Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Fund
Sandra and Douglas Bergeron Present $1 Million Gift to Georgia State University
Scholarship-Mentorship fund established to provide educational assistance to high-potential women seeking careers in technology leadership
On November 16, 2006, Sandra and Douglas Bergeron announced the establishment of a unique $1 million scholarship-mentorship endowment to Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
The Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Fund is awarded annually to undergraduate female students who have expressed or demonstrated high potential for leadership careers in technology. It is expected that the endowment, together with additional contributions from Georgia business leaders, will fund this award in perpetuity. Undergraduate computer information systems and computer science students are eligible. Applicant must be a female GSU undergraduate student who is [or will be] classified as a junior at the start of fall 2013.
“The combination of financial assistance and mentorship is key to advancing women into leadership positions in technology businesses and helping women to achieve their true potential,” said Mrs. Bergeron.
This scholarship fund uniquely partners a tuition award with a one-on-one mentorship program designed to assist high-potential women in their educational and career advancement. The Mentorship Committee is chaired by Mrs. Bergeron and includes other female CEOs and female leadership models.
Dean H. Fenwick Huss added, “The Robinson College is extremely grateful to Sandra and Doug Bergeron for this gift. The college has one of the most highly ranked Computer Information Systems (CIS) programs in the world. These scholarships will enable more of the best and brightest to take advantage of this and other programs and prepare themselves for leadership positions in the exciting world of technology.”
More About Sandra Bergeron
Sandra Bergeron, a graduate of Georgia State University, is one of the highest regarded female technology leaders in Silicon Valley. Mrs. Bergeron currently serves as chairman of the board of TraceSecurity, Inc. and serves as a director of ArcSight Inc., Qualys Inc. and TriCipher Inc. She also is a venture advisor to Trident Capital. Mrs. Bergeron’s national reputation as a computer security thought leader has earned her several distinctions. She has testified before Congress on how government and private industry can better prepare for virus attacks and has served on the Silicon Valley Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security and Technology. Prior to her current roles, Mrs. Bergeron served as executive vice president of Strategy and Research at McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE).
Douglas Bergeron, the chairman, CEO and largest individual shareholder of VeriFone Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: PAY) agrees. “We believe that our approach to ‘active philanthropy’ is an innovative model that will make the greatest impact. Sandra and I are committed to this cause and are indebted to Georgia for its contribution to VeriFone’s success.”
VeriFone, based in San Jose, California, has an estimated 65 percent market share of the domestic electronic payment systems marketplace and employs more than 300 high technology professionals in Georgia.
Women in Technology (WIT)
In 2009, Atlanta-based Women in Technology (WIT) began providing mentoring support for scholarship recipients. The Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University as well as the Bergerons are grateful for their valuable support
Women in Technology (WIT) was formed in 1992 to provide women pursuing technology-related careers with a forum for networking, professional development and enhanced visibility. WIT has since grown to become one of the largest and most powerful women-focused technology organizations in the country. In 1999 WIT merged with the Business & Technology Alliance (B&TA) and Southeastern Software Association (SSA) to form the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). As a principal society of the TAG community, WIT continues its mission of accelerating the success of women in technology in Georgia.
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