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pattyl

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Review for Mentornet, Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the opportunity to mentor eight students thus far. I like the ability to choose specific ethnicities to support, because I know that helping men and women like me, I can make a real difference because I have a better understanding of the cultural, linguistic, and educational challenges they may be facing. The biweekly mentoring suggestions provide great ideas for discussions and remind me to check in on my protege if I haven't heard from them in awhile. I have learned just as much from my proteges as they have learned from me, and it's great to hear from some of my past proteges to learn how they are doing and to share in their successes.

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

conferences, where I've been able to meet some of the staff, and in the genuine thanks I've gotten from the students who I have helped.

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

how rewarding it is to make a difference in someone else's life.

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

Fabulous. They put in long hours and really work hard to make the mentoring match a success.

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

have an even greater reach.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I've been a MentorNet mentor since 2005.
 

Review for Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Volunteer & I am the co-chair for the Grace Hopper Conference 2010 Technical Poster Session.

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!