Summit Speakers


Courtney Cogburn

Assistant Professor
Columbia 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.

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Lynn Conway

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Emerita University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Robin DiAngelo

Affiliate Associate Professor of Education
University of Washington

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Katherine Phillips

Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character in the Faculty of Business and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Columbia Business School

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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.

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Brenda J. Allen

Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor, Department of Communication
University 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.

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Thaddeus Arroyo

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.

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Maureen Biggers

Co-founder and Executive Director
Indiana 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.

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Enobong (Anna) Branch

Associate Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University 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.

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Jaime Casap

Chief Education Evangelist

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Nicole T. Castro


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.

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Carol Cohen

Global Head, Executive Talent and Leadership Development
Cognizant 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.

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Leigh Ann DeLyser

Leigh Ann DeLyser

Co-founder and Managing Partner
CSforAll Consortium

Dr. Leigh Ann DeLyser has spent her career building the K-12 computer science (CS) field. As a managing partner of CSforALL (, she oversees programs and strategic planning and supervises research to build support for high quality CS education at all levels.

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Sarah T. Dunton, M.Ed.

Expanding 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.

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Mary Fairchild

Organizational Transformation Manager
F5 Networks

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Jocelyn Garibay

Program Director

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.

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Mark Guzdial

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Professor of Information, School of Information
University of Michigan

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Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell

Learning Scientist
Massachusetts 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.

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Maya Israel

Maya Israel

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; Dr.

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Tom James

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana 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.

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Elyse Janish

PhD candidate
University 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.

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Deborah Keyek-Franssen

Deborah Keyek-Franssen

Associate Vice President, Digital Education and Engagement
University of Colorado - Denver

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Luis A. Leyva

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education, Peabody College of Education & Human Development
Vanderbilt 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).

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Kyla McMullen

Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Department
University of Florida

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Vicki Mealer-Burke

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

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.

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Dawn Morrison

Education Administrator, Commerce and Information Technology Unit
Alabama 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.

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Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich

Associate Professor, Instructional Systems Technology; Adjunct Professor, Computer Science
Indiana 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.

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Joshua E. Perry

Glaubinger Chair, Undergraduate Leadership; and Associate Professor, Business Law and Ethics
Indiana 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.

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Lucy Sanders

Lucy Sanders

NCWIT CEO and Co-founder
University 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.

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Bobby Schnabel

Bobby Schnabel

Professor, Computer Science
University 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.

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Lisa Truppa

Assistant Vice President - Technology

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. 

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Kim Vorrath

Kim Vorrath

Vice President of OS Programs

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.

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Dr. Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome

Project Manager
Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS)

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Ilia K. Walsh

Director of Training and Education
Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)

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JeffriAnne Wilder, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
University of Colorado Boulder

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Telle Whitney

Telle Whitney

Board Member and Consultant
Expert 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.

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Nicholas Wyant

Facilitator Advocate for Male Advocates and Allies for Equity Program
Indiana 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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Dayna Bee

Performer and Songwriter

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Matt McAtee

Matt McAtee

Nashville Musician and Songwriter

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