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David Leighton
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Women in Technology International Appoints Marianne Kirkland to Global Director of WITI Networks

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 1, 2022 — WITI (Women in Technology International), the leading advocate for innovation, inclusivity and STEAM, announced today that it has hired technology industry veteran Marianne Kirkland, who is expanding her current leadership role on WITI's Tampa Bay Network to Global Director for all WITI Networks World-wide.

Marianne has served as a leader in the Information Technology industry for many years. Today, serving as the IT Delivery Lead for one of the world's largest international technology company spanning across 100 countries. For three years preceding her time at TD SYNNEX, she paved the way for emerging tech careers at New York Life Insurance Company, where she was promoted to Corporate Vice President.

"WITI's primary focus is providing professional resources for women in technology fields," says Carolyn Leighton, President and CEO of WITI. "We're grateful for Marianne’s ongoing leadership on the WITI leadership Board for Tampa Bay and welcome her influence worldwide." WITI is actively expanding its advisory team and hiring staff to support its rapid growth.

"In her years with WITI, we have witnessed Marianne tangibly strengthens organizations by addressing gender gaps and creating inclusive work environments," says David Leighton, President of WITI. "Her robust technology acumen and over 20 years of experience leading in technology and product strategy, software development, and customer satisfaction make her a clear choice for this influential position at WITI." Marianne has frequently participated in WITI events, direction, growth and was a key advisor to WITI Egypt. This new appointment will further assist Marianne and WITI to enable innovators and build inclusive professional cultures world-wide.

According to Marianne, WITI has had a significant positive impact on her career. "Engaging the WITI community makes my career more meaningful, and our business became more profitable because we engage more diverse talent and address our diverse customer bases better," she says. The expansion of her role as Global Director of WITI Networks provides a broadened platform to share her experience, commitment to education in support of WITI with the dynamic communities. Marianne continues, "My new role at WITI provides me with resources to ensure those same valuable tools that shaped my professional growth are available to others globally.

About WITI

Founded in 1989 by Carolyn Leighton, WITI (Women in Technology International) is committed to empowering innovators, inspiring future generations and building inclusive cultures, globally. WITI is redefining the way women and men collaborate to drive innovation and business growth and is helping corporate partners create and foster gender inclusive cultures. A leading authority of women in technology and business, WITI has been advocating and recognizing women's contributions in the industry for more than 30 years. The organization delivers leading edge programs and platforms for individuals and companies — designed to empower professionals, boost competitiveness and cultivate partnerships, globally.

WITI's ecosystem includes more than three million women and men in technology, 60 networks, and 300 partners, worldwide. To learn more, please visit: and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.