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 the importance of risk-taking at key junctures. She will talk about her own journey, and how the five Cs – Courage, Creativity, Curiosity, Confidence and Communication – helped her navigate a constantly evolving landscape. 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.
TELLE WHITNEY | 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). She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2022.
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.