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 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 Ernst & Young for their additional support.
Looking for the 2018 NCWIT Summit site? You can view it here.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology as an enabling and supporting tool in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Fairchild brings 15 years of experience in the technology industry, working for companies like Microsoft, aQuantive and now recently F5 Networks, where she led data driven and evidence based practices. She consults with companies looking to build their diversity strategy, utilizing academic research, statistical analysis, and program evaluation techniques. In her current role as Transformation Manager, Mary works across the organization to build the workplace and the workforce of tomorrow.
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.
Dr. Mark Guzdial is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering and a Professor of Information in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Dr. Kyla McMullen is currently a tenure-track faculty member at the University of Florida’s Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Department. Dr. McMullen has a personal commitment to encouraging women and minorities to pursue careers in computing and other STEM fields. She is the creator of “Beautiful, Black, and Brainy” and “Brilliant is the New Black,” which showcase hundreds of exceptional young African Americans who excel in STEM fields and don’t fit the typical “scientist” stereotype.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Department at the University of Florida (UF) and Project Manager of the National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance: The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS). She works in the Human Experience Research Lab under the supervision of Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, where she conducts research on broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computing (STEM+C).
Ilia K. Walsh, M.S.Ed., M.B.A. is the Director of Training and Education at The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) and has been with AANE since 2012 where she also worked as the Director of Adult Services. She is the parent of two young adults attending college. One of which was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum at 9 years old. Ilia started her career in IT Training in the Investment Banking industry where she worked for over 10 years and then became a public school educator for another 8 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.