Committed to Women's Career Development
By: Cicely Wedgeworth
eBay Inc. has joined the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) as a corporate partner, as part of the company’s focus on attracting, developing and retaining female talent. ABI is a global nonprofit organization that works with companies and academic institutions to recruit, retain and advance women in technology.
In a joint email to technology staff across the company, PayPal Chief Technology Officer James Barrese and eBay Chief Technology Officer Mark Carges said, “This new relationship reflects our company’s commitment to gender diversity and is one of many steps that we are taking to make eBay Inc. the employer of choice for talented women.”
What eBay and ABI will be doing together:
– Next month, Raji Arasu, Chief Technology Officer for StubHub, an eBay Inc. company, will present the keynote address at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing – India, in Bangalore. It’s the largest conference for women in computing in India.
– For the first time, eBay will also participate in the Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Survey, to learn how it’s doing on gender diversity. ABI also will provide the company with recommendations on how to improve.
How eBay is currently boosting women’s career development:
– The Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), co-sponsored by eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe and Beth Axelrod, Head of Human Resources, supports women to build lasting, successful careers at the company.
– Inspire! is an employee-initiated pilot program that offers scholarship, mentorship and internship opportunities to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds planning to study science or engineering.
Photo: Dr. Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. Photo courtesy of eBay Inc.