August 21, 2012
The Anita Borg Social Impact Award honors an individual or team that has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society or has caused women to have a significant impact on the design and use of technology. The 2012 award winner is Cathi Rodgveller, Founder of IGNITE and Nontraditional Career Counselor at Seattle Public Schools. Through these roles, she has positively impacted the lives of K-16 girls in Seattle, exposing them to STEM fields and role models. IGNITE offers an affordable, community based, multifaceted approach to STEM education and outreach by providing toolkits and curriculum which allow educators across the globe to replicate the successful model that thrives in Seattle Public Schools. Over 18,000 girls have been positively impacted by the program, and the number of young women in technology courses in Seattle schools has more than doubled following the implementation of the IGNITE program in high schools. The Anita Borg Social Impact Award is underwritten by Microsoft.
Read Senator Maria Cantwell’s Congratulations letter to Cathi here.