The role will foster deeper relationships with communities of color
BELMONT, California, September 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – AnitaB.org, the global nonprofit focused on intersectional gender and pay equity in tech, today announced the appointment of Kai Two Feathers Orton, PhD as Fellow in Residence of the organization, a new position. Starting August 2, 2021, Dr. Two Feathers Orton will lead AnitaB.org’s initiatives around strategic partnerships, with the goal of fostering deeper relationships with communities of color and ensuring a just future for all technologists. .
Dr Two Feathers Orton, who will also contribute to the Grace Hopper virtual celebration, which will take place September 27 – October 1, 2021, will be based on Denver, Colorado, and will report to the COO of AnitaB.org, Lucia Hicks-Williams.
“Dr. Two Feathers Orton’s in-depth understanding of philanthropy and non-profit organizations, coupled with his vision for the future of inclusive technology, will be tremendous assets as we move into the next chapter of AnitaB.org “, said Darden wilkerson. “She will play a key role in leading AnitaB.org’s strategic partnerships as we build on our efforts to uplift the diversity of all the women and non-binary technologists we serve.”
“I am delighted to be named the first Fellow in Residence and on the occasion of Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day, an important day for me and for so many other women, no less,” said the Dr Two Feathers Orton. “I look forward to joining the leaders and talented teams of AnitaB.org so that we can continue to advance the education and empowerment of women in the tech industry.”
Dr. Two Feathers Orton is a First Nation (Innuinait, Cris, Pierced nose, Tlicho) computer scientist, learning technologist, strategic fundraiser and passionate about innovation. She is a strong advocate for inclusion and equity at the intersections of STEM, social justice, digital societies and politics.
Prior to joining AnitaB.org, she was Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Dartmouth College. During her stay, her portfolio focused on developing multidimensional engagement strategies with foundations and industry companies in partnership with professors of basic and biomedical sciences, physical sciences, computer science and technology, to advance research development and innovation initiatives. Dr Two Feathers Orton was also an Assistant Research Professor at Northwestern University in the School of Education and Social Policy and Faculty Liaison for the Office of STEM Education Partnerships. She founded the Computational Thinking for Girls Clubs (CT4G) to empower girls of color through experiences in computers, technology and STEM.
In addition to his research, Dr. Two Feathers Orton is a Google Next-Gen Tech Policy Fellow and an active professional member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). She currently sits on numerous research, professional and non-profit advisory committees, including Women of Color in Computing Collaborative-Expanding CS for Native Girls for AISES and Indigenous Cultural Heritage-Advancing Pathways for Long-Term Collaboration for the Dartmouth College Hood Museum and Library.
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At AnitaB.org, we envision a future where the people who imagine and build technology reflect the people and societies for which they build it. We connect, inspire and guide women technologists and organizations that see technological innovation as a strategic imperative. For over 30 years, this community has grown and changed to become the premier organization for women in tech. Today, AnitaB.org works with female technologists in over 50 countries and partners with leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies. For more information on AnitaB.org, visit anitab.org or find us on LinkedIn at @ anitab-org and on Instagram at @anitab_org.
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