One month ago, educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and social scientists (both men and women) from across industries and disciplines participated in the 2018 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT: where conversations lead to change — the world’s largest, annual convening of change leaders focused on significantly improving diversity and inclusion in computing.
Three exhilarating days of convening and collaborating at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center seemed to come and go so quickly! Pause, and rewind the abundance of unforgettable videos, presentations, photos, and commentary that we archived. Get inspired, strengthen your change-leading efforts, and we will see you at next year’s Summit in Nashville, Tennessee!
Plenary speakers and special guests sparked days of conversations with their thought-provoking perspectives and data on #MeToo and male advocacy, the so-called “debate” about sex differences, and more.
Celebrations of change leadership and mentorship in academia, technological accomplishments of college women, and inspirational role models in film recognized the importance of women’s contributions to innovation as well as the influencers who encouraged them to persist in computing. (Read the press release for an overview of presented awards, and find detailed commendation in the 2018 NCWIT Summit program.)
In more than a dozen breakout sessions, experts from the NCWIT community and NCWIT social scientists delivered practical, evidence-based strategies and checklists for overcoming common barriers for increasing girls’ and women’s participation in computing. Attendees took advantage of these opportunities for deeper discussions on issues like recognizing and responding to instances of implicit bias, ensuring diverse participation in the classroom or the workplace, and more.
We would like to give a huge thanks to our Media Partner Facebook for production and making the livestream possible (ncwit.org/livestream). We are also incredibly grateful for 2018 NCWIT Summit Sponsors Anchor Point Foundation, Autodesk, Johnson & Johnson, Palo Alto Networks, and PNC.