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Organick Lecture Series – Telle Whitney
November 3, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Former CEO of Anita Borg Institute
Co-founder of Grace Hopper Celebration
Co-founder of NCWIT
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
220 Aline Skaggs Biology Bldg.
An entrepreneur’s story of risk and impact
Abstract: There is much promise in technology, both in creating a new and more welcoming future and in having a positive impact. Dr. Whitney, a Computer Scientist, and world recognized expert on women and technology, will talk about her entrepreneurial journey, and the importance of risk taking at key junctures. She will talk about her time at several Silicon Valley startups, and the early lessons she learned about success. She will talk about how her entrepreneurial journey took a left turn when she became the founding CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, and scaled the organization and the Grace Hopper Celebration to have global reach and impact.
She will also discuss the five Cs – Courage, Creativity, Curiosity, Confidence and Communication – and how these skills have helped her navigate a constantly changing landscape.
Dr. Whitney will speak on the state of the technology workforce and actions that you can take to create change. She will discuss her journey as a woman computer scientist and her efforts to create a global movement for women technologists.