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2021 Organick Lecture Series – Telle Whitney
November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Former CEO of Anita Borg Institute
Co-founder of Grace Hopper Celebration
Co-founder of NCWIT
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Gardner Commons – Siciliano Auditorium
Technology innovation and inclusion: Creating a culture where all people thrive
Abstract: The excitement of technology is contagious. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence, block chain and computational biology promise to revolutionize our society and our lives. Yet technology creation still lacks significant participation from women and other underrepresented groups, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous and people with disabilities. Dr. Whitney, a Computer Scientist, and world recognized expert on women and technology will speak on the state of the technology workforce, and actions that you can take to create change within your own organization.
She will discuss her own journey as a women computer scientist, and her efforts to create a global movement for women technologists. She will discuss the results of a survey she recently published on Women and people of color still experience difficulty advancing in technology, based on the responses from over 1000 tech employees.
She will also talk about why organizations benefit from investing in all of their people, and concrete actions you can take to create meaningful change.
Bio: Telle Whitney is a senior executive leader, an entrepreneur, a recognized advocate and expert on women and technology. She has over 20 years of leadership experience, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of Women and Technology. Telle has been called “a pioneer for the promotion of women technologists” and “one of the most inspirational leaders I have ever known.”
Telle co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in 1994 and served as CEO of the non-profit Anita Borg Institute from 2002 to September 2017. She transformed the Institute into a recognized world leader for women and technology.
She has won numerous awards including the ACM distinguished service award, an honorary degree from CMU, and is an honorary member of IEEE. She serves on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards. She is also the co-founder of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).
Telle holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Utah.