Pacesetters Agenda

Monday, May 20th 8:00AM - 1:00PM

8:00 - 8:15 AM    Arrival, Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30 AM    Pacesetters Welcome

Maureen Biggers, Indiana University; Terry Morreale, NCWIT

Welcome to Tucson

By the end of this meeting, we hope you will be:

  • Better connected with each other
  • Able to articulate the purpose of the program
  • Ready to talk publicly about our national NNW goal
  • Able to find what you need for your own NNW goal
  • Excited and energized for the Summit

8:30 - 8:40 AM    The 2013 Cohort's Impact

Lee Wills-Irvine, Qualcomm

Lee will review the NNW Goal attainment from the first Pacesetters Cohort, unveil the collective NNW Goal from all submissions of this Cohort, and discuss the potential Pacesetters national impact.

8:40 - 9:00 AM    Measuring Our Success

Liz Litzler, NCWIT External Evaluator; UW Center for Workforce Development

Liz will describe how we will measure success (expectations on Pacesetters) and will lead a discussion on measuring unintended outcomes. Are there things we should be measuring that we aren’t? 

9:00 - 9:15 AM    Pacesetters in the Public Eye

Scott McCrickard, Virginia Tech; Leanne Smullen SpotXchange

Scott and Leanne will demonstrate the new Pacesetters FlashTalk and highlight some recent Pacesetters press; we will brainstorm ways Pacesetters can use the FlashTalk.

9:15 - 10:30 AM   Net New Women - What's your approach and what are you doing next?

Maureen Biggers, Indiana University; Amy Gurley, Bank of America; Catherine Ashcraft, NCWIT

You asked for more time to learn about each other’s approaches so here’s your chance. We will break into table discussions and give each person 5 minutes to answer these questions:

  • What is your approach?
  • Progress so far?
  • One challenge? 

Others at the table will provide advice and the groups will discuss their organization’s next steps.

Regroup and wrap up with a brief readout from one person at each table – not including next steps; we will ask a few folks to share their next steps as part of the meeting wrap up later in the agenda.

10:30 - 10:45 AM  Take a break

10:45 - 11:30 AM  Cross-organizational Platform Project

Maureen Biggers; Table Captains - Ruthe Davis, Santa Clara; Charlie McDowell, Santa Cruz; Lisa Lee, Facebook; Irene Kendall, Apple

We will use the World Café Model – four tables, each one with a leader; other participants move from table to table.  One table for each of the following discussions from the prior Pacesetters Roundtable:

Job Descriptions – do long vocational skill lists work?  Will they attract women (women may look at long lists and if they don’t have each skill, not apply)?  Should we create more inspiring “exemplary” job descriptions, ones that better describe what folks actually do?  Are there best practices we can create?

Hiring Managers – should we convene?  Make them aware of new types of relevant degrees/majors so they won’t dismiss out of hand.  Do they use screening software – if so is that an issue?

Career Awareness – campaign to show career path in companies – show young women the career pathway through videos, web micro-site, etc.  Stories of “what I did” during the first years of employment.  UW has done a few of these already.  Extend through mid-career? Also, is there any tie in with Sit with Me?

Interview/Job Readiness – best practices in preparation?  Formation of student chapters to focus on the “vocational skills” (like specific programming languages, environments, software packages, etc.).  A Seed Fund of some type? A tool to help students determine what type of computing focus they want in a career?

Ambassadors from the Aspirations in Computing Award program will be present during this portion of the meeting: Janeth Vargas, Nupur Garg, Sruti Modekurty, and Geralyn Dierfeldt

11:30 - 11:45 AM  Meeting Concludes

Maureen Biggers

Opportunity to share individual next steps, synthesize other next steps from the meeting

11:45 - 12:00 PM Sit With Me Photo Shoot

Group photo; Individual photos for Pacesetters without a Sit With Me Photo – needed for website profiles page

12:00 - 1:00 PM   Pacesetters Lunch Provided

1:00 - 2:00 PM    Optional - Guest Speaker for Academic Alliance Pacesetters and NCWIT Extension Services:  Strengthening Spatial Visualization Skills

Strong spatial visualization skills, particularly the ability to visualize in three dimensions, are cognitive skills that are linked to success in engineering and other STEM fields. Well-developed math and verbal skills are readily recognized as necessary for success in STEM and the National Science Board (2010) has recommended that spatial visualization skills be added to this list. Unfortunately, significant gender disparities exist on spatial skills test performance, most evident in mental rotation, a skill that is important in engineering. Poor performance on spatial visualization tasks can directly affect perceptions of self‐efficacy, especially in women and individuals from lower socio-economic groups.  The good news is that spatial visualization skills are malleable and can be learned. Dr. Sheryl Sorby, a leading researcher in this field, will discuss compelling research revealing the impact of a 14-hour curriculum designed to strengthen spatial visualization skills and retention in STEM.

1:00 - 1:30 PM Optional – Coffee and Dessert for Corporate Pacesetters with NCWIT Board

Join the NCWIT Board for networking time over coffee and dessert.