2019 Technical Executive Forum Nomination Process

Each AnitaB.org Partner organization has the opportunity to participate in the Technical Executive Forum (TEF), an annual, invitation-only event held in conjunction with Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for C-Suite technical executives. TEF provides a safe space for technical and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) executive-level participants to connect, be inspired, and drive action in creating company cultures which leverage diversity for innovation. In 2018, ­­167 executives from 86 organizations participated in TEF in Houston, Texas.

The 2019 TEF nomination process closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT. All nominations submitted after Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT will be put on the TEF Nomination Waitlist.

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Nomination Process

Each AnitaB.org Partner has the opportunity to submit technical executive nominations at their corresponding partnership levels. Partners with representation on the AnitaB.org Board of Trustees (BOT) should work with their board member to select an appropriate-level peer nominee.

Level of Partnership # of C-Suite Technical Executives Nominated # of DEI Executives Nominated Total # of Nominations Allowed
Supporting 1 1* 2**
Supporting 2 0 2**
Pioneering 2 1* 3**
Pioneering 3 0 3**

 

*Each AnitaB.org Partner company can nominate a DEI C-level executive as one of its TEF nominees, but not as its primary TEF nominee. The intent of a technical executive and DEI executive pairing is to better enable these complementary elements of technical and business perspectives with DEI expertise and execution. It will allow these executives the opportunity to better collaborate post-TEF and GHC participation to create positive change for advancing and retaining women technologists.

**The allocated number of executives allowed from each Partner company does not include AnitaB.org BOT members and TEF Organizing Committee members. Both receive separate invites to TEF and do not need to complete the TEF nomination process. The maximum number of executives from any one AnitaB.org Partner company should not exceed five.

Nomination Criteria

Nominate influential executives who can make critical change for the retention and advancement of women technologists.

Nominees should have the following credentials:

  • Ability and willingness to influence their organizations in retaining and advancing women technologists.
  • Demonstrated commitment to leveraging diversity for innovation.
  • C-Suite technical executives (CEO/President/COO, CTO, CIO, Chief Scientist or their direct reports including business line leaders such as EVPs, SVPs Engineering, and General Managers with P&L responsibility).
  • DEI executives have to be a C-level person such as the Chief People Officer, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CHRO, or CDO.

Optional: Lightning Talk and Roundtable Discussion

Submit a TEF 19 Lightning Talk and Roundtable Discussion for consideration.*

AnitaB.org recognizes there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution to solve the complex issues of incorporating intersectional DEI practices within the tech ecosystem. For this reason, TEF 18 focused on different movements in the technology industry that encourage voices and organizations to catalyze change around workplace culture, cultivate allyship, and create a culture of results.

The TEF 18 series of Lightning Talks (LT) and Roundtable (RT) Discussions focused on data-driven leadership for strategic transformation, driving transparency and opportunity for intersectional tech ecosystems, and movements for tech, by tech. Each LT and RT, presented by executive leader participants, showcased different pathways from both a technical and DEI-in-tech perspective for participants to bring back to their own organizations.

Each program and initiative presented at TEF 18 met the following criteria:

  • Proved to yield results and positive impact
  • Provided actionable recommendations
  • Highlighted executive sponsorship in advancing and retaining women technologists

If you are interested in presenting a LT focused on a program or initiative you have personally seen yield results within your company, or would like to facilitate a RT discussion, please indicate on the TEF Nomination form or reach out with questions to the TEF team directly*: TEF@AnitaB .org

For more information, please check out the TEF 18 Case Studies here.

*LT and RT submissions do not guarantee acceptance. All submissions will be reviewed and final acceptance will be made by the AnitaB.org TEF team and TEF Organizing Committee. Your submission status will be announced via email summer 2019.

Nomination Due Date

The 2019 TEF nomination process closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT. All nominations submitted after Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT will be put on the TEF Nomination Waitlist.

We will review the nominee’s information to ensure a fit with the program goals, and may request additional information. We will send invitations for TEF to qualified nominees via TEF@AnitaB.org– please ensure your company recognizes this e-mail to stay up to date. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at TEF@AnitaB.org.

Key Dates

Important dates and deadlines:

  • March 28: Request for TEF Nominations Open
  • May 1: Nominations Close
  • June: Invitations sent to Qualified Nominees
  • Mid-June: RSVP and Registration Reminders
  • June 12: Deadline to Register for GHC 19

Note: Invitations are for current AnitaB.org Partners at the time of the nomination process. The invitation is contingent upon remaining an AnitaB.org Partner in good standing.

The 2019 TEF nomination process closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT. All nominations submitted after Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT will be put on the TEF Nomination Waitlist.

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