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Women in Tech: The Future of AI

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Sibley Auditorium

Bechtel Engineering Center

UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Women in Tech: The Future of AI

Friday, March 8, 2019
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering UC Berkeley

Since Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer program nearly 200 years ago, women have contributed to the advancement of computing and helped pave the way for today’s artificial intelligence (AI). Today, women are pushing the frontiers of AI in applications from robotics to recruiting, from startups to venture capital. Equally far-reaching are women’s contributions to investigate AI’s social, ethical, and legal implications. For all the promise of new technology, AI can exacerbate negative effects when it reinforces biases and inequalities.

Estimates show that women comprise only 13.5 percent of those working in machine learning, one of the fastest growing technology fields. This well-recognized gender gap continues to deter talent and diminish potential for the field, which will affect innumerable aspects of our economy and everyday lives.

WITI@UC imagines a different future.

At this year’s symposium, we will highlight the experiences of women in AI and explore our collective future with representatives from established companies, startups, academia, and the public sector.

The event will also feature the WITI@UC Athena Awards recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology. This year's winners recently announced.

The symposium is open to everyone, encouraging a broader audience to join the conversation. Attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences, establish new connections, and collectively champion the advancement of women in technology.


11:00 Welcoming Remarks

  • Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
  • Laura Longcore, VP of Data & AI, Microsoft

11:15 Keynote Fireside Chat with Ellen Ullman, Author of Life in Code, and Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley Introduced by Costas Spanos, Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institue

Photo credit Marion Ettlinger

12:00 Lunch and Breakout Sessions

  • Building Your Network: Mentors and Mentees
    Led by Beth Broome, Senior Advisor to the Provost, UC Davis STEM Strategies

  • Fostering Inclusive Cultures
    Led by Kara Sammet, Founder, GenderLenz & Amy Chou, Corporate Partnerships Manager, AI4All

  • Supporting AI and Entrepreneurship
    Led by Caroline Winnett, Executive Director, UC Berkeley SkyDeck

  • Developing AI for Social Good
    Led by Roya Pakzad, Research Associate, Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator

12:45 Break

1:00 Remarks by Jessica Raedler, Autodesk

1:05 Panel I: Accountability in the Future of AI

AI is increasingly applied to areas that directly affect human life – from education and employment to criminal justice and health care. While these applications hold great promise, ill-considered applications can reinforce inequalities or have other unintended consequences. This panel explores strategies to better ensure the future of AI is inclusive, fair, and just.

  • Moderator: Brandie Nonnecke, Research & Development Manager, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
  • Chloe Autio, Policy Analyst, Intel
  • Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
  • Abigail Jacobs, Postdoctoral Fellow, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Jamie Lee Williams, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

1:45 Panel II: Building the Future of AI

AI promises to power some of the most innovative solutions across industries and sectors. Meet some of the leading technologists laying the groundwork to build our collective future. This panel will discuss novel applications of AI and its implications more broadly.

  • Moderator: Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli, CEO and Founder; Trustee, AB5 Consulting, Women's Engineering Society, UK
  • Rama Akkiraju, Distinguished Engineer & Director, IBM Watson
  • Victoria Coleman, CTO, Wikimedia Foundation
  • Karen Myers, Director, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International
  • Azalia Mirhoseini, Senior Research Scientist, Google Brain

2:30 Keynote: Building a self-writing Wikipedia by Amy Heineike, VP of Product Engineering, Primer AI. Introduced by Caroline Winnett, Executive Director, UC Berkeley SkyDeck

3:00 WITI@UC Athena Awards Presentations

3:45 Closing Remarks

  • Kristina Draper, Chief Technology Officer, Wells Fargo
  • Jennifer Mangold, Program Manager, Women in Technology Initiative at UC Berkeley

4:00 Networking Reception

5:00 Adjourn

Additional speakers to be announced.

Presented by the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Women in Tech Symposium Presenters and Sponsors


Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Dropbox, Google, Autodesk, Lam Research, SkyDeck, One IT, The Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley Staff Learning and Development, SEMI Foundation, The International Society of Service Innvovation Professionals (ISSIP), UC Berkeley School of Information, Micron Technology, Bakar Fellows Program, Human Rights Center UC Berkeley School of Law, Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) at UC Berkeley, plus more to be announced.




Fung Institute

Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law

Additional sponsors to be announced. Please inquire about strategic partnership opportunities with the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California through the contact info below.

For event questions or more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Jennifer Mangold, PhD, Program Manager, WITI@UC, jmangold@berkeley.edu
Emily Sawicki, Development Coordinator, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, esawicki@citris-uc.org


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If, for any reason, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute has to cancel an event we will notify you by email if you have provided that information upon registration and will refund your ticket in full.

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