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.
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.
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.
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 Officer 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.
Enobong Hannah Branch is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisor for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests are in race, racism, and inequality; intersectional theory; work and occupations; and diversity in science. Her book "Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work" (2011) provides an overview of the historical evolution of Black women’s work and the social-economic structures that have located them, in particular, and devalued places in the U.S. labor market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maya Israel, PhD is the research director at the Creative Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the Department of Special Education. Her research focus includes strategies for supporting students with disabilities and other struggling learners’ meaningful engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with emphases on computational thinking and computer science. Dr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Lecia Barker is an NCWIT Senior Research Scientist and is an Associate Professor of Information Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In this role, she helps to build and apply a broad and strong knowledge base to NCWIT capacity building and advocacy efforts; ensures NCWIT products are research-based, actionable, and appropriate for their intended audiences; and supports NCWIT members and others in choosing, setting, and realizing their goals for increasing women’s participation.
Research Area: Communication, Education, IT Workforce Research & Evaluation
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.
Jane Krauss is a Curriculum and Program Development consultant for NCWIT. She guides the Counselors for Computing program, as well as the development of “Programs-in-a-Box” and other turnkey resources. In addition to her work with NCWIT, Jane has co-authored two books on the topic of project-based learning and consults with K-12 organizations in support of curriculum reform. In her free time, she enjoys dabbling in glasswork and mosaics and keeps fit running and hiking on woodland trails just outside her door in Eugene, Oregon.
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.
Terry Morreale is the Associate Director and CTO at NCWIT. Her career began at U.S. WEST where she was the lead engineer of the original region-wide dialup Internet access service and then the subsequent DSL product, MegaBit Services. After U.S. WEST, Terry worked at the cable company MediaOne in Technology Intelligence, and then as an IT Strategy consultant for the Gartner Group. She worked in the leadership practice at Kalos Strategy Group and then joined AppliedTrust in 2005.
With more than 15 years of youth development experience working with both local and national organizations, Kate’s career has focused on engaging girls in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through informal education venues. She has a proven track record of developing strong collaborations that leverage each party’s strengths to reach a common goal. She has developed youth programs through her work with Girl Scouts (local and national), and has a reputation for building strong relationships with funders for long-term support to meet mutual goals.
Beth Quinn is research faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder working on post-secondary projects at NCWIT. Currently, Beth is directing NCWIT’s EngageCSEdu project, an online repository of course materials for introductory CS courses that are selected and peer-reviewed for their pedagogical quality and potential to engage diverse students. She also serves as director of research for the NSF-funded EngageIT project, which is constructing and testing new models of professional development for community college computing faculty.
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).
Dr. Sherri L. Sanders is the Extension Services Program Director at NCWIT. Previously, Sherri served as Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at the University of Texas at Austin, where she and her team advanced efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and supportive campus culture. As the associate vice president, she partnered with the senior vice provost for faculty affairs and other academic leaders to implement inclusive faculty recruitment and retention strategies designed to create and maintain a more diverse faculty.
Dr. Lyn Swackhamer is the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Program Evaluator. She is responsible for the evaluation of all AiC programs, including the Award for Aspirations in Computing, the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, AspireIT, and the Collegiate Award. Prior to joining NCWIT, she was a researcher/evaluator for RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado and was also tasked to the Regional Education Laboratory for the Central States. Lyn was the lead evaluator for several NASA Education and public outreach projects, such as the Juno mission and the InSight mission.
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.
Stephanie Weber is a long time public education teacher in the state of Colorado. For the last eight years, she has concentrated on online science education and blended learning. With bachelor's and master’s degrees in biology, Stephanie has combined her love of science and technology in the classroom as well as in the online environment. In addition to teaching, Stephanie has worked with many local and national curriculum vendors to supply STEM related content to thousands of students across the country.