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May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

Coming from Africa,an exposure to other women from across the world doing computing was a great moral boaster. Women in computing make up less than 15% of the total computing world, in Africa, that percentage is almost halfed, so meeting women who inspire you to keep at it was i needed to swing me right back into the narrow and straight path of computing. Since the conference i have learnt a lot from numerous women through the various online tools that ABI has provided in addition to the ABI newsletter KUDOs ABI and the ABI team!

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I have made great friends, written joint papers with people i met. Been offered great internship and job opportunities (more than one).

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

it embraces women of all backgrounds as one tight family.

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

excellent and efficient in their work.

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

change the way women and especially girls think about technology globally1

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

Anita Borg Institute helped me get the word out about my iPhone app, leading to some great reviews and positive feedback from the community. Specifically, they are very active on Twitter and are instrumental in informing their community about key events, deadlines, and issues.

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They RT'ed my tweets! And their "I am a technical woman" video was great to show my daughter a quick snapshot of a few hundred role models. Also I've been to a couple of great events they sponsored and supported at the Computer History Museum.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

When I went to my first ABI conference, it was a life-changing experience. I was first introduced to ABI through Systers, and ABI program via email community for technical women. It was enlightening to know that other technical women share my struggles and career goals. Being able to share and vent was comforting, but also inspirational because I received incredible advice on my career track, how to tackle the "woman" issue in the technical world, and most importantly, how do I encourage other young women, including my own daughter, to pursue careers in technology. Thanks ABI for the continuous encouragement.

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As a result of ABI, I am much stronger and won't settle anymore. With such a strong support group, it's okay to strive for something that may seem out of reach in a "man's" world. I'm much stronger and understand my capabilities.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

The number of women in computer science and engineering is dwindling. I have felt very alone while pursuiing my doctoral degree of computer science. ABI has provided a venue, GHC, where I can meet with other women in CS, and discuss issues we are currently facing. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

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GHC09 has resulted in my participation in a global collaborative proposal, networking, and mentoring of other women in the academic pipleline behind me. I am attending, volunteering and presenting at GHC2010.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

The ABI is a fantastic organization. My experience with them, until lately, has been through the Grace Hopper Conference which is run annually and helps celebrate women in computing. I think that the most important thing about this organization is that it proves that women have a way of working, and creating change in the world that is honest, open, and value laden. Each year they manage to bring together over a thousand people, and they do it in a very personal way. The twitter feed is great, because it creates a sense of community is a desperate community of women and shares our accomplishments and echos our concerns. The Systers listserve, which I help with to organize and collect the posted links, is also invaluable. The initiatives that the ABI takes on are always done with care, and the outcomes are felt broadly through the entire community of CS professionals.

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

my local community in Virginia Tech. We have had an increase in participation within our women in computing club, along with help in our retention efforts within computing.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

I first learned about the Anita Borg Institute when I won a scholarship from them and Google. I travelled to New York City, where I met a group of amazing fellow women in computer science, most of whom I still keep in touch with. They were my first network of women in same field I ever had. While in New York, someone from the institute spoke to us via video link, and told us about the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). I attended later that year with fellow co-founders of our school's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) group after I convinced them that we really could raise the funds and make it there. I strongly believe that GHC is the main reason our WISE group has succeeded as much as it has, and my own career has greatly benefited from the networking and learning opportunities there. I always feel re-energized to keep pushing myself to be the best I can in my career when I return. Now I try to pay it forward and give back to the Anita Borg community every way I can.

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

the benefits of attending GHC, the network of women that has opened up to me, the feeling that I really can live my dreams.

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

enthusiastic and supportive! Exactly the kind of women who will change the culture of computing for the better of everyone, men and women alike.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

The Anita Borg Institute has touched me in many ways over the past few years and provided me with priceless opportunities to grow professionally as a Computer Scientist and also to expand my network. I have had the opportunity to travel, speak at conferences, and meet many valuable connections through their Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) and their scholarships and awards programs. Because of the wonderful experience I've had dealing with them through these activities, I decided to get involved as a volunteer to 'give back' and hopefully help others find these opportunities as well. Currently I am a volunteer as a member of the GHC Communities Committee, where I am working with other committee members to encourage and promote our online communities and reach out to women in Computer Science. I can honestly say I have never heard anything discouraging or negative from any of the Anita Borg Institute staff or volunteers. They have been very welcoming and open to new ideas and are genuinely happy with any effort, big or small, that volunteers can contribute. Having done a lot of volunteering throughout my life, I find it refreshing that they are as interested in my growth in skills, experiences, and professionalism as I am in helping them achieve their goals. I would highly recommend the Institute to anyone who would like to get involved or work with them on projects, events, or other activities.

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

how I was inspired to stay with Computing Science, feel confident in my choice of graduate school over industry, and how I've seen women who attend their events grow and develop as professionals in their field.

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

meeting great people, learning from their diverse experiences, broadening my own perspectives.

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

diverse, open-minded, respectful, positive, and supportive.

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

encourage more female students to choose or stick with Computing Science, support more female faculty in Computing, and further help improve the culture and attitudes towards women in Computing, both in academia and industry.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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