Woman in Tech of the Week (10/4/17)
Tech Trailblazers from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, founded in 1997, has grown into a multinational force that promotes girls and women at all stages of their careers. The Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing series of conferences are the largest gatherings for women in tech in the world. Named after computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper, the most recent conference, held in Orlando, Florida, hosted more than 18,000 attendees from all industries, backgrounds and ages.
During the event, theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, spoke with Anita Borg officials and Grace Hopper attendees who are innovating in areas from education to entertainment. Exiting Anita Borg Chief Executive Officer and President Telle Whitney bid a fond farewell to the institute, which she joined in 2002. “What’s been really exciting the last few days is hearing the stories of how the impact that the AnitaB.Org has had on the lives of young women — but also mid-career and senior executives,” Whitney said during an interview at the conference.
She spoke glowingly about her 15 years at Anita Borg with Rebecca Knight (@knightrm) and Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), co-hosts of theCUBE. Under her tutelage, Anita Borg spread its women-in-tech initiatives to more than 80 countries across the globe. The institute has impacted more than 700,000 people, including women in countries historically adverse to women in the workplace and technology in particular, Whitney explained.
This week, theCUBE spotlights tech and computing trailblazers in our Women in Tech feature. Check out our Grace Hopper interview playlist here:
Read more about these women-in-tech trailblazers here.
Check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.