May 16 - 18, 2016
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Summit on Women and IT
Catherine Ashcraft is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Lecia Barker is an NCWIT Senior Research Scientist and is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.
As manager of Corporate Citizenship, Carleen Beste is responsible for the development and implementation of Northrop Grumman's Corporate Citizenship strategic plan and programming which includes K-12 education, troops and veterans, environmental stewardship, employee volunteer initiatives and company's philanthropic endeavors.
Maureen has more than 30 years of experience working with college students, faculty, and professionals in the areas of student retention, leadership, teams, diversity, and broadening participation in computing.
Born and raised in and around Chicago, Matt Blakely has more than 14 years of experience working with private and corporate foundations. Since October 2005, Matt has coordinated the foundation and corporate giving programs of Motorola and Motorola Solutions Foundation.
Eric T. Bradford is the Managing Director of the Information Technology Research Institute within the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. Mr. Bradford holds two degrees from the Walton College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration awarded in 1988 and a Masters of Information Systems which he earned in 2004.
Since 2004, Jan Cuny has been the Program Officer for the CISE Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program at the National Science Foundation.
Patricia H. Deyton is the Director of the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), the internationally recognized research arm of the Simmons School of Management addressing gender, diversity and organizational effectiveness.
Rebecca Dohrman is Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University in St. Louis. Dr. Dohrman received her BA and MA degrees from St. Louis University and her PhD in Organizational Communication from Purdue University in 2010.
Dr. Wendy DuBow is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Evaluation at NCWIT. She conducts primary research, creates practical print and multimedia resources, and evaluates the effectiveness of the various programs and materials NCWIT produces.
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success.
Ben Eater is the Lead Exercise Developer at Khan Academy, a non-profit education platform dedicated to providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
Elizabeth K. Eger is a Graduate Research Associate at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Since joining NCWIT in 2012, Elizabeth’s primary roles are conducting original social science research, writing research reports, presenting cutting edge research and practical tools to varied audiences, and designing NCWIT resources for the Workforce and K-12 Alliances.
David Evans has taught two large open courses for Udacity, including an introductory Computer Science course that enrolled more than 265,000 students from over 180 countries, ranging in age from six months to 88 years, from truck drivers to neurosurgeons, chefs, and math professors.
Tim Faiella is NCWIT’s Social Science Program Manager. He works with staff social scientists and the design team to ensure that electronic and print resources adhere to NCWIT’s rigorous research and quality standards. He also works with the Social Science Advisory Board to facilitate consultation services.
Renee Fall is project manager of the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She earned a Master's degree from Harvard Divinity School and is pursuing a doctorate in higher education research, policy, and leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
As Executive Director of the Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, Paula Golden is responsible for all aspects of the Broadcom Foundation, which includes funding education and research initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) worldwide.
Wendy Hawkins is Executive Director of the Intel Foundation.
As Vice President in Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for worldwide university research collaborations with Microsoft researchers. Hey is also responsible for the multidisciplinary eScience Research Group within Microsoft Research.
Shalini Kesar is Assistant Professor in Information Systems, department of CSIS, Southern Utah University (SUU).
Dalene King is a Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Microsoft where she has worked for more than 13 years. Throughout her tenure, she has been a passionate driver of diversity and inclusion across many roles within Staffing, HR, and the business.
Martha Kosa has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Tennessee Technological University since 1993.
Jane Krauss is a Curriculum and Program Development consultant for NCWIT. She guides the Counselors for Computing program, as well as the development of “Programs-in-a-Box” and other turnkey resources. In addition to her work with NCWIT, Jane has co-authored two books on the topic of project-based learning and consults with K-12 organizations in support of curriculum reform.
Lynette Kvasny received her Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from the Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Her research focuses on how and why historically underserved groups appropriate information and communication technologies.
Michael Lach is the Director of STEM policy and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute.
Dr. Macias is a research analyst specializing in the areas of education technology, science education, and information technology policy. She has an extensive background in K-16 education, including curriculum development and professional development, assessing program development and management, and providing training and facilitation.
Scott McCrickard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, and a member of Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction.
Brad McLain is a social scientist who serves as a researcher with NCWIT. He also co-directs the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Pooja (Nath) Sankar is the founder and CEO of Piazza, the leading social learning platform for students and teachers in higher education.
David is a social and behavioral psychologist specializing in behavior change. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and completed his post doctoral training at Duke, where he was Director of the Social Science Research Laboratories. David was a professor of psychology at USC before founding Empirica Research, a social and consumer firm specializing in behavior change.
Hadi Partovi is the co-founder and president of Code.org. A Harvard graduate in computer science, he began his career in the 1990s at Microsoft where he was the group program manager for Internet Explorer, and later the general manager of the MSN Portal.
Beth Quinn is research faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder working on post-secondary projects at NCWIT. Currently, Beth is directing NCWIT’s EngageCSEdu project, an online repository of course materials for introductory CS courses that are selected and peer-reviewed for their pedagogical quality and potential to engage diverse students.
Jean E. Sammet is a retired computer scientist and programmer who is best-known for her work on FORMAC, the first widely used general language and system for manipulating nonnumeric algebraic expressions.
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 Boulder (CU).
Rose Schooler is the General Manager of the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group (CSIG) within the Data Center and Connected Systems Group (DCSG) at Intel Corporation. Her organization is responsible for delivering platform solutions for the communications infrastructure and storage markets segments.
Michael G Schwern is a veteran Perl and Open Source Software developer who speaks at conferences on subjects such as software testing, geek socialization, and using toys to teach advanced computer science concepts. His testing and infrastructure software is used by thousands of companies, quietly saving millions by identifying bugs before they become problems.
Sharon Simmons is the Computer Science Department Head at James Madison University. Dr. Simmons received her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and her PhD in Computer Science from William and Mary.
Stacy L. Smith's research focuses on children's responses to mass media portrayals (television, film, video games) of violence, gender and hypersexuality.
Sheryl Sorby is Visiting Professor in the Engineering Education and Innovation Center at The Ohio State University and Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. She recently served as Program Director within the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Lyn Swackhamer is the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Program Evaluator. She is responsible for the evaluation of all AiC programs, including the Award for Aspirations in Computing, the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, AspireIT, and the Collegiate Award.
Eileen, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led the Motorola Foundation in its mission to benefit the communities in which it operates around the world, by making strategic grants, forging strong partnerships, fostering innovation, and engaging stakeholders.
Dr. Valerie Taylor is the holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professorship and is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. She was designated as a Regents Professor for 2011-12 by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents in November of this year.
Leisa Thompson is an education researcher who serves as the Director of Research and Consulting for NCWIT Extension Servises (ES). In her role, Leisa conducts research and analysis on enrollment trends and various other departmental data provided by the 36 ES computing clients.
Stephanie Weber is a long time public education teacher in the state of Colorado. For the last eight years, she has concentrated on online science education and blended learning. With bachelor's and master’s degrees in biology, Stephanie has combined her love of science and technology in the classroom as well as in the online environment.
Cassidy Williams is a computer science undergraduate at Iowa State University. With four internships under her belt (including Microsoft and General Mills) and one more upcoming (at Intuit in San Francisco), she keeps busy with heavy coursework in school and additional extra-curricular activities.
Lee Wills-Irvine leads Global Diversity & Inclusion at Qualcomm. Her mission is to leverage employee talents and capabilities for innovation and productivity in a manner that supports organizational values. Additionally, she is responsible for diversity-related external communication and outreach.
As Director of Public Policy for ACM, Cameron Wilson develops and oversees ACM's public policy agenda with specialized focus on technology policy, including information technology research and development funding, computing education, technology issues related to intellectual property, privacy issues, and security and reliability of computing systems.
Mike Younkers, Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Cisco’s US Federal team, directs teams of system engineers to support a $2B business in civilian, defense and intelligence areas. He has 20 years of experience designing, deploying and maintaining large-scale enterprise and wide area networks for the US intelligence community.
Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University.
Moritz Hardt is a senior research scientist at Google Research. After obtaining a PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 2011, he worked at IBM Research Almaden on algorithmic principles of machine learning.
Benjamin F. Jones is a Professor of Strategy and the Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, where he also directs the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. An economist by training, his research focuses largely on innovation and creativity, with recent work investigating the role of teamwork and the relationship between age and invention.
Madeline Di Nonno is the CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research based non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to improve gender diversity in children's entertainment through research based programs.
Pat Russo is a technology-industry veteran who has spent her career helping to lead numerous telecommunications and technology stalwarts, including Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, IBM and AT&T, among others. She is Chairman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a $52 billion global industry leader in providing information management solutions to businesses around the world.
Alicia A. Lebrija Hirschfeld is Executive President of Fundación Televisa A.C.1 and member of the Board of Directors of Televisa Foundation. Her professional career began in the academic sector as a Professor of Economics and later as Dean of the School of International Relations at ITAM, one of Mexico’s leading private universities.
Cynthia Solomon’s focus has been on creating fun-filled, thoughtful, personally expressive, and aesthetically pleasing learning environments for children.
Susan M. Armstrong started at Qualcomm working on Globalstar and then early CDMA base station projects. She was a pioneer in bringing internet protocols to the cellular industry, resulting in the first web surfing on a cellular phone in 1997 and Qualcomm’s commercialization of packet data in 1998.
Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing young girls of color to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.
Karen Lee Ashcraft is a Professor of Organizational Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as the Director of its Communication & Society Residential Program, a living-learning community for early college students broadly interested in communication, media, journalism, and related themes.
Cheryl Calhoun currently serves as Dean of Educational Centers and Director of the Blount Center for Santa Fe College. Her experience includes 20 years as a professor of Information Technology education and Coordinator of the Networking Services Technology program at Santa Fe College.
Lesley Chilcott is an award winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. In addition to award winning documentary features and shorts, she is Chair of the West Coast Producers Guild of America (PGA) Non-Fiction documentary committee while also hosting a popular screening series for them, The Doc Club.
Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch, consults to some of the world's largest corporations on career reentry strategy and programming.
Jane Condon, both a mom and comedian, lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, but she’s still a nice person. She has two boys. Otherwise, everything’s fine.
Jill Denner, PhD, is a senior research scientist at Education, Training, Research, a non-profit organization in California. She does applied research and evaluation with a focus on increasing the number of women, girls, and Latino/a students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr.
Ruha Devanesan specializes in creating access for the disenfranchised through law, technology, and diversity initiatives. As a part of Symantec’s diversity & inclusion team, she develops and implements strategies, policies, and programs that support Symantec’s goal of being a great place to work for employees from a rich variety of backgrounds.
Amy Gurley is the global program lead for Bank of America’s Women in Technology and Operations (WIT&O) advocacy group. WIT&O is a community of 18 chapters with over 3400 members in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The WIT&O mission is to attract, develop and retain female talent in technology and operations at Bank of America.
A diehard Star Wars fan, Dave Filoni realized a lifelong dream when he was selected by George Lucas to helm Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Supervising Director.
Mo has been at Google for 9.5 years currently as the Director for K-12 Education Outreach working to address systemic issues in education including unconscious bias and to inspire more girls and under-represented minority groups to combine their passions with computer science and STEM fields.
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 BS and PhD in computer science from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively.
Dr. Green is responsible for Microsoft Research’s university research investments and collaborations. MSR maintains a global portfolio of research activities with leading universities and research institutes including joint research centers, PhD sponsorships, awards, and major initiatives in computer science. Previously, Dr.
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. She also runs Return Path’s partnership with NCWIT.
Mizuko Ito is a Cultural Anthropologist of Technology Use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. She is a Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T.
Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical education, content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google’s K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science (CS).
Zeba Khan is a writer, commentator, and senior facilitator with The Op-Ed Project, a social venture that identifies, trains, and mentors women and other historically underrepresented communities on how to own their expertise and have a public voice. Through her role, Zeba has directly trained thousands of women and men across the country and internationally from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Dr. Telle Whitney has served as President and CEO of ABI since 2002. 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.
Richard E. Ladner is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His current research is in the area of accessible computing, which is an important subarea of human-computer interaction (HCI). His MobileAccessibility project is exploring mobile applications to improve the lives of blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind people.
Dr. Celine Latulipe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her recent research has focused on CS Education innovation, particularly focusing on social and active learning, and scaling up adoption of flipped classroom methodologies.
Dr. Daniela Marghitu is a professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Auburn University, where she has worked since 1996. She has published six Information Technology textbooks, over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers, and she gave numerous presentations at national and international professional events.
Sylvia Martinez is a maker, mom, engineer, and co-author of the book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, which is considered to be “the bible of the classroom maker movement". Sylvia speaks, writes, and works with schools around the world evangelizing authentic, inclusive use of technology across the curriculum.
Dr. Alvaro Monge has earned BS (UC Riverside, 1991), MS, and PhD (UC San Diego, 1993 and 1997) degrees in computer science. In 1997, he joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Dayton Ohio. In 1999, he joined the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) where he is now a tenured full professor.
Dr. Linda M. Ott received her PhD in computer science from Purdue University in 1978. She joined Michigan Technological University’s faculty shortly thereafter 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.
Sarah Provencal is a director, teacher, and actor. She earned her MFA in theatre pedagogy (directing emphasis) at Virginia Commonwealth University, where some of her favorite projects includef directing Karen Hartman’s Troy Women and playing Rona Lisa Peretti in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
As the Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA), Matthew Rantanen assists tribes with technology development ranging from radio station applications to tribal administration technologies to technology policy development.
Rayne Roberts is a Development Executive at Lucasfilm and a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group. She was a development executive on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the upcoming films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Dr. Alberto I. Roca is Founder and Executive Director of DiverseScholar, a non-profit that seeks to diversify the workforce in the STEM disciplines, the science communication profession, and the tech industry. Dr. Roca is a first-generation Peruvian-American from Houston, Texas, who received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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 3,000 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.
Dr. Sherri L. Sanders serves as the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at the University of Texas at Austin, where she and her team advance efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and supportive campus culture.
Emmanuel Schanzer is a CS-expat, having spent several years as a program manager and developer before becoming a high school teacher and middle school academic coach. He is the Founder and creator of Bootstrap, which he first designed as a curriculum for his own students in Boston.
Matt Wallaert is a Behavioral Scientist working at the intersection of technology and human behavior. After several years in academia and two successful startup exits, he joined Microsoft, where he works across a variety of products and projects to design technology that helps people live happier, healthier lives.
Greg Walton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Much of his research investigates psychological processes that contribute to major social problems and how “wise” interventions that target these processes can help address such problems. These psychological interventions can be minor in scope and duration, but generate long-lasting effects.
Jill is Director of Engineering at Lyft, leading their Core Services and Infrastructure orgs. Jill’s teams are responsible for many of the foundational backend services of Lyft, as well as the infrastructure necessary to keep engineers productive and ensure that their technology scales and evolves. Prior to Lyft, Jill was a senior engineering manager at Twitter.
Dr. Chris Wood is an Associate Professor in the Educational & Clinical Studies Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In addition to being a counselor educator, Dr.
Yunfei Xu is the Global Head of Engineering for Portfolio Risk Analytics and Index products at Bloomberg LP, where she oversees 150 software engineers across multiple continents and leads the research and development effort of Bloomberg PORT, one of the most advanced and cutting edge financial portfolio and risk analytics platforms in the world.
Avis Yates-Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, (TCGi), an information technology solutions provider and full-service equipment leasing firm. She possesses more than 30 years of general management experience in the information technology industry. Avis has been a successful entrepreneur for 27 years.
Janice Zdankus is Vice President of Quality in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Customer Experience and Quality team. In this role, Janice and her team are transforming the experiences customers have with HPE’s product, solutions, and support information to foster positive customer business outcomes.