Welcome to the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) Press Room. ABI envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies they build it for. We connect, inspire, and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.

ABI is a social enterprise that recognizes the positive contributions of women in computing and advises organizations on how to improve performance by building more inclusive teams. We believe technological innovation powers the global economy and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. ABI also hosts the world’s largest conference for women technologists. 

Background

In 1987, Anita Borg (1949-2003) started a digital community for women in computing, which evolved into the Institute for Women in Technology (later named the Anita Borg Institute). ABI is committed to Anita’s vision of increasing the impact of women on technology. Today, ABI works with women technologists in over 50 countries and partners with academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Our Leadership

ABI’s staff is made up of people passionate about what women can bring to technology. They have worked at organizations that view technology innovation as an imperative and bring deep industry insights from those experiences. Dr. Telle Whitney, Elizabeth Ames, and Geetha Kannan are available for comment, interviews and speaking engagements.

Board of Trustees

ABI’s Board of Trustees is comprised of distinguished technology professionals from across industry and academia who are dedicated to ABI’s mission of connecting, inspiring and guiding women in computing and act as advisors in expanding ABI’s programs. Additionally, the India Council advises ABI on the unique needs of the region and the community of women in computing.

Programs

The ABI staff and board focus on individual programs and products while keeping the bigger picture for women in computing in perspective.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) – Our flagship event brings together women technologists and those who support them. GHC increases the visibility of women’s contributions, results in collaboration, and offers networking and professional development opportunities. It is co-presented with the Associated of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India (GHC – India) – First held in 2010, GHC India is based on GHC and focuses on career, research and entrepreneurship opportunities and interests of women in computing and technology. It is co-presented with the Associated of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Top Companies for Women Technologists – Top Companies recognizes companies creating workplaces where women technologists can thrive. Using a rigorous methodology, the program offers insights beyond the high level data often released publicly each year.

Partner Program – ABI partners with over 50 industry leaders worldwide, dedicated to building balanced teams that encourage innovation. Collectively, our partners represent almost 3 million employees. Leadership at each of these organizations is committed to increasing the representation of women in technical roles at all levels.

Communities – ABI communities, both virtual and in person, are thriving. With over 7,000 members from at least 60 countries, Systers, ABI.Local and ABI Lean In Circles connect women technologists around the globe.

ABI.Local: ABI.Local is a network of local communities that connects women technologists around the world to find new opportunities and advance their careers. ABI.Local is made possible by the support of Google and an anonymous donor.

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