Technology leaders will join chief information officers of some of the area’s largest companies at the 2002 CIO Forum Nov. 18.

The event, co-sponsored by United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Atlanta CEO High Tech Council, will mix business with charity, to provide networking opportunities and expand the community’s commitment to technology for local non-profit organizations.

“Encouraging support for local charitable organizations is part of the Atlanta CEO High Tech Council’s mission,” Harish Mamtani, president of the Atlanta CEO High Tech Council, said in a statement. “The CEO Council is partnering with United Way as an opportunity to invest in the local non-profit community and at the same time, generate new relationships between technology buyers and providers.”

The invitation only event, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead is for key volunteers and donors to this year’s United Way Tech Initiative and members of the CEO Council. The Initiative’s goal for 2002is to raise $575,000, to be invested in technology planning and implementation, infrastructure, and training for local nonprofits.

“This is a tremendous chance for our local technology companies to gain insight into the needs and concerns of some of technology’s biggest purchasers while also supporting local groups that need both technology equipment and expertise,” said John Yates, chairman of United Way’s 2002 Tech Initiative and chair of the technology group at Morris, Manning & Martin.

Those participating on the CIO Panel include Kristin Kamm from AGL Resources, German Valencia with BellSouth, Jean-Michel Ares at Coca-Cola, Curtis Robb of Delta Airlines, John Seral from GE Power Systems, Steve Winterbottom at Scientific-Atlanta, Elaine Mitchell of the United Way and Dave Currence from UPS Logistics.

Technology executives will have an opportunity to network with the panelists before and after the discussion, which will run from 4 to 5 PM.

The 2001 Tech Initiative resulted in the distribution of grants totaling $400,000 to 21 community service organizations in metro Atlanta for planning and implementation of new technology. TechBridge and Teaming for Technology are both partners in this work to build greater technology capacity for local non-profits.

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