2017 NCWIT Entrepreneurial & Workforce Alliances Meeting

At the 2016 NCWIT Summit, we took an in-depth look at the Industry Systemic Change Model (a holistic framework for an ecosystem approach to corporate culture change) and explored research-based strategies for taking action in each of the Model’s focus areas.

We will begin our 2017 meeting by hearing from corporate change leaders who used the Change Model framework to guide strategic efforts in their organizations over the last year.

But as you know, this work doesn’t always fit nicely into models. It’s complex and messy, and context matters. With that in mind, we will use the bulk of our meeting to step back and consider what is happening between, across, and around the focus areas of the Change Model.

We will explore broader, timely themes that could affect many focus areas at once, including: Are Alphas Impeding Innovation in Your Organization?; Are You Missing the Mark When You Benchmark?; Intersectionality: How Can We Address Multiple Biases and Identities at Once?; It Takes a Village: Do You Have One?; and Does Your Company Have a Technical Culture, and Does It Impede or Improve Your Diversity Efforts?

Next, you will have time with industry peers, NCWIT staff, and social scientists to reflect on how those concepts could inform or alter your strategic approach to action.

Please come prepared to have your thinking challenged and expect to leave with new contacts and resources to leverage in the coming year.


Monday, May 22, 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Welcome + NCWIT & WA/EA Overview

1:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Intro to the NCWIT Industry Systemic Change Model

2:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Thought-provoking Breakouts (Select Two)

  • Are Alphas Impeding Innovation in Your Organization?

    Lucy Sanders, CEO & Co-founder, NCWIT

    irene kendall, Senior Manager, HR, Apple

    This session will explore who “Alphas” are and how they influence technical environments in both positive and negative ways. We will focus on identifying ways to accelerate Alpha strengths and minimize weaknesses to create more productive and innovative technical cultures.

  • Intersectionality: How Can We Address Multiple Biases and Identities at Once?

    Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, Senior Research Scientist, NCWIT

    Dr. Brenda J. Allen, Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion, University of Colorado

    What exactly is intersectionality? And, how might it help us challenge common misperceptions about diversity and inclusion? How can we improve ERGs, leadership and talent development programs, male (or majority group) ally efforts, and other diversity and inclusion initiatives? We will consider the benefits of approaches and initiatives focused on a single group (e.g., Women, Black, or LGBTQ affinity groups), the limitations of such approaches, and the benefits of more intersectional or holistic approaches (those that make connections across groups).

  • Are You Missing the Mark When You Benchmark?

    Dr. Brad McLain, Research Scientist, NCWIT

    Joseph Nsengimana, Executive Director, Strategic and External Partnerships, Intel

    This session will explore the challenges of goal setting and progress monitoring for inclusion and diversity efforts. We will think about ways to shift the current “measurement narrative,” which focuses almost exclusively on diverse headcount in tech roles to better account for inclusion, organizational climate, and how different job roles continue to influence technical innovation.

  • It Takes a Village: Do You Have One?

    Dori Farah, Director, Workforce & Affinity Alliances, NCWIT

    Dr. Liz Litzler, Director, Center for Evaluation & Research, University of Washington

    Wondering who to include in your NCWIT “core team” of change leaders in order to take the most effective, ecosystem approach? Need help recruiting those key players to the team? Once you have your “village” assembled, what are the key steps to laying a foundation for success? We will explore all of these questions and more, as well as research-based resources to assist with each step.

  • Does Your Company Have a Technical Culture, and Does It Impede or Improve Your Diversity Efforts?

    Elizabeth K. Eger, Graduate Research Associate, NCWIT

    Jill Reckie, Director, Entrepreneurial Alliance & Pacesetters Program, NCWIT

    Are technical cultures different from company-wide or other business cultures? If so, how does that culture impact your approach to broader diversity and inclusion efforts? This interactive session will examine what, if anything, makes technical cultures unique and if these cultural aspects present challenges for diversity and inclusion efforts. We will also consider how employees can experience company cultures differently based on their identities and organizational roles, and discuss how these insights might inform and enhance your efforts.

4:40 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

Reconvene and Debrief

5:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Planning Your Summit Experience

5:40 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Beyond Summit: What’s Next?