Sandy Welfare / WIT
Sandy D. Welfare was recently appointed as the interim Executive Director of Women In Technology (WIT), a non-profit organization that supports women at every stage of their STEM careers – from the classroom to the boardroom. Prior to joining WIT, she was the Executive Director of Cool Girls Inc, an award-winning early intervention after school program dedicated to the empowerment of low-income girls.
Sandy’s career began in 1989 in Greenwich, Connecticut where she joined Rand Insurance as the operations controller. Six years later, she accepted a position with Lucent Technologies, an international telecommunications leader, holding a number of positions including from 1999-2000 serving as accounting and treasury manager in Singapore and then from 2000-2002 as senior operations manager in Australia and New Zealand. Sandy returned to Atlanta in 2002 as senior manager global financial services.
In 2003, Sandy accepted a position as director of operations for Xchanging, a business processing outsourcing company. In 2006, her career took her to London, England as managing director for professional services, where she managed global business processing services for bank financial transactions, insurance and retail. Two years later, Sandy returned to the Atlanta area and was asked to chair the Cool Girls’ Board of Directors. In 2009, Sandy was offered the Executive Director position which she accepted and led the organization until stepping down in October 2014.
Sandy received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Sandy resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Cliff and son Soloman.
Denise Detamore / Kids 4 Coding
Kids 4 Coding teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to students in grades K-12. Their unique learning center is designed to prepare students with 21st Century skills, which will be needed to compete for jobs of the future.
Co-Founder, Denise Detamore, is a former school teacher with 20 years of experience and a passion for innovation. Her business partner, AnnMarie Laramee, is a social entrepreneur with a background in marketing & design. Together they’re tackling the technology education gap by getting kids started early.