All events listed will take place in Mountain Time (MDT).

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Changing the Narrative About Aging, Tech, and Innovation

The world is aging and changing—are your strategies as well? This interactive session will cover:

  • what the general public believes about aging and ageism in America

  • the intersectionality of gender, race, and age

  • how ageism and implicit bias manifests itself across talent pipeline development

  • why common stereotypes are just that

  • why it is smart to include all ages in your pipeline strategy 

Participants will also learn specific actions that K-12, higher education, workforce development, and HR managers can take to reduce implicit bias and to reap the benefits of age-friendly and inter-generational workplaces.


Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Different Kinds of Minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works—sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of kids.

Book Icon“Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism,” by Temple Grandin // In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world.


Friday, May 8th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Connecting Generations

2020 Collegiate Award Winner Eshika Saxena will interview 2020 NCWIT Pioneer Award Winner Ruzena Bajcsy in an inspiring conversation, connecting generations. They will both discuss their unique pathways, interests, and accomplishments; and, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions too.


Monday, May 11th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Learning About Intersectionality: Videos That Spark Discussion

The language around gender, sex, sexuality, race, and ability is constantly evolving, and it can be difficult to keep up! The objective of this workshop is to help attendees learn to talk about different dimensions of identity. Everyone will do a quick, individual activity to reflect on what dimensions of their identities are most salient. The intended audience is for those who are interested in expanding their understanding of current terminology related to identity. The session will also debut an NCWIT resource that introduces similar content through short videos and discussion questions. Attendees can share these videos and discussion questions with their colleagues.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
5:00PM - 6:00PM

A Conversation with Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange, author of “There There,” sits down for a conversation with Dr. Brenda Allen about his latest book and themes related to urban Native Americans and Native American history and culture. They will also discuss implications for technology and technology contexts.

Book Icon“There There,” by Tommy Orange // This wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.


Friday, May 15th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
12:00PM - 1:00PM

The Color of Our Future: Promising Practices and Next Steps

The Color of Our Future is a recently developed plan to anchor NCWIT strategies, programs, and initiatives that aim to advance and broaden the participation of underrepresented women and girls of color (black, Latinx, and Native American) across the tech ecosystem. This workshop will offer highlights from the recent online conversation series and discuss upcoming plans and activities for women and girls of color.

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Elevating the Voices of Black Women & Girls in Computing

Join NCWIT and iAAMCS for a Modern Figures Podcast Twitter Chat. Use #modfigspod to be part of the conversation!

No registration required, just a Twitter account.

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Fostering a Culture of Respect, Inclusion, and Engagement

Creating an inclusive workplace culture with highly engaged team members is only possible when an organization is built on a foundation of respect. This interactive online session will review the dynamic relationships between respect, inclusion, and engagement. Join nationally recognized Author and Speaker Dr. Paul Marciano to explore how we can all forge more inclusive cultures, using research-based tools designed to create highly collaborative and productive organizations.

Book Icon(Coming soon!) “Respectful Conversations: Strategies for Turning Confrontation into Collaboration,” by Paul Marciano // This upcoming book helps individuals restore relationships that have deteriorated due to interpersonal conflict and, especially, in cases where individuals feel disrespected. These same strategies also help to prevent conflict going forward and promote respectful communication in both personal and professional relationships.


Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Race to the Future? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. 

In this talk, Ruha explores a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. Ruha also helps attendees consider how race itself is a kind of tool designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice and discuss how technology is and can be used toward liberatory ends. 

This presentation delves into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech promises with sociologically-informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.

Book Icon“Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code,” by Ruha Benjamin // From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.


Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Tech Culture Interrupted

As the old adage goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. In this session, join NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders as she explores ways to avoid critical mistakes of past diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Lucy will also highlight an exciting, new research-based approach for creating sustainable inclusive technical cultures—an approach that capitalizes on NCWIT’s decade-plus research and work with industry partners in this arena. This approach, called the Tech Inclusion Journey, will help both academic and industry organizations implement strategic efforts for creating technical cultures that enhance innovation and foster environments where all employees, faculty, and students thrive.


Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Time (MDT) Event
11:00AM - 12:00PM

[ENCORE] Change Leadership: A Call for Courageous Action

Join Jane Goodall, NCWIT Research Scientist Dr. Brad McLain, and friends for an inspirational conversation about leading transformation in our lives and in our world.


Book Icon"Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey," by Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman // Jane Goodall explores her deepest convictions in a heartfelt memoir that takes her from the London Blitz to Louis Leaky's famous excavations in Africa and then into the forests of Gombe.