Join us for ‘Women in Technology (WIT) on Business RadioX’ as we speak with Tracy Ariail, SVP, Digital Transformation and Business Engagement at Republic National Distribution Company (RNDC), Patti Dismukes, Vice President, Professional Services at HUNTER Technical & WIT Board President, and Tracy Garner, Board Chair at Women in Technology. We’ll be discussing the importance of having women in technology and how WIT is helping single mothers overcome the unique challenges they face.
‘Women in Technology (WIT) on Business RadioX’ showcases successful female STEAM executives in Georgia, providing an opportunity to tap into their brilliant minds and learn from their personal career journeys. Women in Technology (WIT) is a 501 (c)(3) organization on a mission to empower girls and women to excel in STEAM from the classroom to the board room. www.MyWit.org
Tracy Ariail is Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation and Business Engagement at Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC). With roots extending before Prohibition, RNDC is one of the nation’s leading wholesale beverage alcohol distributors. In her role, Tracy is responsible for the company’s enterprise technology strategy and delivery.
Tracy is a senior executive who is passionate about leading business and technology transformation. She’s spent her career advocating and demonstrating how to leverage technology and data to optimize business operations. Tracy’s career began at Hewlett-Packard within the Global Supply Chain organization where her passion for process, technology and data was established within the Business Process Management and Information Management teams.
Tracy continued to advance in her career through hard work, a commitment to results, investment in people and laughter. Tracy then spent time as a senior consultant, which she really enjoyed as she had an opportunity to see and recommend new solutions to a broader type of companies. Tracy then entered the telecommunications industry which was a whirlwind of changing business models inclusive of mergers and acquisitions.
Tracy was fortunate to have been entrusted to advance her leadership responsibilities as part of the executive team leading the company through these changes. Tracy’s responsibilities have spanned enterprise information management, data governance, application development, support, and business and enterprise architecture.
Connect with Tracy on LinkedIn.
Tracy L. Garner began her career with BellSouth in 1983 in Jacksonville, Florida working as an Outside Plant Engineer. For 36 years, Tracy held positions of increasing responsibility in Outside Plant Engineering, Planning, Consumer Services, Strategic Relationship Development, Strategic Marketing, and Network Operations. In October, 2019, retired from AT&T as Vice President – ATO Field Operations Integration.
Prior to joining BellSouth/AT&T, Tracy attended Georgia Tech and graduated from Southern Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology.
While at AT&T, Tracy was a member of the Women of AT&T, HACEMOS, OxyGEN, The NETwork, Professionals 50 and Forward, AT&T Veterans, Advocates for Women in Tech, AT&T Telecom Pioneers, and was a graduate of Georgia 100 and the Turknett Leadership Group Executive Development Program. Additionally, she served as Executive Advisor to the Atlanta Chapter and the National Chapter of the Women of AT&T. She currently serves as President of the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc. and the Board Chair for Women in Technology (WIT).
Tracy was recognized in 2012 with the Turknett Leadership Group Leadership Character Award. She was recognized by Women of AT&T in 2013 as the Leadership Award recipient and in 2014 at the RAVE Executive of the Year. In 2015, she was named the Distinguished Alumna in Career Achievement from Stratford Academy. Tracy was the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology for Large/Enterprise Businesses, presented by Women in Technology and was named to the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball Women Out Front Class of 2019.
She has been recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Tracy has been recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award every year since 2011 and as one of the Top 40 Women Who Inspire in AT&T. Tracy served as the 2014 Chair of the March of Dimes Leadership Committee for Metro Atlanta and and on the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk Leadership Committee from 2016 – 2018.
In her spare time, she enjoys Georgia Tech sporting events, golf, snow skiing, the beach, and community service work.
Connect with Tracy on LinkedIn.
About Your Guest Host
Patti Dismukes is a senior business leader with over 25 years of experience leading professional services offerings for multiple companies. Patti’s career reflects a demonstrated track record in leading successful large-scale transformation initiatives and optimizing financial management processes. She is known for leading and launching new initiatives, motivating and leading diverse teams and maximizing resources to meet client goals.
Currently, Patti is the Vice President for Professional Services for HUNTER Technical, a well known and established services organization headquartered in Atlanta. She has served in a leadership capacity for several other companies and led several enterprise-wide transformation initiatives focused on growing the company’s business model to adapt to changing marketing conditions and disruptive market forces.
Patti’s dedication to improving the lives of young girls and women lead to her involvement with such organizations as Women in Technology, TechBridge, Year Up, and the creation of Wine & Therapy – a gathering of over one hundred of Atlanta’s top female Executives. She currently serves as the Board President for Women in Technology, an Executive Ambassador for TechBridge, and has been a mentor for graduates of Year Up. Patti was awarded the 2019 Ann Cramer Volunteer Award recognized for her exemplary volunteerism in the technology community. She also received the 2019 TAG Sales Leadership Community Award. In 2019, Patti started a new scholarship offered through Women in Technology.
Patti attended the University of Tennessee – Nashville with degree in Business Administration.
Connect with Patti on LinkedIn.
About Your Host
Trisha Stezzi is a purpose strategist, Gold Halo Award-winner, AMA Award-winner, radio show host, and social entrepreneur. For more than two decades, she’s been at the forefront of the quickly evolving corporate social responsibility/purpose movement.
Trisha has advised top brands and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and types. Trisha is a strong believer in the notion that diversity, technology, and social innovation are key to business success and to solving the world’s biggest challenges.
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About Women in Technology (WIT)
Women in Technology (WIT) empowers girls and women to excel in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) from the classroom to the boardroom. We do this by providing female students in middle school, high school, and college with education, exposure and experience. By sharing the stories of successful professionals across the STEAM fields, we encourage all generations of girls and women to write their future.
Our team of more than 300 volunteers delivers professional development and networking opportunities to our more than 3,000 professionals, and programs at no charge to more than 1,500 students. WIT is a 501©(3) non-profit organization committed to making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEAM workforce by providing opportunities that champion women throughout their education and career.