NewZNew (New Delhi) : The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computer science and engineering today organized an exclusive networking reception for women in technology from New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) at the ITC Maurya hotel. The Founding Partners of the event were American Express and it was attended by 300 women students and professionals in technology from this region. The event focused on advancing a gender diverse technology workforce and also witnessed strong participation from senior leaders from corporates and the government.
The networking reception was the first event organized in India, under ABI’s latest initiative called the ABI.Local. The ABI.Local communities are self-organized groups that focus on growing and supporting current and aspiring women technologists. The first (dot) local in India is the ABI.Delhi-NCR.
The centre of all discussions and sessions during the day was not only about women pursuing long-term careers but also moving up the technical ladder, to enhance their skills and knowledge and grow their careers by developing strong networks. Attendees got the opportunity to attend a thought provoking keynote session and a candid CEO panel discussion on ‘Are Unconscious Biases Driving Our Decisions’. All leaders were of the opinion that it is important to tackle unconscious bias at an individual and corporate level to address gender diversity in the technical workforce of India.
This was followed by a theatre workshop on gender diversity issues, a leadership session on personal branding and others on Network Equality and Big Data Analytics. For all details of the event please visit: http://anitaborg.org/dot-local/delhi-ncr-networking-reception/
The Managing Director of Anita Borg Institute, India, Ms. Geetha Kannan said, “At ABI we envision a future where the people who imagine and build technology, mirror the people and societies they build it for. With technology becoming vital for societies and economies as they are today and in the future, the inclusion of women in building the technology the world needs is also inevitable. We hope the attendees of today’s event have taken this unique opportunity to make some quality connections, got inspired from some of the best minds in the industry and gained some guidance for building a rewarding career in technology.”
ABI’s programs focus on advancing the careers of women in technology. After the success of their annual flagship conference the Grace Hopper Celebration India that has been held since 2010, ABI looks forward to reaching out to more women technologists across India through platforms such as the ABI.Delhi-NCR.