Summit Speakers

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Mayim Bialik, PhD

Actress and Activist

Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2012 and 2013 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category). 2014 brought additional accolades for Mayim as she received her first ever SAG Award nomination for her role on the show in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.


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Renée Smith

Actress

A New York native, Renée Felice Smith moved cross country for her role on CBS' hit series, NCIS: Los Angeles.


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Leslie Aaronson

Lead Teacher and Coordinator
Foshay Technology Academy

Leslie became a teacher in 2003, when she left her job as Production Manager for Blue’s Clues International at Nickelodeon in New York to move to her hometown of Los Angeles. In 2012, she was awarded as Teacher of the Year from LAUSD for her work as the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy. Leslie teaches a group of 150-180 students from 10th -12th grade that stay together for their entire three years.


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Amy P. Abernethy, MD PhD

Duke University School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine

Amy P. Abernethy, MD PhD, a hematologist/oncologist and palliative care physician, is Professor of Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine, Director of the Duke Center for Learning Health Care (CLHC) in the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Chief Medical Officer at Flatiron Health, a health technology company focused on organizing the world’s cancer data and making it useful for patients, clinicians, and researchers.


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Karen Ashcraft

Karen Ashcraft

Professor of Communication
University of Colorado Boulder

Karen Lee Ashcraft is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research examines organizational and occupational formations—such as identity, culture, and mode of governance—and is guided by an interest in relations of power and difference, particularly gender, race, sexuality, and class. Her past research explored the texture and sustainability of alternative (e.g., non-hierarchical) models of organizing, and these projects resulted in several award-winning articles on the potential of hybrid organizations.


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Owen Astrachan

Professor, Computer Science, Director, Undergraduate Studies for Teaching and Learning
Duke University

Owen Astrachan is Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke where he has taught in four decades and two millennia. His undergraduate degree is in mathematics from Dartmouth and he has a MAT and a PhD from Duke, which he earned after teaching high school for seven years.


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Colin Bodell

Colin Bodell

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Time Inc.

Colin Bodell was named Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Time Inc. in January 2014. In this role, he is responsible for shaping the company’s overall strategic technology direction, including oversight of day-to-day information technology operations and acquiring and leveraging best in breed technology. Bodell also collaborates closely with digital product teams across the Time Inc. portfolio.


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Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder
Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.


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Thandeka Chapman

Thandeka K. Chapman, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Thandeka K. Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on desegregation policy initiatives, urban school reforms, teaching and learning in racially diverse classrooms, and teaching writing in secondary classrooms. Dr. Chapman conducts research with teachers and students in urban and racially diverse settings to examine and resolve the ways in which institutional racism is manifested in school climate, curricula, adult and student relationships, and school policy implementations.


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Christine Darden

Christine Mann Darden

2015 NCWIT Pioneer Award Winner

Christine Mann Darden is a native of Monroe, NC and a graduate of Allen High School in Asheville, NC. She has a BS Degree in Mathematics from Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, VA, the MS Degree in Applied Mathematics from Virginia State College (now University) in Petersburg, VA, and the D.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Darden also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Management from Simmons College Graduate School of Management in Boston, MA.


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Dr. Jill Denner

Jill Denner, PhD

Senior Research Associate
ETR Associates

Dr. Jill Denner is Senior Research Scientist at ETR (Education, Training, Research), a non-profit organization in California and Affiliated Faculty, Center for Games and Playable Media, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She does applied research in K-12 settings, with a focus on increasing the number of women/girls and Latino/a students who pursue and persist in courses and careers in computer science and information technology.


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Jeff Forbes

Jeffrey Forbes

Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Associate Dean
Trinity College at Duke University

Jeff Forbes is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and an Associate Dean of Trinity College at Duke University. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. From 2011-2014, he served as a Program Director for the Education & Workforce program in the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering managing programs that address the critical and complex issues of education and broadening participation in computing.


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Catherine Good, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
Baruch College of the City University of New York

Dr. Good is an associate professor of psychology at Baruch College of the City University of New York and a member of the graduate faculty at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She received a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1994 and an Ad Hoc Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in mathematics education and social psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She continued her training at Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow from 2001-2005.


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Cathy Hawley

Cathy Hawley

Senior Director People
Return Path

Cathy Hawley is a Sr. Director of People Development at Return Path, Inc., and has 20 years of global human resources and coaching experience. Currently, Cathy is working on building effective teams across the organization and is responsible for management coaching and development, culture, employee coaching and development, and also runs Return Path’s partnership with the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). Cathy loves spending time with her kids, snowboarding, cycling, and traveling.


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Janet Hyde

Janet Hyde

Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Janet Hyde is the Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender& Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She earned her BA in Mathematics from Oberlin College in 1969, and her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972. Author of the textbook Half the Human Experience; The Psychology of Women (8th ed., Cengage, 2013), much of her research has focused on using the statistical technique of meta-analysis to synthesis the vast amounts of data on psychological gender differences. Topics of meta-analyses include gender differe


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Benjamin Todd Jealous

Benjamin Todd Jealous

Partner
Kapor Capital

Benjamin Todd Jealous is a Partner at Kapor Capital, where he invests in seed-stage startup companies that use technology to solve touch social problems such as making poverty less expensive, high quality education more accessible, and living wage jobs more prevalent. An internationally renowned civil and human rights leader, Jealous works at the intersection of technology and social impact.


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Katherine Johnson

2015 NCWIT Pioneer Award Winner

As a NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson’s calculations include the trajectory for the space flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space; John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth; and Apollo 11, the first human mission to the moon. Born in 1918, Katherine displayed an early love for numbers: “They tell me I counted everything,” said Katherine. She began her studies at West Virginia State University at the age of 15, where distinguished Dr. William W.


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Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

Director of Education and University Relations
Google

Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google.


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Rane Johnson-Stempson

Director
Microsoft Research

Rane Johnson-Stempson is a certified partnership broker and Principal Research Director at Microsoft Research. She engages with academics worldwide to identify high-impact areas for research investigations. She is working on projects that use technology to transform how we learn about history and how we eradicate human trafficking. Johnson also serves as Microsoft Research’s lead for growing, attracting, and retaining women in research, science, and engineering.


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Yasmin Kafai

Yasmin Kafai

Professor
University of Pennsylvania

Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher and co-developer of online tools and communities (scratch.mit.edu, stitchtfest.org, and ecrafting.org) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16.


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Lucy Mendel

Engineering Manager
IndieGoGo

Lucy Mendel holds two Computer Science degrees from MIT, and has worked as a software engineer and manager for the past 10 years. She has spoken at Velocity on applying Service Oriented Architecture to tech team interactions, and at the San Francisco Dev2Dev summit on turning imposters into belongers.


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Amanda Neuf

Director, Technology Development
AT&T

Amanda Neuf, a Director within AT&T’s Technology Development organization, is a member of the team focused on evolving capabilities of employees in the technology organization, with a specific focus on our culture shift to support our quick moving and changing business and customers. Amanda previously led the Technology Development Program, AT&T’s college new hire and intern development program.


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Katie Orenstein

Founder and CEO
The OpEd Project

Katie Orenstein, Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology — that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas about politics, culture and history. She has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. She has lectured at Stanford and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR.


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Linda Ott, PhD

Professor, Computer Science, Associate Dean for Special Initiatives (College of Sciences and Arts)
Michigan Technological University

Dr. Linda M. Ott received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1978. She joined Michigan Tech's faculty shortly after completing her Ph.D. and chaired the Department of Computer Science from 1996 to 2010. Her early research interests were in software engineering, including software processes, software measurement, and software engineering education. She has been a co-PI on nearly $1.5 million in grants from industry and the National Science Foundation. Dr.


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Miranda Reeves

Director of Product Management
Return Path

Before she became Director of Product Management at Return Path, Miranda Reeves learned early on that she had a knack and a deep interest in math and technology. She always believed that she could do anything she set her mind to doing and didn't let anything hold her back. As a young single mom, she pursued a career in the tech world, juggling full time work, a family, college, and then grad school all along the way. She completed her B.S. in Math and Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines, and holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.


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Ileana M. Rivera

Sr. Director, IT
Cisco Systems

Ileana Rivera is the Senior Director of IT for Computing and Client Productivity Services for Cisco Systems. Rivera leads the teams responsible for computing, mobility hardware/software, mobility applications, eStore, email/messaging and cloud productivity for Cisco’s global workforce (70,000+) and manages a budget of over $70M and a team of 125 employees. Rivera is responsible for the productivity and user experience across Cisco, ensuring employees have the tools and equipment needed to excel at their jobs.


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Alberto I. Roca, PhD

Founder
DiverseScholar

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D. is Founder and Executive Director of DiverseScholar. The mission of this non-profit is to diversify the workforce in the STEM disciplines, science communication profession, and tech industry.


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Lucy Sanders

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder
NCWIT

Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).


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Bobby Schnabel

Bobby Schnabel

Dean, School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University

Bobby Schnabel is Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. In this position he leads a multi-campus school of approximately 150 faculty and 3000 students at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and informatics, and graduate programs in data science, information science and library science. From 2009-2010 he also served as interim IU vice president for research.


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Kimberly Scott

Kimberly A. Scott, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies
Arizona State University

Dr. Kimberly A. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU) and Founder/Executive Director of ASU’s National Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (NCGEST) (https://sst.clas.asu.edu/ncgest). Founded by Scott, the center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


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Jeremy Sonnenburg

Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets

Jeremy L. Sonnenburg is a Managing Director in RBC’s Capital Markets Technology division. He is the US Regional Head of Capital Markets Technology and has global responsibilities for Equities, Commodities, and Futures/OTC Clearing Technology. Jeremy sits on RBC’s Capital Markets IT Operating Committee, Global Equities Operating Committee, Commodities and Futures Operating Committee, US Policy and Governance Forum, US New Business Committee and the US Conflicts Committee.


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Randy Stoecker

Randy Stoecker

Professor
University of Wisconsin

Randy Stoecker has worked on information technology and inequality since the mid-1990s, including the CATNeT project in Toledo, Ohio; the Techshop project in Madison, Wisconsin; and a neighborhood organization information technology project in Melbourne, Australia. He specializes in providing support to a wide variety of community organizations through the practice of participatory action research.


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Betty Taylor

Betty Jeanne Taylor, PhD

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
The University of Texas at Austin

Betty Jeanne Taylor is assistant vice president for strategic initiatives within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Her responsibilities include work with university and school leadership in designing professional development curriculum as well as implementing practices for inclusive environments. Dr.


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Linda Werner

Linda Werner, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Computer Science
University of California - Santa Cruz

Linda Werner has a PhD in Computer Science and has extensive experience as an educator and researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, community college, high school, and junior high levels. She is actively involved in working to increase the numbers of female computer science students. Dr. Werner was the PI on an NSF-funded project on the retention of female students in computer science.


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Joan C. Williams

Center for WorkLife Law
Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Director

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century.


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Janice Zdankus

Janice Zdankus

Vice President, Enterprise Group
Hewlett-Packard Company

Janice Zdankus is vice president of Quality for Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Group. In this role, Zdankus and her team define, create, and share information experiences to ensure successful customer interactions with HP’s products and support.


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