May 14-16, 2019
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee
2019 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT
2019 NCWIT 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 (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.
We are incredibly grateful for 2019 NCWIT Summit Sponsors, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Chevron, and FedEx.
Looking for the 2018 NCWIT Summit site? You can view it here.
Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and leading scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and women’s empowerment. JeffriAnne works as research faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder working on the Social Science research team at NCWIT. JeffriAnne works directly with the K-12 Alliance to create research-driven resources that will equip and empower its members with tools to increase women and girls’ participation in computing and technology.
After studying physics at MIT and earning her BS (62) and MSEE (63) at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, Lynn joined IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY. While working on IBM's Advanced Computing Systems project she made foundational contributions to computer architecture. Sadly, IBM fired Lynn as she underwent gender transition in 1968.
Dr. DiAngelo received her PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in 2004. She earned tenure at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Currently, she is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books.
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.
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).
Dr. Maureen Biggers, co-founder and executive director of the Indiana University (IU) Center of Excellence for Women in Technology, has been active in broadening participation in computing initiatives for more than 15 years. While serving as Assistant Dean for Diversity in the IU School of Informatics and Computing and a champion in the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetter program, she led successful efforts to quadruple the number of undergraduate women studying computing at IU.
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.
Dr. Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on learning sciences and technology, specifically, computing education research. His books on Media Computation teach programming through creating and manipulating digital media. Media Computation has had a significant impact on retention at adopting institutions. He was the original developer of "Swiki," the first wiki designed for educational use.
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.
Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Ph.D. is a creative educator and thought leader with over two decades of professional experience in information technology and higher education. She began her career at the University of Colorado in 1998, where she served in a variety of positions, including director of academic technology, oversaw strategy for the use, implementation, and evaluation of educational technologies, and managed a team of consultants and technologists.