Senior Director of Programs
Guided by the values of integrity and fairness, Deidra Freeman is a servant leader who has spent her career advocating for individuals to achieve their fullest potential. She currently serves as Senior Director of Programs for AnitaB.org, an organization working to shape public opinion about issues of critical importance to women technologists in academia, industry, and government. In that role, Deidra oversees the Programs Department responsible for facilitating Pathways, Wogrammer, Individual Women Services, and Awards & Scholarships. She also leads production of global events, including Hopperx1 events. Modeled after the AnitaB.org Grace Hopper Celebration, which is the largest annual gathering of women in tech worldwide, these local gatherings provide opportunities to empower women technologists, from undergraduates to CEOs, along with members from industry leading companies, academia, and research, to build relationships, find new ideas and inspiration, learn new skills, and advance their careers in technology. Deidra transitioned to that role after serving as Director of Pathways. Prior to her time at AnitaB.org, she spent 15 years as an educator and administrator for Chicago Public Schools, where she built special education programs that transitioned students into adulthood. Her technology foundation began as an Engineering Project Manager for Motorola.