May 15-17, 2018
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine Texas
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 of Information Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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.
Education: Ph.D. Organizational Communication, Purdue University
Areas of Expertise: Qualitative methods, organizational communication, career perceptions, and gendered socialization.
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).
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.
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.
Education: Ph.D. Policy Analysis, Arizona State University
Areas of Expertise: Research-based initiatives to recruit and retain women in STEM, evaluation of NSF-funded programs focusing on STEM issues, qualitative research methods, and academic achievement of underrepresented populations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emmy-nominated comic and CNN host W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America. As host of the CNN docu-series “United Shades of America,” Kamau travels the country, offering viewers a rare yet eye-opening look inside the various subcultures of American life.
Emilio Castilla, NTU Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management Emilio J. Castilla is the NTU Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management. He joined MIT in 2005, after being a faculty member in the Management Department at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Emilio is currently the head of the Work and Organization Studies Group.
Lise Eliot is Professor of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. Her research centers on neural plasticity — the effect of practice and experience on brain circuitry — and is currently directed toward public education about brain and gender development.
Frances Fox Piven is an internationally renowned social scientist, scholar, and activist whose commitments to poor and working people, and to the democratic cause have never wavered. She is the author or co-author of more than 200 articles published in academic journals, books, popular publications, and journals of opinion since 1965, some of which have been republished up to a dozen times.
Jackson Katz, PhD, is an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which in 1993 introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field.
Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," set to be released as a film in 2017.
Lorinda Cherry received her Master’s in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1969, at a time when the computer science program was more of a specialized math degree, with some programming courses but little theory. She worked for a few years as a Fortran programmer, but found it “very boring” to constantly write programs based on someone else’s ideas.
Alejandro Villanueva is the Executive Director of Televisa Foundation (TF), a US registered 501c3 that aims to propel Latino families through innovative education and entrepreneurship programs. The foundation strategy has a strong leverage on technology and a particular focus in STEM with a gender angle. Before joining TF, he served as Regional Director of Programs at the W.K.
Evi Nemeth is known worldwide as the lead author of the set of best-selling handbooks known as the “bibles” of system administration: Unix Systems Administration Handbook (1989, 1995, 2000) and LINUX Administration Handbook (2001, 2007).
Daraiha Greene is the Multicultural Strategy Lead on the CS Education in Media team at Google, advocating for underrepresented groups (i.e. people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, etc.) by shifting the narrative of computer science through mainstream media.
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.
Paige Williams, Microsoft Director in AI and Research Global, is chief of staff for the Corporate Vice President of Global Engineering T. K. “Ranga” Rengarajan.
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.
The Frederico Brothers, a legendary Montana favorite, creates a unique blend of songs rooted in country, folk, and pop music with obvious rock influences. The band’s members include Bruce Carlson on rhythm guitar and vocals, Paul Kelley on bass guitar and vocals, Peter Walther on lead guitar and vocals, and Roger Moquin on drums and vocals.
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.
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.
Brenda J. Allen (PhD, Howard University) is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. Her scholarship focuses on organizational communication, power and identity, with an emphasis on diversity in higher education.
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.
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.
Kenn Barron is a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University (JMU) and Co-Director of the Motivation Research Institute. He began working at JMU in 2000 after receiving his PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.
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).
Dr. Sarmila Basu, as a Sr. Director at Microsoft, leads the Data Science within Enterprise Services’ Data & AI domain and oversees global customer engagements. In this role, she has played a key role in setting the direction and execution of the company’s commitment to leveraging Advanced Analytics solutions using Microsoft technology.
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.
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.
Sarah EchoHawk, an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) since May 2013.
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.
Tracy Camp is the Department Head and Professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines. She received a BA degree from Kalamazoo College, an MS degree from Michigan State University, and a PhD degree from the College of William and Mary.
Nicole Else-Quest, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she conducts research on STEM achievement, attitudes, and emotion at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and social class. She teaches courses in developmental psychology and the psychology of women. Dr.
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.
Dr. Sapna Cheryan is an associate professor of social psychology at the University of Washington. Her research investigates the role of cultural stereotypes in causing and perpetuating racial and gender disparities in U.S. society.
Cameron Fadjo, PhD is the Founder and CEO of the Computing Innovation Center (CIC), a creative computing program for K-8 students, and an instructional technology program lead with the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC).
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.
Leigh Ann DeLyser is a lifelong advocate of computer science education. Leigh Ann is currently the Director of Education and Research at CSNYC and co-chair of the national CSforAll Consortium. She directs CSNYC's research agenda, co-directs the CSforAll Consortium, consults on the evaluation of CS4All in NYC, and advises on the implementation of CS education in NYC classrooms.
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.
Mary Fairchild brings 15 years of experience in the technology industry, working for companies like Microsoft and aQuantive, where she led data driven diversity programming efforts. She consults with companies looking to build their diversity strategy, utilizing academic research, statistical analysis, and program evaluation techniques.
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at NCWIT.
Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering as well as the Department of English.
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.
John Fink is a research associate at the Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University. He conducts research on student course-taking and enrollment patterns, two- and four-year institution transfer partnerships, high school dual enrollment students, and implementation and impacts of “guided pathways” reforms.
Mo has been at Google for over 10 years and is the Director of Google's CS Education Initiatives with the mission of increasing the number girls and underrepresented minorities pursuing studies and careers in computer science and other STEM fields. Prior to this role, she was a finance director and Chief Compliance Officer for Google Wallet and worked at PayPal.
Maya Israel, PhD is the research director at the Creative Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the Department of Special Education.
Perry Fizzano earned a B.S. degree in computer science from Widener University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Dartmouth College. He has been a faculty member at Western Washington University since 2007. Perry has done research in areas such as algorithms, optimization, bioinformatics and computer science 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.
An English proverb states, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Mike Hess began his journey as a disabled person at the age of 7 in a small, Mid-western town in Ohio. As an April Fools baby, he was a natural class clown and wanted to sit in the back of the class cracking jokes as early as the 1st grade.
Ann Lorbes serves as the lead for Diversity and Inclusion for Fidelity Technology. She drives the D&I strategy by partnering with Fidelity Technology Leadership, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and by leading the Diversity and Inclusion in Technology Steering Committee.
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.
Shalini Kesar is Associate Professor in Information Systems, department of CSIS, Southern Utah University (SUU).
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.
Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Ph.D. and Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Engagement at the University of Colorado System Office, is a creative educator and thought leader with over two decades of experience in IT and higher education.
Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.
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.
Rachel is the VP-Strategic Initiatives-Global Supply Chain. She is responsible for the overall supply chain strategy, purchasing operations, corporate sourcing functions and critical Enterprise-wide programs including supplier diversity, compliance and sustainability.
Colleen Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College and specializes in computer science education. Colleen has a PhD in education from the University of California, Berkeley. She researches how people learn computer science and how people feel about learning computer science.
Joseph Nsengimana is the Director of Pipeline Development at Intel Corporation.
Jane Margolis is a Senior Researcher at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Since 1994 her work has focused on the underrepresentation of females and students of color in computer science education.
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.
Tina coordinates educational outreach efforts as a program manager for the engineering education team at Google. She manages various computer science online learning initiatives and partnerships and has contributed to many of Google’s open online courses.
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.
Karla Monterroso is committed to closing the opportunity gap for Blacks and Latinos in the United States. She believes CODE2040 sits in the perfect intersection of a skills- and network-building opportunity for Black and Latino talent and a systems change opportunity for a critical segment of the country's economy.
Heather Pon-Barry is a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College. She directs the Interactive Computing Research Lab where she and students are enabling humanoid and service robots to engage human users in conversational dialogue.
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.
Danielle Olson is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT and works as a Research Assistant in the Imagination, Computation, and Expressions (ICE) Lab within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Vicente Ordonez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning, with a focus on exploiting the natural connections that occur in vision and language using large amounts of data.
Christine Porath is an Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today and has written articles for New York Times (Sunday Review), Wall Street Journal, McKinsey Quarterly, and Washington Post. Christine’s wo
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.
John Paxton received a B.S. degree in computer science from The Ohio State University in 1985 with minors in German and Math. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from The University of Michigan in 1987 and 1990 respectively. His Ph.D.
Judith Spitz, PhD is the Founding Program Director of the Initiative for Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY) at Cornell Tech — a partnership between Cornell Tech, the City University of New York, and a growing list of corporate partners with a mission to facilitate, encourage, and enable a significant increase in the participation of women in both higher education and e
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.
Aziria Rodríguez is a political science graduate from the University of Puerto Rico, a community organizer, and a web developer. In Puerto Rico she worked for two major non-profits, tackling problems of government transparency, technology accessibility, capacity building and economic development. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in Comparative Media Studies at MIT.
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.
Dr. Chris Stephenson is the Head of Computer Science Education Programs at Google. Stephenson leads the strategy for computer science education projects, collaborating closely with internal Google teams and external computer science organizations.
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.
Rose Schooler is Vice President of the Internet of Things Group and General Manager of IoT Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. Her organization is responsible for delivering platforms for the networking and storage market segments as well as providing solutions for telecommunications service providers.
Sneha Veeragoudar, 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.
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.
Dr. Renee Wittemyer is the Senior Lead for Tech Innovation at Pivotal Ventures, the executive office of Melinda Gates, which focuses on accelerating progress on social issues affecting women and girls in the U.S. In her role, Renee leads the organization’s work to activate and elevate girls and women as leaders of tech innovation.
Avis Yates Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC. (TCGi), a global asset, expense and procurement management firm. She possesses more than 35 years of general management experience in the information technology industry and has been a successful tech entrepreneur for over 30 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.
Kortney Ziegler, PhD, is the Founder of Trans*H4CK, an organization focused on creating tech for transgender sustainability and visibility.
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.
Terry Morreale is the President and CTO at NCWIT. Her career began at U.S. WEST where she was the lead engineer of the original region-wide dialup Internet access service and then the subsequent DSL product, MegaBit Services. After U.S. WEST, Terry worked at the cable company MediaOne in Technology Intelligence, and then as an IT Strategy consultant for the Gartner Group.
Beth Quinn is research faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder working on post-secondary projects at NCWIT. Beth directs 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.
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).
Dr. Sherri L. Sanders is NCWIT’s Director of Extension Services, joining the staff in March 2017. As director, she is responsible for collaborating with senior leadership to establish and execute the program’s strategic vision and direction; providing leadership and guidance to the program’s core team, consultants, and clients; and ensuring ongoing funding for Extension Services.
Dr. Leisa Thompson is a Research Scientist in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. With NCWIT, she is the Director of Research and Consulting for NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP). Dr.