2016 NCWIT Summit - “Net-neutrality, Broadband Access, and Unlicensed Spectrums: Connecting the Unserved and Underserved” Mini Plenary by Matthew Rantanen

Rantanen is at the forefront of rural access, working on all aspects of this issue — policy, construction, and training. He will discuss the need for better network access on reservations generally, and how several reservations in Southern California were able to build their own wireless networks using unlicensed spectrum and the power of the sun. This success has inspired others, including in Idaho, to take similar approaches to ensure modern connectivity.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Data Transparency a Year Later: Looking Back and Moving Forward” NCWIT Empower Hour

We will look back over successes, challenges, and key developments in the past year as tech companies continue to refine the public release of their workforce data. The session will explore lessons learned and factors to consider when increasing data transparency, either publicly or internally. We will also look at ways to move forward in improving the kinds of data collected to ensure the meaningful participation of women and other underrepresented groups.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Social Connections, Cultural Identity and Inclusion” Mini Plenary by Mimi Ito

Why do we see declining diversity in the tech sector despite its progressivism and despite continuing efforts to expand access to STEM and CS education? Dr. Ito will delve into the forces underlying this seeming paradox. In order to learn and be successful in technical and creative fields, young people need access to informal social networks as well as the formal educational and career pipeline. Evidence shows that without attention to these social and cultural dimensions, well-meaning efforts at educational innovation and reform can exacerbate equity gaps.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Beyond the Binary: Expanding Our Ideas of Diversity in Tech” Mini Plenary by Kortney Ziegler

The notion of diversity as being integral to startup success has begun to take strong shape in the tech industry, forcing many companies and organizations to tackle practices of inclusion. While race and gender equity have guided such conversations, this talk covers the recent trajectory of “diversity in tech” conversations and the ways in which transgender technologists have included themselves in the discourse.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Flash Tank Flashback: an NCWIT Response to the 2015 Winning Presentation” NCWIT Empower Hour

What are career assessments telling women they should “be” when they grow up? Learn what’s happened since Linda Ott presented her winning Flash Tank talk, “Career Planning Tools: A Roadblock to Computing Careers?” at last year’s Summit. 

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Broadening Participation through Engaging Pedagogy: The EngageCSEdu Engagement Practices Framework” NCWIT Empower Hour

As a faculty member at a college or university, what can you do, as an instructor, to help retain women in your programs? Explore the Engagement Practices Framework with the EngageCSEdu Team.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “NCWIT Research: A Social Science Primer” NCWIT Empower Hour

We’ll discuss many of the social science concepts integral to NCWIT’s work, such as unconscious bias, microinequities, stereotype threat, personality penalties, growth mindset, bias interrupters, and intersectionality. We’ll also highlight examples of how these concepts shape NCWIT’s work, including — Thinking like a scientist: A social science perspective on the challenges of inclusion in tech; Research into Practice: How NCWIT research translates into NCWIT resources; and NCWIT Research projects: Past, Present, and Future.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “How Do You Know If You’ve Made an Impact? Learn to Evaluate Your Change Efforts” NCWIT Empower Hour

NCWIT’s two internal evaluators will highlight the importance of evaluating your change efforts, then share how you can go about evaluating a single intervention or small project. Learn what resources NCWIT already has, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel!

2016 NCWIT Summit — “The ’40-Year-Old Intern’ Employer Reentry Internships” Workshop by Carol Fishman Cohen

This session will focus on the latest trends and strategies in return to work pathways, as well as how these pathways and programs can help address underrepresentation and intersecting biases around gender, age, class, and race. 

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Wise Interventions: Increasing Belonging and Fostering Growth” Workshop by Greg Walton

Take a deeper dive into growth mindset and belonging. Additionally, learn how to implement practical interventions to increase belonging, and to foster a growth mindset in academic and industry contexts.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Affordable Participatory Improv Workshops for Responding to Explicit and Implicit Sexism in Technology” Workshop by Dr. Celine Latulipe and Sarah Provencal

We present a fun and non-threatening way to brainstorm positive responses to the challenges women face in a male-dominated tech field. This interactive improvisational workshop can be run with students, faculty, or IT professionals. All that is required is one facilitator with experience using Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed methodology and a co-facilitator from the local department/college/organization.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Shattering the Glass Slipper of ICT Professions: Practical Strategies” Workshop by Karen Ashcraft

This workshop expands on a keynote address delivered at the 2015 Summit. Then, Dr. Ashcraft introduced the “glass slipper” to capture how durable associations between professions and people (e.g., computing and certain kinds of men) are formed and preserved over time. The glass slipper reminds us that diversifying an occupation is far more complicated than advice like “lean in” suggests. But if glass slippers are made, they can also be broken and reconstructed through creative practices.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Getting Beyond They’re Just Not Out There: Planful Design for a Diverse Faculty” Workshop by Sherri Sanders and Lecia Barker

This workshop will provide tools and advice for creating and maintaining a diverse faculty. Leave with a solid checklist for how to gain commitment and support of your colleagues and administrators, establish and implement a faculty diversity plan, and successfully recruit with retention in mind.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Including Students with Disabilities in the Computing Education Pipeline” Workshop by Richard Ladner

Approximately 14% of K-12 students are identified as having a disability with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or Section 504 Plans. With national initiatives such as CS10K and CS for All, inclusion of underrepresented groups in computing courses has become paramount at the K-12 level. Approximately 10% of college students have a disability, and only about 4% of PhDs have disabilities. Improving the representation of students with disabilities in computing higher education and in the computing workforce will help to improve innovation because of their skills and perspectives.

2016 NCWIT Summit — “Designing Inclusive Makerspaces” Workshop by Sylvia Martinez

Makerspaces are popping up everywhere. If they are to live up to their potential of providing access to tools, education, and collaboration in tech for all communities, then we need them to be inclusive. Learn how to design inclusive makerspaces in this interactive workshop with the author of the “bible” of makerspaces.

2016 NCWIT Summit Workforce & Entrepreneurial Alliances Meeting​s

This 2016 NCWIT Summit Workforce & Entrepreneurial Alliances Meeting​s focused on the NCWIT Industry Systemic Change Model and research-based strategies for taking action in the key focus areas of: top leadership support; recruitment and selection; employee development and evaluation; managerial relationships; interrupting everyday biases; and support for competing responsibilities.

2015 NCWIT Summit — “NCWIT EngageCSEdu” Empower Hour

NCWIT EngageCSEdu encourages the development of more inclusive learning environments in introductory CS courses by helping faculty to easily share their most effective retention practices. (

2015 NCWIT Summit — “Male Advocacy” Empower Hour

Most research over the past two decades has focused on women. However, expanding this focus to include men is crucial. (