May 15-17, 2018
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine Texas
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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Emmy-nominated comic and CNN host W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America. As host of the CNN docu-series “United Shades of America,” Kamau travels the country, offering viewers a rare yet eye-opening look inside the various subcultures of American life. The second season for United Shades of America starts this April. He first captured audiences’ attention with his thought-provoking one-man show, “The W.
Lise Eliot is Professor of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. Her research centers on neural plasticity — the effect of practice and experience on brain circuitry — and is currently directed toward public education about brain and gender development. She received a BA in History & Science from Harvard, a PhD in Cellular Physiology & Biophysics from Columbia University, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr.
Jackson Katz, PhD, is an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which in 1993 introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field. MVP is one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond, and is the first large-scale program of its kind in the sports culture and the military.
Brenda J. Allen (PhD, Howard University) is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. Her scholarship focuses on organizational communication, power and identity, with an emphasis on diversity in higher education. Among her publications is the groundbreaking book — Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (Waveland Press, 2011).
Kenn Barron is a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University (JMU) and Co-Director of the Motivation Research Institute. He began working at JMU in 2000 after receiving his PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.
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 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.
Dr. Sapna Cheryan is an associate professor of social psychology at the University of Washington. Her research investigates the role of cultural stereotypes in causing and perpetuating racial and gender disparities in U.S. society. She has published numerous articles on these topics in journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin. Her work on gender disparities in computer science has been cited widely in media outlets, including in the New York Times, NPR, and Washington Post.
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.
Mary Fairchild brings 15 years of experience in the technology industry, working for companies like Microsoft and aQuantive, where she led data driven diversity programming efforts. She consults with companies looking to build their diversity strategy, utilizing academic research, statistical analysis, and program evaluation techniques. She is also the Director of Organizational and Talent Development for the Port of Seattle.
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.
John Fink is a research associate at the Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University. He conducts research on student course-taking and enrollment patterns, two- and four-year institution transfer partnerships, high school dual enrollment students, and implementation and impacts of “guided pathways” reforms.
Perry Fizzano earned a B.S. degree in computer science from Widener University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Dartmouth College. He has been a faculty member at Western Washington University since 2007. Perry has done research in areas such as algorithms, optimization, bioinformatics and computer science education. Perry was a principal investigator on one NSF S-STEM project aimed at increasing the representation of women in computer science and math. During the span of the grant from 2011-2017 the percentage of women in his department increased from 10% to 20%.
Shalini Kesar is Assistant Professor in Information Systems, department of CSIS, Southern Utah University (SUU). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Business Data Processing as well as masters’ degrees in Information Systems, London School of Economics and Information Systems Security, DeMontfort University, UK. Her doctorate is in Information Systems Security from Salford University, UK.
Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Ph.D. and Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Engagement at the University of Colorado System Office, is a creative educator and thought leader with over two decades of experience in IT and higher education. She began her career at the University of Colorado in 1998, where she served as director of academic technology; oversaw strategy and research in the use, implementation, and evaluation of educational technologies; and managed a team of consultants and technologists.
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.
John Paxton received a B.S. degree in computer science from The Ohio State University in 1985 with minors in German and Math. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from The University of Michigan in 1987 and 1990 respectively. His Ph.D. research at The University of Michigan Artificial Intelligence Laboratory involved machine learning.
Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Ph.D., is a learning scientist whose research fosters transformative computer-based learning experiences for under-represented youth. Her research seeks to catalyze youth excitement about computing as a means of empowerment, problem solving, and self-expression. She currently serves as the learning sciences consultant on an NSF funded project investigating relations between virtual and physical world social identities in computer science learning.
Dr. Sherri L. Sanders is NCWIT’s Director of Extension Services, joining the staff in March 2017. As director, she is responsible for collaborating with senior leadership to establish and execute the program’s strategic vision and direction; providing leadership and guidance to the program’s core team, consultants, and clients; and ensuring ongoing funding for Extension Services. Working with the core team, Dr.
Dr. Leisa Thompson is a Research Scientist in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. With NCWIT, she is the Director of Research and Consulting for NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP). Dr. Thompson conducts research on systemic reform for gender balance in computing and analysis on enrollment and retention data provided by the ES-UP clients, all of whom are committed to diversifying their undergraduate major.