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.

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.

Mona Sabet, Vice President and General Manager, Grace Hopper Celebration
Mona is an entrepreneur, business executive, fierce diversity advocate, tenacious business leader and seasoned attorney.  She believes in the power of small diverse teams to drive significant, meaningful change.  She co-founded VIBLIO, an online video search and sharing service for people who care about preserving their memories through video and enjoying them privately with friends and family. Prior to VIBLIO, she was on the buy side of start-ups, running corporate development for Cadence Design Systems (CDNS).  Before that, she lead legal and business development for Coverity (a VC-backed software company, exited in 2014). Mona have also co-founded 2 non-profit organizations, each of which have been running for over a decade, focused on accelerating the advancement of professional women.

Corporate Counsel

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