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Deanna Kosaraju - Fremont, CA, USA

Submitted by Raj Kosaraju - Hyderabad, India

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In recognition of her outstanding leadership, focus and dedication to the vision, goals and members of Global tech women

Deanna Kosaraju is Founder and CEO of Global Tech Women. Deanna has worked with hundreds of companies, large and small, around the globe such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, State Farm Insurance and Google in their mission to increase diversity leading to productivity, innovation and profitability in the corporate and academic sectors while creating career satisfaction for their employees.

Deanna has a degree in accounting from Cal State University Fullerton, a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies summa cum laude from U.C. Berkeley and Women Leaders of theWorld Program at Santa Clara University. Deanna was awarded the Women of Influence Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2010.

Last year a new organization was launched, Global TechWomen, whose mission is to create a global network of connected, inspired and self-actualized technical women. My friend and former colleague, Jerri Barrett has joined Global Tech Women as our CMO and together we are reaching out to women around the world to create a global network of technical women, partners and organizations who share this vision.

 We are holding a global virtual conference onInternational Women’s Day – March 8 2013 called Voices. We are starting in New Zealand at 10am and working our way around the world holding sessions from women in every region to talk about technology, topics of interest to the technical women’s community and to offer ideas and best practices on a regional, national and international level on how we can encourage more women in technology and inspire the women in this community.

A decade ago International Women's Day was disappearing. Activity in Europe, where International Women's Day actually began, was very low. Providing a global online platform helped sustain and accelerate momentum for this important day. Holding only a handful of events 10 years ago, theUnited Kingdom has now become the global leader for International Women's Day activity, followed sharply by Canada, the United States and Australia. 2011 saw thousands of events globally for the first time.

More recently, social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have helped fuel International Women's Day activities.Generally the day has moved away from its socialist suffragette beginnings to become more mainstream in celebrating women's achievements. Women's rights campaigners, however, continue to remind that vigilance rather than complacency is essential in striving for women's equality.

United Nations Panel to Feature Anita Borg Institute's Vice President of Programs --

Deanna Kosaraju

Deanna Kosaraju - Vice President of Programs at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI). Deanna directs and manages the program team whose mission is to recruit, retain and advance technical women while changing the culture of technology. Deanna directs the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing and is the founder for the Grace Hopper Celebration inIndia, launching ABI as an international NGO. Her team is currently working ona project partnering with the U.S. State Department to bring 38 women from theMENA region to Silicon Valley. TechWomen was created in response to President Obama's Cairo speech in 2009. IIE and ABI were hand selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to implement this program.

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.

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