Dedicated Leadership

The ABI staff and board are made up of people who are passionate about what women can bring to technology. We understand the needs of women, and have worked inside organizations that view technology innovation as an imperative. Our community extends around the world, driven by the belief that we can accomplish more together than any of us can alone.


Telle Whitney,  President and CEO

Telle WhitneyDr. Telle Whitney joined the Anita Borg Institute in 2002, and has led ABI’s substantial growth in size and impact.  She held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies and Actel Corporation, and co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. She serves on the advisory boards of Caltech’s Information Science and Technology, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and Illuminate Ventures. She has received ACM Distinguished Service award, CRA’s A. Nico Habermann Award for her role in founding and sustaining NCWIT, and an honorary degree from CMU, among other awards. Telle received her Ph.D. from Caltech, and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah, both in Computer Science.

James Beck,  Treasurer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary

James BeckJames Beck’s keen insights into both accounting and finance ensure that the financial operations at the Anita Borg Institute are well managed. James is also Chief Operating Officer at Mayfield Fund and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. To stay abreast of current trends and issues in business and management, James attended the Berkeley Executive Program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of the Pacific.


Jody Mahoney, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Jody Mahoney has a broad understanding of business development within the tech and non-profit sector. She has worked as an independent strategy consultant, developed strategic partnerships with many F500 companies, and generated over $40M for social enterprise and social change companies. Jody earned her BA from Antioch University and her MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Elizabeth Ames, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alliances, and Programs
Prior to Elizabeth’s role at the Anita Borg Institute, she held management positions in marketing and strategy at Apple, Verifone, Netcentives, Vontu, Certive, Plastic Logic, and RETHINK Partners, where she was Founder and CEO. Elizabeth received her BFA from the University of Hartford and her MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Farideh Eshagh, Vice President, Finance
Farideh Eshagh has over 20 years of experience in fast paced, high technology companies in Silicon Valley. In the past 10 years her focus has been on start up ventures. Prior to joining Anita Borg Institute, she held leadership positions in Finance and Human Resources in medical devices, online advertising, network appliances, and semiconductor industries. Farideh earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Jose State University.

Audrey Van Belleghem, Vice President, Operations and VP & GM, Grace Hopper Celebration
Prior to joining ABI, Audrey was Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of Product Operations at NetApp, a $6 billion company providing innovative storage and data management solutions. In April, 2012, Audrey was selected as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal. In June of 2011, she was selected by TechWomen to serve in their inaugural program as a Technical Mentor. An initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, TechWomen paired leaders in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa and were formally recognized by Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State. Audrey is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Women’s Engineering Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Mary Kempski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer 
Mary brings more than 25 years of experience in information technology focusing on business operations, infrastructure, process improvement and application deployment. Most recently she served as Chief Information Officer at Grant & Weber where she was responsible for the strategic vision and execution of scalable systems and technology solutions. Mary has held key technology and executive management leadership positions in the Biotechnology, Healthcare, Semi-Conductor and Cloud Computing Industries. Mary serves on the Board of Directors for The Bili Project Foundation, a non-profit organization partnered with UCSF to develop groundbreaking research in early detection and treatments for bile duct cancers.

Geetha Kannan, Managing Director, Anita Borg Institute India
Geetha Kannan has expertise in the areas of diversity, HR recruitment, HR operations, and leadership development for senior executives.  She has worked in HR, diversity, and sustainability at ANZ and Infosys. She earned her BCOM and MBA degrees from Bharathiar University.

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