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Anita Borg Institute For Women And Technology

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews 6,381

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Technology

Address:

1501 Page Mill Rd ms 1105 Palo Alto CA 94304 USA

Mission:

The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. ABI programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers.

Geographic areas served:

Global

Programs:

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology accomplishes its mission through specific programs such as: The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, Women of Vision Awards Banquet, the Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award, TechLeaders workshops, the Anita Borg, Denice Denton and Change Agent Awards, Online Communities including Systers and scholarships.

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Reviews for Anita Borg Institute For Women And Technology

Rating: 4 stars  

I had been a member of the ABI list for a few years before, but my first 'real' experience with ABI was in 2008 after I established a nonprofit organisation, W.TEC, focused on mentoring Nigerian women and girls in their use of information technology (www.w-teconline.org). We were planning a pilot technology camp for teenage girls and sourcing for funding when I learnt of the Pass it On grants. We applied and got it. I was thrilled and that was the start of a wonderfully supportive relationship with ABI. The funding from the PIO grant was instrumental in getting the girls tech camp going (it is now in its 4th year).

In 2009, I was nominated for and selected for the ChangeMaker award. As part of my prize, I was invited to the Grace Hopper Conference to receive my award and participate in a panel with other ChangeMaker award winners. I can honestly say that GHC is the best conference I have been for (and I have attended a few). All the women I met (the ABI staff) were warm and everyone shared their experiences as women in computing freely. I learnt so much from the sessions and other attendees that I could apply to my work in Nigeria.

Through this network of incredible women, the GHC, the lists and regular newsletters, ABI has supported and encouraged many women in their technical careers (no matter what stage they are at).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As mentioned above in my review.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe have regional chapters. Aside from that, the Anita Borg Institute is a fantastic organisation that is much more than a talk-shop and has a big impact on women in computing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

ABI is the kind of organization that one is lucky to find. I found them when I was just starting my career in technology. In fact, I barely knew I was in technology but I was working as an application administrator and learning my first programming language and I didn't know anyone else who did what I did. One day I did an internet search and found Systers, one of ABI's great programs. That was in 1997. Thirteen years later I am a senior software development manager and I have been a Systers member the entire time. I have found a fantastic community of interesting and intelligent women who actually "get" what I am talking about and have been able to answer questions and offer moral support simply through the reliability and respect of the community. No other tech women community is like this one. Because of all the things I have gotten out of my relationship with Systers, I joined the Pass-It-On Awards committee when it started and have served on the review committee ever since (something like seven years now). I am a regular contributor as well. The Pass It On program is amazing. Targeted micro-funding is all someone needs some times and am I continually impressed by the projects and the women that we fund. Reading the reports of the success projects: teaching girls programming, buying computers for class rooms, funding studies, and simply helping a young woman make it to class. The Pass It On awards are particularly important because they have the component to pass on the value of the award to the community (women in computing technology) as part of the award. ABI crafts unique programs for and supports its community at a fundamental level that I don't often see with other organizations. It is really committed to its founding principles. I am honored to be a part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their Systers and Pass It On Awards programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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It is dedicated volunteers like Elizabeth who make this program of Systers helping Systers work. Thanks for your commitment to the Systers Pass-it-on Awards!

Role: Former Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Not too many people know or remember that my career in California started thank to ABI. In 2004, I got my current position after reading the job posting in its Systers community. Since then I have found my way to work with them. Why? ABI helped me to discover my passion for diversity and equality of technical women in computer related fields. I have personally profited from the excellent work ABI does with its Industry partners and I have attended the Grace Hopper Celebrations since 2004. Aside from the benefits in my professional career, ABI has been fundamental for the success of Latinas in Computing (LIC), a grass-root community born at the 2006 Grace Hopper Celebration. As a chair of LiC and a female engineer working in a high tech company, I can testify that ABI has positively impacted the professional lives of many of us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my career development and our goal of helping new generations

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything in ABI. I will encourage other non-profit organizations to learn from ABI! So much done with the resource they have.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

collaborating with them. They are such as blast!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always terrific

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more scholarships for their wonderful events including Grace Hopper Celebrations.

Ways to make it better...

I would have met ABI before 2004

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

More resources to outreach even more

One thing I'd also say is that...

they have been my mentors. Don't tell them though.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Thank you so much Gilda! Your work with the Latinas in Computing community is a great example of what can result when ABI programs bring technical women together. We have used LiC as an example - many times - when asked advice by newer technical women's groups.

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Anita Borg Institute adn the Grace Hopper conferences have been instrumental in keeping me form leaving the computer field! It is so hard to work with all men and without the support of these folks adn the Systers list I woudl have give up long ago!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every aspect of my career!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Thank you, Kari! It's wonderful to hear that our Systers community has provided such support. And also wonderful how you've given back by volunteering.

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I went to GHC in 2008 for the first time. Being involved with the online communities truly enhanced my conference experience. I was able to meet several people online before the conference and then meet them in real life! After the conference, I've kept in touch with the women I met through the communities. Prior to the conference, I submitted my resume to the conference resume database. From that, I was contacted by several companies for interviews at the conference. As a direct result, I received a job offer! It was great to know that GHC really supports students by offering resume workshops and encouraging companies to recruit at GHC. At GHC 2008, my good friend, Ashley, and I started a video blog, Ed & Ashley's 5 Minute Show. Our aim is to create visible role models. Volunteer-created content is highly encouraged in the communities and we've loved speaking with lots of inspiring women. Thank goodness the Anita Borg Institute gave us such a great opportunity!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving a job offer, expanding my network of women in technology, and through workshops to develop as a technical leader.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amazing and driven women I've had the opportunity to work with and be around.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

SPLENDIFEROUS!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Thanks for sharing your story, Erin! We love the way students like you keep coming back to the Grace Hopper conference after graduation, and giving back to the community by volunteering, speaking, and serving as role models yourself. The Anita Borg Institute staff loves the way your video program, Ed & Ashley's 5 Minute show, highlights technical women. We share your desire to update our websites. Resource limitations keep us focused on our programs, but it's definitely on our list.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

We have sponsored students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing each year since it began in 2994. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery. Every student who has attended has been enriched by the experience of attending a conference that is supportive of women in computing. I have "thank you" notes from students who say things like "I had no idea I could go this far in the IT profession," "it was wonderful meeting so many women who have chosen IT as a career," and "thank you so much for sponsoring me-I know that I've made the right choice in my academic preparation." The IT profession needs people with as many diverse backgrounds to enter into the IT field, and the Anita Borg Institute has been instrumental in providing a forum for women who might otherwise see this profession as a "male field." Some of the students who we have sponsored have gone back to serve as panel presenters, track chairs and mentors and role models to current students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the enthusiasm of the students returning from the Grace Hopper Conference and their willingness to share their experiences to encourage others to participate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

work with students in the K-12 age group where the need is great.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Thanks, Connie! It's great to hear such positive comments about the Grace Hopper Celebration from students you have sponsored to attend our annual conference. GHC plays a critical role in providing students with role models, success stories, and a supportive community to ease the isolation of choosing a nontraditional career for a woman. You'll be happy to know that for the second year we are partnering with CSTA on a K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop at GHC, to help address the K-12 pipeline. And check the program for this year's conference (it will be posted soon at http://gracehopper.org/) for other sessions on outreach to girls.

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Wow -- where do I start? I first became aware of ABI when I attended GHC 2006. It was the first conference I had attended that was female dominated, and what a difference it made! Instead of being exhausted by constantly having to put myself "out there", I could relax and enjoy the technical and non-technical conversations, sessions, and networking. I came back to work invigorated, motivated, and energized. ABI has also been invaluable in hosting a community for Latinas in Computing, where we've been able to reach out to Latinas throughout the world to promote and develop them as they move through their career stages. The staff is dedicated and tireless in their advocacy, and their leading edge research has greatly benefited the women in my organization. Participating as part of the conference team has been tremendously rewarding, knowing that you are positively impacting the lives of women in computing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my career development, in reinventing myself, and in developing others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

win Powerball so I could fund this organization as it truly deserves -- a couple of orders of magnitude greater!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the energy and positive support I get from the fabulous staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Unbelievably wonderful -- the best online community I've found.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve even greater numbers of women in technology.

Ways to make it better...

I could devote myself to this work fulltime :).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding -- there are tech companies out there who make beaucoup bucks that could rapidly accelerate the rate of progress with a little more funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'd do more if I had the time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Thank you so much, Patty! Your story is a great example of why we do this work. And Latinas in Computing is a model of what happens when we facilitate and support technical women in coming together. And while we are completely in favor of you winning Powerball :-) our partners in academia, industry and government do a fantastic job of supporting our work. We are grateful to them every day!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I found support and career advice that helped me advance and assist other women in the technology field. Excellent organization that promotes women in technology and encourages young women to enter the field.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own 30 year career in technology.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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One of the things we love about our work is the way the technical women and diversity champions in our community help each other. It is so important for young women to see role models like you with long and successful careers. So thank you not only for your review, but for assisting other women in tech!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Anita Borg Institute is doing great work. They run the fabulous Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing that brings together a lot of great women in the industry and helps new women entering the industry to get great jobs at all the tech companies around the country (particularly Silicon Valley). They also do a terrific job sharing resources, ideas, news with their community through their Systers list and their social media activity. Their events are well-run, they are highly professional to deal with as a speaker, and they have a lot of dedication to their cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was a speaker at the Grace Hopper Conference on two occasions and also spoke at one of their events for senior women in universities. I have attended their Women of Vision dinner more than once and have served on a committee to help select award winners

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top notch and truly dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world by truly scaling their programs to get more women's voices into the development of great technology.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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Thank you so much, Denise. You make us blush! Of course it's fabulous speakers and awesome volunteers like you who make our events so wonderful.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is an incredible organization that CA is very proud to partner with. Their work in connecting women and technology is inspiring and has made a huge impact on our company and its employees.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

From working with Anita Borg on their annual Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing to their support of CA's partnerships with the UN Global Compact, the UN Development Fund for Women, and Year Up, they are always there to lend a hand.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Thanks, Erica! We simply couldn't achieve the results that we do without the support of committed partners like CA. We are proud to have CA as a part of the Anita Borg Institute.