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.
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!