Summit Speakers

Karen Ashcraft

Karen Ashcraft

Professor of Communication
University of Colorado Boulder

Karen Lee Ashcraft is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research examines organizational and occupational formations—such as identity, culture, and mode of governance—and is guided by an interest in relations of power and difference, particularly gender, race, sexuality, and class. Her past research explored the texture and sustainability of alternative (e.g., non-hierarchical) models of organizing, and these projects resulted in several award-winning articles on the potential of hybrid organizations.


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Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder
Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.


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Dr. Jill Denner

Jill Denner, PhD

Senior Research Associate
ETR Associates

Dr. Jill Denner is Senior Research Scientist at ETR (Education, Training, Research), a non-profit organization in California and Affiliated Faculty, Center for Games and Playable Media, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She does applied research in K-12 settings, with a focus on increasing the number of women/girls and Latino/a students who pursue and persist in courses and careers in computer science and information technology.


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Benjamin Todd Jealous

Benjamin Todd Jealous

Partner
Kapor Capital

Benjamin Todd Jealous is a Partner at Kapor Capital, where he invests in seed-stage startup companies that use technology to solve touch social problems such as making poverty less expensive, high quality education more accessible, and living wage jobs more prevalent. An internationally renowned civil and human rights leader, Jealous works at the intersection of technology and social impact.


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Yasmin Kafai

Yasmin Kafai

Professor
University of Pennsylvania

Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher and co-developer of online tools and communities (scratch.mit.edu, stitchtfest.org, and ecrafting.org) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16.


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Randy Stoecker

Randy Stoecker

Professor
University of Wisconsin

Randy Stoecker is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, with a joint appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development.  He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


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Linda Werner

Linda Werner

Adjunct Professor, Computer Science
University of California - Santa Cruz

Linda Werner has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has extensive experience as an educator and researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, community college, high school, and junior high levels. She is actively involved in working to increase the numbers of female computer science students. Dr. Werner was the PI on an NSF-funded project on the retention of female students in computer science.


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