May 18-20, 2020
2017 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT
May 22, 2017 to May 24, 2017
Where Conversations Lead to Change
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.
“I always learn from both presenters and other attendees -- either a new perspective on something I'm struggling with or a new idea about how to tackle different challenges. [NCWIT challenges] me to think differently and act differently... It's also a very engaging conference; we don't just sit back and listen, we work.” ~ NCWIT Summit Attendee
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NTU Professor of ManagementMIT Sloan School of Management
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.
Professor of Political Science and SociologyGraduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY)
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.
Author of “Hidden Figures"
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.
Executive DirectorTelevisa Foundation
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.
Multicultural Strategy Lead, CS Education in Media
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.
Director, AI and Research GlobalMicrosoft
Paige Williams, Microsoft Director in AI and Research Global, is chief of staff for the Corporate Vice President of Global Engineering T. K. “Ranga” Rengarajan.
AIR Global has purview over global engineering culture change, learning and development initiatives, experimentation models of innovation (including the world’s largest hackathon!), and Microsoft’s global development centers with offices in more than 30 countries around the world.
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.
Associate Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Professor, Department of SociologyUniversity of Massachusetts - Amherst
Enobong Hannah Branch is the Associate Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion and the Chief Diversity Officer for UMass-Amherst as well as an Associate Professor of Sociology. She provides strategic leadership for campus diversity efforts to promote an institutional culture at UMass Amherst that values and supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Branch’s research focuses on race and gender, work and occupations, and diversity in science.
Chief Executive OfficerAmerican Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
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.
Department Head and Professor of Computer ScienceColorado School of Mines
Tracy Camp is the Department Head 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.
Professor of PsychologyUniversity of Maryland
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.
Founder and CEOComputing Innovation Center (CIC)
Cameron Fadjo, PhD is the Founder and CEO of the Computing Innovation Center (CIC), a creative computing program for K-8 students, and an instructional technology program lead with the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC). As a Learning Engineer with 15 years of experience in education, Cameron combines his research background in the science of learning with technology to create more equitable, accessible, and impactful educational experiences for all students.
Co-founder and Managing PartnerCSforAll Consortium
Dr. Leigh Ann DeLyser has spent her career building the K-12 computer science (CS) field. As a managing partner of CSforALL (csforall.org), she oversees programs and strategic planning and supervises research to build support for high quality CS education at all levels.
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist for CSforALL.
Founding Director and Assistant ProfessorCenter for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University
Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering as well as the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense — a partnership between ASU, New America, and Slate Magazine — and, he is a co-director of Emerge — an annual festival of art, ideas, and the future. Ed’s research and teaching explore digital narratives, creative collaboration, as well as the intersection of the humanities, arts, and sciences.
Director, CS Education
Mo has been at Google for over 10 years and is the Director of Google's CS 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.
Lead for Diversity and InclusionFidelity Technology
Ann Lorbes serves as the lead for Diversity and Inclusion for Fidelity Technology. She drives the D&I strategy by partnering with Fidelity Technology Leadership, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and by leading the Diversity and Inclusion in Technology Steering Committee. Ann implements and oversees a number of initiatives intended to impact how Fidelity Technology recruits, develops and advances, and retains a diverse workforce through an inclusive environment.
Expert, NSFAssociate Professor of the Practice of CS, Duke
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.
Associate Professor, Educational Technology and Research Director, Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL)University of Florida
Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. She is also the research director at the Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL; http://ctrl.education.illinois.edu). Dr.
Director of the American Indian Policy InstituteArizona State University
Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Director of Pipeline DevelopmentIntel Corporation
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.
Program ManagerGoogle, Inc.
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.
Assistant Professor, Computer ScienceMount Holyoke College
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.
Associate ProfessorMcDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
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.
Vice President and Chief Diversity OfficerQualcomm
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.
Founding Program DirectorInitiative for Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY) at Cornell Tech
Judith Spitz, PhD is the Founding Program Director of the Initiative for Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY) at Cornell Tech — a partnership between Cornell Tech, the City University of New York, and a growing list of corporate partners with a mission to facilitate, encourage, and enable a significant increase in the participation of women in both higher education and entrepreneurship in fields related to technology in the New York market.
Assistant Professor, Computer ScienceHarvey Mudd College
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.
Head of Computer Science Education ProgramsGoogle, Inc.
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.
Vice President, ProgramsCODE2040
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.
Professor, Computer ScienceUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Bobby Schnabel is a Professor of Computer Science at University of Colorado Boulder, External Chair of Computer Science, College of Engineering Faculty Director for Entrepreneurship, and Campus Faculty Director for Computing. He was CEO of ACM from 2015-17, Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University from 2007-15, and on the computer science faculty at University of Colorado Boulder from 1977-2007.
Vice President, QualityHewlett Packard Enterprise
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.