On October 4, 2017, the first day of the Grace Hopper Celebration, our organization announced that we would no longer call ourselves the Anita Borg Institute. Our new name — AnitaB.org — still honors our founder while reflecting our move away from a formal, bureaucratic attitude and toward a warmer, more personal feeling; the “.org” in our name acts as a reminder of our nonprofit mission.
Earlier this week, we watched as Hurricane Irma made landfall over Florida. We remained in contact with those in the area, including AnitaB.org staff members as well as Grace Hopper Celebration vendors and contractors. We are thankful that they all are safe.
As the staff of the AnitaB.org watched Hurricane Irma shift west and then east on its path over Florida on Sunday and Monday, our primary concern remained with everyone affected by the storm. We were especially worried for our staff members who live and work in its path, and the many vendors and contractors in the region who are helping us prepare for the Grace Hopper Celebration next month.