Degree(s): Computer Studies
Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University
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Mrs. Brenda Darden-Wilkerson is the President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) for Women and Technology, which “provides resources and programs that help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and advance technical women in computer science and engineering to meet the growing global need for technology workers and increase technological innovation.” Under her leadership, the Institute is responsible for the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Prior to joining ABI, Mrs. Darden-Wilkerson served as the Director of Computer Science and IT Education for Chicago Public Schools. She also founded the original “Computer Science for All” initiative, which aims to “build computer science classes into the curriculum for every student.” This work directly impacted over 1.5 million students in Chicago and New York City and served as a model for the Obama administration’s Chicago initiatives.