May 22- 24, 2017
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Summit on Women and IT
Summit on Women and IT
The NCWIT Summit is the world’s largest annual convening of change leaders focused on significantly improving diversity and inclusion in computing. Educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and social scientists from across industries and disciplines (both men and women) participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity. NCWIT is the trusted source for research-based strategies that facilitate reform in computing classes and technical organizations; the Summit sets the stage for NCWIT member representatives, notable field experts, and renowned guests to present and learn about leading-edge practices, to network and form partnerships, and to provide encouragement and inspiration for one another.
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Emilio Castilla, NTU Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management Emilio J. Castilla is the NTU Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management. He joined MIT in 2005, after being a faculty member in the Management Department at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Emilio is currently the head of the Work and Organization Studies Group. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT, and a research Fellow at Wharton’s Center for Human Resources.
Frances Fox Piven is an internationally renowned social scientist, scholar, and activist whose commitments to poor and working people, and to the democratic cause have never wavered. She is the author or co-author of more than 200 articles published in academic journals, books, popular publications, and journals of opinion since 1965, some of which have been republished up to a dozen times.
Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," set to be released as a film in 2017.
Alejandro Villanueva is the Executive Director of Televisa Foundation (TF), a US registered 501c3 that aims to propel Latino families through innovative education and entrepreneurship programs. The foundation strategy has a strong leverage on technology and a particular focus in STEM with a gender angle. Before joining TF, he served as Regional Director of Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Alejandro also worked in the financial sector and helped organizations around the world with McKinsey & Company.
Barbara Liskov is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include distributed and parallel systems, programming methodology, and programming languages. Barbara is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Association for Computing Machinery, and a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Daraiha Greene is the Multicultural Strategy Lead on the CS Education in Media team at Google, advocating for underrepresented groups (i.e. people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, etc.) by shifting the narrative of computer science through mainstream media. In collaboration with Conroy Productions, she brought Google’s first scripted web series, GodComplX, to fruition to highlight diverse portrayals of computer scientists.
Vicki Mealer-Burke has been recently appointed as Qualcomm’s first Chief Diversity Officer. In this role as Vice President & CDO, Vicki brings nearly 20 years of business and operational leadership experience at Qualcomm which uniquely position her to drive the vision, leadership and oversight of inclusion and diversity initiatives across the company.
Allison Schroeder wrote the screenplay for “Hidden Figures,” which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her history with NASA, math, and science runs deep. Allison worked at NASA throughout her education at Melbourne High School in Florida. (Her grandparents worked there too.) Upon graduating high school in 1997, she studied math at Stanford University, where she pursued her economics degree. After working as a consultant for two years, she went to University of Southern California for her MFA in the Film Production Program.
Janice Zdankus is Vice President of Quality in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Customer Experience and Quality team. In this role, Janice and her team are transforming the experiences customers have with HPE’s product, solutions, and support information to foster positive customer business outcomes.
The Frederico Brothers, a legendary Montana favorite, creates a unique blend of songs rooted in country, folk, and pop music with obvious rock influences. The band’s members include Bruce Carlson on rhythm guitar and vocals, Paul Kelley on bass guitar and vocals, Peter Walther on lead guitar and vocals, and Roger Moquin on drums and vocals. It features original songs and quirky covers from acts as diverse as Van Morrisson, Hank Williams, Jason Isbell, The Stones, and The Decemberists. To these songs, the band brings unique arrangements with big beautiful vocal harmonies.
Bobby Schnabel is Chief Executive Office of the Association for Computing Machinery, the oldest and largest society of computing professionals and students. Prior to beginning as CEO of ACM in November 2015, Bobby was Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University from 2007-2015 and a member of the computer science faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1977-2007.
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 BS and PhD 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 (NSF CISE), managing programs that address the critical and complex issues of education and broadening participation in computing.
Tracy Camp is the Division Director and Professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines. She received a BA degree from Kalamazoo College, an MS degree from Michigan State University, and a PhD degree from the College of William and Mary.
Leigh Ann DeLyser is a lifelong advocate of computer science education. Leigh Ann is currently the Director of Education and Research at CSNYC and co-chair of the national CSforAll Consortium. She directs CSNYC's research agenda, co-directs the CSforAll Consortium, consults on the evaluation of CS4All in NYC, and advises on the implementation of CS education in NYC classrooms. Leigh Ann is an experienced computer science teacher, education researcher, textbook author, College Board consultant, certified professional developer, and curriculum writer.
Sarah EchoHawk, an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) since May 2013. A national American Indian non-profit organization founded in 1977, AISES’ mission is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations, and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers.
Nicole Else-Quest, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she conducts research on STEM achievement, attitudes, and emotion at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and social class. She teaches courses in developmental psychology and the psychology of women. Dr.
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at NCWIT. Over the course of her career, Ms.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory (IASLab) at Northeastern University, with research appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Barrett received her BSc from the University of Toronto in 1986, and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1992. Her research focuses on the nature of emotion from both psychological and neuroscience perspectives.
Mo has been at Google for over 10 years and is the Director of Google's K-12 Education Initiatives with the mission of increasing the number girls and underrepresented minorities pursuing studies and careers in computer science and other STEM fields. Prior to this role, she was a finance director and Chief Compliance Officer for Google Wallet and worked at PayPal.
Colleen Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College and specializes in computer science education. Colleen has a PhD in education from the University of California, Berkeley. She researches how people learn computer science and how people feel about learning computer science. Her research seeks to identify effective teaching practices for creating equitable learning spaces where all students have the opportunity to learn.
Karla Monterroso is committed to closing the opportunity gap for Blacks and Latinos in the United States. She believes CODE2040 sits in the perfect intersection of a skills- and network-building opportunity for Black and Latino talent and a systems change opportunity for a critical segment of the country's economy.
Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Joseph Nsengimana is the Director of Pipeline Development at Intel Corporation. In this role, Joseph develops strategy and implements all Pipeline Development Initiatives funded through the $300 million Diversity in Technology Fund that Intel established in January 2015, to reach full representation of women and underrepresented minorities at Intel by 2020 and to promote diversity in the technology and the gaming sectors.
Tina coordinates educational outreach efforts as a program manager for the engineering education team at Google. She manages various computer science online learning initiatives and partnerships and has contributed to many of Google’s open online courses. Previously, she led the Google Geo Edu group, where she was an advocate for geographic literacy through the use of technology like Google Maps and Google Earth.
Heather Pon-Barry is a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College. She directs the Interactive Computing Research Lab where she and students are enabling humanoid and service robots to engage human users in conversational dialogue.
Christine Porath is an Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today and has written articles for New York Times (Sunday Review), Wall Street Journal, McKinsey Quarterly, and Washington Post. Christine’s work has been featured worldwide in over 1500 television, radio and print outlets.
Dr. Chris Stephenson is the Head of Computer Science Education Programs at Google. Stephenson leads the strategy for computer science education projects, collaborating closely with internal Google teams and external computer science organizations. From 2004 to 2014, Stephenson was the founding Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), a professional membership organization of 22,000 educators dedicated to improving K-12 computing education.
Latanya is a professor of government and technology in residence at Harvard University. She’s also the Editor-in-Chief of Technology Science and the director and founder of the Data Privacy Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2001, being the first black woman to do so, and her undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University. She is a former Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and a Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Leslie Aaronson is the Strategic Director of K-12 Initiatives for NCWIT and the Program Manager for Girls Build LA Challenge in Los Angeles. She was awarded Teacher of the Year by LAUSD for her work as the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy. She is a published author and speaker about computer science and how to prepare students for careers of the future and the importance of access and equity for all.
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 it relates to race-ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality).
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. Her areas of research include gender, diversity, and the field of computing; evaluation methodology; and the social construction of gender roles. Along with NCWIT colleague Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, she recently completed a qualitative study on what motivates and deters male allies in their support of gender diversity in the workplace.
Tim Faiella is NCWIT’s Social Science Program Manager. He works with staff social scientists and the design team to ensure that electronic and print resources adhere to NCWIT’s rigorous research and quality standards. He also works with the Social Science Advisory Board to facilitate consultation services.
Prior to joining NCWIT, Tim's background spanned both research and publishing. He holds a BS in psychology from Bridgewater State College, an MA in sociology from Humboldt State University, and an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University.
Brad McLain is a social scientist who serves as a researcher with NCWIT. He also co-directs the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Brad's research focuses on identity development in relation to STEM learning and career pathways, including the nature and impacts of extraordinary experiences and how such experiences may change our sense of self and life trajectories at different ages. Brad has served as principal investigator on several research and project grants funded by both government and corporate entities.
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 Boulder (CU).
Leisa Thompson is an education researcher who serves as the Director of Research and Consulting for NCWIT Extension Servises (ES). In her role, Leisa conducts research and analysis on enrollment trends and various other departmental data provided by the 36 ES computing clients. In addition, she works directly with the Extension Services Consultants (ESCs) and helps advise and coordinate their work and data collection efforts with ES client departments.