The Anita Borg Institute Launches Co-Branded Lean In Circles With Curriculum for Women Pursuing Technology Careers
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Oct 02, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
The Anita Borg Institute, (ABI), a non-profit organization focused
on the advancement of women in computing, and LeanIn.Org, a private
foundation focused on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions,
today announced the launch of ABI Lean In Circles at ABI'S annual
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, commencing today in
Minneapolis, MN. ABI is developing a curriculum specifically designed
for women pursuing careers in technology that complements Lean In's
growing library of free online lectures from Stanford University's
Clayman Institute for Gender Research and other well-known experts.
Lean In Circles are small peer groups that meet regularly to learn
and share together. There are currently over 9,000 registered Circles
in all 50 states and over 50 countries.
"Lean In Circles are pivotal to our overall mission at Lean In," said
Rachel Thomas, president and founder of Lean In. "Connecting women
together, and providing opportunities for them to support each other,
builds strong networks and fuels the exchange of ideas and
information. It's fantastic to see the extension of Lean In Circles
through our corporate and non-profit partners."
ABI Lean In Circles are designed specifically for women who are
pursuing -- or considering pursuing -- technology careers. ABI is
developing specialized discussion guides, videos, training, and
resource materials to help women recognize their strengths, set
goals, overcome challenges and have successful careers in technology.
ABI Lean In Circle's curricula focus on both young women who are
considering a technical career and early and mid-career women who are
ready for their next stage of growth. ABI tailored its curricula
based on input from women in technology at different stages in their
careers. For example, young women exploring a field of study or
future career can tap into video testimonials from early career women
discussing why technology was the right path for them and how they
dealt with their transition from student to professional. Resources
for mid-career women deal with issues around building technical
credibility through activities like patenting, presenting research
papers and speaking at technology conferences. Future modules may
also address key issues of isolation and role models.
ABI announced the launch of the ABI Lean In Circles at its annual
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The theme of the
event this year, "Think Big, Drive Forward," was designed to inspire
women to dream big and act ambitiously in their computing careers.
Keynote speakers include Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of
Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.Org; Maria Klawe, President of Harvey
Mudd College; Megan Smith, Vice President of Google[x]; and Dr. Arati
Prabhakar, Director of DARPA. GHC is the largest gathering of women
technologists in the world, and has attracted over 4,600 participants
from over 40 countries in industry, academia, and government.
"We are very proud to be partnering with Lean In and particularly
excited about offering training, tools and programs as part of a
curriculum focused on women in technology," said Telle Whitney, CEO
of the Anita Borg Institute. "Women in different fields face unique
challenges and opportunities and it was important for us to leverage
our deep knowledge of women in engineering and computer science
positions and offer a set of modules specifically designed to help
them successfully navigate their careers in this field."
Anita Borg is using Mightybell's new community feature to host and
operate their Lean In Circles. Mightybell Communities allow large
groups to gather virtually and then organize into smaller Circles.
Mightybell is unique in giving organizers the ability to create and
publish collections of content that appear in every Circle. Circle
members can use this community content, create their own content,
privately chat with other members, and organize in-person meetups.
ABI Lean In Circles are available immediately at leanin.org/anitaborg
About Lean In
LeanIn.Org is the non-profit organization founded by
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to encourage and empower women to pursue
their ambitions. The organization's goal is to offer women ongoing
inspiration and support through an active online community, free
online lectures and Lean In Circles, the small peer groups that meet
regularly to share and learn together. Since the organization's
launch in March 2013 -- following the release of New York Times
bestseller Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead -- the Lean In
community has grown to nearly 300,000 members, with over 9,000 Lean
In Circles in 50 states and at least 50 countries.
Lean In Foundation (d/b/a LeanIn.Org) is recognized by the IRS as
tax-exempt private operating foundation under section 501(c)(3).
About the Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
The Anita Borg Institute for
Women and Technology (ABI) connects, inspires, and guides women in
computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a
strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita
Borg, our reach extends to more than 42 countries. We believe
technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are
crucial to building technology the world needs. As a social
enterprise, we recognize women making positive contributions, and
advise organizations on how to improve performance by building more
inclusive teams. ABI partners include: Cisco, Google, HP, Microsoft,
Thomson Reuters, Amazon, CA Technologies, Dell, eBay, Facebook, First
Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin,
Marvell, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency,
NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Broadcom,
EMC, Neustar, Raytheon, Salesforce.com, VentureLoop, Xerox and Yahoo!
The Anita Borg Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable
organization. For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org.
Follow the Anita Borg Institute on Twitter at @anitaborg_org and
become a fan at www.facebook.com/anitaborginstitute.
For More Information, contact:
New Venture Communications on behalf of ABI
SOURCE: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
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