The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computer science and engineering, hosted 920 guests last night at its annual Women of Vision Awards Banquet in Santa Clara.
Each year, ABI brings together hundreds of technology executives, entrepreneurs, industry visionaries, students in STEM fields, and media to celebrate the outstanding contributions of women in technology, and to recognize three exceptional women technologists honored with Women of Vision ABIE Awards for excellence in each of the following categories: Innovation, Leadership, and Social Impact. The honorees were: for Innovation, Dr. Tal Rabin, Manager and research staff member of the Cryptography Research Group at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center; for Leadership, Dr. Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College; and for Social Impact, Ms. Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President of EMC Corporation. In addition to being recognized, each honoree spoke about her passion and professional journey through her technology career.
Bank of America also accepted the Top Company for Women in Computing ABIE Award for its work to hire, retain, and advance women technologists throughout its organization.
“We are delighted with the success of this year’s Women of Vision Banquet. It brought together guests of all genders, demographics and career paths including senior executives at the largest technology corporations in the world to young women interested in pursuing careers in computing,” said Telle Whitney, CEO of The Anita Borg Institute. “The award winners are great examples of what women leaders in our field are accomplishing. We were delighted to honor them and highlight their contributions.”
The evening’s keynoter was Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, who spoke about her early interest in data science and the importance of remaining open minded, curious, and persistent to fuel innovation in technology. Penny Herscher, President and CEO of FirstRain, served as the emcee for the night’s festivities. Denise Saiki, chief information officer and vice president of Enterprise Business Services at Lockheed Martin, the event’s dinner host, spoke about the need for diversity in the technology industry and programs like those from ABI that encourage women in the field.
The Women of Vision Awards Banquet also celebrated the young minds entering the field. Judy Estrin, Internet pioneer and daughter of Dr. Thelma Estrin, announced the Thelma Estrin Ph.D Memorial Scholarships endowment, which will annually fund attendance for two students and one faculty member to ABI’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. She made the announcement to the 127 computer science students from 22 universities across North America who attended the banquet last night.
Sponsors for this year’s Women of Vision Awards Banquet included: Dinner Host – Lockheed Martin; Gold Sponsor – NetApp; Silver Sponsor – Cisco, HP, Neustar, Symantec, Thomson Reuters; Bronze Sponsor – Bank of America, ebay, inc. LinkedIn, Rackspace, Walmart Labs.
For more information about Women of Vision, visit http://women-of-vision.org/.
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About the Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) connects, inspires, and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 53 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. As a social enterprise, we recognize women making positive contributions, and advise organizations on how to improve performance by building more inclusive teams. ABI partners include: Cisco, Google, HP, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Amazon, CA Technologies, Dell, Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Juniper Networks, National Science Foundation, NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Bank of America, Broadcom, EMC, GoDaddy, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, Nationwide, Neustar, Rackspace, Raytheon, Salesforce.com, VentureLoop, VMware, Xerox and Yahoo! The Anita Borg Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information, visit anitaborg.org.
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