2015 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT
May 19, 2015 to May 21, 2015
The 2015 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT: practices and ideas to revolutionize computing is set for May 19-21, 2015 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Join hundreds of change leaders from our community of educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and social scientists who receive research, ideas, and action items for increasing girls’ and women’s participation in computing.
Don't miss a minute!
- Learn from experts. Notable guests and inspirational plenary speakers include Mayim Bialik, PhD, Actress and Activist; Karen Ashcraft, Professor of Communication, University of Colorado Boulder; Benjamin Todd Jealous, Partner, Kapor Capital; Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University Relations, Google; and Joan C. Williams, Center for WorkLife Law, Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Director.
- Take action. Empower Hours are interactive sessions that prepare you to take action at the individual, organizational, and community levels. You'll learn about research and evidence-based practices from experts in the field, as well as from the experiences of your peers and colleagues, and you'll come away with strategies you can use.
- Celebrate. Distinguished honorees include the 2015 NCWIT Pioneer Award Winners Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden. We will also honor recipients of several academic awards that recognize remarkable mentoring, research, recruiting, and retaining efforts in academia. Additionally, we're excited to celebrate the inaugural winner for the first-ever SET Award for Portrayal of a Woman in Tech! (http://bit.ly/SETvotevideo)
Introducing Flash Tank: It's FlashTalks … in the Shark Tank.
We're giving five members of the NCWIT community five minutes each to give a FlashTalk on new ways that NCWIT can continue to empower you as a change leader for women in technology. If you've ever thought to yourself, "I really wish NCWIT had research on this," or "It'd be awesome if NCWIT ran a campaign focused on this," then this is your opportunity to tell us about that item on your wish list. Learn more!
Tune in to the 2015 NCWIT Summit Livestream.
We greatly appreciate our Media Partners JupiterReturn, Microsoft, FabLab, and Time, Inc. for production and making the livestream possible.
Actress and Activist
Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2012 and 2013 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category). 2014 brought additional accolades for Mayim as she received her first ever SAG Award nomination for her role on the show in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Lead Teacher and CoordinatorFoshay Technology Academy
Leslie became a teacher in 2003, when she left her job as Production Manager for Blue’s Clues International at Nickelodeon in New York to move to her hometown of Los Angeles. In 2012, she was awarded as Teacher of the Year from LAUSD for her work as the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy. Leslie teaches a group of 150-180 students from 10th -12th grade that stay together for their entire three years.
Professor of CommunicationUniversity 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.
Professor, Computer Science, Director, Undergraduate Studies for Teaching and LearningDuke University
Owen Astrachan is Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke where he has taught in four decades and two millennia. His undergraduate degree is in mathematics from Dartmouth and he has a MAT and a PhD from Duke, which he earned after teaching high school for seven years.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerTime Inc.
Colin Bodell was named Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Time Inc. in January 2014. In this role, he is responsible for shaping the company’s overall strategic technology direction, including oversight of day-to-day information technology operations and acquiring and leveraging best in breed technology. Bodell also collaborates closely with digital product teams across the Time Inc. portfolio.
Founder and Managing DirectorBrazile & Associates LLC
Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.
FounderBlack 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.
Associate Professor, Department of Education StudiesUniversity of California, San Diego
Dr. Thandeka K. Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on desegregation policy initiatives, urban school reforms, teaching and learning in racially diverse classrooms, and teaching writing in secondary classrooms. Dr. Chapman conducts research with teachers and students in urban and racially diverse settings to examine and resolve the ways in which institutional racism is manifested in school climate, curricula, adult and student relationships, and school policy implementations.
2015 NCWIT Pioneer Award Winner
Christine Mann Darden is a native of Monroe, NC and a graduate of Allen High School in Asheville, NC. She has a BS Degree in Mathematics from Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, VA, the MS Degree in Applied Mathematics from Virginia State College (now University) in Petersburg, VA, and the D.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Darden also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Management from Simmons College Graduate School of Management in Boston, MA.
Senior Research AssociateETR 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.
Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Associate DeanTrinity College at Duke University
Jeff Forbes is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and an Associate Dean of Trinity College at Duke University. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. From 2011-2014, he served as a Program Director for the Education & Workforce program in the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering managing programs that address the critical and complex issues of education and broadening participation in computing.
Associate Professor of PsychologyBaruch College of the City University of New York
Dr. Good is an associate professor of psychology at Baruch College of the City University of New York and a member of the graduate faculty at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She received a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1994 and an Ad Hoc Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in mathematics education and social psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She continued her training at Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow from 2001-2005.
Senior Director PeopleReturn Path
Cathy Hawley is a Sr. Director of People Development at Return Path, Inc., and has 20 years of global human resources and coaching experience. Currently, Cathy is working on building effective teams across the organization and is responsible for management coaching and development, culture, employee coaching and development, and also runs Return Path’s partnership with the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). Cathy loves spending time with her kids, snowboarding, cycling, and traveling.
Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Janet Hyde is the Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender& Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She earned her BA in Mathematics from Oberlin College in 1969, and her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972. Author of the textbook Half the Human Experience; The Psychology of Women (8th ed., Cengage, 2013), much of her research has focused on using the statistical technique of meta-analysis to synthesis the vast amounts of data on psychological gender differences. Topics of meta-analyses include gender differe
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.
2015 NCWIT Pioneer Award Winner
As a NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson’s calculations include the trajectory for the space flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space; John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth; and Apollo 11, the first human mission to the moon. Born in 1918, Katherine displayed an early love for numbers: “They tell me I counted everything,” said Katherine. She began her studies at West Virginia State University at the age of 15, where distinguished Dr. William W.
Director of Education and University Relations
Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google.
MicrosoftExecutive Vice President, Business Development
As executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson is responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers and industry influencers.
ProfessorUniversity 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.
Lucy Mendel holds two Computer Science degrees from MIT, and has worked as a software engineer and manager for the past 10 years. She has spoken at Velocity on applying Service Oriented Architecture to tech team interactions, and at the San Francisco Dev2Dev summit on turning imposters into belongers.
Founder and CEOThe OpEd Project
Katie Orenstein, Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology — that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas about politics, culture and history. She has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. She has lectured at Stanford and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR.
Director of Product ManagementReturn Path
Before she became Director of Product Management at Return Path, Miranda Reeves learned early on that she had a knack and a deep interest in math and technology. She always believed that she could do anything she set her mind to doing and didn't let anything hold her back. As a young single mom, she pursued a career in the tech world, juggling full time work, a family, college, and then grad school all along the way. She completed her B.S. in Math and Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines, and holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.
Sr. Director, ITCisco Systems
Ileana Rivera is the Senior Director of IT for Computing and Client Productivity Services for Cisco Systems. Rivera leads the teams responsible for computing, mobility hardware/software, mobility applications, eStore, email/messaging and cloud productivity for Cisco’s global workforce (70,000+) and manages a budget of over $70M and a team of 125 employees. Rivera is responsible for the productivity and user experience across Cisco, ensuring employees have the tools and equipment needed to excel at their jobs.
CEO and Co-founderNCWIT
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).
Dean, School of Informatics and ComputingIndiana 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 data science, information science and library science. From 2009-2010 he also served as interim IU vice president for research.
Associate Professor, Women and Gender StudiesArizona State University
Dr. Kimberly A. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU) and Founder/Executive Director of ASU’s National Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (NCGEST) (https://sst.clas.asu.edu/ncgest). Founded by Scott, the center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Managing DirectorRBC Capital Markets
Jeremy L. Sonnenburg is a Managing Director in RBC’s Capital Markets Technology division. He is the US Regional Head of Capital Markets Technology and has global responsibilities for Equities, Commodities, and Futures/OTC Clearing Technology. Jeremy sits on RBC’s Capital Markets IT Operating Committee, Global Equities Operating Committee, Commodities and Futures Operating Committee, US Policy and Governance Forum, US New Business Committee and the US Conflicts Committee.
ProfessorUniversity of Wisconsin
Randy Stoecker has worked on information technology and inequality since the mid-1990s, including the CATNeT project in Toledo, Ohio; the Techshop project in Madison, Wisconsin; and a neighborhood organization information technology project in Melbourne, Australia. He specializes in providing support to a wide variety of community organizations through the practice of participatory action research.
Assistant Vice President for Strategic InitiativesThe University of Texas at Austin
Betty Jeanne Taylor is assistant vice president for strategic initiatives within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Her responsibilities include work with university and school leadership in designing professional development curriculum as well as implementing practices for inclusive environments. Dr.
Adjunct Professor, Computer ScienceUniversity of California - Santa Cruz
Linda Werner has a PhD 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.
Center for WorkLife LawDistinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Director
Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century.
Vice President, Enterprise GroupHewlett-Packard Company
Janice Zdankus is vice president of Quality for Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Group. In this role, Zdankus and her team define, create, and share information experiences to ensure successful customer interactions with HP’s products and support.