Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
Lucy has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive (VP) positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multimedia communication, and customer relationship management). Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment bestowed at the company, and she has six patents in the communications technology area.
Lucy currently serves as a Trustee for the Colorado School of Mines, the Center for American Entrepreneurship in Washington D.C. and the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies and the Innovation Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In 2016, Lucy received the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Technology Association for her ongoing commitment to further innovative technology. Lucy is also a recipient, along with NCWIT Co-founders Robert Schnabel and Telle Whitney, of the Computing Research Association’s A. Nico Habermann Award. She has been recognized by the University of Colorado with both its Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Engineering and the university’s George Norlin Distinguished Service Award. Lucy is also a recipient of the 2013 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Award.