What: AWT 11th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Turnip Rose – Grand Newport Plaza
1901 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Students & Teachers: $40
At the door: Members & Guests: $60
Students & Teachers: $50
One hundred percent of the profits from the event benefit the AWT Charitable Foundation, which awards annual scholarships to women studying at a California college in pursuit of a career in technology.
AWT will be introducing the recipients of its 2012 scholarships - this year scholarships totaling $12,500 will be awarded to five worthy young women: Taylor Johnson, Seattle Pacific University; Kylie Nicholson, University of Southern California; Lucy Perkins, University of California, Irvine; Elizabeth Ramsay, California State University Monterey Bay; and Laura Trejo, Santiago Canyon College. Since 2007, the AWT Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships.
AWT will also acknowledge several local executives for their efforts in supporting the AWT organization and women in technology and the event will feature a special keynote address by Carmella Cassetta, CIO of Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
"This is truly a special occasion for the Southern California tech community to celebrate the very deserving 2012 AWT Scholarship recipients and toast the executive women who inspire us," said Barbara Roth, AWT president and global account manager, Savvis.
USA Today recently reported that just a fraction of the estimated 120,000 computer-science graduates in the U.S. each year are women — 11.7 percent of bachelor degrees in 2010-11, down from 13.8 percent in 2009-10, according to Computing Research Association. By comparison, India and China are graduating nearly one million men and women annually in computer science.
"It's our goal that AWT scholarships have a positive impact on encouraging more women to pursue technology-related degrees, and with our ongoing fundraising we can continue to support this cause," said Roth.
The annual fundraiser includes a complimentary wine tasting (non-alcoholic beverages will also be available), light buffet and an opportunity drawing for fantastic gift baskets. Wine sponsors include Danza del Sol, Gulleyan Winery, High Times Wine Cellars, Kenneth Volk, PRP and Southern Hemisphere Wine Center. To register online and to support the AWT Charitable Foundation, visit http://awtfundraiser2012.eventbrite.com/
The Association for Women in Technology (AWT) facilitates networking and career development through informal and professional events for women and men from those just entering the field, to senior management and technology innovators. Based in Orange County, and also serving women of Greater Los Angeles and San Diego, AWT holds four quarterly technology forums and two fundraising events per year, attracting women in every area of technology. Additionally, all fundraising proceeds go towards providing educational scholarships for women pursuing degrees in technology. For more information, visit www.awtsocal.org