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Women in Technology: Recognizing Leaders, Inspiring the Next Generation

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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Gender diversity among leadership teams and the broader workforce offers demonstrated advantages for innovative thinking, job satisfaction, and corporate bottom lines. Yet the percentage of women in computing jobs has actually declined over the last 25 years, and now stands at roughly 25% in both industry and academia.

Causes for this gap remain unclear. Tech companies and other employers have tried offering flexible work hours and generous family leave; some universities allow women to stop the tenure clock to care for young children.

Are such policies sufficient to bring women into parity with men, both in numbers and in pay, or are other nuances hindering full participation of women in the tech workforce? What incentives have inspired those women who have persisted in these fields? And what unique perspectives do women bring to a range of domains that make technology solutions more creative, robust, and equitable?

At this public event, leaders and champions of women in technology will offer their thoughts on challenges to achieving gender diversity at all organizational levels of industry, academia, and the public sector. We will also present the first CITRIS Athena Awards, to honor inspiring women and organizations making outstanding technical contributions and supporting the next generation of women and girls. 


11:30 am       Registration, Lunch

12:00 pm       Welcome: Costas Spanos, Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Steven Weber, Faculty Director, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

12:10 pm       Opening Remarks: Christine Gulbranson, Senior Vice President for Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California Office of the President

12:20 pm     Keynote: "Define your own success and let passion fuel your career" Claire Hough, VP Engineering and Product, Udemy  


12:45 pm         Current Trends in Diversity and Data

This panel will focus on the state of the field, including recent studies and data on gender diversity, trends, insights, and opportunities for diversifying technical roles in industry and in academia.


        • Andrea Goldsmith, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (Moderator)
        • Laura Gomez, CEO and Founder, Atipica and Founding Member, Project Include
        • Stefanie Johnson, Assistant Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Boulder
        • Myra Strober, Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

1:30 pm           Leaders & Innovators I

This panel will highlight the accomplishments and experience of several individuals who are technical leaders and innovators in their field. 


2:15 pm           Break

2:30 pm          Leaders & Innovators II


        • AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, School of Information, UC Berkeley (Moderator)
        • Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer, City and County of San Francisco
        • Mayumi Hiramatsu, Vice President, Product Operations, Cisco
        • Rikky Muller, Assistant Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley and Co-Founder, Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc.
        • Erin Summers, Software Engineer, Oculus VR and Co-Founder, wogrammer

3:15 pm    Keynote: "Designing for Diversity: Notes from a Liberal Arts Major" Nicole Wong, former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer

                       Nicole Wong

3:45 pm          CITRIS Athena Awards Presentation 

4:30 pm          Spark Talks by Student Organizations Promoting Diversity in Tech

4:45 pm         Closing Remarks: Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

5:00 pm          Reception & Networking (Light refreshments will be served)

6:00 pm          Adjourn


Presented by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity







Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley-Haas


Human Rights Center

Berkeley IPIRA



Jacobs Institute
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When & Where

Banatao Auditorium
Sutardja Dai Hall
2594 Hearst Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is developing and shaping cybersecurity research and practice based on a long-term vision of the internet and its future.

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