May 18-20, 2020
2019 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT
May 14, 2019 to May 16, 2019
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 (both men and women) from across industries and disciplines 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
2019 NCWIT Summit Highlights
2019 NCWIT Summit Sponsors
We are also incredibly grateful for 2019 NCWIT Summit Sponsors Anchor Point Foundation, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Chevron, FedEx, PNC, and Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets.
And, we appreciate Catalyte and EY for their additional support.
Last but not least, thanks to Sticker Mule for their in-kind donation of swag.
Looking for the 2018 NCWIT Summit site? You can view it here.
Assistant ProfessorColumbia School of Social Work
Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center. Her research integrates principles and methodologies across psychology, stress physiology and social epidemiology to investigate relationships between racism-related stress and racial health disparities across the life course. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceEmerita University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Watch Lynn Conway's Summit interview here
Affiliate Associate Professor of EducationUniversity of Washington
Watch Dr. DiAngelo's Summit interview here.
Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character in the Faculty of Business and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and EthicsColumbia Business School
Watch Katherine Phillips' Summit interview here.
Katherine joined Columbia Business School in 2011 and quickly assumed leadership roles working with faculty members and students on many different curricular and cultural issues. She rose to the position of Senior Vice Dean of the Columbia Business School and served in that role from 2014 to 2017.
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor, Department of CommunicationUniversity of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
Brenda J. Allen is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. During her 25+ years in the University of Colorado system, Professor Allen has developed a track record for scholarship, teaching, service, mentorship, and training related to organizational communication, power dynamics, and social identity, with an emphasis on higher education. Dr.
(Vice-chair)Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business
Thaddeus was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business in December 2016. He is responsible for the company's integrated global Business Solutions organization, which serves nearly 3.5 million business customers in nearly 200 countries and territories, including nearly all of the world's Fortune 1000 companies.
Co-founder and Executive DirectorIndiana University Center of Excellence for Women & Technology
Dr. Maureen Biggers, Co-founder and Executive Director, of the Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women & Technology where she helped launch the Male Advocates and Allies for Equity initiative. She has been active in broadening participation in computing initiatives for more than 15 years.
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 Education Evangelist
Watch Jaime Casap's Summit interview here
Nicole T. Castro, MA, (she/her) is a community-scholar and biracial woman of color. Working with couples and families, community groups and corporations, Nicole guides difficult conversations, teaching lifelong skills to align intention and impact. She reenvisions consulting and workshop spaces for exploring direct, kind communication that leads to greater self-awareness and interpersonal harmony.
Global Head, Executive Talent and Leadership DevelopmentCognizant U.S. Foundation
Carol Cohen is Senior Vice President and Global Head, Executive Talent, Development, People Analytics at Cognizant. In this role, Carol shapes the organization’s talent strategy on global recruitment, talent management, diversity & inclusion, leadership development and engagement to be industry-leading. Her team’s mission is to accelerate future-ready talent and grow game-changing, world-class leaders faster than the company grows. Through cutting-edge people analytics, her team applies technology to talent data enabling stronger management and business decisions.
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.
DirectorExpanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance
Sarah T. Dunton is the Director of Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, a National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance. Sarah holds a degree in Women’s Studies and a M.Ed. in Teacher & Curriculum Studies with a concentration in Learning, Media & Technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Organizational Transformation ManagerF5 Networks
Watch Mary Fairchild's Summit interview here.
Jocelyn Garibay is a Program Director at Code2040. At Code2040 Jocelyn has worked across 70 tech companies delivering trainings and consulting around navigating bias, sitting in productive and hard conversations about race, and managing with a racial equity lens.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Professor of Information, School of InformationUniversity of Michigan
Watch Dr. Mark Guzdial's Summit interview here
Learning ScientistMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) whose research fosters transformative computer-based learning experiences for youth under-represented in STEM disciplines. 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 expert on an NSF funded project investigating relations between virtual and physical world social identities in computer science learning.
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.
Professor, Psychological and Brain SciencesIndiana University Bloomington
Dr. Tom James is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on the role of sensory systems in decision making and more recently has used alcohol addiction as a model system for understanding problems with decision making. His research has been recognized by the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. In 2014, his mentorship of women was recognized by the Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women in Technology. He is currently heading up the Male Allies and Advocates for Gender Equity program at Indiana University.
PhD candidateUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Elyse Janish holds her Master’s degree in Communication from Syracuse University and will be completing her doctorate in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder in July 2019. She studies digital culture as a communicative phenomenon, focusing on how issues of power and identity play out in digital communities such as online gaming, Twitter, and more. She has several publications in academic journals and edited volumes, and also works to connect scholars with developers in the game design industry to bridge the academic/industry divide.
Associate Vice President, Digital Education and EngagementUniversity of Colorado - Denver
Watch Deborah Keyek-Franssen's Summit interview here
Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education, Peabody College of Education & Human DevelopmentVanderbilt University
Dr. Luis A. Leyva is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Peabody College of Education & Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Leyva uses intersectionality, a theoretical perspective and methodological approach from Black feminist thought, to examine how members of historically marginalized groups, including women, students of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, construct their identities while navigating institutional and interactional contexts of mathematics education as aspiring majors in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Florida
Watch Dr. Kyla McMullen's Summit interview here
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.
Education Administrator, Commerce and Information Technology UnitAlabama State Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development
For almost 25 years, Dawn Morrison has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of students enrolled in public schools in Virginia and Alabama. She is currently employed with the Alabama State Department of Education in the Office of Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development, where she serves as the Education Administrator for the Commerce and Information Technology Unit. Dawn was assigned to the State’s first standards writing committee to include computer science for K-12 education.
Associate Professor, Instructional Systems Technology; Adjunct Professor, Computer ScienceIndiana University – Bloomington
Dr. Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich is an Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Technology within the School of Education and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University – Bloomington. Dr. Leftwich’s expertise lies in the areas of the design of curriculum resources, the use of technology to support pre-service teacher training, and development/implementation of professional development for teachers and teacher educators. Dr. Leftwich has experience working on large-scale funded projects, including projects supported by the U.S.
Glaubinger Chair, Undergraduate Leadership; and Associate Professor, Business Law and EthicsIndiana University
Joshua E. Perry (J.D., M.T.S.) is Glaubinger Chair for Undergraduate Leadership and Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. He also serves as Faculty Chair of the Undergraduate Program and serves approximately 8000 undergraduate students.
NCWIT CEO and Co-founderUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
Lucy has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive (VP) positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multimedia communication, and customer relationship management). Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment bestowed at the company, and she has six patents in the communications technology area.
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.
Assistant Vice President - TechnologyAT&T
Lisa is currently leading AT&T’s Technology Development Program, which serves as the feeder pool for the organization’s future leaders. She is also responsible for AT&T’s Technology and Operations Skills Transformation program, including the technology platforms that are enabling the transformation across the company. Prior to her current role, Lisa held a variety of different field and staff roles across various lines of business. Lisa joined AT&T in 1997 as a participant in the Leadership Development Program.
Vice President of OS ProgramsApple
Kimberly E. Vorrath graduated in 1988 with a degree in computer science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is currently the Vice President of OS Programs at Apple. Kim leads the teams responsible for program and project management, power, performance, stability and quality for iOS, OS X and watch OS releases. Kim joined Apple 28 years ago as a college intern and was hired full time upon graduation in 1988. She has since held a number of different roles within Apple, including being one of the first members of the iPhone software team.
Project ManagerInstitute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS)
Watch Dr. Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome's Summit interview here
Director of Training and EducationAsperger/Autism Network (AANE)
Watch Ilia K. Walsh's Summit interview here
Research ScientistUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Watch Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder's Summit interview here.
Board Member and ConsultantExpert on Diversity and Women in Technology
Dr. Telle Whitney served as President and CEO of ABI from 2002-2017. Dr. Whitney has 20 years experience in the semiconductor and telecommunicatins industries. She has held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies (now PMC-Sierra) and Actel Corporation, and is a Co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.
Facilitator Advocate for Male Advocates and Allies for Equity ProgramIndiana University
Nicholas Wyant serves as a Facilitator Advocate for Indiana University’s Male Advocates and Allies for Equity program. His faculty appointment is as the Librarian for Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Political Science at Indiana University. He teaches students and faculty of all skill levels how to navigate the complex world of academic research. His personal research interests focus on epistemology and how it impacts the research process. Additionally, he is interested in the intersection of society and technology.
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