Speakers

Lisa D. Cook

Lisa D. Cook

Professor of Economics and International Relations
Michigan State University

Lisa D. Cook is Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley with fields in macroeconomics and international economics.

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Van Jones

Van Jones

CNN Host and Dream Corps Founder
Van Jones is the Founder of the Dream Corps, a social entrepreneur, a CNN political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and a New York Times best-selling author. Famous for his heart-felt election night coverage, Jones showed up as “the voice of reason” for people in red states and blue throughout the volatile 2016 political season. In 2019, Van and his team at #cut50 succeeded in passing the FIRST STEP Act (a bipartisan Federal bill that the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation).
 
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Cathy O’Neil

Cathy O’Neil

Author

Cathy O’Neil is the author of the New York Times best-selling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and founded the company ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company.

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Gladys West

Gladys West

2021 NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award Recipient
Mathematician and Computer Programmer

Dr. Gladys West was born in Sutherland, VA and spent her childhood years growing up in Dinwiddie County, VA. She was one of four children born to Nolan and Macy Brown. Gladys knew that she didn’t want to work in the fields as her parents did. She realized the importance of education and studied hard to become the Valedictorian of her high school class, which earned her a free scholarship to Virginia State College (now University). She graduated with a BS in Mathematics and later earned in Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Virginia State.

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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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