AnitaB.org connects, inspires and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 65 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. AnitaB.org is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information, visit AnitaB.org.

The City Tech Collaborative (City Tech), AnitaB.org, and ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program are pleased to announce a new training pilot for women entering the cybersecurity field. 

The program supports cybersecurity education for 25 women in Chicago. Classes run on Saturdays from March 23 through May 18th from 9am to 3pm.  

At present, women make up less than a quarter of the cybersecurity workforce in the U.S. With the cybersecurity field projected to grow, this program aims to close the opportunity gap and provide pathways for retention and advancement specifically within the City of Chicago.

With weekend classes, industry partnerships, and mentorship opportunities, the program is designed to be accessible, holistic, and supportive. It will leverage ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus Training Platform and last 8 weeks. Students will also be exposed to job skills and role models to help accelerate their careers. 

While all interested women with a high school degree or equivalent are encouraged to apply, this program is intended to support women with a basic understanding of tech who are in the early stage of their career. The program also aims to support women from underrepresented communities in Chicago, especially those from the south and west sides. 


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Pass It On Awards Program
The Systers Pass It On Awards honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. The cash awards, funded by donations from the Systers Online Community and others, are intended as means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology. The program is called “Pass It On” because it comes with the moral obligation to “pass on” the benefits gained from the award.
Pass It On Awards applications are open to any woman over 18 years old in or aspiring to be in the fields of computing. Awards are open to women in all countries for up to $1,000.00 USD. Applications covering a wide variety of needs and projects are encouraged, such as:
 

  • Small amount to help with studies, job transfers or other transitions in life.
  • A broader project that benefits girls and women.
  • Projects that seek to inspire more girls and women to go into the computing field.
  • Assistance with educational fees and materials.
  • Partial funding source for larger scholarship.
  • Mentoring and other supportive groups for women in technology or computing.

2019 Pass It On Award Cycle

All submissions must be in English.


  • Applications OPEN, Thursday, December 20, 2018 (12:00 AM UTC-7).  
  • Applications CLOSE Thursday, March 21, 2019 (11:59 PM UTC-7).
  • Reference letters DUE Thursday, March 28, 2019 (11:59 PM UTC-7).
  • View >> 2018 Pass It On Award Winners
  • Email questions to passiton at anitab dot org.

Note: You will be required to have an address on file before submitting.

In Systerhood,
Systers Pass It On Award Committee


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