In an interview at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology CEO Telle Whitney said 2015 is "our time to lead." She noted this theme is highlighted at GHC so women can avail themselves of leadership training tools.
Although Whitney acknowledged stagnation in women's progress in terms of undergraduate computer science (CS) degrees and the tech workforce, she also cited U.S. National Science Foundation statistics indicating that gains are being made. She said a joint Anita Borg Institute/Harvey Mudd College program will work with CS departments across 15 U.S. universities to boost female and minority undergrad majors.
Whitney also noted the enormous growth in attendance and diversity, and the representation of tech companies, at GHC since its inception in 1994 reflects the soaring interest women have in technology. She said attendees come to connect with others in different fields, as well as for professional development. Whitney also points out attendees can take back the knowledge they gain from the conference and apply it to their own programs, or join local communities.
She reports the institute is launching ABI.Local to help foster communities that host Grace Hopper Celebrations to stoke interest both nationally and internationally.
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