KMS Technology Attends Women of The Year Awards


KMS Technology attended the 15th annual Women in Technology Women of the Year Awards event last Thursday evening at the Georgia Aquarium. It was a beautiful gathering with over 60 sponsors and over 2,000 attendees, the largest turnout the event has seen to-date.

Several awards were presented to a diverse and inspirational group of women over the course of the evening, the first being the WIT Girl of the Year Award and Scholarship, which goes to a high school female who has shown strong interest in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and strives to make a difference in her community. This year’s recipient was Taya Welch, a senior at Mt. Paran Christian School who despite health problems, pursued her interests in math, captained both her high school basketball and track teams, and remained an active member in her church community.  It was truly admirable to hear her story and how at such a young age she has already set her own goals for her future.

The final scholarship that was awarded at the event was the Emory University Goizueta Business School Scholarship. There were two recipients of this award, Elizabeth Callen, VP of Data Services at eVestment, and Feliza Skaggs, Operations Analyst at Aflac and who also served for 5 years in the US Army. Both women were recognized for their ongoing contributions to the STEM community and each were awarded a $25,000 scholarship to pursue an MBA at Emory University’s highly accredited program.

The event continued to recognize established women in the technology industry on a small, medium and large organization scale. KMS Technology was happy to sponsor a table again this year and welcomed a wonderful group of women from various companies, including, Logility and QASymphony.

Among the attendees at the table was KMS’s  Marketing Coordinator, Kelly Smyth, who adds, “The Women of the Year Awards were amazing to witness. Not only was it exciting to be at a beautiful venue surrounded by empowering industry women, it was inspiring to hear how some of the most successful females in the room got to where they are today. As a young woman who is fairly new to technology, it allowed me to gain insight into how these strong women overcame stereotypes and obstacles in a male-dominated industry and paved the way for other girls and young women who have their sights set on a career in tech.”

KMS was overjoyed to have been a part of this event for the last 2 years, and we look forward to continuing our own service of growing women in the STEM community for years to come.

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