss was on the Board of Directors for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which is the world’s largest unmanned systems organization. She was on the Technical Advisory Board of the Nation’s Robotics Technology Consortium, and she was an Executive Board Member of the National Defense Industrial Association. She currently chairs the ASTM Committee on Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Autonomy and Control. Dr. Weiss has provided testimonial to the Science and Technology Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives, she developed a video for IEEE Educational Services, and in 2012, she was recipient of the AUVSI Foundation Award for Academic Champion.

Carolyn Holcomb/PricewaterhouseCoopers, Winner – Enterprise Business

Carolyn Holcomb is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Atlanta with over 21 years of experience helping clients manage their risk and systems of internal control, specializing in information technology and business process. Carolyn leads the Risk Assurance Data Protection & Privacy practice and in so doing, assesses and provides recommendations for improving companies’ information security and privacy programs. Carolyn helps organizations build and enhance their privacy and information security programs and ensure they will be sustainable over the long term. She focuses on governance and risk assessment, data inventories, flows, and classifications. Carolyn helps organizations assess their program models, training and awareness programs, communications across the organization, and systems of control. In addition, Carolyn helps organizations build control mechanisms and implement monitoring programs that include reporting to senior management and the Board of Directors. Carolyn also assesses her clients’ controls and monitoring of third parties and provides advice to such clients to help them enhance, and often remediate, such controls and programs. She also signs attestations when PwC serves as the Assessor in response to requirements from various regulators such as the FTC and OCR. Carolyn also serves public external audit clients by auditing the internal controls and information systems for both financial statement audits and Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 attestations. In addition, Carolyn signs AICPA SOC and other attestation reports.

Health Law Partnership

The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) is an interdisciplinary community collaboration to improve the health and well- being of low-income children and their families. HeLP’s three non-profit partners are Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and Georgia State University’s College of Law.

Sick children have more than just medical problems. Their health is challenged by many social, environmental, and financial problems that their families face. Lawyers can often intervene to address underlying conditions that harm children’s health, such as:

• Poor housing conditions, which can exacerbate a child’s chronic illness like asthma.

• Domestic violence, which can affect a parent’s ability to provide appropriate care.

• Failure to protect the legal rights of a disabled child, which can prevent access to a free and appropriate public education.

• Loss of a parent’s income or even a job, which can result because of repeated absences from work to attend to a sick child, possibly leading to housing eviction.

HeLP’s mission is to address the multiple determinants of low-income children’s health and well-being by  combining the expertise of health care and legal professionals in a sustained community partnership. HeLP’s overall goals are three-fold: (1) to provide direct public health legal services to low-income families whose children are patients at Children’s hospitals; (2) to provide interprofessional education to better prepare law students and graduate students in the health professions to meet the needs of patients and clients and to improve professional practice in the 21st century; and (3) to promote advocacy on behalf of children’s health.

HeLP has established free legal services offices at three hospitals, Children’s at Egleston, Children’s at Scottish Rite, and Children’s at Hughes Spalding as well as an in-house legal clinic at Georgia State University’s College of Law, serving hundreds of low-income children and their families. Each office is staffed by fulltime HeLP attorney or faculty. Since inception, HeLP has opened cases for families whose homes lie in over 120 of Georgia’s 159 counties. Since Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta draws patients from the entire state, HeLP eventually may serve families in every county.

Sylvia Caley/Health Law Partnership

Sylvia Caley, JD, MBA, RN is the director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), an interdisciplinary community collaboration among Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and Georgia State University’s College of Law. She is an associate clinical professor teaching law students and other professional graduate students enrolled in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic. She also teaches Health Legislation and Advocacy, a year-long course during which law students work with community partners to address health-related legislative and regulatory issues affecting the community. She is a member of the Ethics Committees at Grady Health System and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her research interests focus on the intersection of health and poverty. Specifically she is interested in examining the effect of health disparities on the lives of low-income, chronically ill, and disabled children. She also uses legislative and regulatory mechanisms to address systemic issues affecting child welfare.

Pam Kraidler/Health Law Partnership

Pam Kraidler is an attorney with the Health Law Partnership (HeLP).  Through HeLP, Pam has had the opportunity to practice in many areas of law including education, housing, SSI and public benefits. Being a part of HeLP allows Pam to do the work she is deeply committed to: advocating for children and ensuring that low income families have access to the legal system, whether through educating individuals so they can become effective advocates for themselves or by providing full legal representation.

Bridget Beier/HeLP & Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Bridget Beier has been with the Health Law Partnership since shortly after its inception. She is situated at the Scottish Rite office and responsible for day to day activities of the office and data collection and analysis.

Ashby L. Kent/Burr & Forman

Ashby L. Kent has practiced in Burr & Forman’s Litigation section since 2003 where she specializes in general commercial litigation. She has handled a wide variety of business disputes (tort and contract) for both plaintiffs and defendants, and her clients range from individuals and small businesses to large national financial institutions, including banks, lenders, mortgage companies and insurance companies.

Ashby represents her financial services clients in a variety of consumer finance and real estate matters, including actions for wrongful foreclosure, predatory lending, consumer protection law claims and other state and federal lender liability claims. In representing her title insurance clients, Ashby has handled numerous matters which involve evaluating and litigating bad faith claims, boundary line and easement disputes, one-half interest defects, lost or unrecorded security instruments issues, disputes over damages and loss valuations and other issues that frequently arise in the title insurance industry.

Ashby has nearly 10 years of experience litigating in Georgia’s state and federal courts, and has tried cases (bench and jury trials) in both. Additionally, she has successfully, efficiently and cost-effectively resolved numerous disputes through effective settlement negotiation and/or participation in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including mediation and arbitration.

Atlanta World Showcase and Governor’s International Awards

Today’s studio guest was recently featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle for the Atlanta World Showcase and Governor’s International Awards.

Kevin Scott/ADDO Institute

Kevin Paul Scott has spoken about leadership and entrepreneurship on 6 continents, to people from more than 100 countries.

Kevin is the Co-Founder of the ADDO Institute, a leadership organization inspiring people today to impact tomorrow. ADDO is Latin for “inspire” and recently received the Governor’s International Award for “New Company of the Year.”

Kevin studied at the University of Georgia, where he led one of the largest collegiate charities in the nation, presiding over unprecedented growth and a 400% increase in funds raised. His year-long term ended with over 1,500 students involved and more than $300,000 raised for the cause. Kevin’s undergraduate experience culminated in being chosen as the graduation speaker where he challenged more than 10,000 to focus on those less fortunate.

Since that time, Kevin served on a presidential campaign team and then worked as a representative for a United States Congressman. Kevin took these experiences to travel and address audiences of young people at international conferences in Brazil, Kenya, and Romania with the message of leading with vision and values in the 21st century.

Kevin was named one of the “Power 30 Under 30′′ and one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s top “40 Under 40′′ for his accomplishments and service to communities around the world.

Kevin was born and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia. As a dynamic communicator he speaks to both students and business leaders across the globe.

December Newsletter Article

Results Matter Radio Hosts Women in Technology (WIT)

On Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, Elizabeth Gordon, host of Burr & Forman’s Results Matter Radio on Business RadioX®, was joined by WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Winners to discuss their careers, their involvement in WIT (Women in Technology) and the importance of exposing girls and young women to careers in technology.

Small Business Winner, Jackie Breiter is the Senior Director and CIO at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She was joined on the panel by Medium Business Winner, Lora Weiss, Ph.D, Lab Chief Scientist and Technical Director of Autonomous Systems at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Enterprise Business Winner, Carolyn Holcomb who is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP leading the Risk Assurance Data Protection & Privacy practice.

Each of the women talked about their careers and current work, including Holcomb talking about data security, Weiss sharing the current state of robotics and Breiter talking about the differences between working in the corporate sector vs. academia. Breiter also kicked off the conversation on careers in technology and the importance of mentors.

When asked about what she looks for when hiring technology professionals, Brieter noted that while it is important to have the coursework and technical aptitude, she really looks for people who have the “whole mind”, including the creative and emotional aptitude for the job. She says “a technology career is not just about the tinkering, it’s a lot about the people” and adds that you need to be a whole person.

Holcomb noted that women are needed in technology careers because it is important to have a “diversity of thought”. She also talked the importance of getting young girls exposed to technology careers early and commended organizations like WIT and the Girls Scouts for doing that.

Weiss mentioned that girls typically lose interest in science and technology in the 6th grade and emphasized how important it is to keep them engaged so that we don’t lose half the population interested in those important kinds of careers. She also said much of this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has to happen outside of the classroom because teachers just don’t have time to dedicate to really making STEM fun and engaging for kids who may be starting to veer away.

To learn more about Women in Technology and this year’s winners, listen to the complete interview on the Results Matter Radio page for Business RadioX®.

Atlanta World Showcase & Governor’s International Awards

Today’s studio guests were recently featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle for the Atlanta World Showcase and Governor’s International Awards.

Lilia Postolachi/World Trade Center Atlanta

Lilia Postolachi is the Membership/International Service Director at World Trade Center (WTC) Atlanta.  She also served on the Judges Panel of Governor’s International Awards.

Lilia directs international marketing and business development, strategic planning, program development, needs assessment, internal/external communications and implementation of joint go-to-market strategies for WTC Atlanta members, including: “Genius Consulting”, “Batolii”, “Palladium Legal”, “GolfRascal”, “Birchtree HR” and others.  Lilia manages every aspect of activities of the Center, has increased exposure of the WTC Atlanta locally and internationally, increased area sales by 300%, and increased revenues from organized events.

Lilia elected and applied E-Membership management software system to increase visibility for the WTC Atlanta members, and is responsible for training and placing interns with jobs.  She worked on restructuring of the WTC Atlanta, turning it into a self-sufficient profit generator, and prepared procedures for the integration of the new operational model.  Lilia organized in-bound, out-bound Trade Missions (from 2007-2012) and Creates monthly E-Newsletters to promote business and members of the WTC Atlanta.

Scott Weiss/Speakeasy, Inc.

Finalist – International Education Program

Scott S. Weiss is President, CEO of Speakeasy, Inc., a globally renowned communication consulting form established in 1974, with offices in Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York.  The company works with executives and teams in developing the impact and effectiveness of their communication, both internally with staff and externally with their clients.  Last year the company worked with some 3,500 executives in 10 countries.

Scott is the author of the book DARE, “Accepting the Challenge of Trusting Leadership,” and in just this past year, has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, CNN Money, and Investor’s Business Daily.  Scott is also a frequent guest speaker at a variety of industry conferences.

Scott is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus for the T. Howard Foundation, a Washington, D.C. non-profit that promotes diversity in the broadcast and electronic media industry.  He currently serves on the Board of EO (Entrepreneur Organization) of Atlanta, the Board of Visitors for Emory University, the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and has served as an “Emmy” voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for 21 years.

Scott is a graduate of Michigan State University, and has served as an adjunct professor at the Georgia Tech School of Management.

Tully D. Hazell/Burr & Forman

Tully is a Partner in Burr & Forman’s Transactional Group based in our Atlanta office. His practice concentrates on all aspects of negotiated transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital restructurings, private equity and venture capital transactions, real estate development, joint ventures and multi-member LLCs, entity and tax planning, non-public securities offerings, technology and IP, distribution networks, and executive employment arrangements.

Tully has also counseled special committees of Board of Directors of various public and non-public entities on confidential matters. He serves as Principal Attorney to numerous privately held “middle-market” companies with revenues in the $5M to $200M range, and also advises several U.S. affiliates of entities based outside the US. Tully is the administrative head of the firm’s corporate practice in Atlanta, and also serves on numerous firm committees.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.Tully is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, with roots to Missouri including his grandfather, Don Faurot, for which the University of Missouri football field has been dedicated. While in law school, Tully was a member of the George Washington University Law Review.

Tully lives with his wife, Julie, and their two daughters in the Midtown area of Atlanta. He is active in a variety of community activities, including efforts for APS (the Atlanta Public School system) and pro bono legal activities.

Atlanta Rugby on the World Stage

On Tuesday October 30th, 2012, Elizabeth Gordon, host of Burr & Forman’s Results Matter radio on Business RadioX®, was joined by attorney Gary Farris and three Atlanta area rugby players past and present to discuss the sport.

Armand Vari who used to play with Atlanta Old White and now runs the Atlanta Rugby Foundation, Jim Turner who played professionally in Great Britain and now coaches youth rugby and heads up the Phoenix Rugby Club and Min Cho, the current hooker for Old White joined Elizabeth and Gary to talk about the growing interest in rugby in the US and specifically in Atlanta.

Min Cho, an aerospace engineer in his professional life, explained that in the US, rugby is considered an amateur sport but that there are very well respected amatuer programs in the world like Argentina and the US wants to dominate in that space.  He also talked about the brand new field where Old White plays and said it is one of the best in the US.

Jim Turner added that both parents and kids are getting more interested in rugby now that it will officially be back in the Olympics in 2016 and because more and more colleges are offering scholarship money for rugby players both male and female.

Armand Vari talked about the personal and professional relationships he has built through his connection to the sport and highlighted the commitment the former players have to keeping the team going.  It was because of that commitment he explained, that the Atlanta Rugby Foundation was formed and that the group was able to build the new field solely with donations from the alumni players.