Maci Peterson Philitas

Maci Peterson Philitas

Maci Peterson Philitas is passionate about building businesses that help people be the best version of themselves. Her goal is to make an impact and lead change through every opportunity that comes my way.  
 
Maci is the CEO and Co-founder of On Second Thought (OST), the definitive delay-recall mechanism for mobile communications platforms. As an entrepreneur and respected thought leader, Maci is a frequent lecturer, subject-matter expert, and advisor on entrepreneurship, innovation, and diversity initiatives.  
 
Under her leadership, OST has expanded to 190 countries, secured multiple patents, and now licenses its highly scalable software system across several industries.  
 
Maci has been named to several notable lists, including SF Business Times 40 Under 40 list; BBC 100 Women; Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30; and Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She has also been profiled by NPR, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Black Enterprise, Fox and others. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from Chapman University and was named Chapman’s 2017 Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year.  

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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