Summit Speakers

Catherine Ashcraft

Catherine Ashcraft

Senior Research Scientist
NCWIT

Catherine Ashcraft is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Her research focuses on issues related to gender, diversity, and technology; organizational change and curriculum reform; and popular culture, media representations, and youth identity (especially as relates to race-ethnicity, gender,


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Carleen Beste

Carleen Beste

Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Northrop Grumman Foundation
Northrop Grumman Corporation

As manager of Corporate Citizenship, Carleen Beste is responsible for the development and implementation of Northrop Grumman's Corporate Citizenship strategic plan and programming which includes K-12 education, troops and veterans, environmental stewardship, employee volunteer initiatives and company's philanthropic endeavors.


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Maureen Biggers

Maureen Biggers

Assistant Dean, Diversity and Education
Indiana University

Maureen has more than 30 years of experience working with college students, faculty, and professionals in the areas of student retention, leadership, teams, diversity, and broadening participation in computing.


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Matthew Blakely

Matthew Blakely

Director
Motorola Solutions Foundation

Born and raised in and around Chicago, Matt Blakely has more than 14 years of experience working with private and corporate foundations. Since October 2005, Matt has coordinated the foundation and corporate giving programs of Motorola and Motorola Solutions Foundation.


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Colin Bodell

Colin Bodell

Vice President, Website Application Platform & Builder Tools
Amazon.com

As vice president of Website Application Platform & Builder Tools, Colin Bodell leads the development and operations of the Amazon website platform used worldwide by Amazon.com retail, subsidiaries and enterprise partner sites. Bodell also leads the team responsible for Amazon internal development tools and deployment systems.


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Eric Bradford

Eric Bradford

Managing Director, Information Technology Research Institute
University of Arkansas

Eric T. Bradford is the Managing Director of the Information Technology Research Institute within the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas.  Mr. Bradford holds two degrees from the Walton College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration awarded in 1988 and a Masters of Information Systems which he earned in 2004.


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Renata Colitti O'Day

Renata Colitti O'Day

Senior Engineering Manager
Brocade

As a Senior Engineering Manager, Renata leads software engineering teams through the product engineering lifecycle,  for the Fibre Channel and IP Network  Operating Systems.  " I create effective organizations built on teamwork, loyalty, respect, motivation, and consistently  delivering on aggressive goals.


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Jan Cuny

Jan Cuny

Program Officer, CISE Broadening Participation in Computing
National Science Foundation

Since 2004, Jan Cuny has been the Program Officer for the CISE Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program at the National Science Foundation.


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Patricia Deyton

Patricia Deyton

Director
Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO)

Patricia H. Deyton is the Director of the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), the internationally recognized research arm of the Simmons School of Management addressing gender, diversity and organizational effectiveness. 


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Rebecca Dohrman

Rebecca Dohrman

Assistant Professor of Communication
Maryville University

Rebecca Dohrman is Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University in St. Louis. Dr. Dohrman received her BA and MA degrees from St. Louis University and her PhD in Organizational Communication from Purdue University in 2010.


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Wendy DuBow

Wendy DuBow

Senior Research Scientist, Director of Evaluation
NCWIT

Dr. Wendy DuBow is a senior research scientist and the director of evaluation at NCWIT. She conducts primary research, creates practical print and multimedia resources, and evaluates the effectiveness of the various programs and materials NCWIT produces.


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Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor
Stanford University

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success.


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Ben Eater

Ben Eater

Lead Exercise Developer
Khan Academy

Ben Eater is the Lead Exercise Developer at Khan Academy, a non-profit education platform dedicated to providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. 


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David Evans

David Evans

Associate Professor of Computer Science
University of Virginia

David Evans has taught two large open courses for Udacity, including an introductory Computer Science course that enrolled more than 265,000 students from over 180 countries, ranging in age from six months to 88 years, from truck drivers to neurosurgeons, chefs, and math professors. 


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Renee Fall

Renee Fall

Project Manager, Computer Science
University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Renee Fall is project manager of the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She earned a Master's degree from Harvard Divinity School and is pursuing a doctorate in higher education research, policy, and leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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Paula Golden

Paula Golden

Executive Director and Director of Broadcom Community Affairs
Broadcom Foundation

As Executive Director of the Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, Paula Golden is responsible for all aspects of the Broadcom Foundation, which includes funding education and research initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) worldwide. 


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Amy Gurley

Amy Gurley

Senior Vice President, Global Program Lead for Women in Technology & Operations
Bank of America

Amy Gurley is the Global Program Lead for Bank of America's Women in Technology and Operations (WIT&O) advocacy group.


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Wendy Hawkins

Wendy Hawkins

Executive Director
Intel Foundation

Wendy Hawkins is Executive Director of the Intel Foundation. 


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Tony Hey

Tony Hey

Vice President, Microsoft Research Connections
Microsoft Research

As Vice President in Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for worldwide university research collaborations with Microsoft researchers. Hey is also responsible for the multidisciplinary eScience Research Group within Microsoft Research.


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Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

Director of Education and University Relations
Google

Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google.


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Shalini Kesar

Shalini Kesar

Assistant Professor, Information Systems
Southern Utah University

Shalini Kesar is Assistant Professor in Information Systems, department of CSIS, Southern Utah University (SUU).


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Dalene King

Dalene King

Senior Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager
Microsoft

Dalene King is a Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Microsoft where she has worked for more than 13 years. Throughout her tenure, she has been a passionate driver of diversity and inclusion across many roles within Staffing, HR, and the business.


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Martha Kosa

Martha Kosa

Associate Professor, Computer Science
Tennessee Tech University

Martha Kosa has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Tennessee Technological University since 1993.  


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Lynette Kvasny

Lynette Kvasny

Associate Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
Pennsylvania State University

Lynette Kvasny received her Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from the Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Her research focuses on how and why historically underserved groups appropriate information and communication technologies.


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Michael Lach

Michael Lach

Director of STEM policy and Strategic Initiatives
University of Chicago Urban Education Institute

Michael Lach is the Director of STEM policy and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute.


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Elsa Macias

ES Consultant

Dr. Macias is a research analyst specializing in the areas of education technology, science education, and information technology policy. She has an extensive background in K-16 education, including curriculum development and professional development, assessing program development and management, and providing training and facilitation.


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Scott McCrickard

Scott McCrickard

Associate Professor, Computer Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Scott McCrickard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, and a member of Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction.  


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Pooja Nath Sankar

Pooja Nath Sankar

CEO and Founder
Piazza

Pooja (Nath) Sankar is the founder and CEO of Piazza, the leading social learning platform for students and teachers in higher education. 


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David Neal

David Neal

Founding Partner
Empirica Research

David is a social and behavioral psychologist specializing in behavior change. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and completed his post doctoral training at Duke, where he was Director of the Social Science Research Laboratories. David was a professor of psychology at USC before founding Empirica Research, a social and consumer firm specializing in behavior change.


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Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi

Co-founder and President
code.org

Hadi Partovi is the co-founder and president of Code.org. A Harvard graduate in computer science, he began his career in the 1990s at Microsoft where he was the group program manager for Internet Explorer, and later the general manager of the MSN Portal. 


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Nóirín Plunkett

Technical Writer and Speaker

 

Nóirín Plunkett is a jack of all trades, and a master of several. By day, she works for Eucalyptus Systems, as a geek<->English translator, and general force multiplier. She's passionate about community, communication, and collaboration.


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Jill Ross

Director, NCWIT Pacesetters Program
NCWIT

Jill Ross is Director of the NCWIT Pacesetters Program for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) www.ncwit.org.


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Jean Sammet

Jean Sammet

Jean E. Sammet is a retired computer scientist and programmer who is best-known for her work on FORMAC, the first widely used general language and system for manipulating nonnumeric algebraic expressions.


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Rose Schooler

Rose Schooler

Vice President and GM, Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group
Intel Corporation

Rose Schooler is the General Manager of the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group (CSIG) within the Data Center and Connected Systems Group (DCSG) at Intel Corporation. Her organization is responsible for delivering platform solutions for the communications infrastructure and storage markets segments.


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Michael Schwern

Michael Schwern

Michael G Schwern is a veteran Perl and Open Source Software developer who speaks at conferences on subjects such as software testing, geek socialization, and using toys to teach advanced computer science concepts. His testing and infrastructure software is used by thousands of companies, quietly saving millions by identifying bugs before they become problems.


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Sharon Simmons

Sharon Simmons

Department Head, Computer Science
James Madison University

Sharon Simmons is the Computer Science Department Head at James Madison University. Dr. Simmons received her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and her PhD in Computer Science from William and Mary.


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Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith

Associate Professor
USC Annenberg

Stacy L. Smith's research focuses on children's responses to mass media portrayals (television, film, video games) of violence, gender and hypersexuality.


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Sheryl Sorby

Sheryl Sorby

Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University

Sheryl Sorby is Visiting Professor in the Engineering Education and Innovation Center at The Ohio State University and Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University.  She recently served as Program Director within the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.  


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Eileen Sweeney

Eileen Sweeney

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eileen, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led the Motorola Foundation in its mission to benefit the communities in which it operates around the world, by making strategic grants, forging strong partnerships, fostering innovation, and engaging stakeholders.


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Valerie Taylor

Valerie Taylor

Professor, Computer Science; Department Head, Engineering
Texas A&M University

Dr. Valerie Taylor is the holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professorship and is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. She was designated as a Regents Professor for 2011-12 by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents in November of this year. 


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Cassidy Williams

Cassidy Williams

Computer Science Student
Iowa State University

Cassidy Williams is a computer science undergraduate at Iowa State University. With four internships under her belt (including Microsoft and General Mills) and one more upcoming (at Intuit in San Francisco), she keeps busy with heavy coursework in school and additional extra-curricular activities.


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Lee Wills-Irvine

Lee Wills-Irvine

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Qualcomm Inc.

Lee Wills-Irvine leads Global Diversity & Inclusion at Qualcomm. Her mission is to leverage employee talents and capabilities for innovation and productivity in a manner that supports organizational values.  Additionally, she is responsible for diversity-related external communication and outreach.


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Cameron Wilson

Cameron Wilson

Director of the Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C.
ACM

As Director of Public Policy for ACM, Cameron Wilson develops and oversees ACM's public policy agenda with specialized focus on technology policy, including information technology research and development funding, computing education, technology issues related to intellectual property, privacy issues, and security and reliability of computing systems.


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Mike Younkers

Mike Younkers

Senior Director of Systems Engineering
Cisco

Mike Younkers, Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Cisco’s US Federal team, directs teams of system engineers to support a $2B business in civilian, defense and intelligence areas. He has 20 years of experience designing, deploying and maintaining large-scale enterprise and wide area networks for the US intelligence community.


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Jeff Forbes

Jeffrey Forbes

Program Director
National Science Foundation

Jeff Forbes works at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director for the Education and Workforce Cluster in the Division of Computer and Network Systems, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.


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Lucy Sanders

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder
NCWIT

Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).


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Bobby Schnabel

Bobby Schnabel

Dean, School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University

Bobby Schnabel is Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University.  In this position he leads a multi-campus school of approximately 150 faculty and 3000 students at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and informatics, and graduate programs in information and library science.  From 2009-2010 he also served as interim IU vice president for research.


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Telle Whitney

Telle Whitney

President and CEO
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Dr. Telle Whitney has served as President and CEO of ABI since 2002. Whitney has 20 years experience in the semiconductor and telecommunicatins industries. She has held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies (now PMC-Sierra) and Actel Corporation, and is a co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. 

 


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