(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)
|Focus||Women in Computing|
|Method||Industry partnership and sponsorship and individual donations|
|Anita Borg, founder
Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President & CEO
|Institute for Women in Technology
Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology
AnitaB.org (formerly The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology) is a nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California, founded by computer scientist Anita Borg. The institute’s primary aim is to recruit, retain, and advance women in technology. The institute’s most prominent program is the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, the world’s largest gathering of women in computing. From 2002 to 2017, AnitaB.org was headed by Telle Whitney, who co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing with Anita Borg.
AnitaB.org is currently led by Brenda Darden Wilkerson, the former Director of Computer Science and IT Education for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and founder of the original “Computer Science for All” initiative.
- 1 History
- 2 Mission
- 3 Activities
- 3.1 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
- 3.2 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India
- 3.3 Grace Hopper Regional Consortium
- 3.4 AnitaB.org Women of Vision Awards
- 3.5 Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award
- 3.6 Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Workshop
- 3.7 Awards
- 3.8 TechWomen
- 3.9 Online communities
- 3.10 Local Communities
- 3.11 Research
- 4 Corporate partners
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
AnitaB.org was founded in 1997 by Anita Borg as the Institute for Women in Technology. The institute was preceded by two of its current programs: Systers and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Systers, the first online community for women in computing, was founded in 1987 by Anita Borg. In 1994, Borg and Telle Whitney organized the first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Anita Borg served as CEO of the Institute for Women in Technology from 1997 to 2002. In 2002, Whitney became CEO and President, and in 2003, the institute was renamed the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. In 2017, Telle Whitney retired and Brenda Darden Wilkerson took over as CEO and President. The organization was also renamed AnitaB.org.
As stated on its website, the mission of AnitaB.org is to:
- increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and
- increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing. Named in honor of Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the conference is presented by AnitaB.org and the Association for Computing Machinery. The conference features technical sessions and career sessions, including keynote speakers, a poster session, career fair, and awards ceremony. The 2017 conference will be held in Orlando, Florida.
The Technical Executive Forum, held annually at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, brings together high-level technology executives to discuss challenges and solutions for recruiting, retaining, and advancing technical women. A two-day workshop for K-12 computer science teachers is also held at the conference, hosted by the Computer Science Teachers Association and the AnitaB.org.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is the largest conference for technical women in India. Established in 2010, the two-day conference is modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and includes multiple tracks with keynote speakers, panels, social networking sessions, and a poster session.
Grace Hopper Regional Consortium
The Grace Hopper Regional Consortium is an initiative of AnitaB.org, the ACM Council on Women in Computing, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Two-day regional conferences attract between 50 and 200 attendees and include keynote speakers, poster sessions, panel discussions, professional development workshops, birds of a feather (Twitter) sessions, and research presentations. There have been 17 regional conferences to date, with 12 upcoming conferences planned.
AnitaB.org Women of Vision Awards
The Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Awards is an annual awards program that honors technical women. Three awards are presented each year, in categories of Innovation, Leadership, and Social Impact, at the annual Women of Vision Awards Banquet. Past Women of Vision Award winners include: Mary Lou Jepsen, Kristina M. Johnson, Mitchell Baker, Helen Greiner, Susan Landau, Justine Cassell, Deborah Estrin, Leah Jamieson, Duy-Loan Le, Radia Perlman, and Pamela Samuelson.
Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award
The Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award recognizes companies for their recruitment, retention, and advancement of technical women. The first Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award was awarded to IBM in 2011. Subsequent recipients include:
- 2012 – American Express.
- 2013 – Intel corporation 
- 2014 – Bank of America
- 2015 – BNY Mellon
- 2016 – ThoughtWorks
Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Workshop
The Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Workshop provides coverage of best practices for recruiting, retaining, and advancing technical women. Representatives from different companies learn from each other and share practices. Companies participating in the 2011 workshop included CA Technologies, Cisco, Google, IBM, Intel Corporation, Intuit, Microsoft Research, SAP, and Symantec.
AnitaB.org presents a number of awards annually at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to recognize technical women and those who support them. These include: Anita Borg Social Impact Award, Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award, Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award, A. Richard Newton Educator Award, Anita Borg Change Agent Awards, and TechWomen Change Agent Awards.
TechWomen is a professional mentorship and exchange program funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program brings 38 technical women, aged 25–42, from the Middle East and North Africa to the United States for a five-week mentoring program at technology companies in Silicon Valley. The initiative is administered by the Institute of International Education, in partnership with AnitaB.org.
The AnitaB.org runs several email lists and online groups that connect technical women. Systers is the largest email community of technical women in computing in the world and predates AnitaB.org, having been founded in 1987 by Anita Borg. Systers provides a private and gender exclusive space for women in computing to ask personal and technical questions.
The AnitaB.org local Communities usually referred to as ABI.local is a network of locally organized communities that bring women technologists together in cities around the world.This Communities organize events and meet up, where women in tech get connected, find new opportunities and meet their career goals. ABI.local has been Featured in various cities across the globe including,Chicago,London,Nairobi,Amsterdam,Seattle,Tokyo,Houston,New York,Delhi and more.
AnitaB.org publishes research about the state of women in technology. Past reports have focused on mid-level technical women, ethnic minorities in computing, senior technical women, and more.
AnitaB.org is supported by corporate partners, from both within and outside of the technology sector. Current partners include: Google, HP, Microsoft, CA Technologies, Cisco, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Amazon, Broadcom, Motorola Foundation, Raytheon, Salesforce.com, and Yahoo! .
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