NCWIT Pacesetters Montage

May 2, 2012

NCWIT Pacesetters Montage Transcript

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Dalene King:      Technology is such a foundation and it's going to build on everything we do, from how we work, to how we live, to how we play.

Maureen Biggers:  For a long time people have been trying to bring women into this field, the field of IT and computer science, unsuccessfully.

Debra Richardson: My research is in software engineering and I know that systems that are developed with all men have problems. They're just not targeted for everyone that's using technology today.

John Bennett:     Creativity, vision, leadership, aren't gendered traits.

Ed Lazowska:      It's a great field for everyone. It's incredibly creative. It's team oriented. It's communication oriented.

Gabriela Marcu:   Someone had described it to me as problem solving and logical thinking. It's not just about the computer.

Tiffany Grady:    The world of information technology is an exciting, ever-changing and growing field.

Adrienne Harrell: They can not only use technology, but they can actually help create and shape it.

Ken Anderson:     One of the things that got me interested in working with Pacesetters is that I've seen the impact it has on peoples' lives.

Kim Warren-Martin:       You can take your creativity and tie it to technology, to computing, to engineering and do all sorts of things, and so, it opens up just a world of opportunity.

Cedric Stallworth:            If we can continue to help young ladies and others learn how to express themselves through computing and technology, I feel that our country will benefit from the innovations that come out if it.

Scott McCrickard: We have to actively take steps to help them feel welcome and become contributing members in larger numbers and in larger percentages than we do now.

Ruth E. Davis:    Given the problems that we face today, given their complexity and all of the constraints that solutions are under.

Ignatios Vakalis: It's only, again, ethically correct and imperative that women are equal partners within those groups to develop the technology of the future.

Jessica Murillo:  It's important to have women in technology, because by having a diverse team you're going to have a better overall product. And you're not going to get that type of collaboration and synergy if everyone in the room looks the same and thinks the same. You've got to have that diverse opinion to create something that matters.

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