Tiffany Shlain To Kick-off Awards Banquet Alongside Fortune Reporter Caroline Fairchild Who Will Emcee Annual Event Celebrating
Top Women in Technology
PALO ALTO, CA — January 22, 2015 – The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, announced today that Tiffany Shlain, renowned filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards, will be the featured keynote speaker at ABI’s annual Women of Vision Awards Banquet. ABI also announced that Caroline Fairchild, Fortune reporter and founder of Fortune’s Broadsheet will emcee the event to be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center on May 14, 2015.
“Tiffany and Caroline are visionaries and leaders in the arts and journalism and their work has put a spotlight on the importance of women in technology,” said Telle Whitney, CEO and President of the Anita Borg Institute. “We are honored to have them participate as our featured keynoter and emcee at this year’s banquet that brings together our stellar, diverse community celebrating the accomplishments of remarkable women technologists around the world.”
The Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Awards Banquet honors women making significant contributions to technology. This year, the Women of Vision ABIE Awards will honor candidates for Leadership, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Student of Vision. Last year’s winners included Dr. Tal Rabin, Dr. Maria Klawe, and Ms. Kathrin Winkler, recognized for Innovation, Leadership, and Social Impact respectively.
Also presented at the May event in Santa Clara, is the Top Company for Women in Computing Award, recognizing an organization that has demonstrated measurable results in attracting, retaining and advancing women in technical roles at all levels. Bank of America was the 2014 recipient of this award.
About Keynote Speaker Tiffany Shlain
Emmy nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder, keynote speaker Tiffany Shlain’s films and work have received over 65 awards and distinctions, including being named by NPR as having delivered one of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever, and by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.” Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology, for which Shlain’s signature style was hailed by the New York Times as “high-tech Terry Gilliam.” The US State Department has also selected three of Shlain’s films to represent America at embassies around the world for the American Film Showcase. Her hit series on AOL, “The Future Starts Here,” received nearly 40 million views in its first and second seasons, and was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award in the category of New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, and Culture.
About Emcee Caroline Fairchild
Emcee Caroline Fairchild joined Fortune in 2014. She is the founder and writer of The Broadsheet, Fortune’s fast- growing daily newsletter about women leaders. Every weekday morning, Fairchild delivers the latest news, touches on hot-button topics, and offers via exclusive interviews a line to the advice and insights of the world’s most successful women. She has interviewed Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Ivanka Trump, Warren Buffett and many other successful leaders and innovators. Fairchild also contributes regularly to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women online channel and speaks at Fortune’s live conferences as she works to expand the MPW brand online and in live media. Before beginning her career at Fortune, she ran social media for the Huffington Post’s business desk, edited stories and wrote frequently for the website. She attended Duke University on the Robertson Scholarship and graduated with academic honors.
Registration for the Women of Vision Awards Banquet is now open with early bird pricing through February 13, 2015.
College and university students are invited to apply for a sponsored Share the Vision seat at the banquet. Students can apply for the opportunity to attend and meet with the industry’s brightest women technologists.
More information about online registration can be found at www.women-of-vision.org/attend/.
Sponsorship opportunities for the Women of Vision Awards Banquet are available.
Current event sponsors include: Dinner Host – Lockheed Martin; Gold Sponsors – Cisco, NetApp; Silver Sponsors – HP, Thomson Reuters; Student of Vision Award Sponsor – Capital One.
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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, eBay, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Broadcom, EMC, Neustar, Raytheon, Salesforce.com, VentureLoop, 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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