Premier VIP Guest 
Know Before You Go

Upon arrival to the event all FINALISTS AND GUESTS, WIT BOARD AND ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND GUESTS, AND ACS VIP TICKET HOLDERS, please proceed to the Premier VIP Guest check in table to pick up your badge. It is the last set of tables on the right inside at the registration area.

VIP Reception Hosted by Cox

Delta Club & Truist Club

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

WIT Awards Dinner & Program Sponsored by ACS

Mercedes Benz Field 

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

After Party Hosted by Infor

Delta Club & Truist Club

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

  • WIT is taking extra precautions to ensure that we continue to keep the health and safety of our community and ourselves as a priority. The following are safety measures that will be in place to be allowed entry into the WIT Awards event. 

    • Provide a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card (NOTE: Acceptable proof of vaccination may be: a physical copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card, a digital copy of such card, or a photo of your card)


    • Provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event (NOTE: Home tests will not be accepted. Tests MUST come from a healthcare service provider. Test results must be dated no more than 72 hours prior to entry and the name on the test must match your photo ID)

    * Please note that you are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after your last shot. If you are not fully vaccinated by the event date, you will need to provide the negative COVID-19 test results.

    We encourage all to wear masks (will not be required).

    WIT has implemented the CLEAR Health Pass platform which enables you to upload this required information in advance of the event. 

    If you do not chose to use the CLEAR Health Pass platform, please be prepared to show your vaccination card or negative COVID test (physical or digital), with a matching valid ID.  



    Urgent Care 24/7

    Located 1.5 miles from Mercedes Benz Stadium. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

CLEAR Health Pass is a free feature in the CLEAR app that provides a safe and easy way to complete health screenings. After a quick one-time enrollment, you’ll follow instructions to comply with health requirements for the event which include uploading a proof of vaccination or linking a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event.

Enroll and complete your Health pass before arriving at the event:

  1. Download the free CLEAR app and select Create Your Health Pass.
  2. Enter the Health Pass Event Code: EFATTENDEE14
  3. If you are an existing CLEAR member, log in to your account with the email associated with your CLEAR membership. New members will be guided through enrollment steps.
  4. Complete your Entry Requirements by following the steps to add your vaccination record or linking to your current negative COVID test results. 
    • Please note that sync times vary by provider, if your negative test has not been validated in CLEAR Health Pass prior to the event start time, please bring a hard copy or digital copy along with your government issued ID to the event. Follow signs to Health Pass Screening for manual validation.
  5. Before arrival to the event, open the Health Pass app and follow the steps to authenticate. Keep the app open and be ready to show your QR code to the WIT team.
  6. WIT will scan the QR code in order to allow entrance into the event.

Once your vaccination record has been uploaded to the platform, it can typically take up to 30 minutes for your status to be verified. We encourage all attendees to complete this process at least 24 hours before the event.

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If you receive a positive test result, please email to discuss next steps for cancelling your registration. 

Click Here to View the Photo Shoot Schedule for Finalists, WIT Board, WIT Advisory Council, ACS Solutions, Cisco, Cox, & Infor 



The Orange Deck has been reserved for VIP attendees only. WIT has reserved enough spaces to accommodate all VIP guests.

Directions to lot:

For directional assistance please be sure to download and use Waze for turn by turn directions. Only Waze is recommended (do not use other GPS tools such as Google or Apple maps). Type “Mercedes Benz Stadium Orange Deck” into Waze and select “Orange Deck on Mangum Street” for accurate directions. 

Signs in the elevators and at the escalator will direct you to the event entrance. 


For easiest drop-off and pick-up, use Zone 2, located on the Centennial Olympic Park Drive sidewalk near State Farm Arena.

Mercedes Benz Guest Services Staff will be on site to guide you to the event entrance.

Print this pass to display on your windshield


If you plan to wear a thin heel to the event, we recommend ordering heel covers to protect your shoes from sinking into the turf field at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Heel covers, or heel protectors, can be purchased from Amazon and other shoe retailers. WIT will have a limited supply available at the event, but we encourage you to purchase yours in advance!



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October 16, 2021


5:00 – 7:00 PM


7:45 – 9:00 PM


9:00 – 11:00PM

  • 5:00 PM

    Cox VIP Networking Reception

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner and live performance by Music Travel Love

  • 7:45 PM

    ACS Title Sponsor Kick Off

  • 7:48 PM

    Chair and Co-Chair Welcome

    Keerti Gupta, Pyramid Consulting
    Julianne Taft, Cox Enterprises
  • 7:50 PM

    Introduction of WIT Awards Host 

    Kyle Ross – VP of WIT Corporate Partnerships
  • 7:55 PM

    Welcome and Opening Comments 

    Lori Wilson – Chanel 2 Action News Anchor
    WIT Awards Host
  • 8:00 PM


    Penny Collins – President & CEO, WIT
  • 8:05 PM

    Award Presentation: Girl of the Year

    Shanita Drake – Technology Director, State Farm
  • 8:10 PM

    Award Presentation: Campus Student of the Year

    Namita Tirath – Executive Vice President, Client Relations & Business Development, Pyramid Consulting
  • 8:15 PM

    Award Presentation: Woman to Watch

    Maranie Brown – Vice President, Data Ops Engineering, BlackRock
    2020 Winner
  • 8:20 PM

    Award Presentation: STEAM Education

    Juli Clay – Assistant Vice President Executive Programs & Chair Communications Department, Brenau University
  • 8:25 PM

    Award Presentation: Volunteer of the Year

    Patti Dismukes – Director, Sales, Cognizant Softvision
    Kati Graff – Account Manager, ADAPTURE
  • 8:30 PM

    Award Presentation: Science 

    Jacqueline Guichelaar – Group Chief Information Officer, Cisco
    WIT Awards Presenting Sponsor
  • 8:35 PM

    Award Presentation: Engineering

    Grant Shih – Chief Information Officer, National DCP, LLC
  • 8:40 PM

    Award Presentation: Arts

    Sirita Donaldson – Head of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Finastra
  • 8:45 PM

    Award Presentation: Mathematics

    Gary Brantley – Chief Technology Officer, Beazer Homes
  • 8:50 PM

    Introduction: Single Mother of the Year

    Penny Collins – CEO & President, WIT
    Warrick Dunn – Former Running back and Limited Partner of the Atlanta Falcons and founder of Warrick Dunn Charities
  • 8:52 PM

    Award Presentation: Single Mother of the Year

    Renee Pearson – SVP Digital Transformation & Business Engagement, RNDC
    Michelle Arrington – State and Local Government Affairs, Verizon
  • 8:55 PM

    Award Presentation: Build Her Up

    Clint Bailey – Director, Sales, Cognizant Softvision
    2020 Winner
  • 9:00 PM

    Award Presentation: Technology

    Raj Sardana – Chairman & CEO, ACS Solutions
    WIT Awards Title Sponsor
  • Close

    Awards Close 

    Lori Wilson – Chanel 2 Action News Anchor
    WIT Awards Host

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Meet Your wit awards host

Lori Wilson

WSBTV, Channel 2 Action News


Meet the 2020 WIT Awards Committee

Tiffany Stewart


VP of Events

Emily Miller


Project Manager

Keerti Gupta

Pyramid Consulting

WIT Awards Chair

Julianne Taft

Cox Communications

WIT Awards Co-Chair

Kati Graff


Volunteer Leader- Judging

Paula Bolton


GOTY & CSOTY Committee Chair

Amy Vasquez


Host Committee Chair

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Hosted by Cox

VIP guests are invited to join us in the Delta and Truist Clubs before  the program for cocktails, appetizers, and networking!

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hosted by infor

All guests are invited to join us in the Delta and Truist Clubs after the program for dancing, drinks, and late night snacks!

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