2013 NCWIT Summit - Welcome

August 28, 2013


Lucy Sanders:  Hi. I'm Lucy Sanders.


Lucy:  Oh, clapping. [laughs] Thank you. I'm the CEO and co‑founder of NCWIT, the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

I'm very pleased, along with my co‑founders, Telle Whitney, from the Anita Borg Institute, and Bobby Schnabel. Where's Bobby? Right here. The other two co‑founders of NCWIT to officially open the 2013 NCWIT Summit. Welcome, everybody.

I was trying to think of officially welcome you to Arizona. I pulled out the handy‑dandy scrapbook. I know you're laughing. That's funny, really from my first here to Arizona 40 years ago, when I was in college. Of course, like all old family photos, these things elicit all kinds of comments from your friends and family.

For example, "Gosh! Young women in college are wearing those kinds of shorts today."


Lucy:  You remember when we used to buy and we cut off a perfectly good pair of jeans, and they come into shorts? Or those horrible skirts, remember those? That was the first comment.

The second comment was, "I didn't know you were wearing UGGs in those days?"


Lucy:  Listen. Were there UGGs in those days? Maybe not in this country.

[Audience says "No"]

Lucy:  No. There were no UGGs in those days. Those are LOWA hiking boots from Germany, 1970 vintage hiking boots. Each weighed about 50 pounds.


Lucy:  We used them to track around Arizona and other places, and apparently also to climb trees. I don't know what happened there. Anyway, welcome to Arizona. I didn't tell you the other comment, which [laughs] will get my lovely husband in trouble. He said, "Were you really that skinny?"


Lucy:  When you see him at the conference, please wish him your best.


Lucy:  Anyway, I think scrapbooks are a lot of fun. I thought it was a great way to welcome you here to Arizona and to our NCWIT Summit. NCWIT is a change leader organization of over 450 change leader organizations, K‑12 through career, working all year long to significantly increase girls and women participation in computing.

The NCWIT Summit is our community meeting. It's not just any conference. It's when we come together as a group, representatives from all 450 organizations. We strategize, we think about partnering, networking, we learn about new research, and we plot out what our next 12 months are going to be as a change leader community. It's a really very special time.

We wouldn't have this summit without the funders who are mentioned here on the slide. If you like the NCWIT Summit, please give them a round of applause.


Lucy:  Thank you. Thank you very much. We have a really great program today, a wide variety of content. We have a speaker who's talking about his own person journey as a change leader in open‑source community. We're learning about new research about breaking habits, because we all know, we've been learning in the last couple of years, about unintended bias and stereotype threat, and we need to break through that.

It's one thing to know about it, but now we need to know, what do the researchers say about breaking through that? We're going to talk about educational disruptions, but not maybe from the language we've talked about them before. We're going to talk about them from the language of diversity and inclusion, and what some of these major breakthroughs in education mean to the thing that we care so very much about.

We're very pleased to have Turner Broadcasting here again, live‑streaming this wonderful program content to remote viewers. Thank you.


Lucy:  Please tell everybody about it that you know. I think the hash tags in the program, I believe, but please get some other people involved. If we can grow our remote viewership to 5,000 or 10,000, all of this great content is going to be shared by more and more people, so please do that as well.

I guess one last thing I want to do is mention the green water bottles. [laughs] Arizona is hot and dry, and we have lots of water around. We gave you our NCWIT green water bottles so that you stay hydrated and healthy. Please take advantage of those. With that, I want to ask Rose Schooler to come on stage.

We have a local host here for this summit in town. Rose is going to make a few brief opening remarks on behalf of Intel. She's VP of Intel Architecture Group and also GM of Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group. It's great to have two titles, isn't it, Rose? [laughs] It's really wonderful.

Rose Schooler:  You forgot I'm your very first business partner.

Lucy:  [laughs] It's awesome. Rose is also on the NCWIT Summit board of directors, maybe the title that we like you the most. Thank you for that. She got her Bachelor of Science degree at Penn State University in ceramic science and engineering. She joined Intel as a graduate rotating engineer and has had jobs with increasing responsibility on both the technology and on the marketing sides.

With that, Rose.


Rose:  On behalf of Intel, your local host and sponsor, I welcome you to the 2013 NCWIT Summit, in what I think is some pretty amazing, beautiful grounds in Tucson, Arizona. What do you guys think? Very nicely done, Lucy.


Rose:  I have to tell you that a lot of times I go to conferences it requires a fair amount of travel. This one was really easy. I jumped in my car this morning at 6:30, drove two hours south, and arrived here at a place that I actually have never been before. I've been to Tucson, but these grounds are spectacular.

I think you have a couple of days of not only some really exciting and good content, but also an opportunity to enjoy what I hope you see is the beautiful Southwest. With Intel, we absolutely believe that diversity is a key workforce attribute to the success of not only our company but companies worldwide.

One key pillar of our diversity initiatives is obviously increasing the pipeline, the hiring, and the retention of technical women across the company. We very much believe that our involvement in NCWIT, the programs that they sponsor, the data‑driven way that they approach those problem statements and the programs that they put in place to support the pipeline, to support retention, to support hiring, align very well with our internal objectives in terms of technical women within our community.

We very much believe that that commitment cannot be limited to a financial contribution. I think all of us have been in situations where it's easy way to write a check to make a contribution to your favorite charity. But action really becomes important when we're talking about making progress in some of these key initiatives.

We take a tremendous amount of pride in some of the work that we've done with NCWIT, whether it be support of the workforce, alliances, participation in pay setters. We actually have an executive on loan right now, working with Lucy's organization to drive forward some of the corporate positioning so we can get a better amount of corporate support for some of the work in NCWIT.

Finally, I attended my very first board meeting today, in person, and I saw some of the work and the "Aspirations in Computing" program out of NCWIT. I have to tell you I was floored. The girls that presented today were passionate, were driven.

They overcame such amazing obstacles, whether it be the one girl talked about how her school had 70 people, when the most interaction she had were like the bears and the elk in her community, it was really out in the backwoods, how she overcame a lack of whether it be programs or initiatives to really accomplish what she felt was her passion around robotics.

The girls speak for the success of this program. You can look at the data, you can look at the indicators, but nothing speaks for success like the girls that I met today. I would just like to take a moment to have a few of the "Aspirations in Computing" gals stand up and give them a quick round of applause very quickly.


Rose:  These ladies are your future. These ladies right here.


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