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Empowering Young Women In IT
she++ Film & Panel Discussion

Cost: $0
Registration Required: Please RSVP here.
Why she++?

Despite great strides in many other fields, few young women are studying computer science and creating careers in IT. But through mentoring and outreach, we can help to tear down the barriers.

Excella Consulting and Women In Technology (WIT) are thrilled to invite you to this special event to discuss ways we can all empower young women in computer science here in Washington, D.C. and across the country.

What is she++?

she++ is a documentary by two Stanford undergraduates who have directly experienced the views and obstacles that steer women away from computer science. The film has had a global impact – screened in 13 countries, covered in outlets like Forbes and Cosmopolitan, and linked to an annual she++ conference that has drawn luminaries such as the CTO of Facebook.

Who should attend?

This event is for any IT professional in the D.C. area who wants to find ways to help empower young women to pursue careers in technology and computer science.

What is the agenda?

We will be screening this documentary, followed by a panel discussion about these issues.

6:00-6:45 PM Networking (Food and refreshments will be provided!)
6:45-7:00 PM Documentary screening
7:00-8:00 PM Panel discussion and Q&A
8:00-8:30 PM Women in Technology information session - learn ways to get involved!

Who is on the panel?

Dr. Erin Fitzgerald - Dr. Fitzgerald directs the Minerva Research Initiative, a research program within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her PhD dissertation at Johns Hopkins University combined electrical engineering, computer science, and cognitive science approaches to automatic speech recognition and natural language translation. She consulted for Mattel through the National Academy of Engineering on the design of the Barbie® I Can Be...™ Computer Engineer Doll.

Angela Drummond - Angela Drummond is the founder and CEO of SiloSmashers, which has provided strategy and management consulting services to the Federal Government for over twenty years. In 2011, she was recognized by Enterprising Women magazine as an “Enterprising Women of the Year” and received a Stevie award for women in business.

Dr. Elizabeth Hoover - Dr. Hoover is the Chief Technology Officer at the Alexandria City Public Schools. She has spent her career at the intersection of technology and primary education, with hands-on experience both as a leader of technology initiatives and as a teacher. She received her PhD in Instructional Technology at George Mason University.

Dr. Jan Plane - Dr. Plane is an instructor and academic advisor at the University of Maryland. She is the faculty advisor for the Association of Women in Computing and the Director of the newly formed Maryland Center for Women in Computing. In addition, she has spent 15 years developing and supporting computer science education programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan. Dr. Plane received her PhD in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland and her MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin.

About WIT:
Women in Technology (WIT) seeks to empower women to be architects of change in the technology industry. With programming for technical professionals, executive management, business owners and students, WIT provides the opportunity for all women to learn and connect to move their careers forward.

About Excella:
Excella Consulting is an Arlington, VA-based information technology consulting firm serving government and commercial clients in the Washington, DC area. Excella’s consultants specialize in software development, business intelligence, and program management. Excella also provides Agile training to help clients improve how they implement technology.
Event Contact
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Event Information
Thursday, Dec 12 2013 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
Excella Consulting
2300 Wilson Blvd First Floor Conference Room
Arlington, VA 22201
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